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2:45 PM 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.
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
The Washington Post tried to launch a venture like Ezra Klein's 15 years ago  —  Some Context on Ezra Klein's “News Site/Encyclopedia” Concept  —  It appears that the big project that led Wonkblog proprietor Ezra Klein to bolt The Washington Post for VoxMedia is to “build the world's …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Q&A: Ezra Klein Promises “A Completely Different Product”
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Omidyar: First Look plans to launch ‘family of digital magazines’  —  In a video explaining his plans for First Look Media, founder/funder Pierre Omidyar says that in addition to a flagship site covering news, entertainment, sports and politics, the venture plans to launch “a family of digital magazines.”
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Pierre Omidyar releases video previewing First Look Media
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera America to get prime new channel space  —  As it prepares to launch a new marketing campaign, Al Jazeera America will be getting some prime new channel placement for Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York.  —  Tomorrow, January 28, AJAM will be moving from channel 181 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)  —  The director takes legal action over the distribution of his script.  —  Quentin Tarantino  —  Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly disseminating copies of his script, The Hateful Eight.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Is Seeking “Editors” For News App  —  For years, Facebook has sworn by the power of algorithms to serve users a personalized mix of status updates, stories and photos.  It's what makes up the heart of the company's premier product, the News Feed.  —  Soon, Facebook will add another approach …
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Stop Beating a Dead Fox  —  The conservative news channel's only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.  —  here ain't no sanity clause," Chico Marx told Groucho.  There is also no Santa Claus.  And there was no sanity in the Santa fracas that became …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast, Charter Said to Near Pact on Time Warner Cable Assets  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is near a deal to buy New York City, North Carolina and New England cable assets from Charter Communications Inc. if shareholders approve Charter's takeover bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: Variety
Rachele Kanigel / Mediashift:
SF Chronicle Hopes Incubator Will ‘Turn Around Legacy Media Company’  —  After two decades of being pummeled by savvy tech companies that have stolen its readers, its advertisers and perhaps even its place as the leading media company in town, the San Francisco Chronicle has decided to fight innovation with innovation.
Discussion: @mediatwit
 
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
N.Y. Times reporter forced to leave China
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephen Glass denied California law license
Discussion: @aburnspolitico
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Capital New York's $6,000 paywall will probably work
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Times
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Howard Kurtz reneges on promise to cover new Ailes biography on MediaBuzz
Discussion: Gawker and @pwgavin
Politico:
MSNBC to launch new daytime schedule, Ronan Farrow to host at 1 p.m.
Discussion: Mediaite, TVNewser and @irin
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Dan Evans first journalist to plead guilty to hacking phones at newspaper other than NOTW
Discussion: Press Association
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Yahoo's Former Chief Revenue Officer Joins Millennial Media As Its CEO
Discussion: AdExchanger
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post names David Brinker as President, announces record web traffic
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Vice Media links up with Greek TV broadcaster Antenna
Wall Street Journal:
Sports Channel Seeks to Profit From Demand for Online Video Without Pushing Away Pay-TV Customers
Press Gazette:
News UK merges Times, Sunday Times and Sun ad sales roles
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Major consolidation in Dutch cable industry as Liberty reveals $9.4B Ziggo buyout
Mike Ozanian / Forbes:
Super Bowl TV Audience Down 84% Per-Ad-Dollar Since 1967
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Prominent NYT news stories “go too far in the direction of interpretation, analysis and elaborate writing”