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8:30 AM ET, February 4, 2015

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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, @poynter, Street Fight and Adweek
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
NY Times Has 910,000 Digital Subscribers
Discussion: AdAge, Poynter and AdExchanger
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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 …
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Above inflation pay-rise for FT journalists, with bonuses for staff who have ‘deepened audience engagement’  —  The Financial Times is giving all of its journalists above-inflation pay rises of around 2 per cent.  —  The Retail Prices Index inflation figure currently stands at 1.6 per cent.
David French / Reuters:
Saudi's Kingdom Holding sells 5.6 percent stake in News Corp  —  (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding 4280.SE, the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, sold most of its stake in media giant News Corp (NWSA.O) as part of a portfolio review, it said on Wednesday.
Mitsusada Enyo / Asahi Shimbun:
Editor of Hong Kong daily under fire for bumping Tiananmen story  —  HONG KONG—Staff at a liberal newspaper here cried foul after the chief editor decided to swap a top story on the Tiananmen Square bloodshed with a business piece moments before the paper went to press.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Sky half-year results see 5% revenue rise to £5.6B and operating profits up 16% to £675M  —  Sky profits rise 16% after strong UK and German demand  —  Pay-TV group beats analysts' forecasts in its first results as a European operation  —  Strong demand for pay-TV in the UK …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC Trust to look into £100m bid to save BBC3 channel  —  Rona Fairhead says bid by independent producers and decriminalising non-payment of licence fee will form part of consultation into trust's future  —  BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead has said the controversial £100m bid …
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 …
Discussion: @henrymance, @manderson_140 and @ow, Thanks:@amandabcowie
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 …
 
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Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
FAA Grants Additional Exemptions for Drone Use in Film/TV
Associated Press:
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Aspire Entertainment, Newsweek Partner to Develop Magazine Stories for TV, Movies (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
Discussion: bookforum.com
 Earlier Picks: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gilbert Cruz named television editor at The New York Times
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Kindle Convert in the US, a $19 Windows app for scanning, turning paper books into e-books
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Wikileaks may have known since 2012 about attempts to get Gmail data
Discussion: @safrikaan
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