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11:00 AM ET, February 7, 2014

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Robert Graham / Errata Security:
NBC story on visitors to Sochi Olympics getting hacked is misleading  —  That NBC story 100% fraudulent  —  Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it'll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on.
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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
NBC Blasts Claims That Richard Engel's Terrifying Sochi Hacking Report Was ‘Fraudulent’  —  NBC defended reporter Richard Engel on Friday from charges that his report on hacking in Sochi was “fraudulent.”  —  Engel delivered a report on Wednesday that showed how easily electronic devices could be hacked.
Alex Hayes / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp Aussie newspapers lose 17 per cent of revenues  —  Australian newspaper revenues for News Corp dipped further in the final three months of last year, losing 17 per cent year-on-year with CEO Robert Thompson blaming a “challenging advertising market” for the global company's revenues …
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William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Advertising Declines Weigh On News Corp, Times Co.
Discussion: @yahoofinance
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Dow Jones to set ‘more flexible’ subscription prices for DJX
Discussion: Talking Biz News
First Look Media:
First Look launches its first digital magazine  —  Last week, First Look Media announced that it will publish a family of new digital magazines - each with its own editorial voice, its own look and feel, and each led by veteran journalists with deep expertise in their fields.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   First Look adds more journalists, plans to launch first publication next week
Tamara Baluja / J-Source:
Memo: Ottawa Citizen offering buyouts; five laid off at Postmedia's parliamentary bureau  —  Today the Citizen is announcing a new Voluntary Buy-Out offering for the newsroom.  You will find details of the offering in the attached document, as well as posted on a board outside the HR office.
Discussion: Guardian, ctvnews.ca and @katemalloy379
Ciara Byrne / Co.Labs:
How The Guardian Uses “Attention Analytics” To Track Rising Stories  —  A day after Philip Seymour Hoffman had died of a drug overdose, a year-old article by comedian and actor Russell Brand on why he gave up drugs suddenly burst into the Guardian's top 10 most read list.
Discussion: @richjm, @gdndevelopers, @cri and @raju
Economist:
CNN's transformation says a lot about what is working today in television  —  CNN's transformation says a lot about what is working today in television  —  JEFF ZUCKER, boss of CNN Worldwide, a cable-news firm, likes to start his morning with a shot of numbers.
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Leno Signs Off ‘The Tonight Show’ for Second Time  —  “I don't like goodbyes; NBC does,” Jay Leno said in his latest last opening monologue, as he bid farewell to “The Tonight Show” — again — on Thursday night.  —  Characteristically, Leno wasn't particularly maudlin or sentimental at first …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros.' Homevideo Exec Mark Horak to Join Redbox as President  —  Mark Horak, most recently president of the Americas at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will join DVD kiosk company Redbox as its new president on March 17.  —  Horak's appointment comes after Redbox president Anne Saunders ankled …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Spotify Premium membership offer for Times subscribers  —  News UK strikes deal for year's membership to digital music service for all subscribers to newspapers' digital pack  —  Subscribers to the Times and Sunday Times will be offered a free year's membership to Spotify Premium as part …
Discussion: Gigaom, Reuters, @zseward, @raju and thedrum.com
Los Angeles Times:
Waxman says he's still concerned about Tribune newspaper spinoff  —  The congressman says a meeting with Tribune executives fails to ease his worries that the L.A. Times and other papers would be hobbled financially after the spinoff.  —  The entrance to the Los Angeles Times building …
Politico:
The Snowden era of journalism  —  Welcome to the Edward Snowden-era of national security journalism — a time when no scoop is too small, no detail too minor, and revelations about government surveillance pour forth on an almost daily basis.  —  It's a significant departure from the way things used to be.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Sun reporter pleads not guilty to charge of hacking smartphone  —  Ben Ashford denies charges of ‘possession of stolen property, a mobile phone’ and ‘securing unauthorised access’ to its files  —  A former Sun reporter is to face trial over allegations of unlawfully possessing a mobile phone …
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Viral Twitter account rounds up all of Sochi's problems  —  Officials from both the International Olympic Committee and the Russian government have insisted to media outlets the world over that Sochi is ready for the Olympic Games.  But on social media, at least, the Sochi-readiness narrative …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
To Grow, Netflix Must Learn From the Quietly Brilliant UI of Regular TVs  —  “Smart” TVs have failed because they've always assumed more is better.  Instead of evolving the television experience, TV makers have simply added to it, heaping more streams, more services, and more content onto …
Discussion: @mancini and Hit & Run
Deutsche Welle:
Ukrainian journalists fight to counter influence of state-aligned media  —  Ukrainian journalists are fighting to create independent media in a bid to counter the influence of state-aligned news outlets.  These journalists say government propaganda has escalated political tensions in Ukraine.
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Today's Zaman:
Turkey orders deportation of Azerbaijani journalist after his tweets criticizing government
 
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Advertisers make $900-million bet on Olympic Winter Games
Jeff McQ / MIMO:
Pandora Now Accepting Digital Submissions from DIY Artists
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Skift:
Travel Channel Pulls New President From Executive Ranks as It Tries to Find a Vision
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL's Armstrong Responds to 401(K) Controversy in Internal Memo to Employees
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Condé Nast Entertainment now has eighth branded video channel
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
PubMatic Raises $13 Million From Nokia Growth Partners
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hearst's Seventeen Magazine Sets YouTube Channel Lineup with AwesomenessTV
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.
Discussion: Mediaite
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Sony exits the North American ebook business and gives its customers to Kobo
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Fox Is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Stop Aereo