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7:20 PM ET, January 25, 2014


 Top News: 
Megan Finnerty / Arizona Republic:
Friend of Dr. V blames Grantland story for timing of suicide, but not for the suicide itself  —  Friend blames timing of Gilbert inventor's suicide on fear of impending article  —  It was just after noon Oct. 18 when Gerri Jordan walked into the bedroom of her Gilbert home and found …
Discussion: @danreilly11 and @dangillmor
Al Jazeera English:
Peter Greste's letter from Egyptian jail  —  Al Jazeera reporter tells the ordeals of his two colleagues, held in a draconian “Scorpion prison”.  —  Writing from Tora Prison, Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste has outlined the fate of his fellow journalists, detained for two weeks without charge in Egypt.
Discussion: Guardian and @hamishnews
Al Jazeera English:
McCain condemns detention of Al Jazeera staff
Discussion: Poynter, Guardian and ABC
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Why China Needs to Rethink the Way It Treats the Foreign Press  —  An unusual collaborative investigation by journalists in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere has refocussed attention on one of the Chinese government's most neuralgic issues: the private wealth of top leaders and their families.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The ‘Hoax Economy’ gives way to a new breed of fact checking.  —  The ‘Hoax Economy’ gives way to a new breed of fact checking.  —  There's a new genre of headline taking over the internet.  It's got a simple message: don't believe that headline.  —  If you've been watching Twitter …
Discussion: @jwherrman
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
In the latest battle to profit from control of the internet, the consumer is stuck in the middle  —  On a message board under a thread titled, “Is Comcast blocking Netflix,” customers of the nation's largest ISP are complaining about the poor quality of Netflix streaming during evening hours and wondering what's going on.
Discussion: Bright Side Of News* and The Verge
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @angryarb and @shaliniwsj
Reuters:   Charter hires firm to ready Time Warner Cable proxy fight-sources
Tamara Baluja / J-Source:
How well are Canadian newspapers doing with paywalls, tablets?  —  Are paywalls the gamble that will save the newspaper industry?  Is a free tablet app the way to go?  It's too early to know what works as an online strategy, but we did get a glimpse into how some newspapers have been faring …
Discussion: @dailynewshack and @byjameskeller
Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
New weekly newspaper planned for Las Vegas  —  The much-rumored launch of a free weekly publication that eventually could replace the Las Vegas Sun was announced Thursday by Greenspun Media Group.  —  The Sunday will be distributed at 1,500 locations around Las Vegas starting Feb. 9.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Court Delays FilmOn X Appeal, Leaves Ban In Place  —  Streaming television service FilmOn X suffered another setback in court this week, when an appellate panel said it won't rule on the company's request to lift an injunction against it until after the Supreme Court decides whether Aereo is legal.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FTC Seeks Comment On Nielsen Spin-Off of LinkMeter to comScore  —  Divestiture was part of deal with government to allow it to buy Arbitron  —  The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from the public on Nielsen's proposal to sell its LinkMeter technology to comScore.
Discussion: TheHill
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 …
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox to Acquire Majority Stake in Yankees Cable Network
Discussion: Variety
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Flipboard launches widgets and profile badges to let users embed any magazine onto their site
Discussion: Inside Flipboard
Lisa Rein / Federal Eye:
Competing appeals of Postal Service's upcoming rate hike
Discussion: Post & Parcel
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Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Source: SoundCloud has raised over $60M at a $700M valuation, led by IVP and Chernin
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CBS News Productions Unit Shuttered
Discussion: Lost Remote and 10,000 Words
Joseph P. Kahn / The Boston Globe:
The Harvard Lampoon's two new female leaders represent a first for the venerable college humor magazine
Discussion: @bostonglobe and @jodikantor
John Cook / Gawker:
Fox News' Favorite Investigator Was Paid to Smear Murdoch's Wife