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12:55 PM ET, January 29, 2015


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The New Republic's next issue to discuss its “perceived legacy of racism”, directly addresses past criticism  —  The New Republic addresses its ‘perceived legacy of racism’  —  The forthcoming issue of The New Republic — its first since a mass staff shakeup in December …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Mashable raises $17M in series B funding led by Time Warner, Business Insider raises additional $25M led by Axel Springer  —  Mashable and Business Insider close large new financing rounds  —  Mashable announced late Wednesday night that it has closed a new round of financing worth $17 million …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Super Bowl Halftime: Katy Perry to Pitch Merch on YouTube, Twitter, Roku and Connected TVs  —  Katy Perry will use her time in the spotlight of the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show as a launchpad to flog limited-edition products to her fans.  —  The songstress, in partnership with Universal Music Group …
Facebook challenges Twitter with targeted ads during Super Bowl based on what people are talking about in real-time  —  Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads, taking on Twitter  —  (Reuters) - This Super Bowl Facebook is taking a page from Twitter's playbook, for the first time during …
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Emily Bell says digital news is askew, journalists need to be technically proficient and technologists need to be adept at news  —  Emily Bell's 2015 Hugh Cudlipp lecture - full text  —  The 12th annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture, as delivered by the director of Columbia University's Tow centre for digital journalism
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BBC releases report looking at its plans to cover news as it prepares for 2017 charter renewal  —  Here's how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future  —  As the United Kingdom's national broadcaster, the BBC operates under a royal charter …
New York Times:
Talks with ISIS for release of Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot said to have failed  —  Jordan's Talks With ISIS for Hostage Release Said to Fail  —  AMMAN — Negotiations between Jordan and the Islamic State over the fate of two hostages appeared to have collapsed on Thursday …
Discussion: The Independent, CNN and Canadian Press
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Andrew Sullivan fueled a blog ecosystem that rose from troublemaking to fatal respectability  —  My Life In The Blogosphere  —  One of the first, and last, great bloggers pulled the plug today.  —  John Gara/BuzzFeed  —  I first really understood the secret power of the early 2000s political blogosphere …
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging; future of The Dish unclear
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Snapchat's new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news  —  You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn't1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into the ephemeral chat app so popular among American teens and young adults:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nickelodeon to unveil stand-alone streaming video subscription service in February  —  Nickelodeon to Unveil Stand-Alone Subscription Video Service in February  —  Kid-entertainment giant Nickelodeon intends to follow the example of HBO and unveil a direct-to-consumer subscription service in February …
Harvey Weinstein / Variety:
Hollywood Must Find Ways to Make Up for Collapse of DVD Market  —  Guest columnist, The Weinstein Co. co-chairman … Every day we face new technology challenges.  We have to look at our models — the theatrical model, the VOD model.  We have to think about what we do with the lack of a DVD business.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom Q1: profit down 8.6% to $500M, ad revenue down 6%, revenue up 4.4% to $3.34B but missing estimates  —  Viacom Net Drops 8.6% Even As ‘Interstellar,’ Cable Fees Boost Revenue  —  Viacom said profit in its first quarter profit fell nearly 9% despite a 4.4% rise in revenue in the period sparked …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More  —  Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those writing long-form content.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable Q4: 38K cable subscribers lost, revenue up 3.8% year over year to $5.8B  —  Sub Losses Improve At Time Warner Cable  —  Q4 Is Best Subscriber Period in 7 Years  —  Time Warner Cable, in perhaps its last quarterly earnings release before it is acquired by Comcast …
Pew Research Center:
New study finds 60% of Americans who have heard of Hebdo attack are okay with published cartoons of Prophet, with 70% citing freedom of speech/press  —  After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion  —  Majority Says Publishing Cartoons Was ‘Okay,’ But About Half of Non-Whites Say ‘Not Okay’
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Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
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Agence France-Presse:
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Chair of IPSO's funding body blasts new press regulator for failing to set up whistleblowers' hotline four months on
Agence France-Presse:
US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat
Casey Newton / The Verge:
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
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Adam Flomenbaum / LostRemote:
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Washington Post:
Google says it fought gag orders in WikiLeaks investigation
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free
Discussion: The Verge, ABC News and The Wrap