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7:00 PM ET, February 3, 2015

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times operating profit down to $92M from $156M in 2013, digital ad revenue up 12%  —  New York Times Co. Profit Falls as Company Makes Strides in Digital Ads  —  The New York Times Company said on Tuesday that its annual operating profit declined in 2014 because of investments …
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
NY Times Has 910,000 Digital Subscribers  —  The New York Times' investment in digital is finally paying off.  The company's ad revenue for 2014 was flat compared to 2013; thanks in large part to sponsored content, growth in digital ads, and an ever-increasing digital subscriber base.
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
Disney CEO Bob Iger mulling possible direct-to-consumer streaming services for ESPN, Marvel, and Star Wars  —  Bob Iger Hints At Streaming Service Plans For Marvel And ‘Star Wars’  —  The Disney CEO tossed in the possibility of new direct-to-consumer offerings in response to a question …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Financial Times
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Paul McNally / news:rewired:
Guardian digital chief Aron Pilhofer claims turning off comments is a ‘monumental mistake’, says BuzzFeed, others are ‘eating our lunch’  —  Guardian digital chief: Killing off comments ‘a monumental mistake’  —  The Guardian's executive editor for digital has described …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gilbert Cruz named television editor at The New York Times  —  The New York Times Company  —  Gilbert Cruz, formerly the editorial director at Vulture.com, has been named television editor at The New York Times.  —  Cruz, who was a senior editor and staff writer at Time magazine before joining Vulture …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Aspire Entertainment, Newsweek Partner to Develop Magazine Stories for TV, Movies (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Aspire Entertainment has inked an exclusive two-year development deal with Newsweek to create and distribute films, TV series and other content on various platforms based on stories published in the magazine.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Cable TV viewing declined by more than 12 percent in January  —  Looks like Netflix and other streaming services are starting to have an impact on traditional TV viewing: Total live TV ratings were down 12.7 percent year over year across the networks of major media companies …
Reuters:
Dutch Journalist Accused Of ‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Could Be Jailed For Up To Five Years  —  ANKARA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor formally accused a Dutch journalist of ‘terrorist propaganda’ on Monday, and asked she be jailed for up to five years, local media reported on Monday …
Associated Press:
Egypt's most popular satirist Bassem Youssef joins Harvard, eight months after ending TV show over fears of personal safety  —  Bassem Youssef joins Harvard eight months after ending his TV show  —  Political satirist, who was often described as the Jon Stewart of Egypt, becomes a resident fellow
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Epoxy Partners With MCNs To Measure And Extend The Reach Of YouTubers  —  Los Angeles-based Epoxy was founded with the idea of helping YouTubers to engage with audiences and track their reach on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine.  Today the company is announcing …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and LostRemote
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
With an Eye on Wall Street, Twitter Starts Selling Twitter Ads Outside of Twitter  —  Twitter is rolling out plans for a new revenue stream: Twitter ads that don't appear on Twitter.  —  Starting today, the company will start running its core “Promoted Tweet” ad unit on other people's apps and sites.
 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Financial Times agrees to pay all interns minimum wage for the first time
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Wikileaks may have known since 2012 about attempts to get Gmail data
Discussion: @safrikaan
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK magazine Press Gazette barred by London police from asking questions about use of RIPA against reporters under the FOI Act
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Comptel, others launch campaign against Comcast merger
Discussion: Multichannel News and Gigaom
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
FCC denies GOP request for early release of web rules
Discussion: Vox