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1:25 PM ET, January 7, 2014


 Top News: 
John McDermott / Digiday:
Twitter Inches Closer to the Local Ad Market  —  Twitter has grand ambitions as an ad platform, and it appears poised to make a foray into the lucrative but fragmented world of local advertising.  —  Twitter recently rolled out a new map-based feature called Nearby to select users …
Discussion: @digiday
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New rules at Time Inc require stories about company to be approved by Chief Content Officer  —  Norm Pearlstine lays down the law  —  Norm Pearlstine has laid down some ground rules for Time Inc.'s editors in a bid to govern what type of material should pass through him for pre-publication approval.
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
FAA says any commercial use of drones including journalism is not allowed yet  —  FAA on drone recordings by journalists: ‘There is no gray area’  —  Last Wednesday, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review published a minute-long, aerial video of a local event.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
When a (Partial) Tweet Becomes an Ad, What Are the Rules?  —  The media world gets weirder every day, but this moment still stands out as something of a stunner - the kind of thing that merits a place on the eternal timeline of “How the Internet Flipped the Media World on Its Head.”  —  Picture it:
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Bill Gannon joins First Look Media: My Q & A with him about intelligent aggregation in news  —  Today Pierre Omidyar announced a key hire: recently Bill was editor of Entertainment Weekly, before that boss of the Yahoo home page.  —  This is from the official press release:
Discussion: @mathewi and @jayrosen_nyu
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Visit with jailed Al Jazeera correspondent finds him healthy, haggard  —  CAIRO — Donning a long overcoat to fend off the winter chill, the prison official led the way down some stairs, through an underground parking garage, then back up a short set of steps to the goal: a dingy …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
TiVo Moves Storage Of TV Shows Into The Cloud With New Network DVR Service  —  DVR manufacturer TiVo has spent most of the last 15 years building hardware that would allow consumers to record their favorite TV shows and watch them later.  Now the company is working toward building products …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Samsung announces major 4K streaming partnership with Amazon, Netflix, and others  —  In addition to inking a deal with Technicolor's M-GO streaming service, Samsung today announced a major partnership with Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, and DirecTV to provide 4K streaming to consumers via their latest UHD TVs.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:   CES: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Appears at Sony Press Conference to Drive 4K Message
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Grows Subscribers For First Time in 26 Quarters  —  CEO Brian Roberts tells Wall Street analysts that the return to growth after six years of losses is owed to more innovative TV products and calls Xfinity a “game-changer.”  —  After 26 quarters of losing video customers, Comcast …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
HuffPost policy banishes trolls — and drives away some frequent commenters  —  When The Huffington Post announced that all commenters would be required starting Dec. 10 to link their profiles to Facebook and have their real names displayed when commenting, the reaction was fierce.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Vimeo speeds its online videos, goes HTML5 by default  —  Vimeo has sped up its video-streaming technology and made the shift from Flash-powered video to HTML5 by default, the company said Tuesday.  —  The new player software improves performance, social links, and post-production capabilities …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Vine Co-Founder Steps Down From Lead Role at Company  —  Dom Hofmann, co-founder of the social video-sharing service Vine, has stepped down from his lead general manager role at the company, according to three sources close to the situation.  —  Hofmann, who has led the company since …
Discussion: @kenli729
Nicole Laporte / Fast Company:
Netflix: The Red Menace  —  Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, that “red envelope” company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry.  It's about to do it again.  —  “It's the creatives, stupid.”
Discussion: @fastcompany, @noahr and @felixsalmon
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Vice News wants to take documentary-style storytelling to hot spots around the globe  —  If there's a mantra for the team behind Vice News, it might be: Go where the story takes you.  The soon-to-launch news channel from Vice is designed for the type of journalist who wants to strap a camera …
Discussion: CNN
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Native advertising is the new paywall in media economics - but is it here to stay?  —  Many digital publishers have placed it at the heart of their business strategy - but there are concerns over transparency  —  In 1917, the American Federal Trade Commission settled a case with the Muensen Speciality Co. …
Discussion: The Dish and @cantlin
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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