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7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post will hire ‘new writers and data wizards’ for post-Ezra Klein iniative  —  Jim Tankersley will lead an effort to “expand our policy coverage and reach new readers beyond Wonkblog's core audience,” The Washington Post announced Friday.  Wonkblog founder Ezra Klein is leaving the paper to start a new venture.
Anthony Crupi / Adweek:
NBCU's $775m investment in Sochi media rights projected to rake in more than $1b in ad sales  —  NBCU Olympic Ad Revenue Is Snowballing Report sees Peacock booking more than $1 billion in Sochi sales By Anthony Crupi  —  NBCUniversal forked over some $775 million for the media rights …
Discussion: Softpedia News and @adweek
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
As part of Time Warner Cable deal, Charter CEO tentatively offers up NY systems to Comcast  —  Charter CEO Signals Openness in Push For A Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Cable Operator Willing To Give Up New York-Area Systems to Rival Comcast, Sources Say  —  Charter Communications Inc. might …
Charter hires firm to ready Time Warner Cable proxy fight-sources  —  Charter Communications Inc has hired proxy solicitor Innisfree M&A as it gears up for a potential proxy fight at takeover target Time Warner Cable Inc , according to people familiar with the matter.
John Cook / Gawker:
Fox News' Favorite Investigator Was Paid to Smear Murdoch's Wife  —  Here's a story.  On the afternoon of Friday, November 21, 2008, an email bearing the subject header “confidential information” turned up in Gawker's tips inbox.  The sender's email address was “,” a dummy account.
Discussion: New York Magazine and @johnjcook
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox to Acquire Majority Stake in Yankees Cable Network  —  UPDATED: The media giant will now own 80 percent of YES, buying out Goldman Sachs and NJ Holdings, leaving the remainder to Yankee Global Enterprises.  —  YES Network will soon be officially under the 21st Century Fox umbrella.
Madeleine Heffernan / Business Day:
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox gets ready to pull plug on ASX listing
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Pro photographers remind lucky amateurs: Viral pictures have value  —  As soon as he took the picture, Janis Krums knew he had something.  What he didn't know is how much of a something he really had.  —  If Krums' name sounds familiar, it's because he took one of the most famous viral pictures …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CBS News Productions Unit Shuttered  —  CBS News is shutting down its CBS News Productions unit.  The division, which has a staff of more than a dozen producers, writers and researchers, produces hour-long nonfiction shows for networks including A&E, The Discovery Channel, and MTV.
Discussion: 10,000 Words, Lost Remote and AppNewser
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
AP Threatens Legal Action Over George Zimmerman's New Painting  —  George Zimmerman may be in legal trouble again, this time over his latest painting.  —  The painting, unveiled earlier this week, depicts Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin.
Al Jazeera English:
McCain condemns detention of Al Jazeera staff  —  US Senator John McCain says Egypt's imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists violates human rights and press freedom.  —  US Senator John McCain has condemned the imprisonment of five Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt, calling their detention …
Discussion: Poynter
In times of crisis, FM chips in smartphones will better serve public  —  Disasters strike every year in every corner of America.  Hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, ice storms in the Midwest and Plains states, wildfires in the west and arid states of the southwest …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Egyptian Filmmaker Who Mocks Authorities on YouTube Detained Amid Widening Crackdown in Cairo  —  The sense that Egypt's revolution has come full circle, with the security state shaken by protests that started three years ago this week finally reasserting itself, intensified on Friday …
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Washington Post removes opinion piece: 'we can't verify the byline'  —  The Washington Post was unable to verify the identity of the author of a Jan. 17 opinion piece called “D.C., you're depressing.”  The author of the piece, which trashed Washington, D.C. and its public transportation system, was listed as Jason Huntmann.
Publishers Weekly:
Byliner Announces Public Radio Partnership  —  Byliner has arranged a partnership with Public Radio International to make e-books out of select programs that air on the network.  The Byliner e-books will be available as text-only downloads to customers who subscribe to Byliner for free …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Joseph P. Kahn / The Boston Globe:
The Harvard Lampoon's two new female leaders represent a first for the venerable college humor magazine  —  A week from Saturday, Alexis Wilkinson, a 21-year-old Harvard College junior, will become the first African-American woman to run the 138-year old Harvard Lampoon.
Discussion: @bostonglobe and @jodikantor
German court orders Google to block Max Mosley sex pictures  —  (Reuters) - A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley.  —  The court said on Friday that although Google had not taken …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Appeals Court Won't Rehear Fox's Attempt to Stop Dish's ‘Hopper’ Ad-Skipper  —  The 9th Circuit votes unanimously to deny the broadcaster's petition.  —  Fox Broadcasting won't get a full panel of judges at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review its attempt to enjoin Dish Network's …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Get Rid of ‘Viral’ Headlines With This One Weird Browser Extension  —  From “incredible” to “painfully ordinary”  —  The Upworthy headlines will find you.  In tweets, in emails, in wall posts from well-meaning family: Viral Headline English, with its blithe incredulity, will hunt you down …
Lisa Rein / Federal Eye:
Competing appeals of Postal Service's upcoming rate hike  —  Three days before the U.S. Postal Service raises the price of a first-class letter and most other mail by three cents to 49 cents, the agency and the mail industry filed competing appeals of the rate increase in federal court Thursday.
Discussion: Post & Parcel
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Flipboard launches widgets and profile badges to let users embed any magazine onto their site  —  Flipboard released a new feature today that enables users to add widgets and profile badges to their website or blog.  These new tools will automatically update when the featured magazine is updated.
Discussion: Inside Flipboard
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Source: SoundCloud has raised over $60M at a $700M valuation, led by IVP and Chernin  —  Music-Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises New Funds at $700 Million Valuation  —  SoundCloud, the site for uploading and sharing music, has raised a new round of funding valuing the company at about $700 million …
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