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11:45 AM ET, February 4, 2014


 Top News: 
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Video of Journalists' Arrest in Egypt Seen as Threat to Media  —  CAIRO — A leaked video of the arrest of two journalists offered a cinematic close-up on Monday of the new military-backed government's crackdown on dissent: slow-moving footage of a hotel room full of telecommunications equipment set …
Maxime Zech / NL Times:
Dutch journalist flees Egypt after being accused of aiding terrorist network linked to Al Jazeera  —  Dutch journalist escapes Egypt  —  Dutch journalist Rena Netjes is on her way back to the Netherlands after being accused by Egypt for aiding a terrorist network tied to news channel Al Jazeera.
Discussion: @jmalsin, Digits and TheBlot
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Journalists protest at Egypt's Nairobi embassy over detention of Al Jazeera staff
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
500 layoffs expected today at Time Inc.  —  Around mid-morning, staffers are expected to start hearing how deep the cuts will be as Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp unveils what is likely the last big downsizing before Time Warner spins off the publishing group as a separate company later this year.
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Des Moines, the Register's new newsroom space aims to be a symbol of its digital future  —  The Des Moines Register said goodbye to almost a century worth of memories in June when it left its 13-story home for a floor-and-a-half of commercial real estate in what had been vacant office space.
Discussion: @niemanlab and The Newspaper Guild
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Partners With Microsoft's Azure To Power NBC's Sochi Olympics Video Streaming  —  NBC caught a lot of flak for its live video streams during the London Olympics, but for Sochi, the network promises to stream every event live.  Just like during the London Olympics …
Jim Romenesko:
Cord Jefferson quits Gawker to write for LeBron James' Starz TV show  —  Cord Jefferson is leaving Gawker to write for LeBron James's new Starz TV show.  Editor John Cook's memo also announces that Gawker has hired Jay Hathaway, Daily Dot news editor and one of “Twelve People Actually Worth Following On Twitter.”
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News UK chief exec Mike Darcey: 'Don't confuse Mail Online with a business that is based on professional journalism'  —  News UK chief executive Mike Darcey today revealed that The Times and Sunday Times were on the brink of turning a profit as he condemned The Guardian and Mail Online …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett Q4 income falls 12% due to lower ad sales  —  Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY, said Tuesday its net earnings for the fourth quarter fell 12% from the quarter a year ago to $90.7 million due to the absence of political advertising from a year ago and a decline in print ad sales.
Discussion: Poynter and Gannett Company, Inc.
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkish Internet bill would deepen press freedom crisis  —  The Turkish parliament is on the verge of voting on radical censorship measures that, if approved, would allow the government to block individual URLs without prior judicial review, mandate Internet data retention for periods of up to two years …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
BBC attempts to break into a global audience by harnessing the viral power of YouTube  —  Newsnight and Radio 1 are leading the charge a new strategy by the BBC to break out of the confines of the schedule and find a new global audience via YouTube.  —  The BBC2 flagship news programme …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nets, Stations Push Back On Retrans Via  —  Will make case for broadcast programming and good faith negotiations  —  Broadcast networks and their affiliate associations have teamed up with broadcast groups, mobile digital broadcasters and others to launch …
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Variety
Lauren Hockenson / Gigaom:
Facebook's Paper is Facebook for people who hate Facebook  —  For the past couple years, Facebook has trained its mobile efforts on capturing various facets of social interaction.  The social network has compartmentalized and optimized features (Messenger), mimicked the experiences …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix to Raise $400 Mil in Additional Debt to Fund Original Content, Euro Expansion  —  Netflix formally announced it is seeking to offer $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2024 to institutional investors, coin it expects to use for acquiring original content and expanding into Europe.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter and Facebook Win the Super Bowl.  And Fox and the NFL Really Win the Super Bowl.  —  The numbers are in.  And pretty much everyone who doesn't live or work in Denver won last night's game.  —  That is: Nielsen says this year's Super Bowl — boring by halftime and just about unwatchable …
Discussion: Forbes, PandoDaily and VatorNews
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Former Washington Post owner starts scholarship fund to send undocumented students to college
Discussion: Washington Post and @kristenhare
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Tim Franklin, incoming president of the Poynter Institute, talks with TheWrap about the need for urgency
Vivian Salama / Columbia Journalism Review:
Preventing war by promoting ‘peace journalism’ in Uganda
Gina Hall / L.A. Biz:
Head of 'Japan's HBO' faces tough job of what will play back home
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian and The Newspaper Club bring its robot-built, longread-loving newspaper back into print
Discussion: @newspaperclub
 Earlier Picks: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Purdue University will investigate police treatment of student reporter
Discussion: @poynter
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
As the Latest Christie Story Evolved, The Times Should Have Noted a Change
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
FilmOn X seeks role in Supreme Court arguments in Aereo case
Press Gazette:
Sun editor David Dinsmore announces shake-up of senior team with focus on digital