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11:10 AM ET, January 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Dow Jones Chief Resigns In Shift by News Corp.  —  Lex Fenwick, the hard-driving chief executive who stumbled in his efforts to transform Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has resigned effective immediately as the company rethinks its strategy.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Lex Fenwick out at Dow Jones
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Guardian blocked in China after story about leadership's offshore wealth  —  Access to the front page of newspaper's website blocked and availability of other stories intermittent  —  The Guardian appeared to be partially blocked in China on Wednesday after revealing that relatives …
Emily Rauhala / TIME:
CNN, BBC Reporters Covering China Activist Trial Manhandled on Live TV  —  Street-side tussles take place outside Beijing court where transparency campaigner Xu Zhiyong is being tried behind closed doors  —  BBC journalist Martin Patience lived up to his name today.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and BBC
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon considering online live TV service, has approached at least three media conglomerates seeking rights to distribute their channels  —  Amazon Considering Online Pay TV Service  —  Live TV Channels Would Compete With Cable, Satellite  — Inc. has approached big entertainment companies …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Ex-AOL editor Cyndi Stivers joins Tina Brown's company  —  Cyndi Stivers, who saw her job as editor-in-chief of eliminated in the upheaval at the media company late last year — after only seven months in the position — has a new gig lined up with Tina Brown's fledgling conference business.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ezra Klein and the early-mover disadvantage  —  No one knows if these new personal-franchise journalism ventures are going to work  —  The parade of departures of high-profile journalism talent from big newspapers, of which Ezra Klein's is the most recent, can basically be divided into two categories.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Radio Free Europe journalists beaten, detained in Kiev protests  —  On Wednesday, UPI reported that two journalists have been beaten and detained in the ongoing protests in Kiev. … In a video for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty posted Wednesday, the two badly beaten men, Dmytro Barkar and Ihor Iskhakov, talk about what happened.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Comcast resurrects EveryBlock in Chicago on Thursday, plans other U.S. cities later  —  Hyperlocal website EveryBlock to be resurrected … EveryBlock, the hyperlocal website shut down last February amid financial losses, is returning from internet limbo.
Discussion: Street Fight
Brian Stelter / CNN Money:
Verizon bets on the future of television  —  Verizon's purchase on Tuesday of Intel's OnCue television service foreshadows a day when a paying television subscriber will be able to watch any channel on any device, whenever and wherever they want.  —  It's been a long time coming.
Discussion: @cnnmoney and
Analysis: Verizon deal may push U.S. cable to offer online TV services
Discussion: New York Times
Massive Internet mishap sparks Great Firewall scrutiny in China  —  (Reuters) - Human error likely caused a glitch in China's Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing's web censorship, sources told Reuters.
Discussion: CNN, @adampasick, CNET and NYT Bits
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The race is on to launch an internet TV service in the US  —  America's first pay TV service delivered entirely over the internet is coming.  The only question is who will offer it.  —  A slew of companies—Sony, Verizon, Apple, and Amazon—are working on television services that would take advantage …
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Police searched basket of Rebekah Brooks's baby, court hears  —  Detectives investigating phone-hacking allegations searched the Moses basket of Rebekah Brooks's six-week-old baby during a dawn swoop on the home of the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, a London court heard on Wednesday.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Showtime, HBO, Starz blast NPD study that says they lost subscribers  —  Thanks to “Homeland” and other shows, Showtime has added 1 million subscribers a year in six of the last seven years, a spokesperson says.  —  Pay-TV channels HBO, Showtime and Starz are blasting a much-ballyhooed study …
Discussion: TIME, The Verge, SlashGear, @jbflint and Engadget
Liz Hannaford /
Recalculating the newsroom: The rise of the journo-coder?  —  Through a series of interviews with journalists and developers working at the BBC and Financial Times plus some key players outside of major newsrooms, Liz Hannaford aims to find out about data journalism's special role today.
Gwynn Guilford / Quartz:
Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape they'll share anything that confirms it  —  ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images, via Tech in Asia  —  When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything.  Take, for instance, the reports about pollution being so severe …
Discussion: Gawker and FishbowlNY
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Sky needs to act to dispel dark clouds  —  Once upon a time, the idea of BSkyB teaming up with anyone other than its biggest shareholder Rupert Murdoch would have seemed almost impossible.  So the news that Sky has been talking with mobile giant Vodafone about an alliance — albeit not a merger — is significant.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Independent website could net Lebedevs millions in standalone sale  —  Digital division housed in separate company from loss-making print business which owners have been looking to sell  —  The Lebedevs, owners of the Independent titles, are keeping the papers' website in a separate company …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fox Will Stream Super Bowl XLVIII Free to Computers and iPads  —  Broadcaster to offer a ‘special preview’ of Fox Sports Go authenticated service for the NFL championship game on Feb. 2  —  Fox Sports will use Super Bowl XLVIII as a showcase for its online and mobile authentication service …
Discussion: CNET
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Weather Channel: DirecTV Subscribers Should Be Able to Switch, Without Penalty  —  The Weather Channel is ratcheting up the rhetoric in its fight to get back on DirecTV.  —  The leading weather TV channel, which begins a ninth day off the nation's second-largest pay TV service …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and Machinima brush off Xbox One shilling controversy  —  Microsoft's partnership with Machinima to pay YouTube users to promote the Xbox One has generated controversy, and raised some questions this week.  While the practice isn't unusual itself, leaked documents appeared to show …
Devin Coldewey / NBCNews:
Feds pull Google Glass user from theater for suspected piracy  —  A Google Glass user in Ohio has run into an unexpected consequence of wearing a camera on your face at all times: Movie theaters might suspect you of piracy.  Homeland Security agents pulled the man from the movie and interviewed …
Dan Levy / Sparksheet:
Building a Digital Legacy: Q&A with The Atlantic's Kimberly Lau  —  The Atlantic has been around for 155 years, and for most of that time it's been a print publication.  Do you still define The Atlantic as a magazine?  —  I don't.  The magazine is obviously a very important medium and is part …
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV: Opens Its Doors To Native Advertising  —  The BBC is known for its editorial integrity and, at least in the UK, its aversion to advertising.  These facts would seem to make an embrace of the current “native advertising” trend difficult.  But that's just what BBC Worldwide …
Discussion: @beet_tv
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Al Jazeera Expands Global Footprint With Turkish Digital Operation  —  Al Jazeera Turk will start as a digital operation and plans to become a broadcaster in a year  —  Al Jazeera is expanding its global footprint, bringing its brand to Turkey and the world's 140 million Turkish speakers …
Discussion: Al Jazeera English, @riy and @tomgara
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