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7:50 AM ET, January 27, 2014

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Ezra Klein / The Verge:
Ezra Klein and crew to start new Vox Media publication  —  Vox is our next  —  Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time: why hadn't the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information?
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David Carr / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself  —  After a week of speculation, it turns out that Ezra Klein, the prolific creator of The Washington Post's Wonkblog, will be going to Vox Media, the online home of SB Nation, a sports site, and The Verge, a fast-growing technology site.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Q&A: Ezra Klein Promises “A Completely Different Product”  —  “This is not just Wonkblog.”  —  This evening, after weeks of speculation, Ezra Klein announced he'll be founding a new media publication at Vox Media, home to SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, and the recently acquired Curbed Media network.
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.
Press Gazette:
News UK merges Times, Sunday Times and Sun ad sales roles  —  News UK may have ruled out merging the editorial teams of the Times and Sunday Times - but that hasn't stopped it restructuring the commercial side of the business.  —  The legal undertakings given by Rupert Murdoch when he bought …
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
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Major consolidation in Dutch cable industry as Liberty reveals $9.4B Ziggo buyout  —  Confirming recent reports, John Malone's Liberty Global broadband outfit - the world's largest outside China — said on Monday that it will buy what it doesn't already own of Dutch cable provider Ziggo.
Mike Ozanian / Forbes:
Super Bowl TV Audience Down 84% Per-Ad-Dollar Since 1967  —  Television advertisers are getting much less for their money than they used to when it comes to the Super Bowl-at least when looked at through the lens of how many people watch the National Football League's championship game.
Discussion: Variety
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
 
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
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