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7:05 PM ET, February 10, 2014

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The Intercept:
First Look Media announces new magazine, The Intercept  —  Welcome to The Intercept  —  We are very excited to welcome everyone to The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media (FLM).  The Intercept, which the three of us created, is the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM.
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Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google strikes big ad measurement deal with comScore  —  Partnership may change how billions of online ads a day are measured, covering display, video, mobile and any future areas Google moves into.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google signed a major advertising deal with comScore to help …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
HLN Wants To Be The Cable News Network For The Social Media Generation  —  “Our headlines will be ripped from social media,” says Albie Hecht in his first interview after being named to lead the channel.  A possible slogan: “We're not the news.  You are.”  —  HLN Executive Vice President Albie Hecht.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bill Keller, The Marshall Project, and making single-focus nonprofit news sites work  —  “When you have a startup, one of the most challenging things is to establish yourself as a credible news organization,” Neil Barsky, founder of a new news nonprofit focused on criminal justice issues, told me.
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Time That Jeff Bezos Had Henry Blodget Explain the Web to the Washington Post  —  George Packer has a very nice profile of Jeff Bezos in the New Yorker today.  It's in front of the paywall, so you ought to read it, and if you don't want to take my word for it, trust Bezos expert Brad Stone.
Discussion: @mike_orcutt and Politico
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George Packer / New Yorker:
Is Amazon bad for books?
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Upworthy Traffic Gets Crushed  —  In November, viral-content-for-a-cause site Upworthy posted insane traffic numbers, reaching almost 90 million people around the world, according to Quantcast.  —  Then, in December, Facebook announced a change to the algorithm it uses to determine what kinds of updates …
Discussion: @dannysullivan and @antderosa
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Barnes & Noble Fired Its Nook Hardware Engineering Staff  —  Barnes & Noble laid off its Nook hardware engineers, according to a source that tipped Business Insider.  —  The engineers were let go last Thursday, according to our source.  This follows Barnes & Noble dismissing the VP of Hardware, Bill Saperstein in January.
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Mario Anzuoni / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble shares rise on news of job cuts among Nook staff
Discussion: New York Times
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Only People Harassing the Gays of Sochi are the Foreign Journalists  —  Sochi has one gay club.  It is called Mayak, or “light house,” and it is located behind an unmarked door right off one of the city's lush parks.  You have to buzz to be let in.  —  Once you're in, though …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
FOIA lessons from Gawker Editor John Cook  —  Last January, Ann Coulter expressed her anger about The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal-News' gun-permit map, which it assembled from public records.  “I want them for Manhattan!”  Coulter told Sean Hannity.
Discussion: @erikwemple, @johnmcquaid and @poynter
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Netflix ISP rankings show Verizon and Comcast speeds falling  —  Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings.  That's possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP's …
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
How Quartz passed 5m traffic record in January  —  Editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney explains how the site creates content ‘optimised for the free, open social web’, and is now recording 15 per cent UK traffic  —  Business news site Quartz has reported “a new traffic record” for January, of more than five million unique visitors.
Discussion: @kevinjdelaney
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Time Inc. Appoints Editor in Chief for Entertainment Weekly  —  Matt Bean, a Sports Illustrated editor with extensive digital experience, has been named the new editor of Entertainment Weekly, Time Inc., said Monday.  —  His appointment is part of extensive reshuffling of executives at Time Inc …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Capital New York
 
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Apple loses latest bid to block e-books antitrust monitor
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David Holmes / PandoDaily:
The security expert from NBC's hugely misleading Sochi hack story explains what really happened
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iTunes Radio launches internationally, starting with Australia
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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Sources: Apple Pay to be included in iOS 8.1, scheduled to be released October 20

Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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After a hammer attack on a rider, some lawyers believe Uber could be liable, despite its ToS

 
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