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8:30 PM ET, February 6, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Times Co. Reports Digital Subscriber Increase, but Continued Ad Declines  —  The New York Times Company said it added digital subscribers and slowed declines in print and digital advertising revenues during the fourth quarter of 2013, a year of transition for the newspaper publisher.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
New York Times digital subscriptions grew 19% in 2013  —  The number of digital subscriptions to New York Times Company products grew from 640,000 at the end of 2012 to 760,000 at the end of 2013, a gain of nearly 19 percent.  Revenue from circulation was up about 4 percent over the previous year …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times chief lays out ‘a critical year’ for ad revenue  —  2014 will be a “critical year in the story of advertising” at The New York Times Co., chief executive Mark Thompson said this morning.  —  On a conference call with Wall Street analysts following the release of the Times' fourth …
Discussion: @joshsternberg
John McDuling / Quartz:   Can the New York Times's online readership offset its prolonged ad slump?
First Look Media:
First Look launches its first digital magazine  —  Last week, First Look Media announced that it will publish a family of new digital magazines - each with its own editorial voice, its own look and feel, and each led by veteran journalists with deep expertise in their fields.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
First Look adds more journalists, plans to launch first publication next week  —  Pierre Omidyar and Eric Bates announced Thursday that First Look Media would launch the first of its planned publications next week.  Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill will lead the site, whose …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.  —  Months after the first insinuations that he risks arrest if he visits the US, Greenwald is more concerned than ever  —  When big-name public figures and Edward Snowden critics …
Discussion: Mediaite and @buzzfeedben
Sruthi Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
AOL revenue rises 13 percent as ad sales jump  —  (Reuters) - Digital media and entertainment company AOL Inc reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its advertising revenue rose, especially from video.  —  The company's total revenue rose to $679 million …
Steven Jacobs / Street Fight:
AOL's Armstrong: 'We're Not Giving Up on Patch'
Discussion: @vouchey
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
AOL Reports Solid Revenue, but Patch Tamped Down Profit
Discussion: @joepompeo and Silicon Republic
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL's Armstrong Responds to 401(K) Controversy in Internal Memo to Employees
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp Net Falls Due to Year-Earlier Gain  —  News Corp's revenue fell 4% in its fiscal second quarter as a drop in advertising and subscription revenue at the news and information business offset growth at its other businesses.  —  Net income dropped to $150 million from $1.4 billion …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Dow Jones to set ‘more flexible’ subscription prices for DJX
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Today's Zaman:
Turkey orders deportation of Azerbaijani journalist after his tweets criticizing government
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's print-focused paywalls flounder  —  The quality imperative and charging for news online  —  Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable.  —  Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from last year …
Discussion: Guardian and NetNewsCheck Latest
Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Gannett: USA Today Inserts To Hit 35 Markets
Discussion: Reuters
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  Revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of new journalism start-ups  —  The great foment in the news business involves journalists leaving established news organizations to strike out on their own …
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Aereo Reopens New York Online-TV Service to New Subscribers  —  Aereo Inc., the online-television company that's battling broadcasters in the Supreme Court, reopened its service to New York subscribers after regaining enough capacity to handle demand.  —  People who were on a waiting list …
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch, @engadget and @sai, Thanks:@alexbarinka
Brent Lang / The Wrap:   Fox Is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Stop Aereo
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Celebrity Weeklies, Fashion Magazines Continue to Struggle on Newsstand  —  Today, the Alliance for Audited Media released its consumer magazine circulation data for the second half of 2013, and once again, the narrative remains the same.  Overall circulation remained relatively flat versus …
David S. Cohen / Variety:
Winter Olympics: How NBCUniversal's Army Of Techs Conquered Sochi  —  For viewers, the Winter Olympics are just 18 days of sports and entertainment.  —  But for NBCUniversal, they're part of vast exercise in planning and logistics that stretches back to the end of the 2012 summer games in London …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
For NBC, a challenge in covering the Sochi Winter Olympics objectively
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Twitter Hints at Legal Action to Release More Data on Government Requests  —  Twitter said Thursday it was considering its legal options in its effort to release more detailed information about the requests for information it receives from U.S. agencies.  —  Company officials …
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
Borowitz Lite: A Twitter King Scales Back His Online Presence  —  Before heading uptown to a book party at Andy Borowitz's spacious West End apartment last night, I checked his Twitter feed to see if he'd said anything interesting that day.  The comedian's hilariously satirical Twitter presence …
Discussion: @stefanjbecket and @itsdgc
American Press Institute:
American Press Institute announces major project to improve fact-checking journalism  —  ARLINGTON, VA—The American Press Institute ("API") announced today that it has received a grant of up to $400,000 over two years from the Democracy Fund.  The grant will support research to improve political fact checking.
Rachel Bartlett /
Buzzfeed to appoint news editor to growing UK team  —  The new addition to the team will represent more than a five-fold increase on Buzzfeed UK's editorial staff since launch last March  —  Credit: Image by kaibara87 on Flickr.  Some rights reserved  —  Buzzfeed UK is to add a news editor …
Discussion: @richjamesmetro
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Condé Nast Entertainment now has eighth branded video channel  —  Condé Nast Entertainment now has eigth branded video channel.  —  SELF magazine rolled out its new video channel on Feb. 5, which includes editorial-inspired original content.  —  SELF's new channel …
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