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6:20 PM ET, February 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Andrew Tyndall / Tyndall Report:
Unlike on cable, network news anchors are dispensable and separable from their shows  —  Brian Williams is not the Indispensable Man  —  For those of you who do not watch NBC Nightly News as closely as I do (by which I mean almost the entire population) let me assure you that the suspension …
David Carr / New York Times:
Jon Stewart and Brian Williams were both kings of their crafts, with similar backgrounds and divergent futures  —  Brian Williams's and Jon Stewart's Common Ground  —  Other than timing, Jon Stewart's triumphant retirement and Brian Williams's public and humbling disenfranchisement would seem to have little in common.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Jon Stewart Helped TV Learn to Love the Internet (Because It Didn't Have Any Choice)  —  Last night lots of people tuned into “The Daily Show” to see Jon Stewart announce that he's leaving “The Daily Show.”  —  But that's not the way “The Daily Show” normally works.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC: Brian Williams suspended for 6 months without pay
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Jon Stewart to sign off ‘Daily Show’
Baljeet Singh / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter acquires Niche, a service that helps connect social media stars with brands  —  Welcoming Niche to the Twitter team  —  As we continue to invest in the growing media ecosystem, it's important to provide a wide variety of tools for content creators to distribute and ultimately manage all of their content.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter to pay about $30M for Niche, and possibly up to $60M with earnouts and employment contracts included  —  Twitter Buys Niche, a Social Media Talent Agency For at Least $30 Million  —  Twitter has acquired Niche, a small startup that connects advertisers with social media stars …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Insider view of Jeff Bezos' involvement in in product development for the Washington Post's Kindle Fire app  —  How involved has Jeff Bezos been at The Washington Post?  Here's one data point  —  One question that's been asked a lot since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post is how involved he is in the newspaper's evolution.
Discussion: Fast Company and @josephjames
Lori Baitarian / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary  —  The Sudanese government has boasted that its freedom of information law, passed by parliament at the end of January, will increase transparency by giving citizens the right to access and publish public information.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
South Sudan daily Nation Mirror ordered to stop publishing
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Report: Online media are more a part of the problem of misinformation ‘than they are the solution’  —  On Tuesday evening, Craig Silverman will present his report for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, where he is a fellow.  In the more than 100-page paper entitled …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
A year old story about the Central African Republic has received 80% of its traffic in 2015  —  Why a year-old Washington Post article about violence in the Central African Republic went viral  —  Modern journalism thrives on analytic tools that tell us how often and widely our articles are being read.
Discussion: @mathewi and @ruthie89
John Robinson / Media, disrupted:
Social media spreads news faster and more passionately than traditional media, sometimes creating a perception of bias  —  The Chapel Hill shootings and the news ecosystem  —  Update: Read Andria's smart comment.  It adds background I didn't take the time to discover.
McClatchy Q4: revenue down 5.9% to $317.6M, ad revenue down 10.8% to $209.2M, and digital advertising up 3.4% year-over-year  —  McClatchy Revenues Down For Q4 And Year  —  The McClatchy Company on Wednesday reported fourth quarter revenues of $317.6 million, down 5.9% compared to Q4 2013 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BitTorrent partners with Rapid Eye Studios for shows exclusive to BitTorrent Bundle for 30 to 60 days  —  BitTorrent partners with Rapid Eye Studios to produce exclusive TV shows known as BitTorrent Originals  —  BitTorrent today announced an exclusive partnership with Rapid Eye Studios to launch BitTorrent Originals.
Los Angeles Times:
John Malone joins Lionsgate board in Starz stock swap  —  Media mogul John Malone is getting into the “Hunger Games” business.  —  The billionaire media investor will join the board of Lionsgate, the film company behind the “Hunger Games” franchise, in a complicated deal that intertwines …
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Steven Musil / CNET:
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