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12:25 AM ET, January 25, 2014


 Top News: 
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: @shaliniwsj
Reuters:   Charter hires firm to ready Time Warner Cable proxy fight-sources
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Jury finds Courtney Love not liable in landmark Twitter defamation case  —  Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Trial  —  After eight days of testimony, the singer prevails in a trailblazing case.  —  Courtney Love  —  On Friday, a California jury decided that Courtney Love …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Variety
Madeleine Heffernan / Business Day:
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox gets ready to pull plug on ASX listing
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.
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.
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
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, Guardian and ABC
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.
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.
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
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 TVSpy
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:
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 …
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Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Flipboard launches widgets and profile badges to let users embed any magazine onto their site
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Lisa Rein / Federal Eye:
Competing appeals of Postal Service's upcoming rate hike
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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
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Appeals Court Won't Rehear Fox's Attempt to Stop Dish's ‘Hopper’ Ad-Skipper
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Microsoft, Machinima ‘Native’ Ad YouTube Blunder Risks FTC Ire
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Old Bailey hears police evidence that some of the phones linked to the ex-News International chief remain unaccounted for
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Stuart Dredge / Apps Playground:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
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Discussion: SocialTimes and TVNewser