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3:45 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: @adweek
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 …
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: @johnjcook
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ANIMAL
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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sunday Times redesign aims to give readers the bigger picture  —  News UK title to refresh look for the first time since going full-colour in 2009, with new font and focus on images  —  The Sunday Times is to unveil a new look this weekend, its first major overhaul in almost six years …
Discussion: @drrrop and Press Gazette
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
Mokhtar Amiri / Guardian:
Afghan journalist Noor Ahmed Noori found dead in Helmand province  —  Body of former New York Times journalist, working for radio station in Afghanistan, found burned and mutilated inside a bag  —  The burned and mutilated body of an Afghan journalist has been found in a plastic bag behind …
Millie Tran / American Press Institute:
Revisiting disruption: 8 good questions with Clayton Christensen  —  Clayton Christensen is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the world on innovation and disruption.  The Economist magazine called his 1997 book “The Innovator's Dilemma” one of the six most important books about business ever written.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Future buys stake in blogger network Handpicked Media  —  Magazine publisher continues move from print to digital with investment in female-focused network of blogs and websites  —  Magazine publisher Future has taken a 35% stake in blogger network Handpicked Media, as it continues to move …
Discussion: Talking New Media
Maria Elena Fernandez / NBC News:
Courtney Love defends herself in the first ‘Twibel’ trial  —  Courtney Love's fascinating journey on Twitter — which has included her daughter's recommending that she be “banned” from the social micro-blogging site — has landed her in a Los Angeles courtroom, where she is defending herself …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed @HistoryInPics  —  There is a new ubiquitous media brand on Twitter.  —  No, I'm not talking about Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media or BuzzFeed or The Verge, or any other investor-backed startup.  —  I'm talking about @HistoryInPics …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Old Bailey hears police evidence that some of the phones linked to the ex-News International chief remain unaccounted for  —  Up to 10 of Rebekah Brooks's devices missing, phone-hacking trial hears  —  Ex-News International chief's lawyer contests claim, suggesting several of the devices are obsolete and not connected to her
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 and Lost Remote
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Madeleine Heffernan / Business Day:
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