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2:25 PM ET, February 12, 2014

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Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
The very public growth of The Intercept  —  The Intercept, the new startup title funded handsomely by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, debuted Monday and created buzz both for simply showing up and for its content: An article examining the use of drones to kill government-selected targets abroad …
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Greenwald's ‘The Intercept’ Gets Intercepted on Day One  —  With access to Edward Snowden's treasure-trove and four months to prepare, the new magazine got scooped by the 168-year-old Associated Press on the world's biggest drone story Monday.  —  The Intercept has landed—but with a bang or a thud?
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Does a ‘savvy media observer’ require anonymity for smack talk?  Apparently so!  —  In Lloyd Grove's column about The Intercept, a “savvy media observer and journalist” lets Glenn Greenwald's new publication have it: … Let's just let that waft on the breeze for a moment.  —  OK.
J.C. Stearns / Free Press Blog:
US plummets to #46 in Global Press Freedom Rankings  —  According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.  —  After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
UK slips down press freedom index due to harassment of the Guardian  —  US also registers fall in latest world press freedom index  —  Major declines in media freedom in countries as varied as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala are highlighted in the latest annual …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Facebook Effect on the News  —  Social networks are the new front page and homepage for news.  But on Facebook, it's not the “news” that readers come to see or click to leave.  —  Around this time last year, I considered writing a story claiming that Facebook and Twitter were the new “homepages” for news on the Internet.
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament  —  MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety  —  The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum …
Discussion: @boldfreshjew, @janalbrecht and TheHill
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Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
European press chief to UK: Ease up on Guardian over Snowden leaks
Discussion: @nickpickles
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
BuzzFeed's native advertising: are they really making ads you want to share?  —  BuzzFeed is a business built on sharing.  That doesn't just mean shareable articles, it also means shareable ads.  But do people really want to share this branded content?  We thought we'd take a look …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Plan New Set-Top Box Amid Time Warner Cable Talks  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April and is negotiating with Time Warner Cable Inc. and other potential partners to add video content, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Second-screen apps?  Viewers say ho-hum, but execs see potential  —  Andrew Lincoln appears in a scene from “The Walking Dead.”  The show has been using second-screen technology to engage viewers.  (Gene Page / AMC)  —  Networks, advertisers and tech start-ups have been trying …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Foreign regimes use spyware against journalists, even in U.S.  —  Mesay Mekonnen was at his desk, at a news service based in Northern Virginia, when gibberish suddenly exploded across his computer screen one day in December.  A sophisticated cyberattack was underway.
Discussion: @washpostpr and @oswaldrachel
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Net-A-Porter's glossy mag is raising hackles at Vogue  —  The glossy world of fashion magazines hasn't seen a war like this for years.  Porter, a new print title published by online retailer Net-A-Porter, is going head to head with Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and other established names.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Does it matter that mobile-native Quartz has a mobile-minority audience?  —  As much as mobile is poised to keep growing in 2014, old desktop habits die hard — especially during business hours.  That leaves Quartz, Atlantic Media's 18-month-old business site, with a fascinating hand after going all-in on mobile.
Discussion: @poynter
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Rise of the Facebook Truthers  —  Journalists will believe anything about the social network, as long as it's totally outlandish.  —  Something about Facebook makes journalists lose their minds.  How else to explain the seemingly unending procession of stories based on wild speculation and implausible conspiracy theories?
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions Teams Up With Al-Monitor For Middle East Web Specials  —  MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and Washington-based website Al-Monitor.com have teamed-up to produce a series of Web video specials on Middle East politics titled Trendlines to be streamed on the PBS NewsHour webiste …
Alice Su / Wired:
In the Middle East, Arabic Wikipedia Is a Flashpoint — And a Beacon  —  AMMAN, Jordan - Rami Tarawneh knew something was wrong when security in a Middle Eastern airport made him wait for three hours.  The 36-year-old Jordanian traveled throughout the region often, but this was the first …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search?  A dialogue with Danny Sullivan … You may have seen my column yesterday on the rise of content designed for social sharing — a category that for me includes everything from pure-viral outlets like Upworthy to more newsy but still sharing-optimized sites like Quartz.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Disney teams with Techstars to launch accelerator program for media and entertainment startups  —  The Walt Disney Company is launching an accelerator program to help ten lucky startups succeed and give the media giant more insights into innovation and creativity.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET and Variety
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant  —  Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.  —  In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish.
Discussion: The Switch
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
The Day the Internet Didn't Fight Back  —  So much for mass protest.  —  A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV to launch female-focused channel  —  ITVBe will be free to air and focus on lifestyle and reality TV, including shows such as The Only Way is Essex  —  ITV is to launch a new female-focused, free-to-air channel, called ITVBe, which will become the home of shows including The Only Way is Essex.
Louise Ridley / Media Week:
The Week to launch in Middle East with licensing deal  —  Dennis Publishing has struck an agreement to launch a licensed edition of The Week magazine in the Middle East, with United Arab Emirates publisher Motivate.  The Week: to launch a Middle East edition The Week: to launch a Middle East edition …
Reuters:
Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan  —  (Reuters) - A prominent Turkish newspaper editor has openly decried government pressure on the media, saying journalists live in fear, in unusually blunt criticism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's leadership months ahead of elections.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @pamukhum
Rebecca Greenfield / Fast Company:
Why The New York Times Hired A Biology Researcher As Its Chief Data Scientist  —  TO HELP MAKE SENSE OF THE MASSIVE TROVES OF DATA PRODUCED BY PEOPLE CLICKING AROUND ITS WEBSITE, THE TIMES MADE A (VERY) NONTRADITIONAL HIRE—CHRIS WIGGINS, A BIOLOGY RESEARCHER WITH A PHD IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS.
Discussion: @chanders
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Indy Star's Bizarre Tale of Real-Life Exorcism Wins Huge Mobile Traffic, but Cashing In Is Harder  —  Haunted House Story a ‘Serendipitous’ Big Draw for Gannett Paper  —  Gannett's Indianapolis Star is happily learning what movie studios have long known: Ghost stories are a huge draw.
Discussion: @gangrey and @romenesko
Yang Xiao / Nieman Reports:
Are the linguistic tricks Chinese journalists use to express their opinions just another form of self-censorship?  —  Are the linguistic tricks Chinese journalists use to express their opinions just another form of self-censorship?  —  In China, May has 35 days.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
 
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James Poniewozik / TIME:
HLN, Social Media, and the “If It Trends, It Leads” Problem
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Facebook Lays Claim to Twitter's Live TV Territory
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Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Free Press Groups Warn of China's Influence on Hong Kong and Taiwan Media
Tess Stynes / Wall Street Journal:
Thomson Reuters Swings to Loss on Restructuring Charges
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Richard Kastelein / TV App Market:
Nearly 70% of Europeans download or stream films for free
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why the NYT published the general location of a planned drone strike and the AP held back
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