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4:45 PM ET, February 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Business Insider Changed its Story on Buzzfeed  —  Yesterday, Business Insider chief correspondent Nicholas Carlson stuck a subtle shiv into his competitors at Buzzfeed, attributing the site's success in exploiting Facebook's ever-evolving newsfeed algorithm to its practice of buying traffic …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Buzzfeed CEO: Here's Why Facebook Isn't Crushing Us  —  In December, Facebook changed its News Feed algorithm to favor more “high quality” news over “memes.”  —  Looking at a bunch of charts yesterday, we found this change correlated with a sudden and massive drop in traffic to Upworthy and several viral news sites.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook Changed How The News Feed Works — And Huge Website Upworthy Suddenly Shrank In Half
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith: Expect Splashier Storytelling on Bloomberg TV  —  Appeal to Broader Business Audience Also Likely  —  Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, is slated to wrap up a 100-day review of the company in the coming weeks, when he is expected to offer recommendations …
Matt Waite / Drone Journalism Lab:
Drones, journalism, the FAA and the crackdown that isn't a crackdown  —  Since last week when a Connecticut TV station employee tried to use a drone at a fatal accident scene and was reported to the FAA by the local police, I've been getting a lot of calls from reporters asking if the FAA is cracking down on drone journalism.
Michael Melia / Associated Press:
Drones Create New Ethical Minefields For Journalists  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration …
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Carl Bernstein Joins CNN as a Contributor  —  CNN's political additions continue with legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein joining as a contributor, substitute anchor John Berman announced on “AC360″ last night.  —  Bernstein was an analyst for CNN during the 2008 election season …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Supreme Court will hear Aereo on April 22 with one Justice sitting out  —  Aereo is a scrappy startup service that delivers over-the-air TV to computers and mobile devices for $8/month.  But it is also a strategic weapon that media mogul Barry Diller and other well-heeled investors want to use …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Capital NY Tweaks Prices Ahead of Paywall  —  Capital New York has tweaked its pricing as it prepares to start charging for e-newsletters and news coverage today (Feb. 11), making it the latest startup to test consumers' willingness pay for news.  —  The experiment will no doubt be closely watched …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
AP launches investigation after finding images of Fidel Castro were digitally manipulated  —  Ear one minute, gone the next: Fidel Castro's hearing aid Photoshopped out  —  The Guardian has been a vocal proponent of, and active adherent to, the ideals of the open web.
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Time Warner, Condé Nast Invest in Ad Tech Co.  —  Programmatic direct firm, iSocket, looking to expand partnerships.  —  Time Warner, parent (for now) of Time Inc., and Condé Nast have joined in on in a $5 million round of funding for programmatic ad developer, iSocket, the firm announced Monday.
Charter names board nominees to Time Warner Cable, begins proxy battle  —  (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc upped its pressure on Time Warner Cable to accept its $37.3 billion (22.6 billion pounds) hostile takeover bid for Time Warner Cable by announcing a slate of 13 nominees to the larger cable operator's board on Tuesday.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker creates a new writer pipeline with “Recruits”  —  The path to enter the journalism business is changing.  Some media companies are abandoning unpaid internships; others are terming them reporting fellowships.  —  Enter Gawker, which is adding a new metaphor to the game by creating a new “Recruits” program.
Jasper Jackson /
Guardian interested in membership models but not paywall, says CEO  —  Guardian CEO: ‘This is about following how people consume media in a digital world.’  —  Guardian Media Group, Guardian News & Media, Advertising, Digital Media, Finance and Deals, Newspapers
Erica Salkin / Mediashift:
Three P's to Protect Free Speech for Student Media … It's a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur.  —  The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne …
Discussion: @splc
China to maintain its strict quota for imported Hollywood films  —  China dashes Hollywood's hopes for greater access in 2014  —  China will maintain its strict quota for imported Hollywood movies this year, rejecting reports it had planned to increase access for U.S. films …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press regulation: advert seeks ‘resilient and independent’ recognition panel chief  —  A newspaper advertisement is calling for applications for the chair of the board of the recognition panel that is being established under the royal charter on press regulation.
Discussion: @leshinton
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