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7:30 AM ET, February 3, 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 …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
FCC denies GOP request for early release of web rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission will not publicly release Internet regulations before they are voted on later this month.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday formally denied a request …
Discussion: Vox
Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy gives up Egypt citizenship  —  Mohamed Fahmy, one of two al-Jazeera journalists still held in Egypt, has renounced his Egyptian citizenship to secure his release, his family say.  —  Mr Fahmy's brother said the journalist, who is also Canadian, was told to give up his nationality or his freedom.
Mark Colvin / Guardian:
In the end, Peter Greste became an irritant for the Egyptian government
Discussion: Guardian
@skynewsbreak:   Freed al Jazeera journalist Peter #Greste says his release is a “step forward” and hopes his colleagues will be released
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Facebook, Twitter report records for Super Bowl posts  —  Both social networks say Sunday's football spectacle was the most discussed/tweeted Super Bowl in their histories.  —  Super Bowl 49, pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots, was a nail-biter on the field …
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
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 …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Vogue Wins Magazine of the Year at National Magazine Awards  —  See the Full List of Titles That Walked Away With Ellies  —  How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims  —  Vogue was named magazine of the year at the annual National Magazine Awards ceremony on Monday night …
Brian Ries / Mashable:
How the White House found a publishing ally in Medium  —  The White House published President Obama's 2016 fiscal budget on Monday using a medium that's become increasingly popular among its advisors: Medium, the three-year old self-publishing platform.  —  In the past three months …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Ben Thompson's one-man blog Stratechery now has 2K+ subscribers, $200K annual revenue run-rate  —  Ben Thompson: The one-man blog isn't dead, it's better than ever  —  Credit: Shutterstock / Bartek Zyczynski  —  Credit: Shutterstock / Bartek Zyczynski  —  Not surprisingly …
Discussion: stratechery and Mother Jones
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Yes, The Verge's $700 Super Bowl ad was a marketing stunt, and it worked  —  We ran a Super Bowl ad... in Helena, Montana  —  So here's what happened.  —  I was at the airport waiting for my flight home from CES — exhausted, sick, and not a little partied out from a week in Vegas.
Discussion: @codytoshiro, @karf0, @verge and @jonathan_h, Thanks:@ianchaffee
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
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 …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Family of Post reporter held in Iran issues statement  —  The family of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been detained in Iran for more than half a year, issued the following statement Sunday in response to the naming of Judge Abolghassem Salavati to hear the case in Revolutionary Court:
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Hard-line judge reportedly assigned case of Post reporter Jason Rezaian, jailed in Iran
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Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg Business:
Spotify cancels Russian launch because of economic crisis, political situation, and new laws restricting Internet
Discussion: TASS and The Independent
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
British army creates team of Facebook warriors
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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