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11:25 AM ET, January 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center:
Local TV audiences bounce back  —  Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.  Viewership climbed 6% in the morning (5 to 7 a.m.) and 3% in the early evening (5 to 7 p.m.) newscasts, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens an NY1 Reporter  —  The Staten Island lawmaker can be heard telling Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, “I'll break you in half” in footage broadcast by the network.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World hacker admits lying as part of ‘enormous conspiracy’  —  Dan Evans tells court that 2009 witness statement was ‘drafted by News International lawyers’ and he was ‘toeing the line’  —  Dan Evans, the former News of the World hacker, has admitted lying about trying …
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Egypts refers Al-Jazeera journalists to trial  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor on Wednesday referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network, including four foreigners, to trial on charges of allegedly joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security.
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post announces plans to hire bloggers, redesign site  —  A memo to staffers from Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron outlines some of the paper's plans for the next year.  —  The news organization plans to hire “writers to author ‘verticals’ on a wide array of subjects,” Baron writes.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. to cut nearly 500 employees: sources  —  The imminent layoffs at Time Inc. are expected to cut close to 500 people, or about 6 percent of the work force, reliable sources tell Media Ink.  —  One source said the target date for an announcement is now Feb. 4 …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Former BBC technology chief to take legal action over DMI dismissal  —  Ex-employee accuses corporation of allowing ‘inaccurate statements’ to be made to MPs over failure of digital initiative  —  The BBC chief technology officer dismissed over the failure of the Digital Media Initiative …
Discussion: Reuters
Mark Thompson to face MPs again over failed £99m Digital Media Initiative
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
Raft of new digital appointments at Trinity Mirror following Sunday People website axe and departure of Sue Douglas team  —  Trinity Mirror has announced a series of new digital appointments following the decision to scrap its recently-launched Sunday People website and the departure of its head of Sunday Brands, Sue Douglas.
Discussion: Trinity Mirror plc and
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Andy Carvin joins the Tow Center for Digital Journalism as a fellow  —  Andy Carvin will join the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School as a fellow.  —  Tow published the news on Wednesday morning, then unpublished it, but not before Google picked it up and sent …
Katie Collins / Wired UK:
US government forces Coursera to block course access in Iran, Cuba, Sudan  —  Massive open online course provider Coursera has had to block accessibility to its courses in Iran, Cuba and Sudan due to US government sanctions on the countries.  —  Coursera made the announcement in a blog post …
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Gears Up to Expand in Europe  —  Rival Media Companies Race to Grab Subscribers, Program Rights  —  As streaming-video juggernaut Netflix Inc. plots an expansion in Europe, media companies across the continent are girding for battle.  —  The U.S.-based online video service …
Discussion: Gigaom
Rachel Bartlett /
Why Kyiv Post reinstated part-paywall and will raise fee  —  Having dropped its paywall during the ongoing protests in Kiev, the Kyiv Post has reintroduced payment for some content and plans to increase the subscription fee  — Read more … - Home  — Jobs  — PressGo  — PressQuest
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Express pays substantial libel damages to man it falsely accused of being Taliban suspect  —  Express Newspapers has agreed to pay substantial libel damages and costs to an Afghan asylum seeker who it wrongly accused of being a “Taliban suspect”.  —  The High Court heard this morning that Abdul Shizad …
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China visa woes for NYT as government ups pressure  —  BEIJING (AP) — The government is intensifying efforts to control foreign media coverage of China, blocking websites, harassing reporters trying to cover trials of activists in Beijing and thwarting efforts by The New York Times to station new journalists on the mainland.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
HowAboutWe...Buy Nerve and Become a Media Company?  —  HowAboutWe, the dating site that published editorial content, is taking it to the next level.  —  The company bought and is becoming a full-fledged lifestyle media brand about modern love, complete with stand-alone verticals and advertising.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV to launch pay-TV drama channel on Sky  —  Broadcaster continues its strategy of reducing its reliance on free-to-air advertising by announcing rollout of ITV Encore  —  ITV is to launch a pay-TV channel on Sky showcasing the “best of British drama”, its first major return to pay-TV since …
Adam L. Penenberg / PandoDaily:
No second chance for Stephen Glass: The long, strange downfall of a journalistic wunderkind  —  The California Supreme Court has denied disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass a license to practice law.  —  Pointing out in its ruling that “Glass's journalistic dishonesty was not a single lapse …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Scribd takes aim at Amazon by bringing its subscription ebook app to the Kindle Fire  —  Scribd has thrown down a gauntlet against the reigning ebook champion Amazon with the release of an app for enjoying its subscription ebook service on Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablet.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Court: Google infringed patents, must pay 1.36 percent of AdWords revenue  —  Holding company Vringo used old Lycos patents to wrest a win worth many millions.  —  Vringo is a tiny company that purchased some patents from Lycos, an old search engine, in 2011 and then used those patents to sue Google.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
The FCC will monitor peering fights to ensure innovation prevails  —  The chairman of the FCC struggles with his Netflix stream too.  In a conversation with me at the State of the Net conference in Washington DC, Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed the same frustrations with his Netflix streams …
Discussion: @zseward, TheHill and Re/code
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Lance Ulanoff Out As Editor Of Mashable  —  Lance Ulanoff, former editor-in-chief of, has been moved to an editor-at-large and chief correspondent position at Mashable, effectively removing him from the EIC position at that title.  —  A source close to the move said Jim Roberts …
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Mashable expands into climate reporting
Discussion: Capital New York and @mashable
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Heather Timmons / Quartz:
An Indian newspaper just introduced a “smellable” ad with an evocative scent
Discussion: @publicroad and @heathat
Ivan Moreno / Associated Press:
Colorado Lawmakers Reject Journalist Protection Proposal
Discussion: Poynter and Fox News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mail Online to switch to .com domain name
Alison Frankel / Reuters:
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Simon Thomsen / Business Insider:
Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams Wins $95,000 From Fairfax In Defamation Case
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Journalists offer different perspectives on what to do with audience data
Discussion: @poynter
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Shutting Down IntoNow, Nearly Three Years After Acquisition
Discussion: Variety
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Publishers Weekly
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Social media enable the crowd to influence conventional wisdom during the State of the Union
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
TV Stations in Los Angeles to Share a Channel to Free Up Spectrum
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
First Look Media Rethinking Newsroom Structure Ahead Of Launch
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q4 2013 Earnings Slide 6% To $1.27B On EPS Of $0.46, Display Ads Down 6%
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
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