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10:25 AM ET, February 21, 2014


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Om-Niscient: A Much-Deserved Mash Note to Tech Blogger Om Malik  —  Of course, I was jammed yesterday with a trip and then the big news of Facebook forking over $19 billion for WhatsApp in the endless hamster-wheel cycle that is sometimes my life, so I missed the news about Om Malik.
Discussion: @mathewi and Talking Biz News
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Om Malik leaves day-to-day operations at Gigaom, becomes full partner at True Ventures, site raises $8M more
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources say Amazon readying a Web TV box competing with Apple TV and Roku, for March rollout  —  Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again  —  Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again.  —  Industry sources say Amazon is getting ready to launch a Web TV box that would compete …
Press Association:
Rebekah Brooks paid £1,000,000 for David Beckham's autobiography, court told  —  Rebekah Brooks paid £1,000,000 to buy up David Beckham's autobiography, she told the Old Bailey.  —  Giving evidence for the second day, Brooks said despite paying large sums for exclusive stories …
Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage  —  Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel the US news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there.  —  Mr Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not “rectify its coverage”.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Comcast's Web of Lobbying and Philanthropy  —  WASHINGTON — Only a few hours had passed after the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable was announced last week when an early voice emerged endorsing the giant deal.  —  “Win-win situation for American businesses,” …
Discussion: @tackettdc and @brianstelter
New York Post:
Maxim owners sue over bungled buyout  —  Maxim's parent company has sued media mogul Calvin Darden Sr. over the $31 million buyout of the glossy men's mag that was bungled by his alleged scammer son.  —  In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, Alpha Media Group …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
‘House of Cards’ Binge-Watching: 2% of U.S. Subs Finished Entire Series Over First Weekend  —  Binge-watching on the rise compared to drama series' first season  —  There are some dedicated “House of Cards” fans out there.  —  Approximately 2% of Netflix subscribers on U.S. broadband networks took …
Pew Internet:
Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters  —  Summary of Findings  —  Polarized Crowds: Political conversations on Twitter  —  Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Gannett blog shuts down after almost 7 years  —  Gannett Blog, a nonprofit site being run by an ex-Gannett editor, has shut down after nearly seven years.  —  The site was launched by Jim Hopkins, a former reporter and editor at USA Today, and was probably the foremost tracker of the tumult …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and SFist
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Contributoria catch up Q&A: how the first month went  —  Described as “if Kickstarter and Medium had a baby”, crowd-funded journalism community Contributoria is now one month old.  —  The Guardian Media Group-backed startup has signed up more 650 members - 65 percent of which are writers - and 24 projects have been backed.
Discussion: @mattmcalister
Jeff Bercovici / Playboy:
Nick Denton: Gawker, Crowdsourcing & Kinja  —  Manti Te'o had a fake girlfriend.  Rob Ford smoked crack.  Brett Favre texted photos of his junk to a young woman.  That these and countless other onetime secrets are now public knowledge is thanks to Nick Denton, the founder and owner …
Discussion: Forbes and Capital New York
Lily Kuo / Quartz:
A Chinese tycoon is close to buying a bygone icon of American capitalism  —  A Chinese conglomerate on a global buying spree is reportedly in talks to buy Forbes Media—although for much less than the Forbes family has been hoping.  Fosun International—which most recently bought JP Morgan's …
Discussion: @christinelu and Fortune
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Core Media Teams with PopSugar, in Latest Tie-Up of TV and Web Worlds  —  TV production company Core Media Group, best known for “American Idol,” inked a pact with celeb website PopSugar to jointly develop and distribute scripted and non-scripted projects.  —  The deal fits within the trend …
Michael Calia / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Profit Up as Subscriber Rolls Grow; EchoStar Profit Falls  —  Dish Network Corp. said its fourth-quarter profit jumped 38% as it added subscribers to both its pay-TV and broadband services.  —  Dish, which has faced tough competition from pay-TV rivals as well as the proliferation …
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Broadcasters Voice More Objections to Slim TV  —  Broadcasters say Telmex has ‘de facto partnership’ with Dish Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY—Mexico's main television broadcasters turned up the volume Thursday in their dispute with billionaire Carlos Slim, charging that agreements …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
BitTorrent shuts down its live streaming website to refocus on mobile  —  BitTorrent Inc. is shutting down its P2P-powered live streaming website by the end of the month, according to an email BitTorrent co-founder Bram Cohen sent out to users late Wednesday.
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Rivals debate auction rules for Philly newspapers … PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The top investor in Philadelphia's largest newspapers wants the company sold in a quick, closed auction among current partners while a rival wants a slower sale open to all.  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer …
Discussion: Philadelphia Magazine
Vladimir Kozlov / Hollywood Reporter:
Russian Rights Holders File First-Ever Collective Lawsuit Against Online Video Service  —  The move is expected to create a new precedent in fighting piracy.  —  MOSCOW — Several leading Russian movie and TV companies have filed the first ever collective lawsuit against an online video service …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
In UK, Amazon takes on Netflix by combining LoveFilm video-on-demand with Prime for £79 a year  —  Amazon takes on Netflix with rebrand of LoveFilm video-on-demand service  —  Online retailer will fold film and TV rental arm into its Prime subscription service for combined price of £79 a year
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Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Iran's Judiciary Closes a New Pro-Government Newspaper
Discussion: Associated Press
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Awards underscore the value of important work and reinforce commitment to do it.
Discussion: @nsncgroup
Jon Chesto / Boston Business Journal:
Patch's move to bring back laid-off editor is a sign that the firm is hiring journalists again
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
National Journal Launches Document Library
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