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12:45 AM ET, February 12, 2014

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J.C. Stearns / Free Press Blog:
U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings  —  According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.  —  After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance …
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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 …
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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.
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Mozilla To Sell Ads In Firefox Web Browser  —  Mozilla Will Serve Ads Within Tiles Of Its New Tab Pages  —  Mozilla will soon sell ads within its Firefox browser, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Wait, what?  Mozilla made itself the villian of the online ad business early last year …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why the NYT published the general location of a planned drone strike and the AP held back  —  New York Times Editor: Government Requests To Hold Info Are ‘Almost Blanket Policy’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press revealed Monday that the U.S. government is considering a drone strike …
Discussion: New York Times and emptywheel
Reuters:
Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer  —  Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, the face of “NBC Nightly News” for more than two decades, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, but is hopeful about the outcome of his treatment, the network said on Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and @nickkristof
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search?  A dialogue with Danny Sullivan … You may have seen my column yesterday on the rise of content designed for social sharing — a category that for me includes everything from pure-viral outlets like Upworthy to more newsy but still sharing-optimized sites like Quartz.
Discussion: @dannysullivan
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.
Mong Palatino / Mediashift:
How One Twitter Defamation Case Casts a Shadow on Media in Indonesia  —  Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician.  —  Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7 …
Aaron Taube / Business Insider:
Slate Hires NPR Sports Reporter To Boost Its Podcast Business  —  The online magazine Slate will bolster its roster of popular podcasts with a daily current events commentary show hosted by National Public Radio sports correspondent Mike Pesca, a spokesperson for the site told Business Insider.
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Why Zeit Online created team to lead investigative and data stories  —  The German outlet has established a senior editorial team to drive big stories, partnering with the rest of the newsroom and acting as a hub for investigations  —  Credit: By amslerPIX on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Says Verizon Isn't Slowing Down Its Streams  —  A federal court may have given the pipe guys clearance to start slowing down Web services like Netflix.  —  But so far, that's not happening, Netflix says.  —  That update comes to us via a note from J.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth …
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.
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Michael Melia / Associated Press:   Drones Create New Ethical Minefields For Journalists
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
For journalism students in Sochi, covering Olympics is ‘pretty f-ing epic’  —  They left a day early to miss a snow storm, took a detour to Amsterdam and waited in some serious (and kind of dangerous) lines at Olympic Park, but after a few days, a team of student journalists are reporting from Sochi.
Discussion: @tayim and @poynter
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster  —  “Annihilation,” the chilling first novel of a trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer that was released last week, tells the story of a scientific expedition to a mysterious place called Area X that has been cut off from the rest of the world.
 
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Erica Salkin / Mediashift:
Three P's to Protect Free Speech for Student Media
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Capital NY Tweaks Prices Ahead of Paywall
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Angela Doland / AdAge:
IAB Launches China Chapter to Build Industry Standards
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