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12:20 PM ET, February 2, 2014


 Top News: 
Felix Salmon:
Viral math  —  This chart, from Newswhip via Derek Thompson, has been doing the rounds, and causing a bit of debate:  —  The question: What on earth is Upworthy doing so right?  How is it that Upworthy's articles shared a good order of magnitude more often than anybody else's?
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Charting average shares per article in 2013: new media rises and falls faster than old media  —  BuzzFeed Is The Future (Whether It Lives Or Dies)  —  It's time for a little inside baseball!  Be still your beating hearts.  —  But admit it: secretly you want to know about the success/failure …
Discussion: @britt_ehrhardt
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Super Bowl Goal: More Ad Credibility  —  Company Works to Persuade Marketers That There Are Smarter Ways to Tweet  —  On Super Bowl Sunday, Twitter will again serve as a grand stage for advertisers to promote brands to millions of people captivated by gameplay, half-time shows and slick commercials.
Facebook looks to nab Twitter's ‘second screen’ crown in Super Bowl  —  (Reuters) - More than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in America's premier sporting contest, the Super Bowl.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Forbes
Hadas Gold / Politico:
New York Times altered meaning of Chris Christie lane closings story without an editor's note  —  N.Y. Times changes lede of Wildstein story  —  The New York Times changed the lede of its explosive story about former New York Port Authority official David Wildstein on Friday.
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel  —  Putin taketh away  —  As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia's last independent television station, off a cliff.
Discussion: @mschwirtz and @kevinrothrock
Ben Adler / Columbia Journalism Review:
The News Literacy Project is bringing its curriculum online  —  The News Literacy Project is bringing its curriculum online  —  In the fall of 2011, the start of its third academic year of existence, the News Literacy Project created a “digital unit.”  It was the first of its kind …
Al Jazeera English:
Egypt court acquits Al Jazeera cameraman  —  Mohamed Badr cleared of charges, along with 61 other defendants, meaning he could be freed in coming days.  —  An Al Jazeera cameraman who has been in detention in Egypt has been acquitted along with 61 other defendants, the channel's lawyer has said.
Patricia Aufderheide / CMSI:
Bloomberg wins copyright case after publishing Swatch earnings call without permission  —  The Whole Thing: Big Fair Use Win for Journalists in Swatch Case  —  Journalists won big in a court case settled Jan. 27, affirming journalists' fair use right to repurpose 100% of unauthorized copyrighted content …
Discussion: @paufder
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
John Carney leaving CNBC for Wall Street Journal's “Heard on the Street”  —  Carney leaving CNBC for WSJ's “Heard on the Street”  —  Liam Denning, co-deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal “Heard on the Street” feature, sent out the following staff hire on Friday:
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
In Pennsylvania and Alaska, a publisher takes infringement to another level  —  Near the end of last year, a small publishing company made a big bet: it purchased a a group of 19 regional papers servicing remote areas of Alaska.  The purchase included a printing plant, but the plan …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Giving Credit: A Work in Progress at The Times  —  Curtis Tate, a reporter for McClatchy News's Washington bureau, spent a recent weekend generating spreadsheets from a data base on hazardous materials for his story on the increasing amount of crude oil spilled in rail accidents.
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Jonathan Bill / Plugged India LLC:
Pricing Piracy Out Of India Film and Music
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The Daily Mail will join Buzzfeed, the Guardian and Business Insider in expansion to Australia
Discussion: Capital New York
Canada strips former publisher Conrad Black of honors
Jack Shafer:
Dear Obama, spare us the press-freedom lecturing
Discussion: and Guardian
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Who wants competition? Big cable tries outlawing municipal broadband in Kansas
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Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: BetaNews, Adverblog and Guardian
Chris Welch / The Verge:
President Obama pledges he ‘will continue to support’ net neutrality
Discussion: Associated Press and Ars Technica
Disney Said to Be Close to Settling Dish Ad-Skipping Suit
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Click-Fraud Costs Marketers $11B, IAB Issues Key Report
Discussion: @chasnote

From Techmeme:

Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q1 revenue up 262% YoY to $26.04B, vs. $24.65B est., forecasts Q2 revenue above est., and splits its stock 10-for-1; NVDA jumps 5%+

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, and more; ChatGPT and DuckDuckGo have similar issues

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