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5:30 PM ET, February 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Intelligence chairman accuses Glenn Greenwald of illegally selling stolen material  —  A top lawmaker argued Tuesday that journalist Glenn Greenwald is illegally selling stolen material by asking news organizations to pay for access to U.S. intelligence secrets taken from the National Security Agency.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Glenn Greenwald denies selling NSA documents  —  Writer Glenn Greenwald charged Tuesday that claims by U.S. officials that he's selling National Security Agency documents are wrong and that those officials are pursuing a campaign that could criminalize the practice of journalism.
Discussion: @buzzfeedben
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
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
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: VatorNews and @peterlauria3
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: Watchup, @xdamman, @farano and @ibarguen
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 …
Eliza Brooke / Fashionista:
Vogue Goes Digital With a New Flipboard Partnership  —  Vogue has been making a concerted effort to get more multi-channel and tech-happy this year, with a new emphasis on video content and getting its editors involved in social media (hello, #voguestagram).
Discussion: @carlmartin, Thanks:@eliza_pb
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
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 …
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 …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube founders' startup Avos is laying off 80% of staff & killing Mixbit (scoop)  —  Avos Systems, the company created by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, is laying off a significant portion of its workforce, sources close to the company told VentureBeat.
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 …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC bosses ‘tried to blame technology not bad decisions for £100m IT fiasco’  —  Former chief technology officer sacked over Digital Media Initiative failure says parts of the project were pulled prematurely  —  The BBC executive who paid for the £100m Digital Media Initiative fiasco …
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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
 Earlier Picks: 
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nets, Stations Push Back On Retrans Via
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Variety
Vivian Salama / Columbia Journalism Review:
Preventing war by promoting ‘peace journalism’ in Uganda
Gina Hall / L.A. Biz:
Head of 'Japan's HBO' faces tough job of what will play back home
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:
Twitter and Facebook Win the Super Bowl. And Fox and the NFL Really Win the Super Bowl.
Discussion: Forbes, PandoDaily and VatorNews