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10:25 AM ET, January 30, 2013


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Makes Murmurs About Its Video Business  —  Netflix added a bunch of streaming video subscribers in the last quarter.  How did rival Amazon do?  —  Who knows?  Amazon is fiercely dedicated to the notion that it won't say squat about its business, and things stayed true to form during yesterday's earnings call.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Bezos: With ebook sales up 70% in 2012, Amazon has hit “transition” it expected  —  Amazon announced fourth-quarter earnings slightly below investor expectations Tuesday afternoon — but operating income, widely viewed by investors as an important measure of the company's overall health, rose, driving shares up in after-hours trading.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Amazon rides a razor-thin wave back to profit in first full quarter of new Kindles
Discussion: ZDNet and The Next Web
Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
Why I hate Twitter  —  The social sharing tool was once a vision.  Now it's a prison  —  S  —  oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention.
Jack Shafer:
Unsolicited advice for New Republic owner Chris Hughes  —  For more than a century, rich guys who think they're smarter than the rich guys who came before them have been buying money-losing publications under the impression that by spending more money than their deep-pocketed predecessors, they'll turn the red ink black.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The New Republic Takes Manhattan
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Kill the pageview: 29th Street Publishing looks to profit off small and good  —  Maura Johnston, founding editor of Gawker's now-defunct Idolator and more recently the music editor at the Village Voice, is now a micro-publisher.  The independent writer is four issues into her new periodical …
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
This Is Jeff Zucker's CNN Overhaul  —  As news arrives today that some of its most familiar (and familiarly loud) faces are on the way out and some new (and potentially household-name) anchors may be on the way in, the future of CNN is starting to take shape under its powerful new boss, Jeff Zucker.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
James Carville, Mary Matalin leaving CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN to launch new morning show
Discussion: Poynter
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
CNN's managing editor Whitaker to leave network
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
Washington Post's Truth Teller and the future of robots doing journalism  —  At some point in the history of letters, fact-checking went from a foundational part of journalism to a specialization practiced by few to a buzzwordy media trend, alternately praised and dismissed depending on what politician was getting called out.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle  —  Like plenty of music fans, Sam Broe jumped at the chance to join Spotify two summers ago, and he hasn't looked back.  —  Spotify, which began streaming music in Sweden in 2008, lets users choose from millions of songs over the Internet free …
Discussion: Quartz and Business Insider
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:   Streaming and Micropennies: The Footnotes
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures  —  At the end of each month, cable news ratings are released to the public.  And, like clockwork, Fox News dominates the top 13 or so programs, far outstripping its competitors.  —  January was ... a little different.
Discussion: TVNewser and The Raw Story
Ukraine Gongadze case: Court convicts journalist's killer  —  Olexiy Pukach is a former police general  —  A Ukrainian court has convicted a former police chief of murdering journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000, a crime which rocked the country.  —  The court in Kiev found that Olexiy Pukach …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Murdoch faces more uncertainty over Times and Sunday Times appointments  —  Independent directors will not meet again until March to discuss Rupert Murdoch's choice for editor roles  —  The independent directors who refused to endorse Rupert Murdoch's choices as editors of the Times …
Nancy Hass / GQ:
Reed Hastings on Arrested Development, House of Cards, and the Future of Netflix Movies  —  The quirky little start-up that once printed money by mailing you DVDs is hell-bent on morphing into the HBO—and the network, and the any-show, any-time streaming service—of tomorrow.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Now recording: Knight funds an app for collecting oral histories  —  Most friends and family have oral histories — they just don't realize it.  That time as a kid your uncle ate so many waffles he cried?  Or the time your best friends had to break into their apartment so they could move out?
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why an ‘average’ journalism grad's salary might not be an average salary where you work  —  After I blogged Monday about a survey that said 2012 j-school grads' average starting salary was $40,900, lots of Poynter readers took to Twitter or emailed me to complain about how out of line that number …
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
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