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1:05 PM ET, February 6, 2014

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Times Co. Reports Digital Subscriber Increase, but Continued Ad Declines  —  The New York Times Company said it added digital subscribers and slowed declines in print and digital advertising revenues during the fourth quarter of 2013, a year of transition for the newspaper publisher.
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times chief lays out ‘a critical year’ for ad revenue  —  2014 will be a “critical year in the story of advertising” at The New York Times Co., chief executive Mark Thompson said this morning.  —  On a conference call with Wall Street analysts following the release of the Times' fourth …
Discussion: @joshsternberg
John McDuling / Quartz:   Can the New York Times's online readership offset its prolonged ad slump?
Sruthi Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
AOL revenue rises 13 percent as ad sales jump  —  (Reuters) - Digital media and entertainment company AOL Inc reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its advertising revenue rose, especially from video.  —  The company's total revenue rose to $679 million …
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Steven Jacobs / Street Fight:   AOL's Armstrong: 'We're Not Giving up on Patch'
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
AOL Reports Solid Revenue, but Patch Tamped Down Profit
Discussion: CNBC, @joepompeo and Silicon Republic
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's print-focused paywalls flounder  —  The quality imperative and charging for news online  —  Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable.  —  Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from last year …
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Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck Latest:   Gannett: USA Today Inserts To Hit 35 Markets
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Aereo Reopens New York Online-TV Service to New Subscribers  —  Aereo Inc., the online-television company that's battling broadcasters in the Supreme Court, reopened its service to New York subscribers after regaining enough capacity to handle demand.  —  People who were on a waiting list …
Discussion: TechCrunch, @engadget and @sai, Thanks:@alexbarinka
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Brent Lang / The Wrap:   Fox Is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Stop Aereo
David S. Cohen / Variety:
Winter Olympics: How NBCUniversal's Army Of Techs Conquered Sochi  —  For viewers, the Winter Olympics are just 18 days of sports and entertainment.  —  But for NBCUniversal, they're part of vast exercise in planning and logistics that stretches back to the end of the 2012 summer games in London …
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Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  The great foment in the news business involves journalists leaving established news organizations to strike out on their own …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Twitter Hints at Legal Action to Release More Data on Government Requests  —  Twitter said Thursday it was considering its legal options in its effort to release more detailed information about the requests for information it receives from U.S. agencies.  —  Company officials …
Discussion: The Twitter Blog and NYT Bits
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Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Celebrity Weeklies, Fashion Magazines Continue to Struggle on Newsstand  —  Today, the Alliance for Audited Media released its consumer magazine circulation data for the second half of 2013, and once again, the narrative remains the same.  Overall circulation remained relatively flat versus …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Marc Andreessen talks about the evolution of the news business and why he is optimistic  —  Everyone seems to have an opinion about what's wrong with the news business — whether it's the best of times or the worst of times for journalism, whether paywalls are the answer, and so on …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Marc Andreessen: The 'problem with local news is most people don't care'
American Press Institute:
American Press Institute announces major project to improve fact-checking journalism  —  ARLINGTON, VA—The American Press Institute ("API") announced today that it has received a grant of up to $400,000 over two years from the Democracy Fund.  The grant will support research to improve political fact checking.
Jasper Jackson / The Media Briefing:
Metric warfare on the advertising battlefield: What News UK's debate with the Guardian is all about  —  The mini war of words between News UK CEO Mike Darcey and the Guardian is being billed as a choice between two models of journalism, between free vs paid, between mass media vs quality media.
Discussion: @rorybrown and Press Gazette
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Sony exits the North American ebook business and gives its customers to Kobo  —  Sony, which is essentially a non-player in the U.S. ebook market at this point, is cutting its losses and shutting down its digital bookstore in the U.S. and Canada, the company reported Thursday.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.  —  Months after the first insinuations that he risks arrest if he visits the US, Greenwald is more concerned than ever  —  When big-name public figures and Edward Snowden critics …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Facebook aims to become digital publishing kingmaker by sending massive traffic to news sites  —  And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism  —  The graph above tells maybe the most interesting—and definitely the most surprising—story of the past year of digital media.
 
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Gideon Spanier / The Independent:
Vodafone eyes pay-TV as UK revenues tumble
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
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BBC urged to review investments in YouView, Freeview and Freesat TV
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