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6:55 PM ET, January 26, 2015


 Top News: 
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox News employee Phillip Perea dead after shooting himself outside network's NYC offices, accused Fox of ending his career  —  Former Fox Station Employee Shoots Himself Outside Manhattan Office Building  —  A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself outside …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Since his return, Michael Bloomberg has been deeply involved in company strategy and plans  —  Michael Bloomberg Shakes Up Newsroom Side of His Company  —  Things have changed at Bloomberg since its founder, Michael R. Bloomberg, returned to the office.  —  Some of the changes are small.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Conde Nast Unveils Branded Content Shop Powered By Editors  —  Media companies that produce “branded” content on behalf of marketers typically keep their native ad units separate from the news side.  The idea is to ensure business pressures don't compromise editorial integrity.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Oculus announces Story Studio to make its own virtual reality movies, first film “Lost” debuts this week  —  Oculus is now making its own virtual reality movies  —  Story Studio is the company's internal team exploring what it calls ‘VR cinema’
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC launches Taster, a new website to test early concepts and experiments  —  BBC Launches Taster to Incubate Content, Technology Ideas  —  The BBC on Monday unveiled BBC Taster, a new web site that it described as “a space to develop its latest ideas for digital content and emerging technology.”
Digital TV Europe:   Lena Dunham, creator of HBO drama Girls, partners with BBC to test new material on Taster
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling convicted of espionage in leak to NYT reporter James Risen  —  C.I.A. Officer in Leak Case, Jeffrey Sterling, Is Convicted of Espionage  —  Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage charges Monday …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sling TV, Dish's $20 Web TV Service, Rolls Out Today.  Here's What It's Like.  —  This is the first week in history that Americans can get subscription TV, over the Web, without having to sign up for cable.  I don't think it's the end of traditional pay TV, but I do think it's a very big deal.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Google signs deal with NFL to show highlight clips in YouTube and Search, will share ad revenues  —  NFL Video Highlights — And More — Come to YouTube and Google  —  It took a long time but it's finally done, just in time for the Super Bowl: Pro football finally has a deal with Google to distribute some of its video.
Spencer Woodman / The Verge:
Exclusive: politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast  —  On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast's controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable.
New York Times:
Facebook Said to Block Pages on Muhammad to Avoid Ban in Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — To avoid being banned throughout Turkey, Facebook has blocked Turkish users' access to a number of pages containing content that the authorities had deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, according to a company employee …
Spiegel Online:
NYT executive editor Dean Baquet on competition, finding time to tweet, Edward Snowden, the press after 9/11, and more  —  ‘We Were Arrogant’:  —  Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, is unusually self-critical.  In an interview, he admits that it pained him to see Edward Snowden give …
Jonathan Schwarz / The Huffington Post:
Investigative reporter Laurent Léger, survivor of Charlie Hebdo massacre, says he's happy the President didn't come to Paris march  —  Survivor of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Massacre 'Very Happy Obama Didn't Come to Paris'  —  In a new interview Laurent Léger, an investigative reporter …
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