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5:28 PM ET, January 16, 2014


 Top News: 
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent seeks buyer  —  The Independent is up for sale.  The paper's founder, and current chairman of its publishing company, Andreas Whittam Smith, has been authorised to seek out a buyer.  —  The owners, Alexander Lebedev and his son, Evgeny, have been indicating …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent's future in jeopardy as sales fall to alarming level  —  It is hard to imagine anyone buying The Independent and therefore places the paper's future existence in jeopardy.  The fact that its owner has failed to find a buyer after months of seeking one suggest that its newsprint days are coming to an end.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Independent owners decline to comment on report that title is again up for sale  —  The publishers of The Independent declined to comment this morning on a report that the title is again up for sale - nearly four years after it was sold by Independent News and Media to Alexander Lebedev.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Financial documents being shown to potential buyers raise questions about its future growth. Has Forbes peaked? And can it justify the high price it's seeking  —  The newsonomics of Forbes' real performance and price potential  —  The bidding for Forbes is now moving into round two, with a sale expected within a month.
Chris Elliott / Guardian:
Open door: Why an article on Lisa Bonchek Adams was removed from the Guardian site  —  I don't think it is wrong to frame a question about how those with incurable illnesses use social media, but the Guardian was wrong in the way it went about it  —  Lisa Bonchek Adams is a woman …
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
A.P. Cameraman Detained in Egypt After His Images Appear on Al Jazeera  —  A cameraman covering the constitutional referendum in Egypt for The Associated Press was arrested on Wednesday while transmitting live video from a polling place in Cairo.  —  The journalist, Hassan Abdullah Hassan …
Discussion: The Huffington Post, CNN and Mediaite
Pew Internet:
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps  —  The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.  —  The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.
Josh Stearns / Free Press Blog:
Net Neutrality and the Future of Journalism  —  Tuesday's court decision, which struck down the FCC's Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom.  —  According to the Pew Research Center …
Discussion: @jcstearns, Gigaom and Consumerist
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Introducing Newspeg — A New Way to Look at News  —  Do you get the feeling you're awash in a flood of news?  —  The internet has unleashed a torrent of news sources, old and new, that we're all scrambling to make sense of and sort out.  The old convenient package of news that landed …
Discussion: @jeffjarvis and @mathewi
Mark Stencel / Poynter:
Tech reporter Brian Krebs hacks it on his own, one scoop at a time … Few news stories in the past month landed on homepages and front pages with a louder thud than the theft of credit and debit card information from millions of Target customers.  —  The Target break-in was the latest scoop …
Wall Street Journal:
Cox Communications Not Preparing Bid for Time Warner Cable  —  As One Potential Suitor Steps Aside, Comcast, Charter Discuss Collaborating on an Offer  —  Cox Communications Inc. isn't preparing a bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. , according to people familiar with the matter …
Discussion: Reuters
Bloomberg:   Charter's Time Warner Cable Bid Puts Rutledge in Dealmaker Role
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Noah Shachtman, formerly of Foreign Policy and Wired, joins Daily Beast as executive editor  —  After Tina Brown's Exit, Daily Beast Brings In Editing Help  —  The Daily Beast has hired Noah Shachtman, a former editor at Foreign Policy and Wired, as its new executive editor …
Discussion: @miriamelder, @johnavlon and @erikmal
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Fired Yahoo Exec's $109M Golden Parachute Was One Of The Biggest Ever  —  There are a lot of different ways to express just how massive is the payout Yahoo is bestowing upon Henrique De Castro, the chief operations officer fired this week by CEO Marissa Mayer after only 15 months on the job.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Netflix ‘original’ documentary lands Oscar nomination  —  “The Square,” a Netflix-backed film about the 2011 Egyptian revolution, secured an Oscar nomination for documentary feature on Thursday, fulfilling the Academy Awards buzz it drummed up at film festivals.
NBC New York:
Wall Street Journal Reporter Goes Missing in New Jersey, Credit Card Mysteriously Used in Mexico  —  Hundreds of people are searching for a missing 55-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter who left his New Jersey home for a walk on Saturday and never came back.
Alex Miller / VICE:
Kelvin MacKenzie is Wrong About International News  —  Last night, parochial news troll Kelvin MacKenzie appeared on Newsnight to claim that foreign reporting “is killing TV news”.  He was being entertained by Paxman and the rest thanks to new research, which suggests that TV viewers are often indifferent to foreign news stories.
Discussion: @viceuk
Ed Christman / Billboard:
FCC Shelves Pandora's Bid For South Dakota Radio Station  —  In another minor setback to its music licensing plans, Pandora has received word from the FCC that it is no longer processing its application for the transfer of the ownership of broadcasting license for KXMZ, the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station it acquired last June.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Rdio follows Spotify with unlimited ad-supported music on the web  —  A day after Spotify said it would remove all caps on free ad-supported music listening on the web, fellow on-demand music service Rdio followed suit.  Previously, Rdio offered listeners ad-supported streaming for a limited …
Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
Digital Technology Remodels Women's Magazines  —  Women's magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips.  However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole.
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Memo: Condé Nast ad pages flat in Q1  —  Condé Nast Media Group president Lou Cona said ad pages were flat across the company's magazines in its first quarter in a memo to staffers sent Thursday.  —  Though pages were up in January and March, a “flagging” February contributed to the results …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Maker Studios Hires Ex-AOL Exec Rene Rechtman to Lead International Operations  —  Exec also will take a stake in the multichannel network operator eyeing expansion outside the U.S.  —  @xpangler  —  Rene Rechtman, who resigned as CEO of AOL's branded content division last fall …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Wrap and Re/code
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

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