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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC launches Taster, a new website to test early concepts and experiments  —  BBC Launches Taster to Incubate Content, Technology Ideas  —  The BBC on Monday unveiled BBC Taster, a new web site that it described as “a space to develop its latest ideas for digital content and emerging technology.”
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Lena Dunham, creator of HBO drama Girls, partners with BBC to test new material on Taster  —  Girls creator in BBC digital experiment  —  The writer of HBO drama Girls, Lena Dunham, is among names attached to BBC Taster, an experimental new platform for digital content and emerging technology.
Austin Smith / Mediashift:
Why It's Risky Business for Publishers to Build Their Own CMS  —  The following piece is a guest post.  Read more about MediaShift guest posts here.  —  2014 was a crazy year for news technology.  A new wave of publishers running custom software gained traction, while established news …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sling TV, Dish's $20 Web TV Service, Rolls Out Today.  Here's What It's Like.  —  This is the first week in history that Americans can get subscription TV, over the Web, without having to sign up for cable.  I don't think it's the end of traditional pay TV, but I do think it's a very big deal.
Discussion: Gigaom, TechCrunch and The Next Web
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
In response to rise of programmatic advertising, AOL drastically restructures ad sales staff  —  As Ad Business Shifts to Machines, AOL Restructures Its Sales Staff in a Major Reorg  —  According to numerous sources, AOL is now initiating long-planned changes to drastically reorganize …
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
blinkbox Books to close after Waterstones talks fail  —  Tesco will close its e-books service blinkbox Books at the end of February after talks with Waterstones to buy the platform broke down.  —  All 60 core staff who work on the blinkbox Books platform are now expected to enter …
Guardian:
WikiLeaks demands answers after three staffers notified Google handed their emails to US government in 2012  —  WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government  — Search giant gave FBI emails and digital data belonging to three staffers
Hank Green / Medium:
Hank Green defends his and other YouTube stars' interviews with Obama after media mockery  —  Holy S**t, I Interviewed the President  —  Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and I got an opportunity that a lot of people don't think we deserved.  —  Bethany ended our interview by asking for a selfie with Obama.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality  —  How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival  —  The future of independent film may not be film at all  —  The most buzzworthy feature of 2015's Sundance Film Festival isn't a film at all …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:NEW!
Since his return, Michael Bloomberg has been deeply involved in company strategy and plans  —  Michael Bloomberg Shakes Up Newsroom Side of His Company  —  Things have changed at Bloomberg since its founder, Michael R. Bloomberg, returned to the office.  —  Some of the changes are small.
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Wanted: Session Ideas For SMX Advanced  —  Do you have a topic you'd like to see covered in a session at SMX Advanced in Seattle, WA on June 2-3, 2015?  Something you'd like to see covered in depth, or a discussion of strategies and tactics for getting the most out your search marketing campaigns?
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Why the NYT gave more attention to the murders at Charlie Hebdo than Boko Haram's massacre in Baga, Nigeria  —  When Calculus of Loss Doesn't Add Up  —  IF you start from the premise that every human life is of equal importance, then the judgments of news organizations will often be confounding.
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Catch-up technology lets shows build audience and buzz slowly, which is leading to more second seasons of unproven shows  —  The Rise of TV's Second Season  —  Changing viewing habits are leading to more second seasons for unproven shows
Quinn Norton / Medium:
Barrett Brown's sentence shows the increasing dangers of security journalism, and why reporters should step back until laws are fixed  —  We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism  —  I'll Go First  —  I started studying the computer underground back when I worked in tech, as an early web developer, in the mid 1990s.
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Barrett Brown's Prison Time Raises Cybersecurity, Journalism Concerns
 
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Forrester TV Report: Audience Composition, Data Will Overshadow The Rating  —  Linear TV as a distribution channel is splintering and the impact will be most felt in planning and buying around audience, said Forrester analyst and report author Jim Nail.
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