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1:20 PM ET, February 12, 2014

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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Greenwald's ‘The Intercept’ Gets Intercepted on Day One  —  With access to Edward Snowden's treasure-trove and four months to prepare, the new magazine got scooped by the 168-year-old Associated Press on the world's biggest drone story Monday.  —  The Intercept has landed—but with a bang or a thud?
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Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
The very public growth of The Intercept  —  The Intercept, the new startup title funded handsomely by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, debuted Monday and created buzz both for simply showing up and for its content: An article examining the use of drones to kill government-selected targets abroad …
Discussion: @janinegibson and @niemanlab
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Does a ‘savvy media observer’ require anonymity for smack talk?  Apparently so!  —  In Lloyd Grove's column about The Intercept, a “savvy media observer and journalist” lets Glenn Greenwald's new publication have it: … Let's just let that waft on the breeze for a moment.  —  OK.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
UK slips down press freedom index due to harassment of the Guardian  —  US also registers fall in latest world press freedom index  —  Major declines in media freedom in countries as varied as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala are highlighted in the latest annual …
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J.C. Stearns / Free Press Blog:
US plummets to #46 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 …
Yang Xiao / Nieman Reports:
Are the linguistic tricks Chinese journalists use to express their opinions just another form of self-censorship?  —  Are the linguistic tricks Chinese journalists use to express their opinions just another form of self-censorship?  —  In China, May has 35 days.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Facebook Effect on the News  —  Social networks are the new front page and homepage for news.  But on Facebook, it's not the “news” that readers come to see or click to leave.  —  Around this time last year, I considered writing a story claiming that Facebook and Twitter were the new “homepages” for news on the Internet.
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
BuzzFeed's native advertising: are they really making ads you want to share?  —  BuzzFeed is a business built on sharing.  That doesn't just mean shareable articles, it also means shareable ads.  But do people really want to share this branded content?  We thought we'd take a look …
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament  —  MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety  —  The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum …
Discussion: TheHill, @boldfreshjew and @janalbrecht
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Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
European press chief to UK: Ease up on Guardian over Snowden leaks
Discussion: @nickpickles
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Second-screen apps?  Viewers say ho-hum, but execs see potential  —  Andrew Lincoln appears in a scene from “The Walking Dead.”  The show has been using second-screen technology to engage viewers.  (Gene Page / AMC)  —  Networks, advertisers and tech start-ups have been trying …
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Net-A-Porter's glossy mag is raising hackles at Vogue  —  The glossy world of fashion magazines hasn't seen a war like this for years.  Porter, a new print title published by online retailer Net-A-Porter, is going head to head with Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and other established names.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Rise of the Facebook Truthers  —  Journalists will believe anything about the social network, as long as it's totally outlandish.  —  Something about Facebook makes journalists lose their minds.  How else to explain the seemingly unending procession of stories based on wild speculation and implausible conspiracy theories?
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions Teams Up With Al-Monitor For Middle East Web Specials  —  MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and Washington-based website Al-Monitor.com have teamed-up to produce a series of Web video specials on Middle East politics titled Trendlines to be streamed on the PBS NewsHour webiste …
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.
Louise Ridley / Media Week:
The Week to launch in Middle East with licensing deal  —  Dennis Publishing has struck an agreement to launch a licensed edition of The Week magazine in the Middle East, with United Arab Emirates publisher Motivate.  The Week: to launch a Middle East edition The Week: to launch a Middle East edition …
Reuters:
Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan  —  (Reuters) - A prominent Turkish newspaper editor has openly decried government pressure on the media, saying journalists live in fear, in unusually blunt criticism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's leadership months ahead of elections.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @pamukhum
Net News Check:
AH Belo Digital Rev Up 18% In 2013  —  A. H. Belo's digital revenue rose 7% for the fourth quarter and 18% for the year, helping slow overall revenue declines to their lowest levels since thenewspaper publisher's 2008 spinoff from Belo Corp. The company's digital efforts were driven …
Discussion: Poynter and Wall Street Journal
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Esquire Network Finds a Few Good Men — But Only a Few  —  Four months into rebranding NBCUniversal's female-centric Style, an aggressive slate of originals continues to skew more male after the mass viewer exodus in September.  —  “Friday Night Tykes”  —  Two weeks before Esquire Network's …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV to launch female-focused channel  —  ITVBe will be free to air and focus on lifestyle and reality TV, including shows such as The Only Way is Essex  —  ITV is to launch a new female-focused, free-to-air channel, called ITVBe, which will become the home of shows including The Only Way is Essex.
Rebecca Greenfield / Fast Company:
Why The New York Times Hired A Biology Researcher As Its Chief Data Scientist  —  TO HELP MAKE SENSE OF THE MASSIVE TROVES OF DATA PRODUCED BY PEOPLE CLICKING AROUND ITS WEBSITE, THE TIMES MADE A (VERY) NONTRADITIONAL HIRE—CHRIS WIGGINS, A BIOLOGY RESEARCHER WITH A PHD IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS.
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
The NSA Puts Journalists Under a Cloud of Suspicion  —  In fall 2013, the U.S. National Security Agency quietly began booting up its Utah Data Center, a sprawling 1.5 million-square-foot facility designed to store and analyze the vast amounts of electronic data the spy agency gathers from around the globe.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Does it matter that mobile-native Quartz has a mobile-minority audience?  —  As much as mobile is poised to keep growing in 2014, old desktop habits die hard — especially during business hours.  That leaves Quartz, Atlantic Media's 18-month-old business site, with a fascinating hand after going all-in on mobile.
 
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