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2:05 PM ET, February 3, 2014


 Top News: 
Ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson apologises for failed $170 mln IT project  —  U.S. media executive Mark Thompson apologised on Monday to the British public and parliamentarians for the failure of a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project during his years of running the BBC.
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Mark Thompson faces MPs over BBC's £100m IT debacle - live coverage  —  Full coverage as the former director general is grilled by a Commons committee over the failed Digital Media Initiative  —  Sort by:  —  BBC: we got DMI wrong, we're learning the lessons
David Carr / New York Times:
Super Bowl Underscores the Big Business of Must-See, Live TV  —  It is a fact of modern life that the mass has gone out of media, with television ratings reflecting that each of us is building our own little campfires on our phones, tablets and big screens at a time and place of our choosing.
Dominic Patten /
Super Bowl Ratings Down Double Digits From 2013, Still In Top 5 Ever Despite Blowout  —  UPDATE, 9:13 AM: The Seattle Seahawks won big but Fox took a hit in yesterday's lopsided Super Bowl.  Non-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals have the big game scoring a 34.4/67 last night in the 7-10 PM slot.
Discussion: @carlquintanilla, @cschweitz and TVLine
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Releasing Ads Early Pays Off For Super Bowl Advertisers, According To Visible Measures
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Ezra Klein, soon VP at Vox Media, looks to build his new publication with fewer constraints  —  Here, Let Ezra Explain  —  What is D.C.'s most famous young policy wonk doing leaving the Washington Post?  Trying to start a news organization he thinks could one day eclipse it.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch to be inducted into US television academy hall of fame  —  Next month, lest it has passed under your radar since the official announcement in December, Rupert Murdoch will be inducted into the US television academy hall of fame.  —  He is one of six people selected by the academy …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Aereo Sets San Antonio Launch Date  —  Broadband TV/Cloud DVR Combo To Debut On February 19  —  Aereo may be tapped out of capacity in New York City, but it's gearing up to tap in to the San Antonio market.  —  Aereo announced Monday that it will launch its mix of broadband TV …
Press Association:
Video of Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt released  —  A private Egyptian TV channel has aired video of the arrest in late December of two Al-Jazeera journalists at a Nile-side Cairo hotel.  —  The nearly 22-minute clip, likely made with a mobile phone, was broadcast late on Sunday on Al-Tahrir television.
Al Jazeera English:
Egypt court acquits Al Jazeera cameraman
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
BuzzFeed's investigative unit coming together  —  BuzzFeed's investigative reporting unit is coming together.  —  The site best known for its offbeat lists and dead-on sense of the digitally viral hired Mark Schoofs away from the highly regarded investigative site ProPublica to launch its unit.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
YouTube stars warn of thinning revenue as video uploads and production costs outpace ad rates  —  Chasing Their Star, on YouTube  —  It is 3 p.m., and outside another brilliant Los Angeles afternoon beckons.  But Olga Kay has drawn her blinds, leaving her living room in a semidarkened haze.
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, BGR and @gerrymcgovern
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
James Holmes' defense team will ask Supreme Court to intervene in Jana Winter case  —  Lawyers for accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to compel Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal a source, the Associated Press reports.
Discussion: Aurora Sentinel
Press Gazette:
Sun editor David Dinsmore announces shake-up of senior team with focus on digital  —  Sun editor David Dinsmore has announced a shake-up of his senior editor to strengthen the paper's digital offering.  —  In a note to staff he said: “As you have seen from the recent press …
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Press Association:
Dan Evans admits ‘a lot more’ Sunday Mirror phone-hacking allegations yet to come out, court told
Discussion: Guardian
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
YouTube exec: We've paid out over $1 billion to the music industry over the ‘last several years’
Discussion: Music Ally, Guardian and Softpedia News
Alice Su / Columbia Journalism Review:
Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists struggle
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New York Times altered meaning of Chris Christie lane closings story without an editor's note
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From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

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