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10:35 PM ET, February 11, 2015


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CBS News:
Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, 73, dies in car crash in New York City  —  CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015  —  NEW YORK — Bob Simon, the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jon Stewart served as an irreverent media critic for a generation turned off by broadcast news  —  Why the media will miss Jon Stewart  —  The fake newsman gave viewers what many legacy outlets could not  —  I was a sophomore at Northwestern University in 2010 when The Daily Show's Jon Stewart …
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.
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
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Insider view of Jeff Bezos' involvement 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
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:'s News Director Jared Keller appears to have plagiarized at least 20 passages from at least eight sources in the past several months  —  Plagiarist of the Day: Mic News Director Jared Keller  —, the news and opinion website aimed at millennials, has a very millennial problem …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
South Sudan daily Nation Mirror ordered to stop publishing  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ban on independent newspaper Nation Mirror, which was ordered to stop publishing by National Security Service agents in South Sudan's capital Juba, and calls on authorities to immediately reverse the order.
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Lori Baitarian / Committee to Protect Journalists:   Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary
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 …
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.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Napster still exists, and it has millions of streaming subscribers  —  Napster was the original online music startup.  —  For a brief, glorious period in the late 90s and early oughts, the service was being used by many high-school and college students to share and download media files, mainly MP3s.
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 …
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 …
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: @ruthie89 and @mathewi
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