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3:30 AM ET, February 4, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Analyst Gordon Borrell sees local digital ads soaring in 2015, but not for newspapers  —  Gordon Borrell, among the best known of digital advertising analysts, was predicting two years ago that the newspaper business would stabilize, with some companies growing their digital revenues 30 percent a year.
Discussion: @poynter, Street Fight and Adweek
New York Times:
Reporter publishes leaked diary of James Brown's wife, now faces a subpoena seeking her notes to find her source  —  Reporter Fights to Air Diary of James Brown  —  NEWBERRY, S.C. — Sue Summer may seem at first glance an unlikely candidate to be involved in one of South Carolina's …
Discussion: @coreyhutchins
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 …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed grew its Latino audience the old-fashioned way: with content  —  BuzzFeed has had a goal for the past year: Grow its Latino audience.  Its mix of content did better among young whites than non-whites, and it was showing up in its traffic.  The site decided to take action …
Margaret Rhodes / Wired:
Joshua Topolsky, editor of Bloomberg Digital, explains the reasoning behind Bloomberg's bold, fluid redesign  —  Haters to the Side: Bloomberg's Loud Redesign Touts the Future of Web News  —  Not everyone loves the new Bloomberg Business site.  On Twitter, pundits have pilloried it …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
How a listener's complaint improved NPR's reporting  —  National Public Radio's Dan Charles taught journalists two lessons Monday morning.  One lesson is that simple solutions to complex problems usually don't work.  The other lesson is when your public takes the time to contact you about your reporting …
Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Meet the 22-year-old journalism prodigy shaking up Missouri political reporting  —  PoliticMo's Eli Yokley strives to fill the state's coverage gap—and finish college  —  It's not easy to steal a few minutes with PoliticMo's Eli Yokley.  —  His startup political news site …
Discussion: @janebsinger, @ryanjreilly and @jmaz
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
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
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Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
FAA Grants Additional Exemptions for Drone Use in Film/TV
Associated Press:
Egypt's most popular satirist Bassem Youssef joins Harvard, eight months after ending TV show over fears of personal safety
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Cable TV viewing declined by more than 12 percent in January
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Financial Times agrees to pay all interns minimum wage for the first time
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gilbert Cruz named television editor at The New York Times
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Wikileaks may have known since 2012 about attempts to get Gmail data
Discussion: @safrikaan
 Earlier Picks: 
New York Times:
Charlie Hebdo announces new issue coming out on February 25th
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
Paul McNally / news:rewired:
Guardian digital chief Aron Pilhofer claims turning off comments is a ‘monumental mistake’, says BuzzFeed, others are ‘eating our lunch’
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
With an Eye on Wall Street, Twitter Starts Selling Twitter Ads Outside of Twitter
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Comptel, others launch campaign against Comcast merger
Discussion: Multichannel News and Gigaom