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11:05 AM ET, January 4, 2016


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
More than 100 Boston Globe writers, editors, and business side employees pitched in to deliver Sunday papers after widespread problems with new delivery vendor  —  ‘Army’ of Boston Globe reporters to deliver Sunday's newspaper  —  If you're a subscriber to the Boston Globe …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
ESPN's The Undefeated will launch in 2016  —  ESPN  —  After a series of setbacks that included the outsing of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016.  —  That's according to Kevin Merida …
Discussion: NPR, FishbowlNY and @poynter
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Drudge Report's pro-Trump links stand in contrast with the site's support of Romney in 2012  —  Why Is Matt Drudge Boosting Donald Trump?  —  The Republican frontrunner owes his rise to a whole host of factors.  But Drudge's conservative media behemoth could've stopped him.  Why didn't it?
Discussion: The New York Observer and Variety
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘News’ Networks Donate Millions to Donald Trump By Racing to Air First TV Ad  —  One of the big political stories of the holiday news dead zone was Donald Trump's stated intention to begin running millions of dollars worth of TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, but as it turns out, he needn't have bothered.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Wired is expanding its online coverage, adding Transportation vertical  —  Wired Expands Online Coverage  —  Wired is growing its online world with the addition of a Transportation vertical and the expansion of its Entertainment vertical.  The former is overseen by associate editor Alex Davies …
Discussion: The New York Observer
Wall Street Journal:
How Gawker earns revenue through affiliate links, which brought in about $10M in 2014  —  How Gawker Brings In Millions Selling Headphones, Chargers and Flashlights  —  Media company uses affiliate links to help sell products on e-commerce sites  —  Gawker Media, a network of websites known …
Discussion: @digitalshields
Nancy Scola / Politico:
How Medium, which opened a Washington DC office last spring, is courting politicians on the left and right  —  How Medium is breaking Washington's op-ed habit  —  The online publishing platform has assiduously courted the political class.  —  Medium, the three-year-old online publishing platform run …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
US federal government returns music blog OnSmash to owner Kevin Hofman for $7 fee, 5 years after seizing it; Hofman never formally charged with any wrongdoing  —  5 Years and $7 Later, U.S. Returns a Seized Hip-Hop Site  —  In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day in 2010, all the music at …
Discussion: @djfolk
Rafat Ali / Skift:
How we built travel news site Skift, now profitable with revenue near “mid single-digits millions”, after giving up on scale and VC funding  —  How We Got off the Addiction to Venture Capital and Created Our Own Way to Profits  —  The Skift team on stage, at Skift Global Forum 2015.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter invests in Muzik, maker of high-end wireless headphones; social network will be integrated directly into headphones, allowing users to share music  —  Twitter Invests In Muzik, a High-End Headphone Startup  —  Here is something you didn't expect to hear about coming out of CES this year …
Discussion: @mathewi, @jamesliamcook and hypebot
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Reality TV giant Discovery tries to return to its roots by spending millions on documentaries and science shows  —  Life after ‘Honey Boo Boo’: Inside Discovery's fight to grow up  —  NEW YORK — Since the Discovery Channel first hit the airwaves 30 years ago with an after-school special on icebergs …
Brooke Borel / Guardian:
Science journalists need to look beyond data and focus on scientists and conflicts of interest  —  The problem with science journalism: we've forgotten that reality matters most  —  It's the job of science journalists to look beyond data - we have to look at the people doing the science and whether they have conflicts of interest
Discussion: @whereisdaz and @virgilwong
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Digital TV Europe:
Netflix reportedly preparing Russia launch this month
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Associated Press:
Egypt arrests three people who administer 23 Facebook pages, accusing them of belonging to a banned organization, ahead of Jan. 25 anniversary of 2011 uprising
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers hope daily ebook deals companies will entice readers but worry about long-term consequences of low prices
Discussion: TeleRead
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