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11:15 AM ET, January 23, 2014


 Top News: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Dozens of journalists injured in Kiev during protests, five people killed  —  This AP photo made its way across Twitter Wednesday, showing journalists covering protests in Kiev.  One, as you can see, wears a colander to protect his head instead of a helmet.  Helmets, you see, were banned by the government.
Associated Press:
AP severs ties with photographer who altered work  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has severed ties with a freelance photographer who it says violated its ethical standards by altering a photo he took while covering the war in Syria in 2013.  —  The news service said Wednesday …
Gannett Seen Divorcing Print From TV After Belo: Real M&A  —  After doubling down on broadcast stations, Gannett Co. (GCI) could create even more value for shareholders by joining a long line of media companies splitting publishing from television in recent years.
Dugald Baird / Guardian:
Stan Collymore returns to Twitter and hits out at the Sun  —  Former England footballer asks for ‘solutions to help Twitter police itself’ after suspending account following racist abuse  —  Stan Collymore has criticised the Sun as he returned to Twitter after suspending his account over racist abuse that he received on the site.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York: tests new ideas on its Arabic-language channel  —  CNN has just launched the redesigned, the networkÂ's only Arabic-language outlet (and a small territory in its digital portfolio).  But it's more important than that.  The new features introduced …
John McDermott / Digiday:
Publishers to Ezra Klein: Good Luck!  You'll Need it!  —  Ezra Klein, the wunderkind behind the popular Washington Post policy blog Wonkblog, will be leaving the D.C. daily at the end of this week to pursue his own media venture.  —  Digital publishing executives have a message for him: Good luck: You're going to need it.
John Cassidy / The New Yorker Blog:
Maybe Ezra Klein and Jeff Bezos Are Both Right
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
As CNN mobile traffic hits 40%, editor calls web vs. apps debate ‘red herring’  —  CNN announced last week that mobile page views accounted for 40 percent of its overall traffic, the result of equally emphasizing its mobile website and mobile apps even as some in the industry remain stuck in an either-or debate.
Discussion: INMA
Alice Speri / Al Jazeera America:
Intimidated journalists in Russia hesitate to criticize Sochi Games … Last April, Russian journalist Mikhail Beketov, who had exposed corruption in the construction of a highway linking Moscow to St. Petersburg, died of injuries sustained in a brutal beating he had received years earlier.
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.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Net neutrality just got a boost in Europe, thanks to a consumer rights committee  —  A committee of the European Parliament has almost unanimously voted through net neutrality proposals that had been proposed by digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes - but not without some amendments that seriously tighten up the language.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Court OKs subpoena for commenters' identities  —  The NOLA Media Group has 10 days to hand over the identities of two online commenters, Juliet Linderman reports. … Ellyn Angelotti, a lawyer and Poynter faculty, said that there aren't clear standards on First Amendment protections for online commentators.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Tightens Control of Online Video, Book Publishing  —  HONG KONG - Chinese authorities have announced new controls on the posting of content to online video sites.  Separately, there is to be additional scrutiny of Chinese-language book publishing.  —  The State General Administration …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
‘Newsbeat’ chief Rod McKenzie moved after complaints of bullying from over 30 BBC staff  —  The BBC has moved one of its senior news executives from his job in charge of Newsbeat, the broadcaster's youth news service, following complaints from more than 30 members of staff …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Setting Its Sights On Content Personalization, AOL To Acquire Gravity For $90.7M  —  AOL is announcing that it has reached a deal to acquire content personalization startup Gravity for an initial $83 million, with another $7.7 million paid out over the next two years.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Woman felt BBC ‘slammed door in her face’ over Dave Lee Travis complaint  —  Former runner says she was told BBC was ‘not taking calls of this nature’ when she complained about alleged assault by DJ  —  A former BBC runner felt like the corporation “slammed the door in my face” …
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Tivo Lays Off Most of Its Design Team as It Transitions to the Cloud  —  Update: Tivo says it will continue to use third-party designers for hardware going forward.  The article has been updated to reflect this fact.  —  Tivo has been bullish lately about releasing new software products beyond its core DVR boxes.
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Cord-Cutting Study Comes Down as Cable Nets Cry Foul  —  HBO, Showtime and Starz release stats on subscriber growth after a NPD Group study, no longer on the firm's website, claims households with premium cable are on the decline.  —  Within a day of research firm NPD Group releasing its State …
Discussion: Capital New York and The Wrap
Tom Harper / The Independent:
Cleared former NOTW deputy editor Neil Wallis questioned further by police over hacking  —  Scotland Yard said Mr Wallis ‘was interviewed under caution in connection with suspicion of conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails.  He was not arrested’  —  The former News of the World deputy editor …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Huffington Post plans India edition; launch in May  —  Davos: US-based leading online newspaper Huffington Post is planning to launch an India edition by May this year and negotiations are currently underway to finalise a local partner for this venture.  —  “We are working very hard on our India edition.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NewsCred Raises $25 Million to Fill a Content-Marketing War Chest.  (What's Content Marketing Again?)  —  Advertisers have spent the last few years toiling away in the social media fields, and now have long lists of followers on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms to show for their efforts.
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