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7:55 PM ET, February 4, 2013


 Top News: 
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Media reporters are missing the story of NYT buyouts, BuzzFeed editor argues  —  “There's been no real glimpse inside the newsroom, no sense of what the rank and file are feeling, no temperature-taking,” Doree Shafrir writes in a critique of coverage of the New York Times buyouts.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A goodbye to teary newsroom scenes?  Why Friday's wake at the ‘Times’ was undercovered  —  The New York Times building. wallyg via flickr  —  My former colleague Doree Shafrir has a smart post on BuzzFeed about The Way The New York Times is Covered Now.  —  Case in point …
Discussion: @poniewozik
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Boring old media
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
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
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Twitter Makes Big Acquisition, Buys Social TV Analytics Company Bluefin Labs  —  Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company that was founded in 2008, sources say.  —  Although we don't know the exact acquisition price, we were told this is Twitter's biggest acquisition to date.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Twitter Is Buying Bluefin — And Why Bluefin Is Selling
Discussion: Business Insider
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?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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: Guardian and Kirk LaPointe's …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google's settlement with French publishers is bad for the web
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Monitors Geraldo as He Mulls Political Office  —  Geraldo Rivera's stated interest in running for a Senate seat in New Jersey has been derided as a joke and a publicity stunt.  But his employers are taking it seriously.  —  He'd have to leave his weekend Fox News Channel show …
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Names Kevin Merida Managing Editor (Updated)  —  The Washington Post has named Kevin Merida its managing editor in charge of news and features, effective immediately.  —  He joins managing editor John Temple, who oversees digital and newsroom operations.
Darryl Fears / @bydarrylfears:   Kevin Merida is now the Washington Post's managing editor, breaking a barrier as the first African American to hold the job. @meridak
Erik Maza / WWD:
Evan Hansen Exits Wired  —  HANSEN EXITS WIRED: A little over a month into his tenure as editor in chief, Scott Dadich's Wired is already very different than his predecessor Chris Anderson's as he has been overseeing an overhaul of the magazine's masthead that has resulted in new titles …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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