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6:00 PM ET, January 22, 2015


 Top News: 
Linda Ge / The Wrap:
DreamWorks Animation to Cut 500 Jobs, Release Fewer Films  —  DreamWorks Animation will release two films per year, down from three, and cut approximately 500 jobs across the board in a restructuring of its core feature animation business, the company announced Thursday.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Bill Gates is guest-editing The Verge in February  —  Technology will build a better, safer, healthier world by 2030  —  I'm very excited to announce that Bill Gates will be The Verge's first ever guest editor in February.  This is a new type of collaboration for us, but there's no one better …
Economist Group:
Zanny Minton Beddoes appointed new editor of The Economist  —  The Economist Group announced today (January 22nd) that Zanny Minton Beddoes has been named as the 17th editor of The Economist.  —  She succeeds John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine years, during which time the circulation grew from 1.1 million to 1.6 million.
Antoni Slodkowski / Reuters:
Japanese reporter's bid to save friend led to Islamic State abduction  —  (Reuters) - It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for which Islamic State militants demanded a $200 million ransom this week.
Discussion: The Independent and TIME
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out “While you were away” feature to iOS users, coming soon to Android and web  —  While you were away...  Today we're introducing something new to your home timeline: a recap of some of the top Tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Journalism site success means uniquely defining beats and a different mission than industry standard  —  A brief sketch of the “full stack” (intellectually speaking...) news and information company.  —  Meaning: it has its own way of doing things, its own ideas about what is worth doing, and it implements them from end to end.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Journalist and Anonymous advocate Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison on charges stemming from Stratfor hack  —  Barrett Brown has been sentenced to 63 months in prison  —  After years of legal battles, Barrett Brown's legal saga has finally come to a close.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why White House used Medium for State of the Union: “We're trying to find audiences where they are”  —  Medium editor on SOTU coup: ‘People are already here’  —  Newish publishing platform Medium scored a coup yesterday evening when the White House published President Obama's prepared State …
Michael Roston / Nieman Lab:
Don't try too hard to please Twitter — and other lessons from The New York Times' social media desk  —  The past year brought major changes to The New York Times.  The social media desk's editors joined a new department, Audience Development.  Our team gained new resources as we combined efforts …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Garrett Graff named editor of Politico Mag  —  Garrett Graff, the former editor-in-chief of the Washingtonian, will be editor of Politico Magazine, Politico editor Susan Glasser announced in a staff memo Thursday.  —  Graff, who succeeded Glasser as acting editor when she became editor …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon launches Kindle Textbook Creator to help schools turn PDFs into digital books  —  Amazon has unveiled a new program designed to help educational establishments and authors produce ebooks for students.  —  With KDP EDU and the Kindle Textbook Creator, Amazon is expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Tumblr's Creatrs Network connects Tumblr's top artists with brands to help make ads  —  Tumblr wants its best artists to create ads people actually like  —  Tumblr's beautiful, GIF-filled feed is what keeps bringing visitors back, and it wants to make sure the feed stays that way even as brands begin to fill it with ads.
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
How Ecuador's plans to make communications a public service is threat to free press  —  Attempts to amend Ecuador's constitution to categorize communications as a “public service” has sparked a fierce debate, with one critic drawing comparisons to the way dictators such as Stalin and Hitler used …
Discussion: @albertocairo
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Television Becomes a Force at Sundance Film Festival  —  PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Television Festival this is not.  —  That snarky, small-screen nickname is nonetheless being tossed around by some of the Hollywood attendees who are gathering here for the 31st Sundance Film Festival, which starts on Thursday.
Discussion: The Corsair
The Information:
Viacom weighs buying three comedy sites: the Onion, Funny or Die, and CollegeHumor  —  Viacom Ponders Rollup of Comedy Sites  —  Through its ownership of Comedy Central, Viacom has a lock on the television funny space.  Now the company is contemplating whether to extend that presence in the digital realm.
Discussion: @cityofthetown and @alexweprin
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Super Bowl Ads: NBC Turns to Tumblr to Post Spots After They Air on TV  —  NBC Sports has launched a new Super Bowl page on Yahoo's Tumblr that the programmer will use to feature Super Bowl XLIX's TV ads immediately after they air on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1.  —  The new NBC Sports Tumblr page …
Caroline Alexander / Bloomberg:
Egypt President Seeks End to Jazeera Reporters' Detention  —  Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he's seeking a resolution to the case of three Al Jazeera television journalists imprisoned for more than a year.  —  “We are very keen on sorting this out and getting it finished as soon as possible …
Discussion: TVNewser
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New possible metrics for the value of news and ads: time spent, time well spent, time saved  —  Time spent or time well spent — how to think about Web traffic  —  The search for meaningful digital audience metrics took a turn for the better in 2014 when Chartbeat and others began touting …
Discussion: @cfrech, @mbusse and @chartbeat
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
How Björk and Madonna acted quickly when digital thieves leaked album tracks
Discussion: @kathryngoldman and @joecoscarelli
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, Dies at 81
Discussion: @dleonhardt
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
AOP in talks with UK publishers to pool inventory for private marketplace launch
 Earlier Picks: 
Ian Black / Guardian:
Planned flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi postponed again
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC News executives discuss pitfalls of broadcasting Islamic State video
Debra Kamin / Variety:
The Islamic State Plans TV Channel, According to Reports
Paul Farrell / Guardian:
Journalists reporting on asylum seekers referred to Australian police
Marc Graser / Variety:
Relativity Media Invests in Digital Publisher Say Media, Angela Courtin Joins Board
Camilla Turner / Telegraph:
The Sun brings back its topless Page 3 model under headline “Clarifications and corrections”