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4:45 AM ET, February 21, 2014

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BBC:
Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage  —  Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel the US news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there.  —  Mr Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not “rectify its coverage”.
Discussion: TIME and @fieldproducer
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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
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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
‘House of Cards’ Binge-Watching: 2% of U.S. Subs Finished Entire Series Over First Weekend  —  Binge-watching on the rise compared to drama series' first season  —  There are some dedicated “House of Cards” fans out there.  —  Approximately 2% of Netflix subscribers on U.S. broadband networks took …
Discussion: The Verge and @elliottberger
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
News video curator Watchup will update app in March to incorporate ads, add PostTV as partner  —  Right back after these messages: Watchup adds ads and partners with The Washington Post  —  The news video aggregator Watchup aims, in a sense, to recreate something like the traditional …
Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
How First Look Pushes Verticals Ahead of Overarching ‘Magazine’ Brand  —  First Look Media has gotten plenty of coverage for its strategy of creating “digital magazines” based on the work of specific journalists with unique voices who will dive deeply into focused topics.
Discussion: New York Times
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Rivals debate auction rules for Philly newspapers … PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The top investor in Philadelphia's largest newspapers wants the company sold in a quick, closed auction among current partners while a rival wants a slower sale open to all.  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer …
Discussion: Philadelphia Magazine
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
FCC: ‘No intention’ of muzzling press  —  The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) is trying to reassure House Republicans that it has no plans to restrict the freedom of the press.  —  In a letter released Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Republican leaders of the House Energy …
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC wants to improve quality of closed captioning
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Contributoria catch up Q&A: how the first month went  —  Described as “if Kickstarter and Medium had a baby”, crowd-funded journalism community Contributoria is now one month old.  —  The Guardian Media Group-backed startup has signed up more 650 members - 65 percent of which are writers - and 24 projects have been backed.
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_
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Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Trial of Al Jazeera reporters begins in Egypt as Human Rights Watch group denounces charges
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 …
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 …
BBC:
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.
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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 Deadline.com
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
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.
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: Associated Press
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
National Journal Launches Document Library  —  Need some background research for a complicated energy policy story?  Or a good idea for your niche publication to demonstrate its value for readers?  —  Take a tip from the National Journal, which launched a the Document Library this week …
 
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