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2:20 PM ET, January 15, 2014

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Michael Wolff / Slate:
The new Roger Ailes biography isn't just poorly written.  It's telling the wrong story.  —  Gabriel Sherman is part of a group of young media reporters—many starting out at the New York Observer under the tutelage of then-Editor Peter Kaplan, an avowed media nostalgist—who have seen their subject …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   Q&A with author of book on Fox's Roger Ailes
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Scintillating TheWrap Stats Also Remind: comScore Counts It Differently  —  On January 26, TheWrap will celebrate its fifth anniversary.  And when staff gather at the outlet's west Los Angeles offices for that purpose, there will be extra cause for whooping and hollering.
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The Wrap:   TheWrap Beats Deadline Hollywood and Variety's Web Traffic in December
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jim Rutenberg joins Times Magazine  —  Jim Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, filling the spot created when Matt Bai jumped to Yahoo News in November.  —  He leaves the newspaper-side role of national political correspondent.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
BBC:
Phone-hacking trial: Charlie Brooks CCTV released  —  CCTV showing Rebekah Brooks' husband Charlie and security staff allegedly trying to hide computers and documents from police has been released.  —  The hacking trial jury has been shown excerpts from CCTV footage recorded around the building in Chelsea …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Phone-hacking trial: judge admonishes police expert witness
Mark Stone / Sky News:
China Defends Blocking Some Western Websites  —  Video: Chinese Ambassador: ‘China Is Open’  —  China's ambassador to the UK has defended his country's long-standing decision to block some Western media companies, in an interview with Sky News.  —  Speaking to Sky's Jeff Randall …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Alex Leo / Newsweek:
The New New Newsweek.com  —  I know the past couple years have been confusing—it seems like every time you turn around there's a new Newsweek.com.  When IBT Media purchased Newsweek last year, it inherited a beautiful site designed by Huge that was launched less than a year ago.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Jason Deans / Guardian:
James Harding offers the BBC reasons to be cheerful in the digital age  —  In his debut public speech for the BBC, its news chief seemed on top of his brief - and was remarkably upbeat about the future  —  “I am, in fact, extremely optimistic about the future of journalism,” …
Discussion: Poynter, bbc.co.uk and BBC
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Vanity Fair launches Hollywood vertical  —  Last year, Vanity Fair hired Mike Hogan from The Huffington Post as digital director, and charged him with a familiar task at many legacy magazine publishers these days.  —  “The idea was to grow VanityFair.com over the course of the next year …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom to launch customizable kids' TV channel, My Nick Jr., on Verizon FiOS  —  Viacom to Launch Customized Kids' TV Channel  —  My Nickelodeon Junior to Combine Elements of Streaming Services Pandora and Netflix  —  Viacom Inc. plans to launch a children's TV channel in the U.S …
Discussion: Gigaom, Consumerist, The Verge and @zseward
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
After 97 years in NYC, Forbes heads to New Jersey  —  Forbes Media surprised staffers Tuesday with the news that the “capitalist tool” is moving to New Jersey — vacating the Greenwich Village HQ it has occupied for 49 years.  —  CEO Mike Perlis gave the word but said the company is looking for …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Start small, plan big: How two nonprofit education sites came together to build a network  —  What started out as two independent nonprofit news sites is now a network of four — with aims to grow larger.  —  Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education reporting partnership that grew out of GothamSchools …
Aram Roston / Vocativ:
Five Questions for the NYT's James Risen: “I Will Go to Jail if I Have To”  —  For the last five years, the Obama administration has been waging an unprecedented effort to root out leakers and whistle-blowers in government.  Now one of the best U.S. national security reporters …
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Leila Haddou / Guardian:
Blogger broke news of alleged UK role in 1984 Amritsar attack  —  Independent researcher and journalist uncovered government papers in the National Archives released under the 30-year rule  —  The revelation of alleged SAS involvement in the planning of the 1984 expulsion of militants …
Discussion: New York Times and BBC
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Half A Dozen Bidders Remain For Forbes, Mostly From Outside The U.S.  —  Bidders for Forbes Include Axel Springer, Fosun International and Spice Global  —  The auction of Forbes Media LLC is drawing interest from an array of international companies, including Germany's Axel Springer SE …
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Nears Deal to Sell Headquarters  —  When Related Cos. needed financing for its $1.3 billion bid for Manhattan's Time Warner Center, it turned to a ready source of money: foreign buyers.  —  It found willing backers in sovereign-wealth funds from Abu Dhabi and Singapore …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @aleclefort
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Smart TV: Sky officially launches targeted adverts to the UK public  —  Just like how you're served personalized ads (to a degree) on the Internet, UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB ('Sky') has officially launched its own tailored TV ad program to the public after a six-month trial period.
Discussion: Engadget
AFP:
US ‘disappointed’ as Russia refuses journalist visa  —  Washington — The United States said Tuesday that it was “disappointed” that Russia had denied a visa to American journalist David Satter, who has written three books on the country.  “The US embassy in Moscow has raised our concerns …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future  —  Now that the Court of Appeals has ruled on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order upholding the Commission's authority to act under Section 706, I want to provide a further insight into my oft-repeated statement that I am pro-open Internet.
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality
David Gelles / DealBook:
How Much Time Warner May Be Worth to a Suitor  —  Charter Communications says it is offering a full price for Time Warner Cable.  At $132.50 a share, its proposal amounts to a 40 percent premium above where Time Warner Cable's stock was trading in June, before rumors of a deal surfaced.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-BBC Exec, Sony Pictures TV Launch U.K. Production Banner
Discussion: Deadline.com
Associated Press:
2 former security officials arrested over killing of prominent Serb journalist in 1999
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC forced to pay £740m into pension scheme as deficit soars to £2bn
Discussion: Variety and @scraplicencefee
Arif Durrani / MediaWeek:
Global body begins press freedom mission to the UK
Discussion: Guardian and Press Gazette
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Time Inc. hires CTO from Amazon, and in 2013 made offer of less than $200m for Forbes
Erik Wemple:
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