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4:40 PM ET, February 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Andy Carvin, a pioneer in using Twitter for real-time journalism, joins Omidyar's First Look Media  —  First Look Media — the new media entity that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is building and has promised to fund to the tune of at least $250 million — is still in its formative stages …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media Names Michael Rosen Chief Revenue Officer  —  Andy Carvin Joins to Work on Social Media  —  First Look Media, the journalism venture from eBay founder and Chairman Pierre Omidyar, has hired Michael Rosen as its chief revenue officer, making him the startup's first hire on its business side.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Video of Journalists' Arrest in Egypt Seen as Threat to Media  —  CAIRO — A leaked video of the arrest of two journalists offered a cinematic close-up on Monday of the new military-backed government's crackdown on dissent: slow-moving footage of a hotel room full of telecommunications equipment set …
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Journalists protest at Egypt's Nairobi embassy over detention of Al Jazeera staff
Washington Post:
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers grills FBI director about reporter “accomplices” selling stolen material  —  FBI Director Comey discusses legality of reporters, stolen Snowden documents  —  In Tuesday's hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on “Worldwide Threats,” Rep. Mike Rogers …
Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed:
It's fanboy, not fan boy: BuzzFeed releases internal style guide  —  BuzzFeed Style Guide  —  The BuzzFeed Style Guide aims to provide a prevailing, and evolving, set of standards for the internet and social media.  —  BuzzFeed publishes news and entertainment in the language of the web …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix to Raise $400 Mil in Additional Debt to Fund Original Content, Euro Expansion  —  Netflix formally announced it is seeking to offer $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2024 to institutional investors, coin it expects to use for acquiring original content and expanding into Europe.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix plans to spend $3 billion on content this year
Discussion: @peterlauria3 and VatorNews
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Des Moines, the Register's new newsroom space aims to be a symbol of its digital future  —  The Des Moines Register said goodbye to almost a century worth of memories in June when it left its 13-story home for a floor-and-a-half of commercial real estate in what had been vacant office space.
Discussion: @niemanlab and The Newspaper Guild
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BBC to slash YouView investment  —  BT and TalkTalk remain as the major shareholders in set-top box television project created to rival Freeview  —  The BBC and other broadcasters are planning to slash their investment in the YouView set-top box, leaving BT and TalkTalk as the major shareholders …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News UK chief exec Mike Darcey: 'Don't confuse Mail Online with a business that is based on professional journalism'  —  News UK chief executive Mike Darcey today revealed that The Times and Sunday Times were on the brink of turning a profit as he condemned The Guardian and Mail Online …
Discussion: Capital New York and Guardian
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Video News Aggregator Watchup Raises $1M From Microsoft Ventures, Others  —  Video news startup Watchup, is announcing that it has raised $1 million in additional funding.  —  Co-founder Adriano Farano, a former journalist himself, has said that his goal is to create a new version of the daily newscast.
Discussion: @ibarguen, Watchup, @xdamman and @farano
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Partners With Microsoft's Azure To Power NBC's Sochi Olympics Video Streaming  —  NBC caught a lot of flak for its live video streams during the London Olympics, but for Sochi, the network promises to stream every event live.  Just like during the London Olympics …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett Q4 income falls 12% due to lower ad sales  —  Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY, said Tuesday its net earnings for the fourth quarter fell 12% from the quarter a year ago to $90.7 million due to the absence of political advertising from a year ago and a decline in print ad sales.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Welcome to Radiotopia, a podcast network with the aesthetics of story-driven public radio  —  The idea behind Radiotopia is a simple one: strength in numbers.  —  Radiotopia is a new podcast network launched this morning by PRX.  Or it's a “collective of the best story-driven shows on the planet …
Jim Romenesko:
Cord Jefferson quits Gawker to write for LeBron James' Starz TV show  —  Cord Jefferson is leaving Gawker to write for LeBron James's new Starz TV show.  Editor John Cook's memo also announces that Gawker has hired Jay Hathaway, Daily Dot news editor and one of “Twelve People Actually Worth Following On Twitter.”
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Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Apple, U.S. clash in court over e-books antitrust monitor
Discussion: Gigaom, Law Blog and SiliconBeat
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Former Washington Post owner starts scholarship fund to send undocumented students to college
Discussion: Washington Post and @kristenhare
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Tim Franklin, incoming president of the Poynter Institute, talks with TheWrap about the need for urgency
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkish Internet bill would deepen press freedom crisis
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nets, Stations Push Back On Retrans Via
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Variety
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian and The Newspaper Club bring its robot-built, longread-loving newspaper back into print
Discussion: @newspaperclub
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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Discussion: Forbes, PandoDaily and VatorNews
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Purdue University will investigate police treatment of student reporter
Discussion: @poynter