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6:30 PM ET, January 29, 2015


 Top News: 
Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
The New Republic's Legacy on Race  —  A historical reflection  —  Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries.  The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
After New York Times ends a focused beat on race, proof of its commitment to coverage of the topic remains to be seen  —  In a Time of Racial Turmoil, Why Change Course on Covering Race?  —  To state the obvious, it seems like an odd time to discontinue the one Times beat devoted solely to race and ethnicity.
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:
Amazon Spent $1.3 Billion on Prime Instant Video in 2014  —, which is gunning for Netflix in the subscription-video space, invested $1.3 billion in its Prime Instant Video last year, according to founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.  —  Netflix, by contrast, spent $3.8 billion in 2014 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, @emilysteel and Pocket-lint
Katie Hawkins-Gaar / Poynter:
NYT featured nine Instagram photos on its front page, but didn't tell photographers before publication  —  Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance  —  It was an exciting moment for user-generated content.  The New York Times featured nine Instagram photos on the front page of its Wednesday edition.
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
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Indiana governor cancels controversial news site  —  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has told the Indiana press corps that he plans to cancel “Just IN,” a proposed state-run news source that some feared would be used as an end-around the press.  —  Maureen Hayden, Indiana statehouse bureau chief …
Discussion: Indianapolis Star
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Imgur introduces new tool to make high-quality GIFs from streaming video like YouTube  —  Imgur's new tool makes the most beautiful GIFs on the web  —  Imgur has been on a quest to upgrade the GIF, and part of that means making GIFs look a whole lot nicer.
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’
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
NBA players and fans turn to Vine for game highlights  —  Vine: The Best Way to Watch the NBA  —  How Six-Second Videos Are Changing the Game for Fans; See Ballmer Dance and LeBron Ignore Waiters  —  It was a play that, in the olden days, no one would have remembered.
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 …
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 …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg digital editor Josh Topolsky on uncomfortable news design, new ad units, and why they killed the comments.  —  Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business Tuesday night, to both acclaim and confusion.  Change has long been afoot lately at Bloomberg Media …
Discussion: @mathewi and @bobbymacreports, Thanks:@amandabcowie
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Maya Kosoff / Business Insider:
Spotify working with Goldman Sachs to raise $500M at possible $6B+ valuation; could delay IPO for another year
Discussion: Mashable
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Gunman taken into custody after entering Dutch national broadcaster, demanding airtime
Discussion: BBC
Harvey Weinstein / Variety:
Hollywood Must Find Ways to Make Up for Collapse of DVD Market
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
HBO tech executives leave ahead of Internet launch as network's strategy changes
Discussion: App Advice
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Showtime Plans a Global Push, Starting With a Canadian Deal
Discussion: PR Newswire and Globe and Mail
Agence France-Presse:
Mumbai Editor Arrested Over Charlie Hebdo Reprint
Discussion: The Indian Express and dna
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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
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Andrew Sullivan fueled a blog ecosystem that rose from troublemaking to fatal respectability
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S
Discussion: TUAW, BGR and 9to5Mac
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tesco Inks Deal For Rakuten's Kobo To Take On Blinkbox Books' Customers, Other Assets
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Two month old digital news channel CBSN finds 52% of its streams are on connected TVs
Discussion: TVNewser