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5:50 PM ET, January 26, 2014

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Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
When ‘Long-Form’ Is Bad Form  —  LAST week, the sports and pop culture website Grantland published a story called “Dr. V's Magical Putter” — a piece of “long-form,” as we now call multi-thousand-word, narrative-driven reported articles — about a woman named Essay Anne Vanderbilt …
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Ben Smith / Medium:
What The Longform Backlash Is All About  —  Taking the best of the magazine craft online.  And leaving the rest on paper.  —  BuzzFeed executive editor Doree Shafrir and I started talking about hiring a “longform” editor in the spring of 2012, at the urging of our most experienced writer, Michael Hastings.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Prominent NYT news stories “go too far in the direction of interpretation, analysis and elaborate writing”  —  'Just the Facts, Ma'am' No More  —  IT'S a Monday morning in mid-January.  Your print edition of The Times is at hand, along with your coffee.  You scan it for news.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
For some, Twitter is becoming less about relevancy and more about one-liners  —  Valley of the Blahs: How Justin Bieber's Troubles Exposed Twitter's Achilles' Heel  —  At some point, Twitter and the rest of social media became less about wanting to share the news and more about wanting to be the 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
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
Hoaxsters bought us 75,000 fake followers in a new kind of Twitter attack  —  by the Syrian Electronic Army and a few  —  users, most of the threats the Daily Dot and its reporters have received over the past two and half years have been bogus.  —  But the one we received Monday was the most peculiar to date.
Discussion: SocialTimes
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Some Game Companies Pay for Play on Conan's “Clueless Gamer” Skits … The gaming world has been good to Conan O'Brien in the past year and a half.  The late-night talk show host's glib (and often hilarious) videogame reviews, “Clueless Gamer,” have become a viral sensation, racking up millions of views online.
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.
Benedict Evans:
As tech, media, and telecom collide, ignorance of any one sector leads to failures like Joost  —  Ignorance  —  “However vast any person's basic reading may be, there still remain an enormous number of fundamental works that he has not read.”  - Italo Calvino
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.
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 …
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: The Verge
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
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