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8:30 PM ET, February 21, 2014

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CNN:
Venezuela tells CNN journalists to ‘get out’  —  Sorting fact from fiction in Venezuela  —  (CNN) — Venezuela has revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists in the country, following the president's announcement he would expel CNN if it did not “rectify” its coverage of anti-government protests.
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Tom Scocca / Gawker:
Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town  —  It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now.  The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion.  Yesterday it announced it had received …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money  —  Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.  —  The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon's greed …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks outcry  —  A proposed government study of how media organizations gather news has incited a powerful backlash, particularly among conservatives, who said that it could be part of an official effort to intimidate or second-guess journalists.
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:   FCC's new closed captioning rules had long journey
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Turns out Twitter is even more politically polarized than you thought  —  This is what Twitter looks like when two groups with different political views talk about the same thing:  —  As part of a new study on Twitter's network structures, the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research …
Discussion: @gregdklein, SocialTimes and AppNewser
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Garrick Utley, Former NBC Anchor and Foreign Correspondent, Dies at 74  —  Garrick Utley, a former anchor for NBC News who for many years was one of a rare breed in television news reporting, a full-time foreign correspondent, died on Thursday night at his home in Manhattan.  He was 74.
Associated Press:
White House bars media from Dalai Lama meeting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House defended its decision Friday to bar reporters and photojournalists from a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, while acknowledging the news media's legitimate interest in covering the two leaders' encounter.
Bloomberg:
Roku Said to Be Weighing Initial Public Offering in U.S. in 2014  —  Roku Inc., the maker of set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, is weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  A decision to move ahead hasn't been made …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gigaom and @zseward
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Southern Living Puts its Name on Branded Communities  —  Diehard fans of Time Inc.'s Southern Living can live in a Southern Living-branded house filled with Southern Living-branded décor, thanks to the brand's formidable stable of brand extensions.  There are home goods (furniture …
Discussion: @steve_katz
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources say Amazon readying a Web TV box competing with Apple TV and Roku, for March rollout  —  Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again  —  Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again.  —  Industry sources say Amazon is getting ready to launch a Web TV box that would compete …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Attorney General Signs New Rules to Limit Access to Journalists' Records  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who drew fire last spring over the Justice Department's aggressive tactics for secretly obtaining reporters' phone logs and emails as part of leak investigations …
Discussion: Associated Press
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Om-Niscient: A Much-Deserved Mash Note to Tech Blogger Om Malik  —  Of course, I was jammed yesterday with a trip and then the big news of Facebook forking over $19 billion for WhatsApp in the endless hamster-wheel cycle that is sometimes my life, so I missed the news about Om Malik.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TV antenna maker Mohu targets cord cutters with new Channels device  —  Mohu, best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna, is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video services.  The company will launch a Kickstarter campaign for its new Mohu Channels product early next week …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Charter CEO Rutledge: After Losing Time Warner Cable, We're Still Interested in Acquiring Subscribers  —  Charter Communications may have been blindsided by Comcast's $45 billion bid last week for Time Warner Cable — topping Charter's hostile takeover offer — but president and CEO Tom Rutledge …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Dish's Charlie Ergen: I'm Nervous About Comcast-TWC, Surprised Our Business Hasn't Been Worse  —  Optimism is supposedly one of the qualities people look for in politicians and business leaders.  Apparently no one told Charlie Ergen, who seemed less concerned with soothing investors …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph: Jason Seiken confirms MacGregor and Evans in editing roles  —  TMG editorial chief also announces three deputies and creates digital director roles for content and visual journalism  —  Telegraph Media Group's editorial chief, Jason Seiken, has announced a number of changes to the senior editorial team.
Discussion: @mediaguardian and Press Gazette
Jeff Bercovici / Playboy:
Nick Denton: Gawker, Crowdsourcing & Kinja  —  Manti Te'o had a fake girlfriend.  Rob Ford smoked crack.  Brett Favre texted photos of his junk to a young woman.  That these and countless other onetime secrets are now public knowledge is thanks to Nick Denton, the founder and owner …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Purdue clears police who detained student journalist  —  Police at Purdue University were within their rights to detain a student journalist and seize his camera, an investigation led by the school's police chief determined.  —  Hayleigh Colombo and Dave Bangert of the (Lafayette, Ind.) …
Discussion: jconline.com
 
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James Ball / Guardian:
Why are all the House of Cards journalists so bad at journalism?
Discussion: @wesleylowery and @jaredbkeller
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Publishing businesses contributed to revenue gain at former Washington Post company
William Dotinga / Courthouse News Service:
Media Outlets Put Google's Feet to the Fire in Gmail Wiretap Suit
Discussion: @benthepcguy, Thanks:@tartakoff
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ireland's newspapers lose print sales, but national titles hold up well
Jay Miller / Crain's Cleveland Business:
Plain Dealer managing editor explains ‘digital first’ strategy
Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial told of ‘bin man’ who sold documents to newspapers
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Angela Doland / AdAge:
Western TV Hits a Big Draw for Online Viewers — and Advertisers — in China
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Core Media Teams with PopSugar, in Latest Tie-Up of TV and Web Worlds
New York Post:
Maxim owners sue over bungled buyout
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Broadcasters Voice More Objections to Slim TV
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
BitTorrent shuts down its live streaming website to refocus on mobile
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Gannett blog shuts down after almost 7 years
Discussion: Gannett Blog and SFist
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Contributoria catch up Q&A: how the first month went
Discussion: @mattmcalister