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2:35 PM ET, January 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Fox News is betting on anchor Megyn Kelly to maintain its viewer base and grow young audiences  —  The Megyn Kelly Moment  —  On a gray Wednesday in November, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and four producers gathered around a conference table on the 17th floor of the News Corporation building in Manhattan.
Shazam raises $30M at a valuation of over $1B, has over 100M monthly active mobile users  —  Shazam Music App Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding  —  Shazam Entertainment Ltd. raised $30 million in a new financing that values the music-finding application at more than $1 billion.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
BBC revamping news app for iOS, Android with specialized feeds of user's choice and local news  —  BBC News app revamp offers personalised coverage  —  WATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones tries out the new BBC News app  —  The BBC's News app has been given a major overhaul with the goal of offering a more “personalised” service.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Mic hires three former Vox producers for new video team  —  Millennial-focused media company Mic has hired three former Vox Media producers to form the core of its new video team, editor in chief Jake Horowitz announced in a memo to staff on Monday.  —  Billy Disney, Regina Dellea …
Discussion: @samthonis
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vessel Signs More YouTube Stars to Subscription Service, Launches Limited Beta Test  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has signed more than a dozen YouTube stars and other partners to its service as it opens up the service in an invitation-only beta test.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within two years, expanding to 200 countries  —  Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries within the next two years  —  Credit: Twin Design /  —  Credit: Twin Design /  —  Netflix wants to complete …
Discussion: Forbes and Home Media Magazine
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix will begin streaming “The Interview” on Saturday for US and Canadian subscribers
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates with $1.48B in revenue and $0.75 EPS; now has 39.11M US subscribers and 18.28M more globally
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Flipboard Introduces New Ad Unit: Promoted Items  —  Creativity Reimagined  —  First Flipboard used ad templates taken from print and TV.  But now the mobile news reader is adding what it's calling Promoted Items, a service that lets brands distribute content inside users' personal magazines.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Apple buys the British startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Dutch court orders ebook resale site Tom Kabinet to shut down until it can remove illegally obtained content  —  Secondhand ebook outfit Tom Kabinet races to purge illegal wares  —  The Dutch secondhand ebook marketplace Tom Kabinet has been ordered by a court to shut up shop this week …
Discussion: and
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. TV shows pulled from Chinese video portals  —  U.S. TV shows including “Agent Carter,” “Empire” and “Shameless” have suddenly been removed from Chinese video streaming sites this week, a sign that government regulators are pressing ahead with vows to exercise greater censorship of online video content.
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Running costs of BBC's London headquarters are triple UK average  —  National Audit Office tells corporation to ‘make better use of space’ as report reveals New Broadcasting House accounts for third of BBC's property running costs while housing fifth of its staff  — Read the full NAO report on the BBC's property management
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Sun's page 3 website enjoys surge in traffic  —  Readers go online to see topless pictures no longer published in the newspaper  —  The Sun's page 3 website has enjoyed a flood of traffic since the newspaper stopped publishing its daily pictures of bare-breasted women.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
White House breaks own State of the Union embargo for online audience  —  Obama administration posts full text of president's speech before its own media embargo in unprecedented decision targeting internet-savvy readers  —  The White House posted the entire text of President Obama's 2015 State …
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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
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Brian Veseling / WAN-IFRA:
Europe's free dailies face drastic decline due to reliance on ads and rise of mobile phones
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
The Verge will run a $700 Super Bowl ad in one Montana market with 30K people
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Wavelength, which let people stream their friends' movies bought through UltraViolet, is shelved less than two weeks after launch
Discussion: Fast Company
Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Discussion: The Daily Transcript and ReadWrite
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
YouTube to Launch New Original Content Effort by Year-End
John McDuling / Quartz:
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