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2:55 PM ET, January 26, 2015


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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 News Corporation Building  —  A former employee of a Fox station in Texas shot and killed 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.
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
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.
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’
Discussion: Business Insider and @besvinick
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.
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 …
Austin Smith / Mediashift:
Why It's Risky Business for Publishers to Build Their Own CMS  —  The following piece is a guest post.  Read more about MediaShift guest posts here.  —  2014 was a crazy year for news technology.  A new wave of publishers running custom software gained traction, while established news …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @pmaiorana
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.
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
blinkbox Books to close after Waterstones talks fail  —  Tesco will close its e-books service blinkbox Books at the end of February after talks with Waterstones to buy the platform broke down.  —  All 60 core staff who work on the blinkbox Books platform are now expected to enter …
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Catch-up technology lets shows build audience and buzz slowly, which is leading to more second seasons of unproven shows  —  The Rise of TV's Second Season  —  Changing viewing habits are leading to more second seasons for unproven shows
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