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5:45 PM ET, February 20, 2014


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Brooks denies knowing of NoW hacker  —  Rebekah Brooks has said she never heard of a private investigator who has since been jailed for phone hacking while she was editor of the News of the World.  —  Mrs Brooks said that during her leadership of the paper, she never heard investigator Glenn Mulcaire's name mentioned.
Herald Scotland:
Rebekah Brooks acquitted of one charge of misconduct in phone hacking trial
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks not on trial for having worked for Rupert Murdoch, court told
Discussion: New York Times and
Gregg Carlstrom / Foreign Policy:
Why Egypt Hates Al Jazeera  —  The network's Cairo-based staff, who stand accused of running a terror cell from a luxury hotel, find themselves caught in the middle of a regional power struggle.  Cairo — Last summer, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy was one of thousands of protesters who took to Tahrir Square …
Discussion: @maitelsadany and @daliaezzat_
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Trial of Al Jazeera reporters begins in Egypt as Human Rights Watch group denounces charges
Peter Greste profile: Career of a foreign correspondent
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Om Malik leaves day-to-day operations at GigaOm, becomes full partner at True Ventures, site raises $8M more  —  Now that Gigaom is all grown up, it's time for the next chapter  —  It's a new year (although it's well underway) and I'm excited to talk about the new phase at Gigaom.
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
Why Venezuela's Revolution Will Be Tweeted  —  The country's street protests are playing out dramatically on the social network.  —  We can't seem to agree about whether social media fuels, merely facilitates, or actually hinders protest movements.  But in Venezuela, where five people …
Danny O'Brien / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Venezuela's Internet Crackdown Escalates into Regional Blackout
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC wants to improve quality of closed captioning  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to improve closed captioning.  —  “Five wins and a very light power reese know” sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast.  —  But that was the closed captioning on a WeatherNation report last month.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
FCC: ‘No intention’ of muzzling press
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air, @sodagrrl and Mediaite
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Sun Media Group to buy City Paper  —  Staff reports  —  The Baltimore Sun Media Group said today it is buying the alternative weekly City Paper for an undisclosed price.  The transaction is set to close in March, the company said.  —  The move brings together two of the Baltimore area's most well-known news organizations.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Before Facebook Deal, WhatsApp Was Helping BuzzFeed and Shazam Go Viral With New Platform Tools  —  Unlike mobile messaging competitors like Line and WeChat, WhatsApp has taken a resolute stance against becoming a platform that distributes games and other apps.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
M.L.B., N.B.A., N.H.L. and others to launch joint digital sports channel with Time Inc.  —  Three of the “big four” U.S. sports leagues are teaming up to launch a new digital video channel, in conjunction with Time Inc. The channel, called 120 Sports, will launch later this spring …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
LinkedIn's competitive advantage over other publishers: $1.5B in annual revenues  —  LinkedIn has the one thing other publishing platforms would kill for  —  We've been writing a lot lately about the increasingly blurry lines between platform and publisher, a world in which new-media entities …
Sochi Olympics a ‘Tremendous Success’ for NBC, CEO Says  —  NBCUniversal, overcoming smaller prime-time TV audiences, views its Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi as a “tremendous success,” Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke said.  —  “In 2011 we made a major commitment of over $4 billion …
Discussion: CBS News and Forbes
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
New Report Says How Much Advertising Is Going to Piracy Sites $227 million in 2013  —  In the longstanding fight to combat online piracy, there's been growing pressure on the advertisers whose ads appear on sites that steal copyrighted material.  The Obama administration has called for private-sector actions to reduce piracy.
Jon Chesto / Boston Business Journal:
Patch's move to bring back laid-off editor is a sign that the firm is hiring journalists again  —  When Susan Petroni learned on Jan. 29 that she would lose her job as Framingham editor for the Patch network of news sites, the news didn't come as a big shock.
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Iran's Judiciary Closes a New Pro-Government Newspaper  —  TEHRAN — An Iranian newspaper aligned with the country's reform-minded new president was closed on Thursday by Iran's judiciary, only six days after its first issue, local news outlets reported.  —  It is unclear whether the closing …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Arif Durrani / MediaWeek:
Guardian Labs looks beyond ads to engaging content  —  Anna Watkins is on a mission at The Guardian.  Full of purpose and radiating energy, she is out to prove just what her favourite news brand is capable of when it comes to creating long-term, engaging commercial partnerships.
Sarah Kendzior / Politico:
What does our addiction to disaster porn say about us?  —  What does our addiction to disaster porn say about us?  —  Journalist Simon Shuster said it was “straight out of Hieronymus Bosch.”  Writer Philip Gourevitch thought it was more like Bruegel.  But the main word to describe …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Awards underscore the value of important work and reinforce commitment to do it.  —  Among the long list of inexact sciences in the world, picking award-winners is right up there.  And that's true whether the subject is movies, music or journalism.  Let's start with movies.
Discussion: @nsncgroup
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The Guardian to launch Melbourne office and ramp up staff to more than 50
Discussion: GNM press office
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
China's Tencent signs deal for access to exclusive Business Insider content
Discussion: Tech in Asia and @hblodget
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi joins Omidyar's First Look Media to cover financial and political corruption

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