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12:20 PM ET, January 23, 2015


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Michael Bloomberg offered to buy the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the paper not for sale  —  People Are Talking About Michael Bloomberg Buying the New York Times, Including Michael Bloomberg  —  If the former mayor tries, it won't be without its challenges.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Is Times Vulgarity Policy Wise?  Or Full of ‘Slop’?  —  When Jonathan Martin jumped through hoops last week to avoid using a vulgarity in the lead anecdote of his story, some readers let me know they didn't like it.  —  The first two paragraphs of his story on Republican options for 2016 went like this:
Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Airline catalog SkyMall files for bankruptcy  —  SkyMall, the in-flight shopping catalog that's long been a staple of airline travel, appears to have become a victim of changing times.  —  The company that produces SkyMall filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Vice News debuts ‘virtual reality news broadcast’ of US Millions March  —  Digital artist Chris Milk and Spike Jonze's report was filmed at December protest in New York after death of Eric Garner  —  The current wave of interest in virtual reality technology may be fuelled by games …
Gideon Lichfield / Quartz:
How The Economist chose its first female editor-in-chief  —  This post has been corrected.  —  Yesterday The Economist chose Zanny Minton Beddoes to be the first female editor-in-chief in its 171-year history.  “About time,” you might say.  —  But among its peers, the venerable British publication …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Jezebel staffers express concern after Gawker Media seating chart is published  —  Staffers at Jezebel, Gawker Media's women's blog, are upset that Gawker's new seating chart was leaked to and published on The Awl, a blog founded by a former editor at Gawker.
Discussion: The Awl, @petersterne and Gawker
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Bob Dylan Gives Away 50,000 Copies of His New Album to AARP The Magazine Readers  —  Kind of Like U2's iTunes Strategy  —  Bob Dylan is borrowing a page from U2's playbook to help promote his new album “Shadows in the Night” — although Mr. Dylan's approach is far more analogue than U2's …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
John McDermott / Digiday:
Sources: Snapchat's Discover feature will include content created by newly hired media team  —  Inside Snapchat's original media ambitions  —  Snapchat wants to be more than just a distribution channel for other media companies; it's planning on becoming a publisher itself.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
The Upshot: Where The New York Times Is Redesigning News  —  Should I buy a condo or continue renting?  I'd been asking myself that question as I perused Chicago real estate, uncertain how market gains, taxes, tax breaks, maintenance costs, homeowners insurance, mortgage payments, and assessments would add up for me financially.
Discussion: @fst and @jbarro
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Wikipedia bans five editors from gender-related articles amid gamergate controversy  —  The online encyclopedia's highest court has ruled on more than 10 editors deemed to be breaking the site's rules  —  Wikipedia's arbitration committee, the highest user-run body on on the site …
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
After conflict of interest allegations, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. bans on-air journalists from paid appearances  —  In wake of Amanda Lang controversy, CBC bans on-air journalists from making paid appearances  —  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is banning all outside paid appearances …
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Mother of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto makes public appeal for his life after Islamic State abduction  —  Japanese Isis hostage Kenji Goto's mother makes tearful appeal  —  Junko Ishido calls for end to hatred as supposed deadline approaches for paying ransom for two captured men
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers  —  Persado Inc. has raised another $21 million for software that aims to replace copywriters with computers, in another demonstration of the power of machines to solve problems that used to be the sole domain of humans.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The case for, and against, integrated print-digital newsrooms  —  In the dot-com days, publishers tended to treat their online counterparts as second-class bolt-ons to their print editions.  When it became clear the Web was here to stay, they had to demonstrate they were serious about growing their Web operations.
Discussion: @marcwalder
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Eric Athas / Nieman Lab:
NPR tests audio to find what people share: explainers, strange sounds, storytelling, quick reviews
Marc Graser / Variety:
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The case for Marissa Mayer, as key metrics suggest the turnaround at Yahoo is on track
Caroline Alexander / Bloomberg:
Egypt President Seeks End to Jazeera Reporters' Detention
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and @malonebarry
Linda Ge / The Wrap:
DreamWorks Animation to Cut 500 Jobs, Release Fewer Films
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, Dies at 81
Discussion: @dleonhardt
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:
Netflix says piracy is still a major competitor, cites Popcorn Time's rise in the Netherlands
Discussion: Cult of Mac and @startupljackson

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Adam Satariano / New York Times:
The EU reaches a deal on the AI Act, a comprehensive attempt to limit the use of the technology; the law still needs to go through a few steps for approval

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
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