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8:25 PM ET, January 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix's momentum continues with 2.33 million new US customers in Q4  —  Netflix revealed its fourth quarter earnings today, capping off a banner year that saw the streaming service surpass HBO in subscriber count and earn critical acclaim for its original programming.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Beats Analyst Expectations With 2.3M New Domestic Subscribers, Earnings Of 79 Cents A Share  —  Netflix just announced its fourth-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations.  For the last three months, Netflix reported earnings of 79 cents per share on revenues of $1.175 billion.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Plans ‘Substantial’ European Expansion in 2014
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Says It Will Be Fine Without Net Neutrality Rules
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWrite and Quartz
John Cassidy / The New Yorker Blog:
Maybe Ezra Klein and Jeff Bezos Are Both Right  —  The rumors were true: Ezra Klein, the creator of the Washington Post's Wonkblog, is leaving the paper to start a new venture with a couple of his colleagues.  In my bit of the Twitterverse, the general reaction appears to be that Jeff Bezos …
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Tivo Makes Its Hardware Exit Official, Lays Off Most of Design Team  —  Tivo has been bullish lately about releasing new products beyond its core DVR boxes.  Today, we found out why.  The company laid off nearly all the industrial designers of those products.
Discussion: Gigaom, Engadget and SlashGear
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Guardian blocked in China after story about leadership's offshore wealth  —  Access to the front page of newspaper's website blocked and availability of other stories intermittent  —  The Guardian appeared to be partially blocked in China on Wednesday after revealing that relatives …
Maria Konnikova / The New Yorker Blog:
The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You  —  When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day.
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV: Opens Its Doors To Native Advertising  —  The BBC is known for its editorial integrity and, at least in the UK, its aversion to advertising.  These facts would seem to make an embrace of the current “native advertising” trend difficult.  But that's just what BBC Worldwide …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and @beet_tv
Massive Internet mishap sparks Great Firewall scrutiny in China  —  (Reuters) - Human error likely caused a glitch in China's Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing's web censorship, sources told Reuters.
Discussion: NYT Bits, CNN, @jonrussell, @adampasick and CNET
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fox Will Stream Super Bowl XLVIII Free to Computers and iPads  —  Broadcaster to offer a ‘special preview’ of Fox Sports Go authenticated service for the NFL championship game on Feb. 2  —  Fox Sports will use Super Bowl XLVIII as a showcase for its online and mobile authentication service …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial: police defend dawn raid on Rebekah Brooks's home  —  Detective insists all searches are conducted without ‘fear or favour’ after jury hears officers checked baby's Moses basket  —  Police have defended their dawn raid on Rebekah Brooks's Oxfordshire home at the phone-hacking trial …
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Police searched basket of Rebekah Brooks's baby, court hears
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Weather Channel: DirecTV Subscribers Should Be Able to Switch, Without Penalty  —  The Weather Channel is ratcheting up the rhetoric in its fight to get back on DirecTV.  —  The leading weather TV channel, which begins a ninth day off the nation's second-largest pay TV service …
Rebecca Bowe /
San Francisco Bay Guardian launches tool for anonymous submissions powered by SecureDrop  —  Hey whistleblowers  —  We want your leaks!  —  —  The San Francisco Bay Guardian newsroom is tapping some high-tech tools to continue its journalistic mission.
Jasper Jackson /
News UK CEO: “A big bundle is a very efficient mechanism which works remarkably well”  —  News UK is unusual among newspaper groups in taking a hardline approach to digital subscriptions, eschewing metered models for an offer that provides online access to the whole bundle, or none of it.
Discussion: @raju and @hobbb, Thanks:@henryctaylor
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Radio Free Europe journalists beaten, detained in Kiev protests  —  On Wednesday, UPI reported that two journalists have been beaten and detained in the ongoing protests in Kiev. … In a video for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty posted Wednesday, the two badly beaten men, Dmytro Barkar and Ihor Iskhakov, talk about what happened.
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
Viacom's Branded Content Play Is the Latest Among Cable Giants  —  Viacom is doing at scale something that TV entertainment companies—especially those with a wide footprint in the unscripted world—are treating like the advertising success of the future: It's creating a full division devoted to branded content.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
John Paul Titlow / Co.Labs:
Under The Hood Of The New  —  For media companies, the pace of technological change can be unforgiving.  The New York Times, well-staffed as it may be, is no exception.  To meet rapidly changing business goals and reader expectations, the tech team there recently pulled off …
Discussion: @remmons
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Ex-AOL editor Cyndi Stivers joins Tina Brown's company  —  Cyndi Stivers, who saw her job as editor-in-chief of eliminated in the upheaval at the media company late last year — after only seven months in the position — has a new gig lined up with Tina Brown's fledgling conference business.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Heather Murphy / The Lede:
Targeted text message sends chills to protesters and journalists in Ukraine  —  Ominous Text Message Sent to Protesters in Kiev Sends Chills Around the Internet  —  As my colleague Andrew Kramer reported, protesters and journalists standing in the vicinity of fighting between the riot police …
Sarah Kendzior / Al Jazeera English:
When mainstream media is the lunatic fringe  —  Digital media gives cruelty, new visibility, but does the prestige of old media give bigoted ranting respectability?  —  On January 8, 2014, Emma Keller, a journalist for The Guardian, wrote a column about a woman named Lisa Bonchek Adams.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK sports show bans mentions of Twitter in protest over abusive tweets directed at presenter  —  Talksport bans Twitter in protest at racist taunts and death threats for Stan Collymore  —  Talksport has banned mentions of Twitter from its radio station and from Sport magazine until …
Emily Rauhala / TIME:
CNN, BBC Reporters Covering China Activist Trial Manhandled on Live TV  —  Street-side tussles take place outside Beijing court where transparency campaigner Xu Zhiyong is being tried behind closed doors  —  BBC journalist Martin Patience lived up to his name today.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
The news curation game gets another entrant as the WaPo's former owner relaunches Trove  —  You might think the news-recommendation space is a little crowded, what with giant social networks like Twitter and Facebook as well as dedicated services like Prismatic, Zite and News360 …
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Molly Mulshine / Betabeat:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
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