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4:00 PM ET, January 21, 2015

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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Fox News is betting on anchor Megyn Kelly to maintain its viewer base and grow young audiences  —  The Megyn Kelly Moment  —  On a gray Wednesday in November, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and four producers gathered around a conference table on the 17th floor of the News Corporation building in Manhattan.
moot / 4chan.org:
Christopher Poole announces retirement from 4chan, says “senior volunteers” will run site  —  THE NEXT CHAPTER  —  I founded 4chan eleven and a half years ago at the age of 15, and after more than a decade of service, I've decided it's time for me to move on. 4chan …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
BBC revamping news app for iOS, Android with specialized feeds of user's choice and local news  —  BBC News app revamp offers personalised coverage  —  WATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones tries out the new BBC News app  —  The BBC's News app has been given a major overhaul with the goal of offering a more “personalised” service.
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Flipboard Introduces New Ad Unit: Promoted Items  —  Creativity Reimagined  —  First Flipboard used ad templates taken from print and TV.  But now the mobile news reader is adding what it's calling Promoted Items, a service that lets brands distribute content inside users' personal magazines.
Bloomberg:
Shazam raises $30M at a valuation of over $1B, has over 100M monthly active mobile users  —  Shazam Music App Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding  —  Shazam Entertainment Ltd. raised $30 million in a new financing that values the music-finding application at more than $1 billion.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Mic hires three former Vox producers for new video team  —  Millennial-focused media company Mic has hired three former Vox Media producers to form the core of its new video team, editor in chief Jake Horowitz announced in a memo to staff on Monday.  —  Billy Disney, Regina Dellea …
Discussion: @samthonis
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vessel Signs More YouTube Stars to Subscription Service, Launches Limited Beta Test  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has signed more than a dozen YouTube stars and other partners to its service as it opens up the service in an invitation-only beta test.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The New Republic loses three more staffers: design director, communications director, and story editor  —  Three more resign from TNR  —  Three more high-level staffers resigned from The New Republic over the last week: Design director Erick Fletes and communications director Annie Augustine resigned …
Discussion: @blakehounshell
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Fortune expanding video programming  —  Fortune magazine is stepping up its game in the digital video and print design arenas, editor Alan Murray told staff in a memo this morning.  —  To expand its video output on Fortune.com, the Time Inc. magazine has hired Susie Gharib …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within two years, expanding to 200 countries  —  Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries within the next two years  —  Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com  —  Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com  —  Netflix wants to complete …
Discussion: Forbes and Home Media Magazine
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix will begin streaming “The Interview” on Saturday for US and Canadian subscribers
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates with $1.48B in revenue and $0.75 EPS; now has 39.11M US subscribers and 18.28M more globally
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Apple buys the British startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Sony's Crackle will stream ad-supported “The Interview” for free “as soon as next year”  —  ‘The Interview’ Will Stream for Free on Crackle  —  “The Interview” will stream on Crackle.  Eventually.  —  The Sony-owned service announced its intentions to distribute …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Dutch court orders ebook resale site Tom Kabinet to shut down until it can remove illegally obtained content  —  Secondhand ebook outfit Tom Kabinet races to purge illegal wares  —  The Dutch secondhand ebook marketplace Tom Kabinet has been ordered by a court to shut up shop this week …
Discussion: ITworld.com and DutchNews.nl
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. TV shows pulled from Chinese video portals  —  U.S. TV shows including “Agent Carter,” “Empire” and “Shameless” have suddenly been removed from Chinese video streaming sites this week, a sign that government regulators are pressing ahead with vows to exercise greater censorship of online video content.
 
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
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Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
White House breaks own State of the Union embargo for online audience
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Brian Veseling / WAN-IFRA:
Europe's free dailies face drastic decline due to reliance on ads and rise of mobile phones
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
The Verge will run a $700 Super Bowl ad in one Montana market with 30K people
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Wavelength, which let people stream their friends' movies bought through UltraViolet, is shelved less than two weeks after launch
Discussion: Fast Company