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9:35 PM ET, February 10, 2014

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The Intercept:
First Look Media announces new magazine, The Intercept  —  Welcome to The Intercept  —  We are very excited to welcome everyone to The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media (FLM).  The Intercept, which the three of us created, is the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bill Keller, The Marshall Project, and making single-focus nonprofit news sites work  —  “When you have a startup, one of the most challenging things is to establish yourself as a credible news organization,” Neil Barsky, founder of a new news nonprofit focused on criminal justice issues, told me.
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google strikes big ad measurement deal with comScore  —  Partnership may change how billions of online ads a day are measured, covering display, video, mobile and any future areas Google moves into.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google signed a major advertising deal with comScore to help …
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
HLN Wants To Be The Cable News Network For The Social Media Generation  —  “Our headlines will be ripped from social media,” says Albie Hecht in his first interview after being named to lead the channel.  A possible slogan: “We're not the news.  You are.”  —  HLN Executive Vice President Albie Hecht.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Time That Jeff Bezos Had Henry Blodget Explain the Web to the Washington Post  —  George Packer has a very nice profile of Jeff Bezos in the New Yorker today.  It's in front of the paywall, so you ought to read it, and if you don't want to take my word for it, trust Bezos expert Brad Stone.
Discussion: @mike_orcutt and Politico
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George Packer / New Yorker:
Is Amazon bad for books?  —  Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart.  It's also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random House, and a production studio, like Paramount, and a literary magazine …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Upworthy Traffic Gets Crushed  —  In November, viral-content-for-a-cause site Upworthy posted insane traffic numbers, reaching almost 90 million people around the world, according to Quantcast.  —  Then, in December, Facebook announced a change to the algorithm it uses to determine what kinds of updates …
Discussion: @antderosa and @dannysullivan
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Only People Harassing the Gays of Sochi are the Foreign Journalists  —  Sochi has one gay club.  It is called Mayak, or “light house,” and it is located behind an unmarked door right off one of the city's lush parks.  You have to buzz to be let in.  —  Once you're in, though …
Mario Anzuoni / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble shares rise on news of job cuts among Nook staff  —  (Reuters) - Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) shares rose by as much as 9.6 percent on Monday after news that the bookseller cut jobs from its team of hardware engineers working on its money-losing Nook digital books and e-reader business.
Discussion: New York Times
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
FOIA lessons from Gawker Editor John Cook  —  Last January, Ann Coulter expressed her anger about The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal-News' gun-permit map, which it assembled from public records.  “I want them for Manhattan!”  Coulter told Sean Hannity.
Discussion: @erikwemple, @johnmcquaid and @poynter
Joel Mathis / Philadelphia Magazine:
Can Philly Newspapers Be Saved?  —  Writer Steve Volk is a longtime observer of the Philadelphia media scene — so he brings a substantial foundation to this month's Philly Mag print story that takes readers inside the furious battle for control of the city's two major daily newspapers.
Discussion: Poynter, @tommyrowan and @mollyeichel
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Big Battle Is Indifference  —  Social Network Leaves Many Individual Users Cold  —  Twitter Inc. 's pitch to people like Christine Harsono isn't hitting its target.  —  The 21-year-old Los Angeles waitress has yet to give into years of nudging by Twitter to sign up.
Discussion: Business Insider
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
French journalist “hacks” govt by inputting correct URL, later fined $4,000+  —  A Google search turned up public files that Olivier Laurelli is accused of publishing.  —  In 2012, French blogger, activist, and businessman Olivier Laurelli sat down at his computer.
Discussion: Techdirt
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
4 Headlines that Will Restore Your Flagging Faith in Journalism  —  Editor's note: The new issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports is out and ready for you to read.  —  Lots of great stuff in there as usual; the main theme of the issue is the state of journalism in China …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Netflix ISP rankings show Verizon and Comcast speeds falling  —  Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings.  That's possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP's …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shazam Revamps iPhone App In Hope Of Increasing Engagement  —  Shazam's iPhone app is getting an overhaul, starting with a release that puts a larger focus on TV results, music videos and lyrics, the company is announcing today.  The update is the first of what Shazam describes as …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
The Bitcoin Solution to Newspaper Business Woes  —  Last Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times, the ninth-largest newspaper in the U.S, launched an interesting, somewhat gimmicky experiment: For one day, the newspaper let Web visitors pay for content with bitcoin, the digital currency that everyone's talking …
 
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Reuters:
Apple loses latest bid to block e-books antitrust monitor
Discussion: Law Blog
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
The security expert from NBC's hugely misleading Sochi hack story explains what really happened
Discussion: Hit & Run and @jayrosen_nyu
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iTunes Radio launches internationally, starting with Australia
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Halbfinger and Luo made deputies on Times metro desk
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Time Inc. Appoints Editor in Chief for Entertainment Weekly
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Capital New York
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Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
How Quartz passed 5m traffic record in January
Discussion: @kevinjdelaney
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN hires Smerconish for weekend show
Discussion: TVNewser, Erik Wemple and @davidcorndc
Andy Dickinson:
Data journalism: Making it real
Discussion: @digidickinson
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
Wannabe Hacks launches journalist mentoring scheme
Discussion: @_tomclarke
David Carr / New York Times:
Local Papers Shine Light in Society's Dark Corners