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3:00 PM ET, February 6, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Times Co. Reports Digital Subscriber Increase, but Continued Ad Declines  —  The New York Times Company said it added digital subscribers and slowed declines in print and digital advertising revenues during the fourth quarter of 2013, a year of transition for the newspaper publisher.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times chief lays out ‘a critical year’ for ad revenue  —  2014 will be a “critical year in the story of advertising” at The New York Times Co., chief executive Mark Thompson said this morning.  —  On a conference call with Wall Street analysts following the release of the Times' fourth …
Discussion: @joshsternberg
John McDuling / Quartz:   Can the New York Times's online readership offset its prolonged ad slump?
Sruthi Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
AOL revenue rises 13 percent as ad sales jump  —  (Reuters) - Digital media and entertainment company AOL Inc reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its advertising revenue rose, especially from video.  —  The company's total revenue rose to $679 million …
Steven Jacobs / Street Fight:
AOL's Armstrong: 'We're Not Giving Up on Patch'  —  Aol's tenure as Patch's sole owner may be over, but the company's chief executive is not giving up on the hyperlocal network just yet.  During an interview on CNBC Thursday morning, Tim Armstrong, who helped found the initiative and spearheaded …
Discussion: @vouchey
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
AOL Reports Solid Revenue, but Patch Tamped Down Profit
Discussion: CNBC, @joepompeo and Silicon Republic
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's print-focused paywalls flounder  —  The quality imperative and charging for news online  —  Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable.  —  Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from last year …
Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck Latest:   Gannett: USA Today Inserts To Hit 35 Markets
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Celebrity Weeklies, Fashion Magazines Continue to Struggle on Newsstand  —  Today, the Alliance for Audited Media released its consumer magazine circulation data for the second half of 2013, and once again, the narrative remains the same.  Overall circulation remained relatively flat versus …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
With newsstand decline, magazine circulation falls slightly  —  While newsstand sales continued to decrease, total average circulation for U.S. consumer magazines was relatively flat in the second half of 2013 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to data released by the Alliance for Audited Media this morning.
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  The great foment in the news business involves journalists leaving established news organizations to strike out on their own …
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Aereo Reopens New York Online-TV Service to New Subscribers  —  Aereo Inc., the online-television company that's battling broadcasters in the Supreme Court, reopened its service to New York subscribers after regaining enough capacity to handle demand.  —  People who were on a waiting list …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge, @engadget and @sai, Thanks:@alexbarinka
Brent Lang / The Wrap:   Fox Is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Stop Aereo
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Twitter Hints at Legal Action to Release More Data on Government Requests  —  Twitter said Thursday it was considering its legal options in its effort to release more detailed information about the requests for information it receives from U.S. agencies.  —  Company officials …
David S. Cohen / Variety:
Winter Olympics: How NBCUniversal's Army Of Techs Conquered Sochi  —  For viewers, the Winter Olympics are just 18 days of sports and entertainment.  —  But for NBCUniversal, they're part of vast exercise in planning and logistics that stretches back to the end of the 2012 summer games in London …
American Press Institute:
American Press Institute announces major project to improve fact-checking journalism  —  ARLINGTON, VA—The American Press Institute ("API") announced today that it has received a grant of up to $400,000 over two years from the Democracy Fund.  The grant will support research to improve political fact checking.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.  —  Months after the first insinuations that he risks arrest if he visits the US, Greenwald is more concerned than ever  —  When big-name public figures and Edward Snowden critics …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben
Rachel Bartlett /
Buzzfeed to appoint news editor to growing UK team  —  The new addition to the team will represent more than a five-fold increase on Buzzfeed UK's editorial staff since launch last March  —  Credit: Image by kaibara87 on Flickr.  Some rights reserved  —  Buzzfeed UK is to add a news editor …
Jasper Jackson / The Media Briefing:
Metric warfare on the advertising battlefield: What News UK's debate with the Guardian is all about  —  The mini war of words between News UK CEO Mike Darcey and the Guardian is being billed as a choice between two models of journalism, between free vs paid, between mass media vs quality media.
Discussion: @rorybrown and Press Gazette
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
21st Century Fox Sees 2Q Profit Tumble On Film, Broadcast Performance  —  Media conglomerate 21st Century Fox saw a noticeable decline in net income in its fiscal second quarter as its broadcast-television and filmed-entertainment units grew more slowly, owing to lower ratings …
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
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