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10:20 AM ET, January 4, 2016


 Top News: 
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 and FishbowlNY
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Digital TV Europe:
Netflix reportedly preparing Russia launch this month  —  The SVoD service will launch locally this month on smart TVs, Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported.  —  “We hope that there will be more licensed content in Russia, and with the advent of Netflix people will start to get used …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
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
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 …
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
Netflix stock falls 4.5% after Wall Street firm downgrades it from Buy to Neutral  —  A Wall Street firm just downgraded Netflix, and now the stock is tumbling  —  Netflix has made itself into a fixture in the entertainment business.  But according to one Wall Street firm, it's booming growth days may be over.
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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
Discussion: @mathewi
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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