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12:40 PM ET, January 8, 2014


 Top News: 
New York Times:
New bio of Fox News Chief Roger Ailes details power struggles, desire for political influence  —  Biography Casts Critical Light on Fox News Chief  —  Roger Ailes was so eager to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, he told fellow Fox News executives point-blank …
Brian Stelter / CNN Money:
New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing  —  The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its Web site, in 2006, the iPhone wasn't on the market.  Tablets like the iPad were still years away.  —  So the new design that The Times is unveiling Wednesday …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
At CES, Yahoo shows its plans to compete as a media company  —  Yahoo doubles down with new tech, food sites  —  Executives say it's just the beginning, and more initiatives are in the offing.  —  Yahoo is doubling down on content as it launches ambitious websites covering technology and food.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yahoo's sleek News Digest app swims against the stream
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sony Doesn't Have the Deals It Needs for Web TV — But That's Not Its Real Problem  —  Last year, Intel said it was going to deliver pay TV over the Web by the end of 2013.  That didn't work out.  —  Now Sony says it will deliver pay TV over the Web sometime in 2014.  Can it deliver?  —  Maybe!
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Kaz Hirai on Why Sony's Pay TV Bid Can Succeed Where Intel and Others Stumbled
Discussion:, CNET, The Verge and Variety
Chris Taylor / Mashable:
Newspaper to Put All Reporters Through Social Media Boot Camp  —  One of the country's oldest remaining big city newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle, is set to announce a radical plan to arrest circulation decline and remain relevant in the digital age, Mashable has learned.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
AMA: How a Weird Internet Thing Became a Mainstream Delight  —  Reddit's question-and-answer format imports the aspirational norms of honesty and authenticity from pseudonymous Internet forums into mainstream interviews.  —  Barack Obama, Jerry Seinfeld, a line cook at Applebee's, and a guy with two penises walk into a bar.
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Two-Year-Old Observer Story About Soccer Mom Madam Incorrectly Named Post Editor  —  On March 29, 2012, the Observer ran a story that suggested the New York Post's editor in chief, Col Allan, was among the “powerful men found in transcripts of the surveillance audio from the five-year-long investigation” of Ms. Gristina.
Discussion: Capital New York
Tiffany Hsu / Los Angeles Times:
Barnes & Noble names Nook chief Michael Huseby as CEO  —  A Barnes & Noble store.  (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)  —  Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. has tapped Michael P. Huseby, head of its Nook digital division, to be chief executive of the entire company.
David Kenner / Foreign Policy:
The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer  —  Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera.  Seven months later he was dead.
Discussion: Corey Pein and @coreypein
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bob Costas Says NBC's Olympics Broadcast Won't Ignore Russia's Anti-Gay Laws  —  NEW YORK — Bob Costas, the face of NBC's primetime Sochi Olympics coverage, recently made headlines by telling the Associated Press that he was more interested in interviewing President Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Mediaite
Deutsche Welle:
Taiwan journalists strive for more independence  —  A new group in Taiwan wants to address the threats independent reporting in the country faces on multiple fronts.  New advertising models and a series of buyouts by Chinese companies are changing Taiwan's media landscape.
Agence France-Presse:
Two Swedish reporters missing in Syria freed: ICRC, diplomatic sources  —  Two Swedish journalists reported missing in Syria in November have been freed, diplomatic sources and an official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.  —  “A Swedish journalist missing …
Discussion: Poynter and Naharnet
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Christopher M. Matthews / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wants E-Book Monitor Removed
Arif Durrani / Brand Republic:
Guy Zitter to leave Daily Mail after 32 years
Discussion: The Drum
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
ThinkFilm, a Short-Lived but Wily Distributor, Still Influences Industry
Discussion: @tedhope
Rebecca Greenfield / Fast Company:
A Glimpse Into The Future Of NPR, From Its First-Ever Creative Director
Discussion: @mstanyabasu and @zeldman
Sumit Galhotra / Committee to Protect Journalists:
India's independent journalism in doubt in election year
Discussion: @gautambhatia88
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
China blocks The Guardian's website in rare move against English language media
Discussion: Guardian, Poynter and Tech in Asia
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck Latest:
U-T San Diego Lays Off Video Personnel
Discussion: Poynter
 Earlier Picks: 
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