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11:55 AM ET, January 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times Buyout Deadline Hours Away, Joe Sexton Leaves  —  The next few days are going to be rough at the New York Times.  Not only is the deadline for editors to accept buyouts today at 5 pm, Jill Abramson said in a memo that staffers will have to wait “a day or two after that” to know if there are going to be layoffs.
Discussion: The Wrap
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.  (Update: It's official.)  Sexton did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
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” …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:   Alex Gibney On His WikiLeaks Documentary: Julian Assange Got Corrupted
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Robot news curator NewsCred launches human editorial team  —  NewsCred, a tech-intensive news aggregator, is an up-and-coming force in the media industry thanks to licensing agreements with elite publishers like the Economist and Bloomberg.  The company relies on these partnership deals …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 6-Second Video Sharing App, Vine, Goes Live In The App Store  —  Twitter has officially launched its Vine video sharing app in the App Store, as announced on the company blog.  —  With Instagram taking the world by storm, and subsequently selling to Facebook for $1 billion …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Folio and FishbowlNY
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Managing Editor at ABC News  —  Jon Williams is leaving the BBC where he was World Editor to join ABC News as the Managing Editor for International News.  Williams will begin in March and will be based in New York.  —  Marcus Wilford, who has overseen the international desk for the last several months …
Discussion: 10,000 Words and ABC News
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here's how much in content sales turn Kindle Fire into a money maker  —  How much in content sales does it take for Amazon to earn a 20 percent profit margin on its Kindle Fire hardware?  About $10 per month, which generates $3 once Amazon takes its 30 percent cut.
Discussion: CNET and
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 …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Robin Roberts Returns To ‘GMA’ Studios For First Time Since Bone Marrow Transplant  —  Robin Roberts returned to the “Good Morning America” studios on Thursday for the first time since her bone marrow transplant in September.  Roberts is undergoing a delicate process of re-entry into her normal routine …
Discussion: TVNewser, Politico, The Wrap and
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
Global TV platform Viki widens its reach with Amazon Instant partnership  —  Somewhere in Turkey, someone is working on a hit TV show right now — a show that viewers in the U.S. could fall in love with, if they only had the chance to see it.  That's the core belief behind Viki …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Journalists and activists report having their Skype calls tapped  —  EFF and others call out the service for lack of transparency and collaborating with Chinese censors  —  In an open letter this morning, a group including EFF, and Reporters Without Borders called out Skype for …
Discussion: Forbes, GigaOM and Slate
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
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 …
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
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