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11:55 PM ET, February 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Snowden's leaks: Are journalists ‘fencing stolen material’?  —  It's against the law to steal classified government material.  But is it also a crime for a journalist to sell a story to a newspaper or Web site based on that material?  —  Some elected officials and government appointees …
Discussion: @froomkin and @froomkin
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
Discussion: @buzzfeedben
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett earnings report hints at a coming problem with paywalls  —  By virtue of tough expense control and the acquisition of Belo Corp. TV stations, Gannett reported decent fourth quarter and full-year financial results yesterday.  Its share price was off .06 percent for the day.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Has Told Egypt To Release Al Jazeera Reporters  —  “We have strongly urged the government to drop these charges and release those journalists and academics who have been detained,” White House spokesperson Jay Carney said Tuesday.  He wouldn't say if aid would be in jeopardy if detention continues.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Interim Dow Jones chief charts course correction  —  William Lewis, who was named interim C.E.O. of Dow Jones after the ouster of Lex Fenwick two weeks ago, has fired off his first missive to the troops.  —  No major headlines here, but in a memo issued Monday and posted online …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Insight: Dow Jones CEO's sudden exit followed revenue slide
Discussion: Talking Biz 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
Jim Romenesko:
Students are tired of hearing there's never been a better time to be a journalist  —  Kyle Clauss writes: “My roommate [Alex Reimer] and I are students at Boston University's College of Communication.  We've listened to our fair share of self-righteous, out-of-touch journalist guest speakers, so we created this bingo board.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
High-ranking execs laid off at Time Inc.  —  The cutbacks began Tuesday as expected at Time Inc. and it took a heavy toll among some of the top echelon executives as the company abolished its three-cluster system centered around brands and put everything into one pot.
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
Staying In Sochi Is A Hilarious Adventure  —  The North American media has descended on Sochi, do we put this gently?  Sochi's not ready.  —  The athlete accommodations are fine, if a bit cozy and, um, social.  But the media hotels, along with much of the hastily-built city infrastructure, are decidedly lacking.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix plans to spend $3 billion on content this year  —  Good news for Netflix subscribers looking to burn through more movies and TV shows: The company declared in its 2013 Annual Report this week that it intends to spend close to $3 billion on content in 2014.
Discussion: VatorNews and @peterlauria3
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
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 …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Washington Post's Schiffman Proposes Web Video News Consortium
Nicola Pring / Columbia Journalism Review:
For Pakistani journos, a treacherous calling
Stacia L. Brown / Salon:
How breaking news is breaking us: The rush to report Philip Seymour Hoffman's death
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube founders' startup Avos is laying off many staff (updated)
Discussion: Gigaom and The Next Web
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC bosses ‘tried to blame technology not bad decisions for £100m IT fiasco’
Discussion: @guardian and New York Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News UK chief exec Mike Darcey: 'Don't confuse Mail Online with a business that is based on professional journalism'
Discussion: Capital New York and Guardian
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
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Des Moines, the Register's new newsroom space aims to be a symbol of its digital future
Discussion: @niemanlab and The Newspaper Guild