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3:35 PM ET, January 7, 2014


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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: @digiday and @dkiesow
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.
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, @felixsalmon and @noahr
Maggie McGrath / Forbes:
Amazon And Hulu Could Slow Netflix Growth In 2014, Morgan Stanley Says
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.
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Visit with jailed Al Jazeera correspondent finds him healthy, haggard  —  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, then back up a short set of steps to the goal: a dingy …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Vine Co-Founder Steps Down From Lead Role at Company  —  Dom Hofmann, co-founder of the social video-sharing service Vine, has stepped down from his lead general manager role at the company, according to three sources close to the situation.  —  Hofmann, who has led the company since …
Discussion: @mikeisaac, The Verge and @kenli729
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Grows Subscribers For First Time in 26 Quarters  —  CEO Brian Roberts tells Wall Street analysts that the return to growth after six years of losses is owed to more innovative TV products and calls Xfinity a “game-changer.”  —  After 26 quarters of losing video customers, Comcast …
Discussion: Forbes, Variety, @brianstelter and CNBC
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Bill Gannon joins First Look Media: My Q & A with him about intelligent aggregation in news  —  Today Pierre Omidyar announced a key hire: recently Bill was editor of Entertainment Weekly, before that boss of the Yahoo home page.  —  This is from the official press release:
Discussion: @niemanlab, @jayrosen_nyu and @mathewi
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
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Studios win again in fight over user content: “safe harbors” not so safe, websites find  —  The long-running court battles between content owners and websites like YouTube often resembles the trench warfare of World War I: two sides engage in years of fighting at incalculable cost, and barely gain any ground.
Alastair Reid /
Why Forbes is going social with ‘Stream’ in iOS app  —  Forbes has launched a new feature for its iOS Newsstand platform that acts as a social newsfeed of Forbes content shared by other readers.  “Stream”, launched yesterday, allows users to take clippings from the pages of the app and share them as …
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
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Vice News wants to take documentary-style storytelling to hot spots around the globe
Discussion: @niemanlab
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Discussion: @rafat, Thanks:@msebastian
Theo Leggett / BBC:
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Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Hearst Corp. tapped Kristine Shine as president of the San …
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Native advertising is the new paywall in media economics - but is it here to stay?
Discussion: The Dish and @cantlin
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
Source: AOL Tried to Buy Business Insider for $100M+
Discussion: @katie_roof and @cgasparino