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5:50 AM ET, January 20, 2014

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Josh Levin / Slate:
Digging Too Deep  —  Every journalist has worked on a story that started out being about one thing and ended up as something else entirely.  That's what happened to Caleb Hannan, who got curious about a weird-looking golf club he found on YouTube and started quizzing the inventor about her far-out scientific theories.
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Hazel Cills / Gawker:
Twitter Explodes After Trans Subject of Golf Article Kills Herself  —  On Friday, journalist Caleb Hannan tweeted a link to a recent Grantland story he did, writing, “Not sure what to say other than this is the strangest story I've ever worked on.”  —  The piece, entitled “Dr. V's Magical Putter …
David Carr / New York Times:
Print focus at OC Register fails to stem bleeding as publisher Aaron Kushner tries to scale  —  Publisher Stumbles in Wild Chase for Growth  —  Timing matters when it comes to news.  I had been reading about Aaron Kushner's audacious strategy to invest in journalism ever since he bought …
Discussion: @mattdpearce
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
After Mulling Sale, Business Insider Raising a New Round of Funding  —  Business Insider — which rejected an informal acquisition offer of around $100 million floated by AOL last year and has discussed other sale efforts — is likely to be raising a new round from its existing investors, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Fergus Pitt / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Which News Organizations Influence Wikipedia?  —  The New York Times leads the Wikipedia record of 2013's biggest news stories, according to a very simple (and perhaps simplistic) analysis of the online encyclopedia's citations.  The analysis and process are quite basic …
Discussion: @raju and @towcenter
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
BBC launches new iWonder brand for digital content, starting with interactive World War One guides  —  The BBC has launched a new brand called iWonder which it hopes will unlock the learning potential from its wide-ranging content.  —  Starting today, and designed to coincide with the BBC's World War …
Discussion: T3, thedrum.com, BBC, Digital Spy and Pocket-lint
Associated Press:
Number of permits requested to make porn films in L.A. County has declined by about 95%.  —  Number of permits requested to make porn films in L.A. County has declined by about 95%.  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lee Roy Myers has everything you'd expect to find in the nation's porn capital in Southern California …
Discussion: @hannahdreier, @ndiblasio and UPROXX
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
For Movie Producers, a Golden Age Fades  —  As Hollywood slashes spending, nobody has felt the brunt as much as movie producers … LOS ANGELES—They still sit on the northern edge of the Universal Pictures lot—symbols of an era when producers were the kings of Hollywood.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Magazine industry ad decline slowing, but 4th quarter not good  —  The final tally came in this week for print magazine advertising in 2013.  It is the typical good news/bad news scenario.  —  Ad pages — the industry's traditional measure — were down 4.1 percent for the year.
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 …
BBC:
BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies at 41  —  BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.  —  Ghana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.  —  One of Ghana's best-known journalists …
 
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From Techmeme:

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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