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10:25 AM ET, January 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
The limits of Ezra Klein's star power  —  No greater act of press criticism exists than to launch your own publication.  Starting anew allows a journalist to leave the cracked glass, dents and rust of the old behind, to reject the past and all its mistakes and compromises, and to show by example how the work should be done.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Inside's News Is Longer Than Twitter, Shorter Than Business Insider and Jason Calacanis Says You'll Love It  —  It's 2014.  Do we need another service that summarizes news other people have written?  —  Yes, says Jason Calacanis.  And because Jason Calacanis is a very persuasive pitchman …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Comcast Earnings: Profits Up 28 Percent Thanks to Broadcasting, Theme Parks  —  Comcast's profits spiked 28.6 percent during the cable giant's fourth quarter thanks to its resurgent primetime broadcast line-up and higher attendance at its Universal Studios theme parks.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and CNBC
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast CEO: NBC Turnaround Is Happening ‘Faster’ Than Anticipated  —  UPDATED: Brian Roberts says “the turnaround in broadcast is happening even faster than we had anticipated” and touts record Winter Olympics ad sales for the Games in Sochi, but the firm wouldn't comment on possible cable sector consolidation.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nate Silver has hired 15 journalists for FiveThirtyEight and plans relaunch “early this year”  —  Status Update: Building FiveThirtyEight  —  We're continuing to build our team of journalists at FiveThirtyEight as we prepare for re-launch with our partners at ESPN and ABC News early this year.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Gawker Fires Back at Quentin Tarantino: We Didn't Leak Your Script  —  Gawker rejected Quentin Tarantino's claims that it leaked a copy of his latest script, “The Hateful Eight,” in a post by editor-in-chief John Cook.  Cook wrote the piece after Tarantino's lawyer Marty Singer filed suit …
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
News Websites Proliferate, Stretching Thin Ad Dollars  —  Many Generate Revenue by Hosting Conferences  —  Big profits in online news may be as scarce as buried gold but that isn't deterring journalists and investors from rushing into the sector.  —  In the past few months …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
More Layoffs to Hit Time Inc.  —  TIME TO GO?:  Time Inc. staffers are bracing for layoffs, which could come as early as next week, WWD has learned.  —  Word of the job cuts came last month, when Time Inc. chief executive officer Joe Ripp told employees during a quarterly corporate meeting …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Comcast in talks to license technology to Cox -sources  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the No. 1 U.S. cable operator, is in advanced discussions about licensing its “X1” video operating system to Cox Communications, the third-largest cable operator, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: CNET
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
GetGlue becomes tvtag, focuses on curated TV moments  —  Remember GetGlue?  The social TV pioneer got bought by Utah-based social TV startup i.TV late last year, and now, GetGlue's user base is being transitioned to a new app dubbed tvtag that takes some elements of the original and combines …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Knight will give $1 million to news nonprofits fund  —  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation expects to give up to $35,000 each to about 30 news nonprofits and public media outlets as part of a $1 million grant to a fund administered by the Investigative News Network.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Daily Telegraph publishes advert attacking ‘pro-gay’ Times columnist Libby Purves  —  Update 12.30pm: The Daily Telegraph is carrying a bizarre advert today criticising The Times's columnist Libby Purves.  It is in the form of an open letter signed by Demetri Marchessini, a Greek-born businessman and author.
Discussion: @lecanardnoir and @garylineker
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Russia Is Censoring Reporting On Sochi Olympics Controversies  —  NEW YORK - Corruption.  Environmental damage.  Forced evictions.  Exploitation of migrant workers.  —  Journalists would be expected to dive headfirst into such headline-grabbing allegations, especially when tied …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
ProPublica's Richard Tofel: ‘Our mission is to end abuses of power’  —  The president of the non-profit investigative journalism website on measuring impact, team work - and Edward Snowden  —  Richard Tofel has had a dream.  It came upon him the night before we meet and he is still a little rattled by it.
Discussion: @dangreen100, @jacobwe and @emilybell
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China Appears Set to Force Times Reporter to Leave  —  BEIJING — Despite objections raised by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in meetings with its top leaders, China appears set to force a correspondent for The New York Times to leave the country this week, and it is continuing to block …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter's Grammy Traffic Is Flat — And So Are the Grammys' TV Ratings  —  For the past few years, Twitter has been telling TV programmers and advertisers that it can bring them more eyeballs, because people on Twitter spend a lot of time talking about TV, reading about TV and watching TV at the same time.
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Roger Yu / USA Today:
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Discussion: Folio and Capital New York
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: Forbes
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Robert Lipsyte / ESPN:
ESPN Ombudsman criticises Grantland's Dr. V story, calls it “inexcusable”
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Capital New York's $6,000 paywall will probably work
Discussion: New York Times and FishbowlNY
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Stop Beating a Dead Fox