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6:40 AM ET, February 19, 2014


 Top News: 
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Whisper publicizes and claims it vetted a new Gwyneth Paltrow affair rumor shared by a user  —  Whisper, The Sequoia-Backed Secret Sharing App, Makes A Move Into TMZ Territory  —  Whisper, the popular anonymous social sharing startup that's raised $24 million from venture capital giants …
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Graydon Carter explains why Vanity Fair didn't run with Gwyneth Paltrow piece  —  The Paltrow Affair  —  Not to bore you with the details, but the whole Vanity Fair-Gwyneth Paltrow brouhaha began innocently enough at a routine morning editorial meeting last spring.
Costas Pitas / Reuters:
British court quashes legal challenge by partner of Snowden leaks reporter  —  (Reuters) - Britain's High Court has quashed a legal challenge against the detention under anti-terrorism laws of the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who brought leaks from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to world attention.
Discussion: ABC News and BBC
Paul Owen / Guardian:
High court rules against David Miranda over Heathrow detention - live coverage  —  Judges dismiss claim that nine-hour detention of partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald was unlawful  —  Sort by:  —  10.09am GMT  —  Lobby group Index on Censorship expressed disappointment …
Discussion: The Intercept and Guardian
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Some people want a lot more Winter Olympics; some people want no Winter Olympics at all  —  The folks at NBC's Breaking News have a post up looking at how their users responded to the arrival of a huge story — the Sochi Winter Olympics.  (Breaking News is ahead of the pack at encouraging readers …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
AP brings Olympics coverage to local news outlets with customizable, white-label microsites  —  If you've seen an Winter Olympics medal count on your local newspapers' homepage, there's a good chance it was built by the Associated Press Digital News Experience program team.
Discussion: @ap_corpcomm
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab: is moving to a metered paywall … That's one of the takeaways from this long profile of the John Henry-era Globe by Jason Schwartz in Boston Magazine.  The Globe famously split its web presence in 2011 into a completely free and a mostly hard-paywalled
Discussion: @jbenton and @niemanlab
Jason Schwartz / Boston Magazine:
Will John Henry Save the Globe?
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
NBC Universal, FX Chiefs Call for Increased Anti-Piracy Measures  —  John Landgraf: Voluntary self-policing better route than legal battles  —  Internet gatekeepers like Google may have made strides to combat content piracy, but there's room for improvement.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
After the demise of its network, The Colorado Independent is born again on its own  —  Susan Greene got the call about six weeks after she became editor of The Colorado Independent in early 2013: The American Independent News Network, which funded the nonprofit online news organization, was closing the site.
Discussion: Durango Herald
Jim Romenesko:
U.S. News deletes archived web content published before 2007  —  A Romenesko reader recently noticed that U.S. News wiped out a good chunk of its archives.  He writes: “The way that I stumbled upon this is that I am constantly going back into archives of various publications while doing research.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Jimmy Fallon Is “A Tonight Show Host Who Speaks YouTube”  —  Last night, as you might have heard, Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of NBC's “Tonight Show.”  —  This is a big deal for NBC and its owner NBCUniversal.  * What does it mean for the Internet?
Ilinca Calugareanu / New York Times:
One translator dubbed 3k pirated VHS tapes in communist Romania in the '80s  —  ‘VHS vs. Communism’  —  In Communist Romania in the 1980s, a young translator became an unlikely voice of freedom.  She illicitly dubbed thousands of foreign films, distributed on VHS tapes, turning B-movie stars into heroes.
Discussion: @tedhope, @mkonnikova and The Verge
Alain de Botton / The Huffington Post:
Society needs people whose attention is not caught up in the news of the moment  —  On Not Caring About The News  —  We should go a little easier on ourselves when it comes to indifference to the news, and recognize that we're one of the first generations to have to deal with the torrent …
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Connecticut, the Independent Media Network tries to succeed where Patch couldn't
Discussion: @niemanlab
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Portions of Forbes Site Still Down After Hacker Attack
Discussion: Forbes, Digiday and Softpedia News
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Condé Nast W.T.C. digs ‘well underway,’ move begins November
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Salon Media Group Continues to Increase Revenue Through Traffic
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Bloomberg expanding its luxury magazine, Pursuits
Discussion: @alexsteigrad, Thanks:@drewkerr
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Showtime App Goes Live on Roku — But Comcast Is Not on Board
The BBC, NBC News, Reuters, and others call for release of Al Jazeera journalists
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reality check: No, Upworthy's traffic didn't get crushed by Facebook's algorithm change
Discussion: @antderosa and Poynter
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
A Journalist Is Suing the Police Who Grounded His Drone
Discussion: Poynter and @matthew_ryan
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google makes play for TV ad dollars, signs deal with ad buyer Magna Global
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian