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3:03 AM ET, February 8, 2014

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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Ex-State Dept. adviser to plead guilty in leak to Fox News  —  A former State Department arms expert has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information to a Fox News reporter, his lawyer said in federal court Friday.  —  The agreement calls for him to serve 13 months in prison.
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David Cohn / Poynter:
At Circa, it's not about ‘chunkifying’ news but adding structure  —  You sometimes hear what we do at Circa described as “chunkifying” — taking the news and presenting it in mobile-friendly chunks.  And while on the surface this observation is correct, it misses the bigger picture.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
NYT hasn't been hit that hard  —  Parsing the numbers with Quartz and the WSJ  —  Quartz posts this graphic of New York Times Company revenues going back to 2003, asking “Can the New York Times's online readership offset its prolonged ad slump?”  —  The Times has very real problems, thank you very much, but they're not this bad.
Discussion: Quartz
Bloomberg:
Tribune Co. Said to Plan Midyear Newspaper Spinoff With New CEO  —  Tribune Co. (TRBAA)'s proposed spinoff of its newspapers will probably happen by midyear, allowing time to vet candidates to run a business that includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: @edmundlee and MediaPost
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Los Angeles Times:   Waxman says he's still concerned about Tribune newspaper spinoff
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony  —  Russia's anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today's opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance.
Erik Wemple:
Time Inc. lays off workers as boss rakes in $1.4 million signing bonus  —  Magazine monolith Time Inc. on Tuesday began laying off workers as the company gets ready to be spun off from TV/entertainment company Time Warner.  According to the New York Times, as many as 500 jobs may be lost as a result of the reductions.
Guardian:
Former Guardian deputy editor Georgina Henry dies aged 53  —  Launch editor of Comment is Free, who was found to have brain tumour two years ago, was ‘a real pioneer’, says Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger  —  Georgina Henry, former deputy editor of the Guardian and inventor and launch editor …
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Programmatic ad tech plaform PubMatic planning IPO, aiming for a valuation of over $1B  —  Ad Platform PubMatic Working on IPO  —  PubMatic Inc., which automates the buying and selling of digital advertising space, has tapped bankers for a potential initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kate Sommers-Dawes / Mashable:
Woody Allen Responds to Abuse Allegations in ‘Times’ Op-Ed  —  The New York Times has published a lengthy response written by filmmaker Woody Allen to abuse allegations levied against him by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, in the same paper a week earlier.  —  It is something of an unusual move for the NYT …
Jonathan Glick / Re/code:
Rise of the Platishers  —  What should we call a publisher — like Gawker — that provides a tech platform on which anybody, not just its staff, can create content?  What should we call a tech platform — like Medium — that has a team of editors and pays some contributors to create content?
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
10 Questions with BuzzFeed's VP of International  —  The head of International for viral content powerhouse BuzzFeed talks about the language of the internet and expanding beyond the US.  —  FORTUNE — Scott Lamb joined BuzzFeed in 2007, when the company was more of a goofy user-generated link sharing site …
Discussion: @fortunemagazine
Nolan N. White / The Toronto Observer:
@SochiProblems mastermind revealed: student Alex Broad  —  Popular Twitter account by Centennial College journalism student captures myriad of problems at Sochi Games  —  Take an unusually slow day in a Toronto college journalism school newsroom, and a journalism student with a love of sports.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Plans To Expand Its Audience Beyond Women, So It's Looking For A New Name  —  As company names go, Glam Media is pretty memorable, but the name is about to change, according to co-founder and CEO Samir Arora.  —  Back when the founders of the digital publishing and advertising company …
Discussion: @pkafka
Michael Geist / Toronto Star:
Canadian film, music producers look for protection as media landscape changes.  —  Canadian film, music producers look for protection as media landscape changes. … Millions of Canadians now subscribe to Netflix, raising concerns from Canadian film and TV producers.
Discussion: Gigaom
Wall Street Journal:
Charter Communications to Put Pressure on Time Warner Cable  —  Charter to Nominate a Full Slate of Board Candidates Next Week, Sources Say  —  Charter Communications Inc. plans next week to nominate a full slate of candidates for Time Warner Cable Inc. 's 13-member board …
Christopher Ratcliff / Econsultancy:
How The Wall Street Journal owns social media through Facebook and Twitter  —  The venerable financial news institution achieved over 4m Twitter followers last weekend and its Facebook page is edging closer to achieving 2m Likes.  —  For what could be considered a niche publication, this is an incredible achievement.
Discussion: @lheron and Talking Biz News
Jason Clampet / Skift:
Lonely Planet Buys Budget Travel Magazine, Reportedly for $2.4 Million  —  Travel publisher Lonely Planet has purchased Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine.  —  “It appears, subject to court approval that we may have been the successful bidder on Budget Travel,” Lonely Planet COO Daniel Houghton confirmed to Skift.
Discussion: @rafat
 
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Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Discussion: The Wrap
Economist:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Sun reporter pleads not guilty to charge of hacking smartphone
NBC News:
British spies developed technique to manipulate non-British journalists for feeding information to targets
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Tamara Baluja / J-Source:
Memo: Ottawa Citizen offering buyouts; five laid off at Postmedia's parliamentary bureau
Discussion: ctvnews.ca, @katemalloy379 and Guardian
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
To Grow, Netflix Must Learn From the Quietly Brilliant UI of Regular TVs
Discussion: @mancini and Hit & Run