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5:10 PM ET, January 10, 2014


 Top News: 
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Wikimedia Foundation employee ousted over paid editing  —  Longtime advocate for female editors is dismissed after taking a $300 side job.  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit which owns Wikipedia, has apparently terminated an employee who was engaged in editing for pay.
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 …
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Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post Will Fill Vacant Reader Rep Role, But Not Revive Ombudsman
Discussion: @alyssarosenberg
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
DirecTV may sever ties with WWE over new online network
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
Discussion: @charliebeckett
 Earlier Picks: 
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Contributoria's founders talk about why they are building an open community for crowdfunding journalism
Discussion: The (e)Grommet
Victoria Turk / Motherboard:
Algorithms Could Help Predict a Book's Success
Discussion: Telegraph and @evgenymorozov
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Associated Press ‘Beefing Up’ Newsroom Amid Understaffing Concerns
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
It's Never Too Early To Say Goodbye
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Chairman Pledges Vigorous Broadband Oversight