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12:20 PM ET, February 21, 2014


 Top News: 
Phone-hacking trial told of ‘bin man’ who sold documents to newspapers  —  Rebekah Brooks explains reference to ‘binology’ on invoice sent to the News of the World in 2001 while she was editor  —  A man who used to go through the bins of lawyers and other high profile people would sell material …
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 …
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Om Malik leaves day-to-day operations at Gigaom, becomes full partner at True Ventures, site raises $8M more
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Turns out Twitter is even more politically polarized than you thought  —  This is what Twitter looks like when two groups with different political views talk about the same thing:  —  As part of a new study on Twitter's network structures, the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research …
Discussion: SocialTimes and AppNewser
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph: Jason Seiken confirms MacGregor and Evans in editing roles  —  TMG editorial chief also announces three deputies and creates digital director roles for content and visual journalism  —  Telegraph Media Group's editorial chief, Jason Seiken, has announced a number of changes to the senior editorial team.
Discussion: Press Gazette and @mediaguardian
Angela Doland / AdAge:
Western TV Hits a Big Draw for Online Viewers — and Advertisers — in China  —  Brands Reach Out to Young, Educated Audience That Loves ‘House of Cards’,'Sherlock'  —  How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims  —  While Americans shell out for Netflix subscriptions to see the second season of …
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,” …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks outcry  —  A proposed government study of how media organizations gather news has incited a powerful backlash, particularly among conservatives, who said that it could be part of an official effort to intimidate or second-guess journalists.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Garrick Utley, Former NBC Anchor and Foreign Correspondent, Dies at 74  —  Garrick Utley, a former anchor for NBC News who for many years was one of a rare breed in television news reporting, a full-time foreign correspondent, died on Thursday night at his home in Manhattan.  He was 74.
Discussion: Capital New York and Robert Feder
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
Jay Miller / Crain's Cleveland Business:
Plain Dealer managing editor explains ‘digital first’ strategy  —  The Plain Dealer's shift to a so-called “digital first” strategy, and the end to seven-day home delivery, is an attempt to retain the lion's share of the audience for local news and eventually translate that hold …
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Jon Chesto / Boston Business Journal:
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