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9:35 AM ET, January 29, 2014


 Top News: 
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.
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 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.
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 …
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
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: @mashable
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
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.
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
An Indian newspaper just introduced a “smellable” ad with an evocative scent  —  Baby products maker Johnson & Johnson has taken a leap into the brave new world of “smellables” with a full-page advertisement in the world's largest-circulation English-language newspaper—on a page …
Discussion: @heathat
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
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 …
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China visa woes for NYT as government ups pressure  —  You are here  —  Home » Xi Jinping » 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 …
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 …
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
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
Jason Calacanis Shoots for Human Moments in News Feeds  —  This must be the fastest-moving month in the history of new media.  The latest entrant features yet one more familiar face.  —  On Tuesday, Jason Calacanis, who was involved in Web publishing early in its dot-com days, started …
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Publishers Weekly
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