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4:10 PM ET, January 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CNN And Twitter Partner With Dataminr To Create News Tool For Journalists  —  CNN is hosting a press event today to announce a partnership with Twitter and social analytics company Dataminr to launch a new tool called Dataminr For News.  —  Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey said the goal is to …
Vivian Schiller / Twitter blog:
A faster, easier way for newsrooms to find breaking news on Twitter  —  Today, Twitter and CNN have announced a partnership with Dataminr to develop an alert system for journalists called Dataminr for News.  —  When news breaks, it can be minutes or even hours before newsrooms begin to report.
Jim Romenesko:
Report: Hundreds of Patch employees laid off  —  I'm told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch's new owner, Hale Global.  I have asked the company for confirmation.  (It bought Patch from AOL on January 15.)
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.
Harry Jaffe / Washingtonian:
Katharine Weymouth Defends Decision Not to Fund Ezra Klein's New Venture  —  “It just didn't make sense for us,” the Post publisher says of Klein's proposed website.  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has absorbed the responsibility—much of it critical—for not keeping Ezra Klein …
David Carr / New York Times:
As I Was Saying About Web Journalism ... a Bubble, or a Lasting Business?  —  Last week, it occurred to me that the departure of Ezra Klein, the creator of The Washington Post's influential Wonkblog, to join the young company Vox Media was a bit of a moment — an inflection point in the emergence of a news economy online.
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.
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The O.C. Register's supremely ghoulish financial strategy  —  The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana is shown.  The company is seeking to buy life insurance on its employees, not to benefit the employees' families, but to benefit the company's pension plan.  (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Romenesko:
Orange County Register owner blasts Los Angeles Times' story on his ‘ghoulish strategy’
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
NFL will block streaming video inside Super Bowl stadium  —  To ensure that Super Bowl attendees can smoothly post Facebook status updates, tweets, and send texts during the big game, the NFL plans to block streaming video from inside MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:   Facebook teams up with Fox on Super Bowl
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Refresh, refresh, refresh... Twitter is monetizing your compulsiveness  —  Every time you refresh your tweets, Twitter banks a tenth of a penny.  —  The company, which will issue its first quarterly earnings report next week, considers “timeline views” the best measure of how engaged its users are.
Associated Press:
Egypt Refers 20 Al Jazeera Journalists To Trial On Terrorism Charges  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network, including four foreigners, to trial on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World phone hacker was refused full immunity by CPS, jury told  —  Prosecutors believed Dan Evans might be ‘vulnerable’ to allegations he was making up evidence, Old Bailey hears  —  The News of the World phone hacker Dan Evans was told he would be not getting full immunity …
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.
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 …
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 …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: gets on-demand streaming music with Spotify partnership  —  It's safe to say digital music service is going through some big changes in 2014.  We wrote about its switch to YouTube as the source for its personal radio service, but now it has a Spotify partnership for fully on-demand music too.
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Meredith Station Revenue Down 6.5%  —  Core business is up, but stations up against tough comparisons with last year's political ads  —  Meredith Local Media reported fiscal second quarter revenues of $104.4 million, down 6.5% from the same quarter a year ago.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why the mobile-preview feature in BuzzFeed's CMS should matter to you  —  When Dao Nguyen wrote a post that looked terrible on a mobile device, she knew BuzzFeed had a problem.  Nguyen is BuzzFeed's vice president of growth and data, and “obviously it's not my job to write a post,” she said by phone.
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
An Oral History Of Gawker, By Reddit  —  When the history of the web is written, the final word will obviously belong to Reddit.  What else will be left?  —  And: what will we remember of a network of blogs called “Gawker Media”?  Here is the collected wisdom on the topic of Gawker …
Eoin Reynolds / Guardian:
Warrant didn't allow search of Matthew Keys' computer files, lawyer argues  —  Federal agents accused of unwarranted search through journalist's computer  —  Attorney for journalist Matthew Keys, indicted for conspiring with hackers, contests the legality of investigators' tactics
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter adds filters to let you search videos, photos, and news  —  Twitter today rolled out new search features on the web to help users sort through tweets more efficiently.  After entering a query in the search bar that appears on, you can now filter results by people, photos, videos, and news.
Discussion: ZDNet and The Next Web
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Mimics Magazines Further With A Shift To Structured Content, Revamped “Cover Stories”  —  Social magazine Flipboard is rethinking how it organizes content for readers.  Today the company is revamping “Cover Stories,” the section within Flipboard that highlights the best and most popular content from across your subscriptions.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TiVo to Buy Content-Recommendations Firm Digitalsmiths for $135 Million  —  TiVo plans to acquire Digitalsmiths, a provider of TV and movie content discovery and recommendation services, for $135 million in cash.  —  Digitalsmiths offers personalized video search, recommendations and browsing …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS, Nielsen In Pact To Measure Video-Watching Across Different Media  —  The nation's most-watched broadcast TV network wants to figure out how people watch its programs when they aren't using TV to do so.  —  CBS, home to such big-audience programs as “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” …
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.
Jack Marshall / Digiday:
Elite Daily: Inside One Publisher's Viral Eruption  —  Publishing used to be a long, hard slog.  For most, it still is, even more so these days, but in the Facebook era there are the select few — think Upworthy, ViralNova, even History in Pictures — that record eye-popping traffic-growth numbers that beggar belief.
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