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3:20 AM ET, February 18, 2014


 Top News: 
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Magazine Editor in India Charged in Rape of Colleague  —  NEW DELHI — The police in the coastal state of Goa charged Tarun J. Tejpal, an investigative journalist and magazine editor, with raping and sexually assaulting a staff reporter during a November encounter in a hotel elevator.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia's first female editor of national newspaper appointed  —  Somayya Jabarti takes over at helm of Jeddah-based English daily Saudi Gazette following departure of Khaled Almaeena  —  A woman in Saudi Arabia has been appointed editor-in-chief of a national newspaper …
Discussion: and @estherbintliff
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)  —  Award-wining filmmaker Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce “The System,” an eight-part series on the criminal justice system, for Al-Jazeera America, TheWrap has learned.
Talks for including Netflix on Time Warner set-top boxes are on hold after Comcast deal announcement  —  Netflix Talks for Time Warner Cable Carriage Said to Slow  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX)'s effort to secure a place for its video-subscription service on Time Warner Cable Inc. set-top boxes …
Discussion: The Verge, @zseward and @notaaroncraig
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Why It's Getting Harder to Sue Illegal Movie Downloaders  —  The company behind the Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club sued 31 people in a federal district court in Texas this month for allegedly using the legal file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the movie illegally.
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2  —  NEW YORK — Heeeere's Jimmy!  Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of “The Tonight Show” in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast.
Felix Salmon:
Comcast's purchase of TWC would reinforce high cable TV and broadband rates and slow speeds  —  Monopolizing bandwidth  —  Paul Krugman makes a simple but powerful point about Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable: … Broadband is the area which Krugman, and most other opponents …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Mental Floss a big winner after Facebook's mysterious ‘high quality’ algorithm change  —  When Facebook announced in December that it was altering its News Feed algorithm to focus on “high quality content,” speculation centered on which sites might be in danger of excommunication as Facebook took aim at the viral bubble.
Discussion: Digiday, Salon, @poynter and @englishjason
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing  —  World Press Photo's Photo of the Year isn't a hard-news shot: It's a John Stanmeyer image that shows people in Africa raising their cell phones in search of a signal from a neighboring country.
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Axel Springer eyes global expansion  —  The German media conglomerate is vying for Forbes, but that may be just the beginning  —  As the story is told in Germany, Mathias Döpfner, chief executive officer of Axel Springer SE, one of Europe's largest publishing groups …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Philiana Ng / Hollywood Reporter:
Sochi: Bob Costas Returns to NBC's Olympics Telecast After ‘Ill-Timed Affliction’  —  The longtime Olympics host, still battling an eye infection, opened Monday's primetime broadcast with some humor: “I'm Bob Costas, sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.”
Discussion: TVNewser, USA Today and
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Accused of Exporting Media Censorship Across Asia  —  HONG KONG — U.S. foreign secretary John Kerry sat down Saturday with a group of Chinese bloggers and promised to press the Chinese government to loosen its controls of the internet.  —  His visit came at a time when China …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Breitbart News Network plans global expansion with Texas and London operations  —  Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion  —  It has been nearly two years since the conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart died, but the online news organization that carries his name is not only continuing …
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
FCC revamps controversial study of TV newsrooms
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
CBS Admits Aereo Supreme Court Win Wouldn't Hurt CBS, Might Make Things Better For Everybody
Discussion: ZDNet and mUmBRELLA
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Pando raises Series A of $1.2M+, about half its seed raise, led by “unconventional” Tennessee-based investors
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
WikiLeaks now offers a search engine to help you find documents linked to any keyword
Discussion: @wikileaks
Doug Erickson / Wisconsin State Journal:
A community newspaper returns — with help from City Hall
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Murdoch's ex-British paper boss Brooks to start phone-hacking defence
Discussion: Reuters and Crikey
Ben Butler / Sydney Morning Herald:
Rupert Murdoch tax win blows $880m hole in federal budget
Discussion: AFR Mobile, @clivefpalmer and Guardian
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Profile of blogger Brian Krebs who was first to uncover security breaches at Adobe and Target
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
NUJ day of action called over Egyptian trial of Al-Jazeera journalists
Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian receive George Polk Awards
James Trew / Engadget:
GoPro's IPO isn't about selling cameras, it's about creating a media empire