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3:25 PM ET, January 18, 2014

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company  —  At editorial meetings in Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters this week, Michael R. Bloomberg gave clear signs that he would not be taking a hands-off approach as he returned to his old company.  —  Just two week's removed from City Hall …
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
AOL's Patch May Be Dismantled: Source  —  AOL (AOL) shopped its Patch news service for more than a year to various media companies before reaching a deal with private equity firm Hale Global for what's been described as a low-ball bid for the money-losing venture, the FOX Business Network has learned.
Discussion: @alexweprin, @katie_roof and @timobrien
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Steven Jacobs / Street Fight:
The Patch Saga, and Its Implications for Local Media  —  Aol's decision to unload its struggling hyperlocal network Patch earlier this week may not have been unexpected, but the distressed property's fire sale does carry with it some broader implications, even as many local media companies …
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
‘This used to be a newsroom’ — the scene at the Cleveland Plain Dealer  —  As a diminished staff adapts to new rules and new space, “newsroom culture is gone”  —  DETROIT, MI — As a major reorganization of the Cleveland Plain Dealer takes shape, veteran reporters are adjusting to …
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Lauren Kirchner / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA fight for NSA documents continues  —  The government has released some heavily-redacted legal opinions, but ProPublica, the ACLU, and others say that's not enough  —  This past November, ProPublica attempted to open up “the smallest nesting doll” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance …
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
How Beats' New Music Service Plans to Crush Spotify  —  Beats Music won't be joining the most-tracks arms race when it launches Tuesday.  Instead, the new subscription service brought to you by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will win converts through a potent mix of smarter algorithms and human curation.
Discussion: The Next Web and App Advice
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
End of film: Paramount first studio to stop distributing celluloid  —  Paramount's “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the first major Hollywood movie to be distributed entirely in digital format — without the use of film or film reels on which the industry has depended since it began.
Discussion: Variety
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Eight Percent of DirecTV Subscribers Would Switch Over Weather Channel Dispute  —  Fresh data in the ongoing DirecTV, Weather Channel carriage dispute reveals a third of DirecTV subscribers would switch, or consider switching, if The Weather Channel were no longer available on the satellite service.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Blogger gets same speech protections as traditional press-U.S. court  —  (Reuters) - A blogger is entitled to the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist and cannot be liable for defamation unless she acted negligently, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook ‘relationships guy’ courts Hollywood, media in new push  —  (Reuters) - Beyonce fans got a big surprise at midnight on December 13, when the pop star announced her new album from out of the blue.  —  Just as surprising was her decision to announce the album by posting a 15-second video …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Time Inc. CEO Ripp Said to be Uninvolved in Son's Promotion  —  A company spokesman said Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp wasn't involved in his son Brendan Ripp's promotion to publisher of Sports Illustrated.  —  “The decision to promote Brendan was made by Todd Larsen in consultation with Mark Ford,” the rep emailed.
Discussion: New York Post
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
With 60M downloads, BitTorrent's Bundle experiment is paying off  —  The Internet has created a world where value is determined by virality.  —  BitTorrent is contributing to the evolution of how content gets shared.  The creator of file-sharing technology revealed today that people …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechHive and TechCrunch
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
And The Most Downloaded Torrent of 2013 is.... Completely Legal
 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

 
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