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5:30 PM ET, February 18, 2014

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BostonGlobe.com is moving to a metered paywall … That's one of the takeaways from this long profile of the John Henry-era Globe by Jason Schwartz in Boston Magazine.  The Globe famously split its web presence in 2011 into a completely free Boston.com and a mostly hard-paywalled BostonGlobe.com.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Jason Schwartz / Boston Magazine:
Will John Henry Save the Globe?  —  Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander.  “I feel my mortality,” he says.  So here's his plan: He's going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.  —  Just days after striking a deal to buy the Boston Globe …
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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Whisper publicizes and claims it vetted a new Gwyneth Paltrow affair rumor shared by a user  —  Whisper, The Sequoia-Backed Secret Sharing App, Makes A Move Into TMZ Territory  —  Whisper, the popular anonymous social sharing startup that's raised $24 million from venture capital giants …
The Intercept:
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Study says civic participation fell in Denver and Seattle after newspapers closed  —  Civic engagement in Denver and Seattle “dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009,” Portland State University professor Lee Shaker says in a paper published at the end of January called “Dead Newspapers …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reality check: No, Upworthy's traffic didn't get crushed by Facebook's algorithm change  —  A week or so ago, Business Insider had a post about how a recent change to Facebook's newsfeed algorithm had “crushed” traffic to Upworthy, the viral-news site that relies on social platforms for much of its audience …
Discussion: Salon and @antderosa
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Journal pushes enterprise, data, ‘immersive storytelling’  —  The Wall Street Journal is making moves to ramp up its enterprise coverage.  Managing editor Gerard Baker announced three appointments that “will strengthen our investigations team, enhance our data-reporting resources and advance …
Discussion: @danieldrepper and @mathewi
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Showtime App Goes Live on Roku — But Comcast Is Not on Board  —  Showtime Networks has launched its authenticated streaming-video service on Roku broadband set-top boxes, providing access to to hundreds of hours of on-demand content and live TV feeds, available to subscribers of several major pay-TV partners.
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu hires former SVP at Sony Network Entertainment Tian Lim as CTO  —  A World-Class Builder Joins the Hulu Ranks  —  Hulu is the best place for world-class builders.  Hands down.  Our business at its core is defined by the building and innovating that happens daily at Hulu.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst Is Staking Its Future on an Editor Turned CEO  —  When SmartMoney made its debut in 1992, it was anything but another staid business magazine.  A joint venture of Dow Jones and Hearst Magazines, it mixed humor with provocative stories, many of which regularly incensed advertisers.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian  —  A group of the world's leading press freedom bodies is calling on prime minister David Cameron to distance himself from the investigation into The Guardian over the leaks by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Big YouTube channels launch GOVA to protect interests of web video companies  —  Big YouTube Channels Join Forces to Help Drive Ads Meet GOVA, the Global Online Video Association By Mike Shields  —  The Web video world is getting its own trade organization: GOVA, the Global Online Video Association …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Some people want a lot more Winter Olympics; some people want no Winter Olympics at all  —  The folks at NBC's Breaking News have a post up looking at how their users responded to the arrival of a huge story — the Sochi Winter Olympics.  (Breaking News is ahead of the pack at encouraging readers …
Discussion: The Whip
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Condé Nast W.T.C. digs ‘well underway,’ move begins November  —  Condé Nast is beginning the rollout of its upcoming move to 1 World Trade Center, the soaring skyscraper where it has agreed to live for at least the next 25 years.  —  In one of the first significant internal communications …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 
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Caysey Welton / Folio:
Salon Media Group Continues to Increase Revenue Through Traffic
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Bloomberg expanding its luxury magazine, Pursuits
Discussion: @alexsteigrad, Thanks:@drewkerr
BBC:
The BBC, NBC News, Reuters, and others call for release of Al Jazeera journalists
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
A Journalist Is Suing the Police Who Grounded His Drone
Discussion: Poynter and @matthew_ryan
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google makes play for TV ad dollars, signs deal with ad buyer Magna Global
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing
Discussion: @sulliview and BAGnewsNotes
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Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Why It's Getting Harder to Sue Illegal Movie Downloaders
Discussion: @dliebelson
Felix Salmon:
Comcast's purchase of TWC would reinforce high cable TV and broadband rates and slow speeds
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)
Discussion: Variety and TVWeek.com
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Accused of Exporting Media Censorship Across Asia