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4:10 AM ET, February 12, 2015


 Top News: 
CBS News:
Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, 73, dies in car crash in New York City  —  CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015  —  NEW YORK — Bob Simon, the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jon Stewart served as an irreverent media critic for a generation turned off by broadcast news  —  Why the media will miss Jon Stewart  —  The fake newsman gave viewers what many legacy outlets could not  —  I was a sophomore at Northwestern University in 2010 when The Daily Show's Jon Stewart …
David Carr / New York Times:
Jon Stewart and Brian Williams were both kings of their crafts, with similar backgrounds and divergent futures  —  Brian Williams's and Jon Stewart's Common Ground  —  Other than timing, Jon Stewart's triumphant retirement and Brian Williams's public and humbling disenfranchisement would seem to have little in common.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Jon Stewart Helped TV Learn to Love the Internet (Because It Didn't Have Any Choice)
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Insider view of Jeff Bezos' involvement in product development for the Washington Post's Kindle Fire app  —  How involved has Jeff Bezos been at The Washington Post?  Here's one data point  —  One question that's been asked a lot since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post is how involved he is in the newspaper's evolution.
Discussion: Fast Company and @josephjames
Andrew Tyndall / Tyndall Report:
Unlike on cable, network news anchors are dispensable and separable from their shows
Melody Kramer / Medium:
64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage  —  Last September, I went to Chicago for a conference.  On the third day of the conference, I slipped away to my friend Max's apartment on a mission.  The mission was to gather together a lot of very smart people who don't work in news—and ask them to design a new news homepage.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:'s News Director Jared Keller appears to have plagiarized at least 20 passages from at least eight sources in the past several months  —  Plagiarist of the Day: Mic News Director Jared Keller  —, the news and opinion website aimed at millennials, has a very millennial problem …
John McDuling / Quartz:
Napster still exists, and it has millions of streaming subscribers  —  Napster was the original online music startup.  —  For a brief, glorious period in the late 90s and early oughts, the service was being used by many high-school and college students to share and download media files, mainly MP3s.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Rocco Castoro out as Vice Magazine editor in chief, replaced by Ellis Jones; Alex Miller now global head of content  —  Vice E.I.C. Rocco Castoro out at Vice  —  Rocco Castoro is no longer the editor in chief of Vice magazine, he announced during an event at the University of Chicago on Wednesday evening.
Discussion: Politico and @nbj914
Toronto Star:
Thomson Reuters CEO says multi-year turnaround nearly complete, growth ahead  —  NEW YORK—The head of Thomson Reuters says a turnaround of its global professional information business is nearing completion and he expects growth will return this year and accelerate in 2016.
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
PolitiFact California to launch this summer on more than 30 radio stations  —  Coming soon: PolitiFact California  —  Fact-checking journalism comes to California's public radio airwaves and websites this summer with the launch of PolitiFact California, a partnership of Capital Public Radio and PolitiFact …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Sirius will take pre-1972 state copyright case straight to appeals court  —  1960s rock band The Turtles wants to get paid under state copyright laws.  —  Members of the 1960s rock band The Turtles sued satellite radio giant Sirius XM, saying that the company has to pay the band for playing pre-1972 songs …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Gigaom
Committee to Protect Journalists:
South Sudan daily Nation Mirror ordered to stop publishing  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ban on independent newspaper Nation Mirror, which was ordered to stop publishing by National Security Service agents in South Sudan's capital Juba, and calls on authorities to immediately reverse the order.
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Lori Baitarian / Committee to Protect Journalists:   Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter to pay about $30M for Niche, and possibly up to $60M with earnouts and employment contracts included
Los Angeles Times:
John Malone joins Lionsgate board in Starz stock swap
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Times and Transgender Issues (Part One of Two): On Pronouns
Discussion: @kathrynschulz
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
A year old story about the Central African Republic has received 80% of its traffic in 2015
Discussion: @ruthie89 and @mathewi
Steven Musil / CNET:
Target pulls the plug on video-streaming effort Target Ticket
Aaron Maté / VICE:
Instead of Freedom, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy Faces a Retrial in Egypt