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5:50 PM ET, January 10, 2014


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Is The Times Giving Proper Credit on the Christie-Bridge Story?  —  The explosive story surrounding Gov. Chris Christie this week is bringing well-deserved praise to the newspaper, The Record, in northern New Jersey, which has been chipping away at it for months.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
For Bergen Record's reporting, public records requests are ‘the go-to tool’  —  Following months of reporting, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record broke the news Wednesday that a senior member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's staff ordered lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, and they had the emails to prove it.
Erik Wemple:
New Jersey's Record used persistent reporting, records requests and leaks for Christie story
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: Nearly Half of Americans Tune to Other Devices While Watching TV  —  Findings from CES and NATPE indicate millennials are most frequent multitaskers, while a majority don't find it makes for an enjoyable viewing experience.  —  A new study indicates that nearly half of all Americans employ …
Discussion: and Kirk LaPointe's …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TV Viewers Aren't Thrilled with Second-Screen Synchronized Content, Study Finds  —  Only 13% of ‘second screen’ users say content synched with TV makes experience more enjoyable, according to survey from CEA and NATPE  —  Call it app-athy: While the majority of TV viewers are sitting …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Fox's War Against Ailes Biographer  —  Fox News has been uncharacteristically quiet about the upcoming tell-all Roger Ailes biography, but the media empire seems to have been doing secret investigative work on writer Gabriel Sherman.  —  The book is nearly out.  Now comes the battle.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Supreme Court to Hear Aereo Case  —  The Supreme Court has granted review to broadcasters' challenge to the legality of startup Aereo, in a case that may not only determine the future of digital streaming of station signals but of network television itself.  —  Without comment …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Facebook hit with lawsuit over “Like” ads - user says he never “Liked” USA Today  —  A Colorado man who claims Facebook falsely told his friends that he “Liked” USA Today has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $750 for himself and every other user who appeared in ads for products they never endorsed.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Time Inc. shake-up: Hackett out at People, replaced by E.W.'s Cagle  —  Larry Hackett, the longtime editor of People magazine, is leaving parent company Time Inc. and will be replaced by Jess Cagle, the editor of sister title Entertainment Weekly.  —  Cagle also assumes the role …
Lorraine Bailey / Courthouse News Service:
Anonymous Yelp Users Face Identity Disclosure  —  (CN) - Yelp must identify seven anonymous reviewers who left negative reviews for a carpet-cleaning business, a Virginia appeals court ruled.  With approximately 102 million unique visitors every month, the Yelp website allows users to post and read reviews of local businesses.
Washington Post ‘most popular’ US newspaper on Twitter in 2013  —  A study reveals the 10 most popular US newspaper websites on Twitter during 2013, as well as the most tweeted stories  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Anti-SOPA coalition launches day of action against the NSA  —  Almost exactly two years after national protests defeated the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and one year after information activist Aaron Swartz took his own life, Washington is in the midst of another fight about democratic freedoms …
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Ushers In Crowd-Sourced TV  —  The actor is taking his web project “hitRECord” to cable  —  For the first episode of the new cable series “HitRecord on TV,” producers had to squeeze 426 names into the closing credits, about four times the amount that scrolls through a typical half-hour TV show.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Automated recommendation engines Taboola and Outbrain supply links on many major news websites  —  You'll never believe how recommended stories are generated on otherwise serious news sites  —  In its top story Tuesday, covered the Senate's jockeying over a bill to extend unemployment benefits.
Discussion: @nnall and @dabeard
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Why is Yahoo bad at being a tech company?  It doesn't want to be one.  —  “Media has long been one of Yahoo's key strengths,” Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer told a room full of techies at CES this week.  And Yahoo's talent investments over the past year, like recruiting Katie Couric …
Discussion: The Switch
Surprise: Amazon tests physical retail with ‘Kindle Kiosk’ vending machines  —  LAS VEGAS — Amazon, the company that defined the world of online commerce, is venturing further into the world of physical retail — experimenting with standalone, automated “Kindle Kiosk” vending machines in selected airports and shopping malls.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Nook sales crashed by over 66 percent during 2013 holiday season  —  Barnes & Noble CEO attributes drop to lower prices, no new products last year.  —  Back in August 2013, Barnes & Noble declared that it wasn't giving up on its Nook e-reader just yet.  Despite its struggles …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Hugo Lindgren Named Acting Editor of Hollywood Reporter  —  Hugo Lindgren, who stepped down as editor of The New York Times Magazine in November, will become acting editor of The Hollywood Reporter for the next three months, according to a Twitter post by Janice Min, who held that job before being promoted.
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Southern Weddings to provide print, digital content for Southern Living's bridal channel  —  Southern Weddings to provide print, digital content for SL's bridal channel.  —  Southern Living has produced bridal content before, but Time Inc.'s regional lifestyle brand chose to partner …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy to Resign  —  Tim O'Shaughnessy, a co-founder and the CEO of LivingSocial, on Friday told the staff of his daily deals company he planned to step down.  —  The news was first reported by the Washington Business Journal and confirmed by Re/code.
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Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Bleacher Report and Forbes
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Citing Jana Winter, Colo. lawmaker proposes strengthening state's shield law
Sam Laird / Mashable:
International Olympic Committee Won't Police the Internet in Sochi
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph Media Group made record £60m profit last year
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Victoria Turk / Motherboard:
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Discussion: Telegraph and @evgenymorozov
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
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