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9:55 AM ET, January 16, 2014


 Top News: 
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent seeks buyer  —  The Independent is up for sale.  The paper's founder, and current chairman of its publishing company, Andreas Whittam Smith, has been authorised to seek out a buyer.  —  The owners, Alexander Lebedev and his son, Evgeny, have been indicating …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Independent owners decline to comment on report that title is again up for sale  —  The publishers of The Independent declined to comment this morning on a report that the title is again up for sale - nearly four years after it was sold by Independent News and Media to Alexander Lebedev.
Chris Elliott / Guardian:
Open door: Why an article on Lisa Bonchek Adams was removed from the Guardian site  —  I don't think it is wrong to frame a question about how those with incurable illnesses use social media, but the Guardian was wrong in the way it went about it  —  Lisa Bonchek Adams is a woman …
Mark Stencel / Poynter:
Tech reporter Brian Krebs hacks it on his own, one scoop at a time … Few news stories in the past month landed on homepages and front pages with a louder thud than the theft of credit and debit card information from millions of Target customers.  —  The Target break-in was the latest scoop …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, Mayer's No. 2, to depart after failing to move lagging ad business  —  “Dead Man Walking” Walks: COO Henrique De Castro Out at Yahoo  —  As has long been rumored, Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro is departing Yahoo.  —  I had reported last week that he was in big trouble …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
He Was Fired: Here's Marissa Mayer's De Castro Buh-Bye Memo to Yahoo Staff  —  Here it is, the internal memo to Yahoo staff about the sudden — though it was not sudden, by any means — leave-taking today of its COO, Henrique De Castro, courtesy of one of my 10,563 sources left at Yahoo!
Josh Stearns / Free Press Blog:
Net Neutrality and the Future of Journalism  —  Tuesday's court decision, which struck down the FCC's Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom.  —  According to the Pew Research Center …
Discussion: @jcstearns, Gigaom and Consumerist
Tim Wu / The New Yorker Blog:
FCC's Wheeler can preserve net neutrality by taking back its authority over broadband
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Top editors at Washington Post, Politico talk after Wemple scrutinizes Mike Allen's Playbook  —  Washington Post and Politico Talk About a Rift  —  Top editors at The Washington Post and Politico tried on Wednesday to mend a rift between the two news organizations.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Netflix ‘original’ documentary lands Oscar nomination  —  “The Square,” a Netflix-backed film about the Egyptian revolution, secured an Oscar nomination for documentary feature Thursday, fulfilling the Academy Awards buzz it drummed up at film festivals.  —  “The Square,” which profiles …
Discussion: Forbes, The Next Web, The Verge and UPROXX
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Will Beats Music trump Spotify with its artist charm offensive?  —  Dr Dre and Trent Reznor are launching a US streaming service - but artists are likely to lose out again due to labels' royalty deals  —  The music streaming market is becoming a crowded place, but that hasn't stopped Beats Music getting in on the game.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Capital New York to Introduce Monthly Print Magazine  —  Capital New York, the Politico sibling that covers politics and media in New York, is rolling out a small monthly print magazine starting this month, according to parent company Allbritton Communications.
Discussion: @joepompeo
Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
Digital Technology Remodels Women's Magazines  —  Women's magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips.  However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AOL hands over control of Patch to investment fund Hale Global, keeps small stake  —  AOL Finds a Home — Off Its Books — For Patch  —  Patch isn't dead, and AOL isn't officially done with it.  But Tim Armstrong's big bet on local news has come to an end: The AOL CEO is handing over Patch …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
THE END OF AN ERROR: AOL Just Disposed Of Controlling Interest In Patch
Discussion: @jeffjarvis
Brian Braiker / Digiday:
A Tale of Two Daily Mails  —  Online readers of the Charleston Daily Mail received a bit of a surprise this week when they went to the West Virginia paper's homepage.  The paper's address,, took readers to a letter announcing that the Daily Mail had changed its Web address to the somewhat clunkier
Discussion: @michaelroston
Charter's Time Warner Cable Bid Puts Rutledge in Dealmaker Role  —  For Tom Rutledge, the man orchestrating a $61 billion takeover battle for Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the role of dealmaker came late in his career.  —  In his almost four decades in the cable business …
Anna Dolgov / The Moscow Times:
Former Siberian Official Given Probation for Journalist's Killing  —  A court in the Irkutsk region has sentenced a former local official to a 22-month probation for killing a journalist who had published critical reports about corruption in the local government.
Discussion: @miriamelder
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Academic Research Platform Sciencescape Raises $2.5M, Partners With Educational Publisher Elsevier  —  Canadian startup Sciencescape has just closed a $2.5 million round of funding, and is considering extending it into a $3 million round since it was oversubscribed, co-founder Sam Molyneux revealed …
The Week:
John Humphrys: BBC is too big and should be slimmed down  —  Veteran broadcaster joins calls for change despite warning from BBC chief to stop attacking corporation  —  JOHN HUMPHRYS believes the BBC is too big and suffers from a surfeit of executives who tie people up in meetings.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How a free email newsletter turned a computer programmer into a Newsweek columnist  —  Being on Twitter can sometimes feel a little like being in a high school cafeteria.  —  There's chatter all around you, and there's always a joke you're not in on.  On Twitter, everyone's always mad about something …
Publishers Weekly:
Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-Book Program  —  After jumping into the library e-book market last April with a limited pilot, Simon & Schuster is expanding its program to more libraries, and adding OverDrive to its list of vendors.  The publisher and OverDrive today announced …
Discussion: Digital Book World
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. freezes pensions in cost-control measure  —  News Corp. employees were told Wednesday that their pensions are being frozen, Capital has learned.  —  The change in the company's retirement-plan contribution scheme applies to certain employees at the New York Post …
Tim Goodman / Hollywood Reporter:
How Kevin Reilly Is Changing Up Fox's Game, and What That May Mean for the TV Industry  —  As the broadcast net moves away from pilot season, its decisions are really and truly about quality.  —  Fox's Kevin Reilly  —  Whenever change comes to the resistant television industry, it comes slow.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google brings Play Movies and TV to iOS
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Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
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Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Poynter
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Rep. Waxman on Tribune Meeting: ‘My Concern About the Fate of the Los Angeles Times Was Not Alleviated’
Hadas Gold / Politico:
MSNBC president defends network, hits Fox News and CNN
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 Earlier Picks: 
Aram Roston / Vocativ:
Five Questions for the NYT's James Risen: “I Will Go to Jail if I Have To”
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial: judge admonishes police expert witness
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Why is the music industry so cross with Google?
Alex Leo / Newsweek:
The New New  —  I know the past couple years …
Discussion: @niemanlab