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9:05 AM ET, February 11, 2014

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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: comScore, Inc. and @aripap
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook Changed How The News Feed Works — And Huge Website Upworthy Suddenly Shrank In Half  —  In a blog post, Facebook said it wanted to feature more “high quality” content and fewer “meme photos.”  —  That same month,  —  That's a 46% traffic decline in two months.  —  The drop raises a few questions.
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.
Erik Wemple:
Glenn Greenwald and the U.S. ‘assassination’ program  —  Journalist Glenn Greenwald promised that the Pierre Omidyar-bankrolled First Look Media Web site would take it to vested interests in Washington.  The debut edition of First Look's first digital magazine began delivering on the pledge …
Reuters:
China to maintain its strict quota for imported Hollywood films  —  China dashes Hollywood's hopes for greater access in 2014  —  China will maintain its strict quota for imported Hollywood movies this year, rejecting reports it had planned to increase access for U.S. films …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Capital NY Tweaks Prices Ahead of Paywall  —  Capital New York has tweaked its pricing as it prepares to start charging for e-newsletters and news coverage today (Feb. 11), making it the latest startup to test consumers' willingness pay for news.  —  The experiment will no doubt be closely watched …
Erica Salkin / Mediashift:
Three P's to Protect Free Speech for Student Media … It's a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur.  —  The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne …
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 …
Joel Mathis / Philadelphia Magazine:
Can Philly Newspapers Be Saved?  —  Writer Steve Volk is a longtime observer of the Philadelphia media scene — so he brings a substantial foundation to this month's Philly Mag print story that takes readers inside the furious battle for control of the city's two major daily newspapers.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press regulation: advert seeks ‘resilient and independent’ recognition panel chief  —  A newspaper advertisement is calling for applications for the chair of the board of the recognition panel that is being established under the royal charter on press regulation.
Discussion: @leshinton
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 …
Megan Levy / Sydney Morning Herald:
David Koch criticises Channel Seven for paying for Schapelle Corby interview  —  Sunrise co-host David Koch has hit out at his own network for paying convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby $2 million for a tell-all interview following her release from prison in Bali.
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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Angela Doland / AdAge:
IAB Launches China Chapter to Build Industry Standards  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau is adding China to the global IAB network.  The new group will help build industry standards in the country with the world's biggest online population 618 million.
Discussion: IAB
Alexis Kleinman / The Huffington Post:
Feb. 11 Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Against NSA Surveillance  —  More than 5,300 web-based companies and other organizations, including Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, have joined forces to protest National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11.
Discussion: Daily Dot and Wired
AFP:
Egypt trial for Jazeera journalists set for Feb 20  —  Cairo — Al-Jazeera journalists accused of backing Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial on February 20, judicial sources said on Monday.  Since president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military in July …
 
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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
French journalist “hacks” govt by inputting correct URL, later fined $4,000+
Discussion: Techdirt
Reuters:
Apple loses latest bid to block e-books antitrust monitor
Discussion: Law Blog
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
The security expert from NBC's hugely misleading Sochi hack story explains what really happened
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Halbfinger and Luo made deputies on Times metro desk
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Time Inc. Appoints Editor in Chief for Entertainment Weekly
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
How Quartz passed 5m traffic record in January
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Amazon apparently set to launch Square-competitor in August as it develops biometric payment solutions

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Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users

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Facebook's privacy pivot: Mark Zuckerberg's plan to win back trust

 
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