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3:40 PM ET, February 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Super Bowl Gets Highest-Ever Ratings, Plus 24 Million Tweets  —  A historic sibling rivalry, an iconic player's retirement, a Destiny's Child reunion, a momentum-changing blackout and a dramatic finish: Add up all the storylines from Super Bowl XLVII and you get one of the most-watched championship games ever …
Will Leitch / SportsonEarth:
Power Failure  —  As embarrassing as it was for the NFL and the city of New Orleans that the power went out for 34 minutes during Super Bowl XLVII, it's not even close to how humiliated CBS should feel.  It's difficult to overstate how much the San Francisco 49ers saved CBS's bacon by constructing …
Marketers Jump on Super Bowl Blackout With Real-Time Twitter Campaigns  —  CBS's broadcast of the Super Bowl was thrown into confusion and delay in the third quarter on Sunday when power in half of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went out, prompting a surge of attempts at humor on Twitter …
Dan Deeth / Better Broadband Blog:
Super Bowl XLVII: The Return of the Super Dip
Discussion: AllThingsD and GigaOM
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Circulation revenue up at Gannett, which credits paywalls  —  Gannett's fourth quarter earning report contains a sentence that will thrill paywall apostles: … That's attributed to CEO Gracia Martore, who also notes circulation revenue increased for the third quarter in a row.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Gannett Profit Tops Analysts' Estimates on Election Advertising  —  Gannett Co. (GCI), which publishes 82 U.S. daily newspapers and owns 23 television stations, reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped analysts' estimates, fueled by U.S. presidential election advertising.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Andrew Sullivan's New Site Has a Super Friendly Paywall  —  Today is the day uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan declares independence, moving his Daily Dish blog from The Daily Beast to a new home at  —  In case you haven't heard, Sullivan's foray into entrepreneurship …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Andrew Sullivan's grand experiment in reader-supported online journalism is now live
Discussion: The Dish and New York Magazine
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:   Andrew Sullivan and the new wisdom of the leaky meter
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
The Verge Hires Writer Who Quit CNET in Protest  —  Greg Sandoval, the CNET senior writer who resigned in protest when the site's parent company, CBS, interfered with its editorial coverage last month, has been hired by The Verge, the Web site that first revealed the full extent of CBS's involvement.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Google Fund for the French Press  —  At the last minute, ending three months of tense negotiations, Google and the French Press hammered a deal.  More than yet another form of subsidy, this could mark the beginning of a genuine cooperation.  —  Thursday night, at 11:00pm Paris time …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and Guardian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google's settlement with French publishers is bad for the web
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman:
Why Aaron died  —  Last week, I awoke to find Aaron with me.  He was sitting next to my bed, grinning his cheeekist grin, holding my hand.  —  For a few minutes, I savored a sweet uncertainty: Were the last few weeks all a nightmare, and Aaron was still with me?
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
What's The Real Story Behind The New York Times Buyouts?  —  No one outside the building really knows — but maybe because no one really cares anymore.  —  Late Friday afternoon, inside The New York Times building at 40th Street and 8th Avenue, around 100 staffers gathered on the second floor …
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Boring old media
News Corp. Sells IGN Websites to J2 Global's Ziff Davis  —  News Corp. (NWSA) sold its IGN Entertainment websites to J2 Global Inc. (JCOM)'s Ziff Davis for an undisclosed amount.  —  The transaction will add to J2 Global's 2013 earnings, excluding transition costs, the company said today in a statement.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
London gets first dedicated digital terrestrial TV channel as ESTV launches London Live  —  London is to have its first dedicated digital terrestrial television channel, offering a service to 4 million homes, the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom announced today.  —  The new London Live channel …
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Billionaire Lebedev Wins License to Start New London TV Station
Josh Stearns / Groundswell:
Giving to an Idea: Press Freedom and Transparency Journalism  —  Those in the fundraising world understand that donors want to give to an idea, not an organization.  They want to understand how their funding will support values that they hold dear, and work that helps achieve those values.
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Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Ars Technica Ads Get Ahead of the Story  —  In an analytics-obsessed Web climate, everyone is chasing the big story.  The problem is, more often than not, big breakout traffic scoops yield attention, eyeballs and notoriety, but very few dollars.  Last month, Deadspin broke the story …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch to spend billions on video rights  —  Rupert Murdoch's newspaper and book publishing arm is to spend billions of dollars on video rights, as it seeks to turn the print business into a multi-media operation.  —  Rupert Murdoch's ‘new News Corp’ has set aside $1bn to fuel the spending spree
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