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5:25 PM ET, February 2, 2015


 Top News: 
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, @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
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Super Bowl XLIX sees highest overnight ratings in its history, up 4% from last year  —  Touchdown!  NBC's Super Bowl Scores Record-Smashing Viewership - Update  —  UPDATE, 1:30PM: The final results for Super Bowl XLIX are in and they're probably doing a victory dance over at NBC to rival …
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Hashtags featured in 50% of Super Bowl ads; 4 Facebook mentions, 3 Twitter, 1 Snapchat  —  Super Bowl Commercials With Hashtags Slipped To 50% In 2015  —  Facebook is the most mentioned social network with four; Snapchat makes its debut.  —  Fifty percent of 2015 Super Bowl ads carried hashtags …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Emily Bell / Guardian:
As it becomes harder to censor journalists, intimidation and violence increase  —  Journalists back in the firing line as digital media struggles to protect its own  —  As it has become harder to censor individual journalists and independent teams, the intimidation, violence and imprisonment has increased
Lydia DePillis / Washington Post:
Why internet journalists don't unionize: lack of leverage, transitory nature of the job market  —  Why Internet journalists don't organize  —  The booming world of web media is almost entirely non-union, for reasons that are as much generational as structural.
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Univision Joins Lineup of Dish's Sling TV  —  Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications has struck a deal with Dish Network's over-the-top Sling video distribution service.  Sling's rights will include both live and video-on-demand content.  —  The terms of the agreement include …
Discussion: Gigaom and NetNewsCheck Latest
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