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Ezra Klein / Vox:
What Andrew Sullivan's exit says about the future of blogging  —  Andrew Sullivan is leaving blogging.  —  Crap.  —  Sullivan — alongside Josh Marshall — basically invented the political blogosphere.  So his (temporary?) retirement is giving rise to many a “Blogging Is Dead” column.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
BuzzFeed gets serious with editorial standards and ethics guide  —  As it has grown from being a media laboratory in which Jonah Peretti experimented with viral content into a full-fledged media entity worth close to a billion dollars, BuzzFeed has had to amend some of its previous practices …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
How Elite Daily sold for $40-50 million to Daily Mail  —  Daily Mail just acquired the media startup Elite Daily for $40 million to $50 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.  —  But when Daily Mail's US CEO Jon Steinberg was first told to meet with Elite Daily in June, he blew it off.
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Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Facebook directly querying 600 paid users about News Feed stories to improve ranking algorithms, may expand querying to general population  —  Revealed: Facebook's Project to Find Out What People Really Want in Their News Feed  —  Every weekday beginning at around nine …
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Yes, Bloomberg should buy the New York Times — and, yes, this would be great for the New York Times  —  Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg is reportedly once again sniffing around and asking whether the New York Times might be for sale.  —  It almost certainly isn't for sale.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's first original web series debuts tomorrow in Discover, with episodes available for 24 hours  —  Snapchat's first web series debuts tomorrow in Discover, with episodes available for 24 hours
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Viacom Layoffs Likely Coming This Quarter  —  Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman hinted at looming layoffs at his company during a Thursday morning investors call.  On Friday, the company president's comments were confirmed to TheWrap as a warning for job-cutting in the near-to-intermediate future.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Reporters were chaperoned everywhere in one Philadelphia hotel during US House Democrats' retreat  —  At retreat, Dem staffers escort reporters to restroom  —  Reporters covering the House Democrats' retreat in Philadelphia this week are having a much different experience than when they're on their home turf on Capitol Hill.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily News to shutter borough bureaus  —  In New York's tabloid war, the Daily News has generally been the combatant with an army on the ground in the outer boroughs, while the New York Post has consolidated power around its Manhattan-centric base.  —  That's about to change …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Google Now adding cards from third-party apps including media like The Economist, Guardian, and Shazam  —  ‘Google Now’ Will Suck In Outside App Data  —  Google Inc. doesn't want to lose its perch atop the search market, and it's looking to the likes of Airbnb, eBay , Lyft and a couple dozen other companies to help it do just that.
Say Media / Say Daily:
Why John Oliver's Digital Strategy Is Winning the Internet … Chances are, you've seen a clip of Last Week Tonight pop up in your Facebook news feed.  HBO's new weekly late-nighter, hosted by British comedian and Daily Show alum John Oliver already has an average audience of four million …
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Vine Rolls Out Children's Version of Six-Second Video App  —  Vine is thinking of the children.  —  The Twitter-owned video company on Friday rolled out Vine Kids, a lightweight kid-centric version of its popular video app.  —  The app, which doesn't require users to sign up or follow anyone …
Discussion: Vine blog, Mashable and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
ESPN to sell live, on-demand access to the Cricket World Cup on web for $100, mobile apps coming on Feb. 11  —  ESPN Takes Another Step Outside the Bundle, Starts Selling Cricket World Cup Subscriptions  —  ESPN is going to try selling sports directly to viewers over the Internet …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget  —  Some more details are emerging around AOL's reorganization plans.  Sources tell us that the company will lay off around 150 people, with the majority in sales.  As part of it, AOL is also consolidating some websites.
 
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Verizon Has Given The Zombie Cookie A Kill Switch  —  Verizon's zombie cookie is now killable.  In a development initially reported by The New York Times, the telco will allow its users to opt out from what the privacy community …
Say Media / Say Daily:
Why John Oliver's Digital Strategy Is Winning the Internet … Chances are, you've seen a clip of Last Week Tonight pop up in your Facebook news feed.  HBO's new weekly late-nighter, hosted by British comedian …
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