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8:00 PM ET, February 23, 2014


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David Carr / New York Times:
Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show  —  There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn't seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor.  Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Business Insider
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter  —  MADRID — The line between youthful rebelliousness and something more dangerous is not always clear.  But in her angry musings on Twitter, Alba González Camacho, 21, who describes herself as a “very normal girl,” sailed across it.
Discussion: CNET and The Verge
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NBC's Sochi Winter Olympics Coverage Looks For Gold  —  NBC Universal's Sochi performance is partly measured in gold, too.  Televising the Olympics is a complex, multi-million dollar business venture that seems to have more riding on it every two years.  Beyond attracting millions of people …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
A different Olympics on TVs across the world  —  You are here  —  Home » Mao Asada » A different Olympics on TVs across the world  —  In Sweden, commentators have fun with Norway's misfortunes.  The Dutch can't get enough of their speedskaters.  Japan is so crazy about figure skating they show warmups.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix and Comcast Solve Their Web Traffic Problem With a Long-Term Deal  —  Comcast and Netflix have hammered out a deal designed to remove a bottleneck slowing the video service's streams for the cable company's broadband customers.  —  The deal focuses on the intersection between …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money
Rafael Casal / Upworthy:
CORRECTION: That Time We Let Pretend Science Ruin Real Science And Decided To Apologize For It  —  FROM THE EDITORS: Hey everyone.  So a video made it onto our site that put Chicken McNuggets under a microscope.  It had some problems (there's a link at the bottom of the page if you REALLY need to see it.)
Ben Cosman / The Wire:
Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers  —  Amtrak has begun offering “writers' residencies” to, well, writers - long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.  —  After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Discovery and BSkyB may make joint bid for Richard Desmond's Channel 5  —  Channel 5, the broadcaster put on the block by Richard Desmond, could be sold to Discovery Communications, the US-based media conglomerate that is controlled by John Malone.  —  And, according to the Financial Times …
Discussion: Financial Times
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
While unbundling is the buzz, media companies team up to offer newer, smarter rebundling  —  The newsonomics of Spotified news subscriptions  —  In a first-of-its-kind partnership with streaming music leader Spotify, The Times of London has brought a whole new meaning to the subscription bundle …
Sara Morrison / Poynter:
Since 2007, L.A. Times' Homicide Report has wrested stories from data  —  We've heard a lot about Chris and Laura Amico's Homicide Watch - and for good reason.  The site tracks homicides in Washington, D.C., (and, as of just over a year ago, Chicago and Trenton) from police report to conviction …
Discussion: @hfuhrmann and @rachelnixon
Esther Addley / Guardian:
Julian Assange's ghost writer breaks silence on failed autobiography  —  WikiLeaks founder a mercurial character who could not bear his own secrets, according to writer Andrew O'Hagan  —  The ghostwriter who collaborated with Julian Assange on his abortive 2011 autobiography has broken …
Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’  —  (CNN) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a CNN reporting team Friday that it could continue reporting in the South American country, a day after the government revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists.
Natalie Kitroeff / The Lede:
Venezuela Battles Media, Social and Otherwise, to Restrict Protest Coverage
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