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10:50 PM ET, January 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Jim Roberts takes buyout  —  New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts is leaving after 26 years with the paper, making him the ninth staffer on record to leave the Times as it seeks to cut 30 positions from the newsroom.  —  “After 26 years at the New York Times …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
New York Times editor to take 75,000 Twitter followers out the door with him  —  Jim Roberts, the assistant managing editor of the New York Times who has overseen many of the paper's digital initiatives, confirmed on Thursday that he would accept a buyout and leave the paper.
Discussion: Politico
Michael Calderone / Huffington Post:
New York Times Buyouts Push Veteran Journalists To The Exits  —  NEW YORK — Jim Roberts, Joe Sexton and Jon Landman have several things in common.  They each joined The New York Times in 1987, held some of the highest positions at the paper and are among the group of newsroom veterans leaving …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sports Editor Joe Sexton Leaving The New York Times
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times Buyout Deadline Hours Away, Joe Sexton Leaves [Update]
Rachel Nichols Joins CNN and Turner Sports  —  Nichols Will Anchor New Weekend CNN Sports Program and Report for Turner Sports  —  Across Television and Digital Platforms  —  CNN and Turner Sports have hired veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker …
Discussion: From Inside the Box
Dylan Byers / Politico:   CNN to launch weekend sports program
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Why Does Google Still Reward Content Scraping?  —  How a copied-and-pasted excerpt of a story can still outrank an 8,000-word original.  And why publishers aren't the ones to blame.  —  On January 16th, The Verge published a story about the past and current state of the American arcade industry.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
Gerry Shih / Reuters:   Twitter's new service suggests its future may lie in video
Nikki Finke /
Variety Editorial Firings To Come In March  —  EXCLUSIVE: Variety Media's Chairman/CEO Jay Penske is planning editorial firings at the top-heavy trade in March.  He also is overseeing a redesign of Variety's website for March.  Penske laid off between 20 and 25 employees last November 15th …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and FishbowlLA
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Former ‘Observer’ editor Aaron Gell to leave the paper, after a demotion  —  Earlier this month, after Jared Kushner appointed a new editor, Ken Kurson, to run his New York Observer, interim editor Aaron Gell told us he wasn't sure whether he'd stick around in the diminished title of executive editor.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Macmillan to launch two-year ebook library lending pilot  —  Big-six publisher Macmillan, which has kept its ebooks out of libraries until now, is launching a pilot lending program, the company announced Thursday.  —  The pilot is limited to 1,200 older titles from the Minotaur Books mystery …
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 player in the media industry thanks to licensing agreements with elite publishers like the Economist and Bloomberg.  The company relies on these partnership deals …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With Today's Update, Tumblr Starts To Look More Like A Fully Featured Twitter Than Blogging Platform  —  In an effort to make its Dashboard a “smaller and more streamlined experience,” the social blogging platform Tumblr is today overhauling the way users create posts on its website.
John Paul Titlow / ReadWrite:
Why Magazines Are Using Digital To Boost Prices, Not Bolster Innovation  —  Well, this is disappointing.  —  As magazines make the transition from print to pixels, some publishers are using the move as an opportunity to jack up their prices - in some cases, to more than they were charging for print editions.
Erik Wemple:
Hillary Clinton at the Benghazi hearings: Why we need journalists  —  CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson used her Twitter feed to raise a raft of unanswered questions about Benghazi.  There was some great stuff in there, including:  — “What time was Ambassador's Stevens' body recovered …
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Jim Romenesko:
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Discussion: ChicagoSide
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: TVNewser,, Politico and The Wrap
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Journalists and activists report having their Skype calls tapped
Discussion: GeekWire, GigaOM, ReadWrite and Slate
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Jim Romenesko:
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
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Discussion: Poynter and TUAW