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11:40 AM ET, January 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
When a (Partial) Tweet Becomes an Ad, What Are the Rules?  —  The media world gets weirder every day, but this moment still stands out as something of a stunner - the kind of thing that merits a place on the eternal timeline of “How the Internet Flipped the Media World on Its Head.”  —  Picture it:
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
FAA says any commercial use of drones including journalism is not allowed yet  —  FAA on drone recordings by journalists: ‘There is no gray area’  —  Last Wednesday, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review published a minute-long, aerial video of a local event.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New rules at Time Inc require stories about company to be approved by Chief Content Officer  —  Norm Pearlstine lays down the law  —  Norm Pearlstine has laid down some ground rules for Time Inc.'s editors in a bid to govern what type of material should pass through him for pre-publication approval.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Twitter Inches Closer to the Local Ad Market  —  Twitter has grand ambitions as an ad platform, and it appears poised to make a foray into the lucrative but fragmented world of local advertising.  —  Twitter recently rolled out a new map-based feature called Nearby to select users …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Vimeo speeds its online videos, goes HTML5 by default  —  Vimeo has sped up its video-streaming technology and made the shift from Flash-powered video to HTML5 by default, the company said Tuesday.  —  The new player software improves performance, social links, and post-production capabilities …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Samsung announces major 4K streaming partnership with Amazon, Netflix, and others  —  In addition to inking a deal with Technicolor's M-GO streaming service, Samsung today announced a major partnership with Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, and DirecTV to provide 4K streaming to consumers via their latest UHD TVs.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:   CES: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Appears at Sony Press Conference to Drive 4K Message
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Visit with jailed Al Jazeera correspondent finds him healthy, haggard  —  McClatchy Foreign StaffJanuary 6, 2014 Updated 9 hours ago  —  CAIRO — Donning a long overcoat to fend off the winter chill, the prison official led the way down some stairs, through an underground parking garage …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
HuffPost policy banishes trolls — and drives away some frequent commenters  —  When The Huffington Post announced that all commenters would be required starting Dec. 10 to link their profiles to Facebook and have their real names displayed when commenting, the reaction was fierce.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Native advertising is the new paywall in media economics - but is it here to stay?  —  Many digital publishers have placed it at the heart of their business strategy - but there are concerns over transparency  —  In 1917, the American Federal Trade Commission settled a case with the Muensen Speciality Co. …
Discussion: @cantlin
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
Source: AOL Tried to Buy Business Insider for $100M+  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) offered to purchase, a popular business and technology news website, for more than $100 million but talks ultimately broke down when the two sides couldn't agree on price, the FOX Business Network has learned.
Discussion: @katie_roof and @cgasparino
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's PA ‘was offered Australian job for concealing evidence’  —  Police alleged Cheryl Carter's move to Murdoch paper in Perth was reward for removing notebooks, phone-hacking trial hears  —  Rebekah Brooks's personal assistant was accused by police of hatching a plan to emigrate …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
TiVo Moves Storage Of TV Shows Into The Cloud With New Network DVR Service  —  DVR manufacturer TiVo has spent most of the last 15 years building hardware that would allow consumers to record their favorite TV shows and watch them later.  Now the company is working toward building products …
Nicole Laporte / Fast Company:
Netflix: The Red Menace  —  Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, that “red envelope” company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry.  It's about to do it again.  —  “It's the creatives, stupid.”
Discussion: @fastcompany, @noahr and @felixsalmon
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Theo Leggett / BBC:
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The Wrap:
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
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Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
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Discussion: Guardian and Capital New York
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Rachel Maddow influencing MSNBC's editorial decisions, leading to falling ratings, say sources