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3:20 PM ET, February 5, 2015

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Travis J. Tritten / Stars & Stripes:
NBC's Brian Williams apologizes for false story about being shot down by enemy fire in Iraq after soldiers protest  —  NBC's Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest  —  WASHINGTON — NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit …
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Al Tompkins / Poynter:
The various versions of the RPG hit helicopter story as told by Brian Williams over 12 years  —  Veterans force NBC's Brian Williams to apologize  —  NBC News anchor Brian Williams said on NBC Nightly News Wednesday he made a mistake when he said on the air last week that he had been in a …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
In wake of hack, Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal to step down  —  Amy Pascal to Step Down From Top Sony Post  —  Amid the fallout of the ever-widening Sony hacking crisis, Amy Pascal will step down from her post as co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
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John Herrman / The Awl:
Media companies are turning to apps and services instead of the traditional web for distribution  —  The Next Internet Is TV  —  I was talking to someone who works at one of those half-dozen or so apps that we tend to associate with teenagers: the ones that were built around some novel concept …
The Verge:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo takes personal responsibility for company's troll problem, vows stronger action against harrassment  —  Twitter CEO: ‘We suck at dealing with abuse’  —  Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
FCC's vague general conduct rule against harming consumers could be a loophole  —  The FCC's net neutrality proposal is awesome, but has a loophole  —  Credit: Gigaom illustration adapted from Shutterstock  —  Credit: Gigaom illustration adapted from Shutterstock
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
ISPs, wireless carriers, and Washington insiders react to FCC's net neutrality proposal
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:   Comcast, Cable Stocks Rise as FCC Won't Try to Control Rates
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter Reaches Deal to Show Tweets in Google Search Results  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.  —  In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible …
Michael Wolff / GQ:
A look at the candidates for Guardian top editor: Janine Gibson, Katharine Viner, Emily Bell, and Ian Katz  —  The poisoned chalice: who will succeed Alan Rusbridger?  —  Having transformed his paper from Fleet Street also-ran to international white knight (and money pit), Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is stepping down.
Pew Research Center:
Majority of investigative journalists believe the US has collected their phone, email, or online data  —  Investigative Journalists and Digital Security  —  Perceptions of Vulnerability and Changes in Behavior  —  About two-thirds of investigative journalists surveyed (64%) …
Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Moscow Times forced offline by hackers after being criticized by pro-Kremlin commenters for being anti-Putin  —  Hackers target Russian newspaper site accused of being anti-Putin  —  The Moscow Times forced offline after second cyber-attack in two months  —  The Moscow Times has been hacked …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple is Talking to TV Programmers About Its Own Web TV Service  —  Apple has spent years circling the TV business, without ever really getting into the TV business.  Now it may be ready to try again.  —  Industry executives say Apple is in talks with TV programmers about deals …
Eva Holland / Longreads Blog:
How Ta-Nehisi Coates built the best comment section on the internet—and why it can't last.  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates started blogging for The Atlantic on August 4, 2008.  His first post was titled “Sullivan... McArdle... Fallows... Coates???” and it laid down his terms from the start: “My only rule, really, is simple,” he wrote.
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:
Wearable World incubator acquires tech blog ReadWrite  —  VentureBeat has learned that Say Media has sold the technology blog ReadWrite to Silicon Valley-based incubator Wearable World for an undisclosed amount.  —  We reached out to Wearable World CEO Redg Snodgrass, and he confirmed that our sources were correct.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWrite and @jaredwsmith
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
GoPro gets closer to becoming a media company with its new Roku channel  —  GoPro continued its march toward its goal of becoming a media company on Feb. 5, with the announcement of its new channel on the streaming media player Roku, which will launch in the spring.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed's plans to join Snapchat's Discover news feature fell apart over creative differences  —  Why The BuzzFeed-Snapchat Discover Deal Fell Through  —  When Snapchat last month debuted its Discover feature — a new section within the app that shows articles and videos from a range of media companies …
Discussion: @lizrhoffman, @perlberg and @mikeisaac
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Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:   A look at how CNN, Cosmo, National Geographic, People, Daily Mail, and ESPN are using Snapchat, and who's advertising there
Carter Maness / The Awl:
Despite assumption that everything stays online forever a music freelancer finds 2,000 posts have vanished  —  All My Blogs Are Dead  —  A couple of months ago, I pitched a feature on the music industry that I was totally qualified to write.  But the editor questioned my experience …
Discussion: Guardian
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:   Publishers using WordPress and Drupal can try out a beta version of Amber, a plugin from Harvard's Berkman Center that archives links to prevent linkrot
 
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BBC:
UK police will need a judge's permission to access journalists' phone and email records
Catherine Stupp / Columbia Journalism Review:
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New York Magazine:
Being a Political Cartoonist in Egypt Has Always Been Hard.  It's Even Harder After the Charlie Hebdo Attacks.
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Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Peter Greste returns to Australia with pledge to fight on for fellow captives
Discussion: Jon Slattery and BBC
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
It's confirmed: Netflix is launching in Japan this fall
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox beats estimates in Q2 with $0.53 EPS on $7.42B revenue, raises dividend 20%
Discussion: Variety