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8:30 AM ET, January 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Alex Gibney On His WikiLeaks Documentary: Julian Assange Got Corrupted  —  The latest film from Oscar winner Alex Gibney is ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,’ about the rise and fall of the controversial publisher.  The filmmaker dishes on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Lance Armstrong—his next documentary subject.
Julian Assange attacks new WikiLeaks movie  —  Speaking during an Oxford Union debate, the WikiLeaks founder described The Fifth Estate as a ‘massive propaganda attack’  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described a forthcoming Hollywood film about him as a “massive propaganda attack” …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Jump 30% After Hours, As It Beats The Street With Revenues Of $945M And 2M New Subscribers  —  Netflix had a stellar fourth quarter, posting revenues and subscriber numbers well above analyst estimates.  That has got investors excited again, driving the stock up 25 percent in after hours trading.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Talks a Little Trash About the Competition
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Netflix's Project Griffin: The Forgotten History Of Roku Under Reed Hastings
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sports Editor Joe Sexton Leaving The New York Times?  —  New York Times sports editor Joe Sexton is expected to leave the paper for ProPublica as a voluntary buyout deadline approaches Thursday afternoon, sources tell The Huffington Post.  Sexton did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
New York Times Classical Music Critic James Oestreich Takes Buyout
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
McGraw-Hill Acquires 20% Stake In Area9, The Adaptive Learning Company Behind Its New Smart eBooks  —  As a 95-year-old publishing company primarily known for its textbooks, McGraw-Hill is not usually the type of exhibitor one finds at the Consumer Electronics Show, let alone one to make a splash.
Eliza Kern / paidContent:
Quora gets into the publishing business with new blogging platform  —  Newspapers might be dying, but there is no shortage of companies who want to get into the publishing business.  Or the blogging business, at least.  Quora plans to announce Wednesday that it's rolling out a new blogging platform …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Phone-hack saga: Cops cuff ex-health worker in pre-dawn swoop  —  A 59-year-old ex-healthcare worker was arrested today by cops probing allegations of bribes paid to public officials and police alongside an investigation into phone-hacking by journalists.  The Met said its officers cuffed …
Discussion: Sky News, Telegraph, BBC and Guardian
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Rolling Stone Lays Off Two Noted Staff Members  —  6:02 p.m. |  Updated Rolling Stone, amid a variety of magazines responding to a troubled advertising environment by trimming staff, laid off two of its bigger names this month.  —  Eric Bates, the magazine's executive editor who had worked …
X-Surface: Don't believe everything you read.  —  I am a gamer.  I don't work for Microsoft.  —  I, like most other gamers, am sick of seeing endless rumours and speculation citing “anonymous sources” or “insiders” with no evidence, no proof, no guarantee that they've been fact-checked or can be relied on.
Dave Thier / Forbes:   Random Gamer Punks Major Blogs on Xbox Rumors
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Gawker Expects at Least 10% of Revenue From E-Commerce This Year, Says Denton Memo  —  Seeking ‘Commerce Specialists’ for Gawker Sites  —  Apparently, Gawker Media is serious about its e-commerce business.  In a memo to his employees today outlining some business-side promotions and departures …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Battling Kobo, Amazon launches Kindle e-readers and store in Canada  —  Toronto-based Kobo is Canada's leading e-reading company, but Amazon hopes that won't be the case for long as it ramps up its Canadian presence.  Canadians have long been able to buy the most basic Kindle from across the border …
Jim Romenesko:
More than 70 newspapers respond to reality series casting call  —  More than 70 editors and publishers have responded to NBC Peacock Production's casting call for a reality series about a small-town newspaper.  Producer Cara Biega “noted that she was impressed with how amazing their stories are …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
iPads replace newspapers in Boston Globe's school donation program  —  Many newspapers let readers donate the proceeds of their subscriptions to an education fund when they go on vacation.  These funds have gone to provide newspapers and digital subscriptions to local classrooms …
Discussion: TUAW and Poynter
Guardian-owner ends talks on Auto Trader sale-FT  —  The publisher of Britain's Guardian and Observer newspapers has ended talks on selling its stake in Trader Media Group because the price offered fell short of expectations, the Financial Times said on Thursday.
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
How Twitter's new embeds will make social media's copyright issues even weirder  —  “What is a Tweet anymore?”  That's the question posed by Buzzfeed's Matt Buchanan today in response to Twitter's latest update to its embedded Tweets.  While text and uploaded photos have for some time been included …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
E-Commerce Platform Gumroad Adds New Publishing Features, Says Some Authors Have Made $100K+  —  Gumroad, the Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that allows you to sell anything through a simple link, is announcing some additions to its publishing program today, while also sharing some of its early success stories.
Discussion: The Next Web
Betsy Isaacson / The Huffington Post:
Music Pirates Buy 30 Percent More Songs Than Non-Filesharers: Study  —  Digital pirates have long been the bane of the music business, those in the music business say.  No longer interested in buying songs when they can get them for free, pirates are the reason behind the recording industry's falling revenue, the argument goes.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
CBS' Hopper Award Knock Could Set Back Media Ownership Rules  —  When CBS torpedoed CNET's planned “best of show” award for Dish's Hopper, it may have also blown to bits broadcasters' best chance for looser media ownership rules at the Federal Communications Commission.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
CBS claims Dish hid commercial-skipping Auto Hop feature during contract negotiations
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Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
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Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
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Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Through The Wire: Reuters Layoffs
Discussion: Forbes and Talking Biz News
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post