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10:05 PM ET, February 2, 2015


 Top News: 
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating the Internet as a Utility  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is widely expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round of intense debate …
News Corp won't be prosecuted in US in relation to phone hacking  —  News Corp has been notified it will not face charges in the US in relation to phone hacking and payments to public officials by US authorities  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will not face any charges in the US …
Agence France-Presse:
Al-Jazeera journalist Fahmy's release from Egypt jail ‘imminent’  —  Ottawa (AFP) - Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy's release from an Egyptian jail is “imminent,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday, a day after an Al-Jazeera colleague was freed.
Discussion: Canadian Press, BBC, AM 1150, @katz and Mada Masr
Mark Colvin / Guardian:
In the end, Peter Greste became an irritant for the Egyptian government
Discussion: Guardian
Freed al Jazeera journalist Peter #Greste says his release is a “step forward” and hopes his colleagues will be released
Discussion: BBC
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
After Turmoil, The New Republic Re-emerges on Newsstands  —  The New Republic is a small magazine that set off a big commotion.  —  Late last year the magazine's owner, Chris Hughes, decided to replace Franklin Foer, a former top editor whom Mr. Hughes had lured back to run the magazine in 2012.
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
The New York Times continues its search for a digital chief, announcement not expected soon  —  Times digital chief search hits a bump  —  On The New York Times Company's annual earnings conference call tomorrow, expect few surprises: 2014's four quarters won't be markedly different from 2013's …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN — again — drives in a snowstorm to show how ‘treacherous’ it is  —  Under no circumstances will CNN allow Jon Stewart to edit its coverage of a good snowstorm.  —  Last week, Stewart ripped CNN's Don Lemon for hopping aboard the CNN “BlizzardMobile” as a means of showing viewers what it's like to drive in dangerous conditions.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Hard-line judge reportedly assigned case of Post reporter Jason Rezaian, jailed in Iran  —  An Iranian judge known as the “hanging judge” for his harsh sentencing practices has been named to hear the case of a Washington Post reporter who has been imprisoned in Tehran for more than half a year, a human rights group said Saturday.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
Super Bowl XLIX was the most watched US TV show ever with 114.4M viewers  —  This Year's Super Bowl Was The Most Watch Thing On American T.V. — Ever  —  The NBC broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX was the most watched show in U.S. television history, with 114.4 million viewers.  —  Andrew Weber/Usa Today Sports
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Hashtags featured in 50% of Super Bowl ads; 4 Facebook mentions, 3 Twitter, 1 Snapchat
Charlie Beckett / Guardian:
Beyoncé, cute kittens or relentless tragedy?  Is good news really news at all?  —  As the industry ponders the number of gloomy stories, our relationship with news seems to be changing  —  Back in the early 1990s, the then BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis suggested in a speech …
Discussion: @positivenewsuk and Polis
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Sony sells its Everquest-making arm; games will expand to Xbox and mobile  —  Surprise: Private investment firm buys out Sony Online Entertainment.  —  In a surprise move announced this afternoon, investment management firm Columbus Nova announced it has purchased Sony Online Entertainment …
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg Business:
Spotify cancels Russian launch because of economic crisis, political situation, and new laws restricting Internet  —  Spotify Drops Russia Start on Slowing Economy, Web Rules  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Spotify Ltd., the music-streaming service seeking new funding for its expansion …
Discussion: TASS and The Independent
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
British army creates team of Facebook warriors  —  Soldiers familiar with social media sought for 77th Brigade, which will be responsible for ‘non-lethal warfare’  —  The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
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Barrett Brown / The Daily Beast:
My Post Cyberpunk Indentured Servitude
Discussion: @timbray
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Univision Joins Lineup of Dish's Sling TV
Discussion: Gigaom and NetNewsCheck Latest
Emily Bell / Guardian:
As it becomes harder to censor journalists, intimidation and violence increase
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
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Discussion: @rowankaiser and @hugeinc
Lydia DePillis / Washington Post:
Why internet journalists don't unionize: lack of leverage, transitory nature of the job market