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Charlie Hebdo to Publish 1 Million Copies Next Week (THR)
Following Wednesday’s terrorist attack at its offices in Paris, satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has vowed to come back stronger, with 1 million copies printed next week. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media French media organizations have teamed up, releasing a joint statement saying they were offering assistance in the form of equipment and staff to help publish the magazine. HuffPost The Digital Innovation Press Fund, which is backed by Google, is donating €250,000 (about $300,000) to Charlie Hebdo. Average circulation for the magazine is estimated at 45,000 copies. “We are all suffering, with grief, with fear,” said Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, “but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win.” TVNewser Meanwhile, the debate continues inside U.S. newsrooms about whether to show Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a way of reporting on Wednesday’s massacre in Paris. FishbowlDC In response to the atrocities committed against the French satirical magazine, CNN’s Tom Foreman stood by his fellow cartoonists by drawing an image and posting on Facebook: “Thinking of our friends across the waves…” FishbowlDC The Washington Post’s op-ed page published in its print edition Thursday the Charlie Hebdo cover image that is suspected to have prompted the 2011 firebombing of its office. Before publishing the image, the Post had come out strongly against media self-censorship in anticipation of violent response. NYT As France mourned its dead, thousands of police were mobilized on Thursday in an extensive manhunt for the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people, including two police officers, at the satirical magazine. CNN The two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack spoke to officers by phone and said they wanted to die as martyrs, according to a French member of parliament for the district where a police operation is taking place.

Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, Which Aims to Make Videos More Bandwidth-Efficient (AllFacebook)
Just one day after touting the substantial growth it has experienced on the video front, Facebook announced Thursday that it has acquired QuickFire Networks, which focuses on lowering the bandwidth requirements for videos without sacrificing quality. GigaOM That’s exactly what it will be doing at Facebook, powering the company’s increasing amount of video content, both in advertising and from its content partners. At the moment, 1 billion videos are viewed a day on average on the social network, which is nearly one for every 1.35 billion Facebook users. Bloomberg Businessweek The amount of video on Facebook’s news feed more than tripled last year, and the company is planning to tweak the website’s design so marketers can more easily buy video ads and monitor their campaigns. The efforts are central to the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s efforts to tap the U.S. online-video advertising market, which EMarketer Inc. estimates will reach $7.8 billion this year, up 30 percent from $6 billion in 2014. WSJ / Digits Last year, Facebook changed its service so that videos in its users’ news feeds begin playing automatically. Facebook has stressed how important it is to get those videos to play as quickly as possible, especially on mobile phones.

Emma Rosenblum Named Editor of Bloomberg Pursuits (FishbowlNY)
Emma Rosenblum has been named editor of Bloomberg Pursuits. Rosenblum most recently served as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Etc.” section. WWD / Memo Pad In her new gig, Rosenblum, a former senior editor at Glamour, succeeds Ted Moncreiff, who exited in December. She reports to chief content officer Josh Tyrangiel. Bloomberg Prior to Glamour, Rosenblum spent six years at New York magazine, rising from editorial assistant to associate editor. She wrote regularly for the Culture section, edited the Look Book page, and co-edited the famous Approval Matrix. Capital New York Bloomberg L.P. also announced Thursday that it is overhauling its events business alongside the company’s expansion of its media properties. The financial news and data provider’s conferences, previously known as Bloomberg LINK, are being rebranded as Bloomberg LIVE.

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Don Lemon Starts 2015 Off Right (FishbowlNY)
Don Lemon, who completely owned 2014, is determined to do the same to 2015. In an interview with human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar, Lemon asked him if he supported ISIS. HuffPost Following the deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Lemon invited Iftikhar to join him for a discussion centered on radical Islam. Citing a poll from August 2014 that indicates 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS, Lemon wanted to know if those people could be considered Islamic extremists. When Iftikhar, who is a senior editor at Islamic Monthly and founder of, said that he didn’t believe their sympathies with the ideology meant “they would justify the killing of innocent civilians or murdering people on the streets,” Lemon pressed him further. THR Iftikhar responded in disbelief, “Wait, did you just ask if I support ISIS?” The lawyer, although rattled, used the question to address how the poll could be interpreted to mean a broader support for Islamic ideology, rather than for ISIS’ brand of terrorism.

Laurie Hays to Leave Bloomberg (Capital New York)
Laurie Hays, one of the top ranking editors at Bloomberg News, is leaving Bloomberg L.P., the company’s founder and majority shareholder, Michael Bloomberg, announced Thursday. In a memo to staff, Bloomberg called her departure “amicable.” Poynter / MediaWire In December, BuzzFeed reported that Hays was passed over for the top position at Bloomberg News when the organization was choosing a successor for founding editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler. The job went instead to John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist. Hays will be replaced in the interim by Laura Zelenko, executive editor for markets at Bloomberg. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hays, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal, joined Bloomberg in 2008.

Serial Responds to Kevin Urick And The Intercept (THR)
The first season of Serial may have ended, but the drama around the popular podcast has most certainly not. On Wednesday The Intercept published an interview with Kevin Urick, the lead prosecutor in the case against Adnan Syed, a case made famous by Serial. During his interview, Urick denied he had been contacted repeatedly by Serial host Sarah Koenig and the podcast’s producers. He claimed he was only contacted once, on Dec. 12. The people behind Serial vehemently disagreed, and on Thursday they took to Twitter to emphasize their version of events. Mediaite Last month, reporter Natasha Vargas-Cooper published an extensive three-part interview with key witness Jay Wilds that offered some serious contradictions to the popular podcast’s narrative.

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TalkTalk Confirms £5 Million Purchase of Blinkbox From Tesco (The Guardian)
TalkTalk has acquired Tesco’s loss-making video service Blinkbox and the ailing retailer’s broadband and telephony business in a deal thought to be worth about £5 million. As part of the deal TalkTalk has hired Adrian Letts, the co-founder of the eight-year-old Blinkbox business, to be managing director of its overall TV operation. FT The move brings to an abrupt end Tesco’s multimillion pound efforts to build an online video streaming brand that would compete with Netflix, Amazon and Apple’s iTunes. TalkTalk will “fully integrate” Blinkbox into its own low-cost television service, chief executive Dido Harding said.

Dish Takes Bite Out of Fox News Ratings: Viewership Below 100,000 on Sundays (TVNewser)
Just as Fox News chief Roger Ailes challenges his team to keep the news channel out front in the ratings, we’re seeing evidence of a slowdown in viewership. On Sunday, Fox News averaged 99,000 in the demo for total day viewing (3 a.m.-3 a.m.), only the second time in the last 13 years the channel has delivered less than 100,000 viewers in the demo on a given day. The only other time FNC fell below 100,000 was a week earlier, on Dec. 28, when the network averaged 96,000.

Piers Morgan Returns to CNN (TVNewser)
Piers Morgan made his first appearance on CNN. Our spies spotted Morgan at CNN HQ Thursday morning, where he taped a segment for Reliable Sources. Morgan, who is the editor-at-large for, has also been making the rounds on other news outlets including NBC’s Today, and FNC’s Hannity and Kelly File.

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Technology & Engineering Emmy Award Winners Include Second Screen Pioneers (LostRemote)
While the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the announcement back in early August, the winners of the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were honored at CES Thursday. Among the winners are second screen and social TV stalwarts Twitter, Spredfast, Roku and Tivo.

Barnes & Noble Holiday Sales Reach $1.1 Billion, Nook Sales Drop (GalleyCat)
Barnes & Noble’s retail business, which include in-store and online sales, reported $1.1 billion in holiday sales, which includes receipts for the nine-week holiday period ending Jan. 3, 2015. Excluding the Nook business, this represents a 1.7 percent increase from last year.

Time Inc. Names Sue Callaway Senior Editor, Automotive (FishbowlNY)
Time Inc. has named Sue Callaway senior editor, automotive; a new role at the company. Callaway will now oversee and expand editorial coverage of the automotive industry across all of Time Inc.’s brands. This is a homecoming for Callaway, as she previously worked for Fortune from 1994 to 2000.

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The Atlantic Launches New Online Photo Section (FishbowlNY)
The Atlantic has launched a new, online extension of its wonderful photography featured in the magazine. The site’s previous photography blog, In Focus, has folded into The Atlantic Photo section, available at

NYT Pulls Plug on Tech Editor (Re/code)
New York Times tech editor Suzanne Spector is no longer with the Times. Replacements for the high-profile slot are being considered from inside the paper — reportedly one top candidate is Lydia Polgreen — as well as from outside.

CES: Millennials Value Netflix More Than Broadcast or Cable, Study Finds (THR)
Netflix subscriptions are more valuable to millennials than broadcast and cable subscriptions, a recent study from NATPE/Content First and the Consumer Electronics Association has found.

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