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11:15 PM ET, January 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's New “Creative Labs” Lets The 6,000-Employee Giant Move Fast Like A Startup  —  It's tough to experiment with a billion people watching.  At that scale, Facebook's mantras of “move fast and break things” and “Done is better than perfect” don't quite work.
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
Facebook Paper Is Content — But Don't Call Facebook a Media Company  —  Is Facebook Paper short for Facebook NewsPaper?  —  Thursday's unveiling of a new standalone content curation app, Facebook Paper, comes after weeks of speculation and rumors about Facebook hiring editors …
Donna Tam / CNET:
Amazon considers $40 increase in Prime subscription fee  —  Amazon may increase its US Amazon Prime membership fee by $40 dollars more, the company's chief financial officer announced Thursday during an earnings call.  —  CFO Tom Szkutak said growing transportation costs may cause …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Stock Price Stumbles After Hours On Revenue, Earnings Miss And Weak Guidance  —  Today after the market close Amazon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $25.59 billion, and earnings per share of $0.51.  The company has operating income of $510 million …
Ciara Byrne / Co.Labs:
Inside The Ad-Free, Crowdfunded Publication That Is Upending The Newspaper Business  —  For two years, Rob Wijnberg was the editor of NRC Next, a Dutch daily newspaper.  After he was fired, he decided he would start over by launching his own publication—and using an entirely new business model.
Discussion: @fastcolabs, @mathewi and @mathewi
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC president apologizes to RNC  —  MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday for a tweet that suggested conservatives “hate” interracial marriages.  —  “The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Tim Franklin is Poynter's new president  —  The Poynter Institute announced Thursday that its new president will be Tim Franklin, the Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News.  Franklin was director of the National Sports Journalism Center at the Indiana University School of Journalism …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fox News once again most and least trusted name in news  —  PPP's 5th annual poll about trust in TV news continues to find what it does every year: Fox News is both the most trusted and least trusted name in news.  —  35% of Americans say they trust Fox News more than any other TV news outlet …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Inc. Media Hires Jim Ledbetter from Thomson Reuters  —  Mansueto Ventures' Inc. Media is hiring Jim Ledbetter from Thomson Reuters as editor of its namesake magazine and website.  The veteran business journalist was named the first op-ed editor at Reuters as part of a hiring spree three years ago.
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
John Henry appoints Mike Sheehan CEO of the Globe, names himself publisher  —  Well-known Boston advertising executive Mike Sheehan will become chief executive officer of The Boston Globe, and the newspaper company's new owner, John Henry, will assume the role of publisher …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
N.F.L. creating digital channel: ‘NFL Now’  —  The National Football League is creating a new HD digital video channel called “N.F.L. Now.”  The channel, which launches this summer, will be available on any device, though apps for iOS, Android and Windows systems, and on web browsers through
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
When Super Bowl Advertisers Compete For the Web, Google Wins  —  Winning the Pre- and Post- Super Bowl Is Increasingly What Counts  —  The big game isn't until Sunday, but for Super Bowl advertisers the first quarter is already over.  That's because increasingly the battle isn't for the game itself …
Jennifer Silber / Folio:
La Presse+ Sees Significant Gains in First 9 Months  —  New digital edition installed on more than 400,000 iPads.  —  The free digital edition of Montreal-based daily newspaper La Presse has seen tremendous increases in the last nine months.  Since its launch in April last year …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The Times' video dilemma  —  Early last year, The New York Times was making its first big sales push since revving up its digital video strategy, and it locked down two large upfront deals with two tony advertisers.  —  One was Acura, which signed on for a full year.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia's prime minister ready to pull the plug on public broadcaster's foreign service  —  Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service  —  Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.
Discussion: The Stream and Guardian
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Outside Magazine Gets into the Travel Business  —  Launches Outside Go to begin booking customized adventure excursions.  —  Mariah Media's Outside magazine has launched a new division that will begin booking the kind of adventure travel it's long been writing about.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times raises paywall a little higher on mobile  —  The New York Times has tweaked its pay meter for mobile apps.  The bottom line is you're likely, depending how you use them, to hit the paywall sooner.  —  Starting today, users reaching Times content on mobile apps will get free access …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former Hulu Head Jason Kilar's Stealth Startup Pitches Magazine Publishers  —  Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video and TV when he ran Hulu.  —  Now he's trying do the same thing with Web publishing and magazines.  —  Kilar has yet to talk publicly about The Fremont Project, the startup he began staffing up last fall.
Discussion: @delrey, @pkafka and @mathewi
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Uses Data to Charm Advertisers  —  Facebook Refined its Tools that Allow Advertisers to Target Users Based on Spending Habits in Brick and Mortar Stores  —  To make the journey from underachiever to advertising juggernaut, Facebook Inc. had to do some advertising of its own.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Keep me informed: parsing the logic of Ezra Klein's move to Vox Media  —  “We don't have a news system that keeps us informed and helps us grasp the stories we care deeply about.  We have one that floods us with reports on a schedule that makes sense for the manufacturers.”
Sarah Laskow / Columbia Journalism Review:
Pacific Standard is upping its Web game to “get the magazine in front of more eyeballs”  —  Pacific Standard is upping its Web game to “get the magazine in front of more eyeballs”  —  Pacific Standard has had an exciting January.  It's been the magazine's biggest traffic month ever, on track to hit 1.25 million uniques.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures  —  The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition with a million signatures asking to restore the federal protections for net neutrality that were struck down in court two weeks ago.
Discussion: Free Press Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable Subscriber Figures Called “Dismal”  —  Company to Up Spending on Technology as It Tries to Fend Off Suitor  —  Under takeover pressure from Charter Communications Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. reported weaker subscriber results for the fourth quarter but outlined …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Press Freedom In China As New York Times Reporter Forced Out  —  NEW YORK — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the U.S is “deeply concerned” about the ability of foreign journalists to do their jobs in China, shortly after New York Times …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With New Funding From Omidyar, Versa Launches Its Network For Sponsored Op-Eds  —  Versa is launching a new network for sponsored op-eds, which it calls Featured Perspectives.  —  The startup is also announcing that it has raised additional funding led by The Omidyar Network …
Discussion: Re/code, and @keyajay
Adam L. Penenberg / PandoDaily:
Inside the mind of Jason Calacanis  —  Not long after Jason Calacanis raised $20 million in venture capital for Mahalo, his startup that was initially predicated on human-powered search, I flew to Los Angeles to profile him for a magazine.  I'm a native New Yorker who earlier in life …
Discussion: @sarahcuda and @pkafka
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
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