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9:30 PM ET, February 26, 2014


 Top News: 
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why did the FCC want to interview journalists in the first place?  —  Context for the agency's Critical Information Needs study—and for the backlash it sparked  —  CHARLESTON, SC — The Federal Communications Commission publicly backed off part of a controversial research study last week …
Discussion: @coreyhutchins and Techdirt
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera English is not Al-Jazeera Arabic - but Egypt doesn't agree
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
ZEFR Raises $30 Million From IVP To Help Networks And Brands Monitor And Monetize Videos Online  —  Tradeshift Secures $75M To Expand Its Invoicing Platform Globally  —  Over the course of the last few years, few companies have done more to help content owners and brands understand how fans …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Variety
Peter Kafka / Re/code:   YouTube Tools Startup Zefr Raises $30 Million
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google ordered to remove anti-Islamic film from YouTube  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc was ordered by a U.S. federal appeals court to remove an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests in the Middle East from its YouTube website.  —  By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court …
Alex Pareene / The Baffler:
NYT's Sorkin and DealBook focus on building journalistic brands instead of reporting  —  A stacked deck at the New York Times  —  The New York Times, as everybody knows, is the premier source of authoritative journalism in the world's most powerful formal democracy.
Rebekah Brooks tells court she didn't read NoW interview with phone hacker  —  Ex-editor tells hacking trial she doesn't recall article describing Glenn Mulcaire as ‘part of our special investigations team’  —  Rebekah Brooks has said she did not read a News of the World interview …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:   Rebekah Brooks says she offered convicted phone hacker a job to keep him from going public
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Emails Show How Donald Trump's Enemy Became the Observer's Enemy  —  On Tuesday, the desiccated ruin of the New York Observer published a bizarre, hilariously facile takedown of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accusing him of using his office to wage politically motivated prosecutions.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
LinkedIn walks like a publisher and talks like a publisher.  But is it?  —  The business-focused social network opens its publishing platform to its members, raising lots of questions.  —  FORTUNE — Ryan Roslansky, head of content products for the company, strenuously rejects LinkedIn's media ambitions.
Discussion: @jeffjarvis, @zseward, @rafat and @hblodget
Jeff Hermes / Digital Media Law Project blogs:
Revised DOJ Regs Protect “Members of the News Media,” But What Does That Mean?  —  On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice released its long-awaited revisions to 28 C.F.R.  § 50.10, the DOJ's regulatory guidelines (the “Guidelines") regarding investigations and prosecutions of members of the news media.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Vice News, where video works  —  Here are two truths: Fewer and fewer people get their news from television anymore, and very few news organizations are capable of creating compelling video news packages online.  Here's another truth: The news organizations that have the reach and the resources …
Discussion: @jbenton, @vicenews and @dylanbyers
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
All Alternatives Considered: How Slate thinks a daily podcast can fit into your evening commute  —  When Slate decided to get into the daily drive-time podcast business, they decided to take a cue from a proven winner: sports radio.  At least the public radio version of sports radio …
Discussion: @fmanjoo and @jacobwe
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Kyle Pope to reboot Manhattan weeklies  —  A stable of weekly New York newspapers is about to get a makeover under the direction of a new boss.  —  Kyle Pope, a former New York Observer editor and Wall Street Journal veteran, has been named editor-in-chief of Straus Media-Manhattan …
Discussion: @jaredbkeller and @iwantmedia
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Ugandan activist on tabloid list of LGBT citizens: ‘they are using us to make sales’ … Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who was on the list a tabloid newspaper published of LGBT citizens, spoke Wednesday on the CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
Discussion: Associated Press, BuzzFeed and Reuters
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Three Top Time Inc. Digital Execs Head out the Door  —  Three of Time Inc.'s top digital executives are leaving, in advance of the publisher's spinoff from Time Warner this spring.  —  Fran Hauser, who ran Time's Style & Entertainment group, including, announced her departure on Monday.
David Griner / Adweek:
Alt-Weekly Mocks Its Own Buyout With a Cover That Looks Just Like Its New Owner  —  When you're an alt-weekly known for skewering the establishment, how do you tackle the fact that you've been bought out by the establishment?  —  Baltimore City Paper takes a commendably self-effacing approach …
Discussion: 10,000 Words and
Capital New York:
The 60 Second Interview: Anthony De Rosa, Editor-in-Chief, Circa  —  CAPITAL: Circa's priority is to create content that is tailored for mobile as opposed to simply trying to fit web or print content into an app.  What does that entail other than brevity?  —  DE ROSA: The content …
Discussion: Forbes and @niemanlab
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
National Enquirer will fund a $45K/year playwriting prize as part of lawsuit settlement  —  Truth and a Prize Emerge From Lies About Hoffman  —  Herding his three younger sons out the door to school on Feb. 5, David Bar Katz was stopped for a moment by his eldest, who was browsing a computer.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes A “Second Screen,” Teams Up With FOX To Offer Online Voting Tools For “American Idol”  —  Blippar Introduces Image Recognition And AR Advertising On Google Glass  —  So much for Twitter as the “second screen” and all its TV partnerships - Google announced this morning …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
“Dirty Wars” author talks about Oscar nomination for documentary and launch of “The Intercept”  —  The Skunk at the Oscar Party  —  Jeremy Scahill may not fit in amongst Leo and Marty, but even if he doesn't take home a statue for his documentary 'Dirty Wars …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
As Barnes & Noble Nook revenues slide 50%, the company says it's launching another tablet  —  Barnes & Noble is cutting jobs and revenues fell again in the third-quarter earnings report released Wednesday, with the Nook segment once again taking a particularly large hit …
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place  —  I am more bullish about the future of the news industry over the next 20 years than almost anyone I know.  You are going to see it grow 10X to 100X from where it is today.  That is my starting point for any discussion about the future of journalism.
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Bloomberg, El Financiero Launch Business Channel in Mexico, Central America  —  Bloomberg and Mexican newspaper El Financiero are teaming up to launch a multiplatform Spanish-language business news service, including a television network that will serve as Mexico and Central America's only Spanish-language business news channel.
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Discussion: @jcstearns
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Lord Hunt, PCC chairman, rules himself out of taking the Ipso chair
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
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Discussion: Guardian, Press Gazette and BBC
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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David Sirota / PandoDaily:
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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