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11:45 AM ET, February 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
NBC story on visitors to Sochi Olympics getting hacked is misleading  —  That NBC story 100% fraudulent  —  Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it'll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
NBC Blasts Claims That Richard Engel's Terrifying Sochi Hacking Report Was ‘Fraudulent’  —  NBC defended reporter Richard Engel on Friday from charges that his report on hacking in Sochi was “fraudulent.”  —  Engel delivered a report on Wednesday that showed how easily electronic devices could be hacked.
Discussion: Gigaom and @brettlogiurato
Alex Hayes / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp Aussie newspapers lose 17 per cent of revenues  —  Australian newspaper revenues for News Corp dipped further in the final three months of last year, losing 17 per cent year-on-year with CEO Robert Thompson blaming a “challenging advertising market” for the global company's revenues …
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Advertising Declines Weigh On News Corp, Times Co.
Discussion: @yahoofinance
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Dow Jones to set ‘more flexible’ subscription prices for DJX
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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
Tamara Baluja / J-Source:
Memo: Ottawa Citizen offering buyouts; five laid off at Postmedia's parliamentary bureau  —  Today the Citizen is announcing a new Voluntary Buy-Out offering for the newsroom.  You will find details of the offering in the attached document, as well as posted on a board outside the HR office.
Discussion:, @katemalloy379 and Guardian
Ciara Byrne / Co.Labs:
How The Guardian Uses “Attention Analytics” To Track Rising Stories  —  A day after Philip Seymour Hoffman had died of a drug overdose, a year-old article by comedian and actor Russell Brand on why he gave up drugs suddenly burst into the Guardian's top 10 most read list.
Discussion: @richjm, @gdndevelopers, @cri and @raju
CNN's transformation says a lot about what is working today in television  —  CNN's transformation says a lot about what is working today in television  —  JEFF ZUCKER, boss of CNN Worldwide, a cable-news firm, likes to start his morning with a shot of numbers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros.' Homevideo Exec Mark Horak to Join Redbox as President  —  Mark Horak, most recently president of the Americas at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will join DVD kiosk company Redbox as its new president on March 17.  —  Horak's appointment comes after Redbox president Anne Saunders ankled …
Los Angeles Times:
Waxman says he's still concerned about Tribune newspaper spinoff  —  The congressman says a meeting with Tribune executives fails to ease his worries that the L.A. Times and other papers would be hobbled financially after the spinoff.  —  The entrance to the Los Angeles Times building …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Spotify Premium membership offer for Times subscribers  —  News UK strikes deal for year's membership to digital music service for all subscribers to newspapers' digital pack  —  Subscribers to the Times and Sunday Times will be offered a free year's membership to Spotify Premium as part …
Discussion: Gigaom, Reuters, @zseward, @raju and
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Leno Signs Off ‘The Tonight Show’ for Second Time  —  “I don't like goodbyes; NBC does,” Jay Leno said in his latest last opening monologue, as he bid farewell to “The Tonight Show” — again — on Thursday night.  —  Characteristically, Leno wasn't particularly maudlin or sentimental at first …
The Snowden era of journalism  —  Welcome to the Edward Snowden-era of national security journalism — a time when no scoop is too small, no detail too minor, and revelations about government surveillance pour forth on an almost daily basis.  —  It's a significant departure from the way things used to be.
The media in Saudi Arabia: Beating the censor  —  The kingdom's press and its social media are livelier than ever  —  FOR a country reputed to be dry and dull, Saudi Arabia is surprisingly awash with news.  The good old broadsheet newspaper, dying out elsewhere, thrives.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BitTorrent Looks to Spruce Up Its Image With Hollywood  —  File-sharing site is forming new content partnerships as it tries to convince showbiz its not the enemy  —  BitTorrent's slogan is meant to be a manifesto of empowerment: “Delivering an Internet of options, not rules.”
Today's Zaman:
Turkey orders deportation of Azerbaijani journalist after his tweets criticizing government
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Discussion: Mediaite