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Morning Media Newsfeed: Venezuela Threatens CNN | Malik Out at GigaOM | NBC Expects Ratings Gold

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Venezuela President Threatens to Expel CNN (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened to throw CNN out of the country on Thursday if the network doesn’t change its coverage of protests and civil unrest in the country. “I’ve asked [information] minister Delcy Rodríguez to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify [their coverage],” Maduro said on state TV. Reuters Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, which began last month over a wide range of complaints including inflation, violent crime, corruption and shortages of basic products. As result, many opposition supporters have turned to CNN Espanol, available to some cable TV subscribers, which in recent days has been the only television network to offer live broadcasts of opposition press conferences. The only other way for Venezuelans to see opposition leaders speaking live is via streaming websites over stuttering broadband. BBC A spokeswoman for the U.S. network, only available on cable in Venezuela, told the BBC it did not have any immediate comments about Maduro’s comments. Last week, the government removed Colombian TV news channel NTN24 from channels offered by Venezuelan cable operators. The government has been highly critical of international media coverage, while protesters say they are concerned with a lack of media freedom, says the BBC’s correspondent in Caracas, Irene Caselli.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys WhatsApp | First Look Hires Taibbi | Greenwald Vows Return

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Facebook’s Latest Acquisition? That’s WhatsApp! (AllFacebook)
After its unsuccessful bid for photo-messaging application Snapchat last November, reportedly valued at more than $3 billion, Facebook opened up the vaults and announced its acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash and some $12 billion in Facebook shares, also announcing that WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors. CNNMoney Buying WhatsApp will only bolster Facebook’s already strong position in the crowded messaging world. Messenger, Facebook’s standalone messaging app for mobile devices, is second only to WhatsApp in its share of the smartphone market. The Verge In a press release announcing the monumental buyout, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.” He also shared news of the deal on his personal Facebook page, saying, “WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community.” Over 450 million people use WhatsApp each month, according to statistics in the press release, with 70 percent of those users active on a given day. GigaOM Facebook is going to end up competing with apps like Line and WeChat in many markets for the consumer’s mobile minutes and WhatsApp gives the Menlo Park-based company a strong competitive weapon. While potential monetization remains a bit of a head scratcher, there are more options for the company to think about, like new native advertisements in the near future. Forbes Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook Wednesday. Koum, co-founder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Today Nabs Rare Win | Condé Nast Moving | U.S. News Wipes Archives

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Today Poised to Win First Week in 18 Months (TVNewser)
Based on Nielsen national fast program ratings, NBC’s Today show has claimed a rare win in both total viewers and the younger demo as the show originated from Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. The last time Today won the total viewer measurement was the second week of the London Summer Olympics, the week of Aug., 6 2012. By the following week, Aug. 13, 2012, ABC’s Good Morning America was back on top. NYT While finishing a rare second, GMA had a significant victory during the week in that it won a single morning, Tuesday. Even a daily victory had never happened when NBC has based the Today show at the site of the Olympics. It should be noted, however, that these are the first Winter Games in recent memory when NBC did not routinely lead in the morning ratings. HuffPost The challenge for Today is to ensure that its victory is not a fleeting, Olympics-connected one. Alarm bells were surely raised when GMA beat its rival for the first time ever during the Olympics last Tuesday. It was a sign that, all else aside, the morning race is as competitive as it’s ever been, and that GMA will not go down without a fight. New York Daily News Elaine Stritch doesn’t give an F-bomb. Except she did on live television Tuesday morning. The 89-year-old comedian dropped by the Today show, and gave hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb an earful when she dropped the bad word in casual conversation.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fallon Debuts | Costas Returns | Roberts for Pre-Oscars

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Jimmy Fallon Powers Tonight Show Debut With Stars Like Tina Fey, U2 (LA Times / Show Tracker)
Heeeere’s Jimmy! Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of The Tonight Show in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise’s new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast. Variety Rather than brag about the entire affair, Fallon, clad in a two-buttoned gray suit and black tie, approached his initial turn as host of NBC’s venerable Tonight Show with humility during a taping on early Monday evening. He talked to the audience as if many hadn’t watched him during his slightly less than five-year tenure on Late Night. He pointed out his parents sitting in the studio audience. And he told Will Smith, the first guest in what NBC dubbed “Show #0001” he was mindful of his place in the program’s long history: “This is a big deal, and it’s a lot of pressure,” he said. TheWrap Fallon kicked off the first Tonight Show to broadcast from New York in 42 years with a thank you to the past hosts: “Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.” With that quick acknowledgement of the strange machinations that led to his hosting gig and returned the show East, Fallon got down to making a play for the biggest, broadest audience in late night. Hip-hop figured heavily in the mix: The Roots, his house band, is the first hip-hop group to anchor the most iconic show in late night. Capital New York NBC says that aircraft engine builder, kitchen appliance-maker and former NBC owner General Electric will be a launch sponsor of the new Tonight Show as it debuted Monday. As part of the deal, G.E. will sponsor a recurring segment on the show called “Tonight Show Fallonventions,” in which Fallon presents fun inventions created by kids. NYT NBC and its corporate parent, Comcast, have made a significant investment in reclaiming the Tonight Show for New York, though executives declined to give a figure beyond that it was many millions of dollars. The move brings with it jobs, not only on the show itself, but in related tourism businesses. TVNewser Before he left for Sochi, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams sat down with Fallon, who talks about the excitement of bringing the Tonight Show back to New York.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Polk Awards Announced | Interview Upsets Skiier | Forbes.com Hacked

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Journalists Who Broke NSA Story Receive George Polk Awards (The Guardian)
The three journalists who broke the National Security Agency revelations from Edward Snowden in The Guardian are among the recipients of the prestigious 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras will receive the award for national security reporting, along with Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. Janine Gibson, Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief, said: “We’re honored by the recognition from the Polk awards and delighted for Ewen, Glenn, Laura, Barton and their colleagues that their work has been recognized. NYT In all, 30 reporters representing 15 news organizations were recognized in 13 categories. Reporters from The New York Times won three of the awards, as did reporters from the Post. “In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have recognized did more than report news,” said John Darnton, the curator of the Polk Awards, referring to the CBS News correspondent who was killed while covering the civil war in Greece in 1948. FoxNews.com The award for political reporting will go to Rosalind Helderman, Laura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig of the Post for reporting on the relationship between former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and a wealthy entrepreneur. Their stories spurred a federal investigation that resulted in a 14-count indictment of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Politico / AP Columnist, author and editor Pete Hamill will be honored with the George Polk Career Award, which is named in memory of Professor Robert D. Spector, chair of the George Polk Awards for 32 years until his death in 2009.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Roker Slams NYC Mayor | Charter’s Next Moves | Maxim Nearly Defrauded

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Al Roker Rants About Mayor de Blasio, School Snow Policy (FishbowlNY)
Al Roker went on a Twitter rant Thursday morning, blasting mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s department of education for allowing schools to be open — and then ultimately closing early. Roker wrote that “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.” When schools announced they were closing, he said “And how about all the parents and caregivers who have to scramble to get their kids home? Is there no one there with any common sense?” Politico Roker was especially critical of the mayor’s decision to keep schools open, complaining about his daughter’s school going to an early release day. “I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” Roker tweeted. NYT Told that Roker was bluntly predicting a one-term mayoralty, de Blasio ventured some humor. “I respect Al Roker a lot,” the mayor said. “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV.” NY Post Roker conceded he doesn’t have the skills to be mayor of New York City, but took one more shot at City Hall. “Mr. Mayor, I could never run NYC, but I know when it’s time to keep kids home from school,” Roker tweeted.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Comcast, TWC to Merge | GMA Beats Today | Soledad, Google Team Up

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Time Warner Cable to Merge With Comcast Corporation (Comcast)
Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Thursday announced that their Boards of Directors have approved a definitive agreement for Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast. The agreement is a friendly, stock-for-stock transaction in which Comcast will acquire 100 percent of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares outstanding for shares of CMCSA amounting to approximately $45.2 billion in equity value. NYT / DealBook For Comcast, which completed its acquisition of NBC Universal, the television and movie powerhouse, from General Electric less than a year ago, the latest deal would be its second big act to radically reshape the media landscape in the United States. And the merger is almost certain to bring to an end a protracted takeover battle that Charter Communications has been waging for Time Warner Cable. CNNMoney The two companies expect the merger to receive government approval and take effect by the end of the year, but regulators are likely to take a close look at the potential impact on consumers. Through the consolidation of Time Warner Cable, Comcast would be the dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections in roughly one in three American homes, a total unmatched by any other distributor. Re/code So here’s the big idea that’s supposed to get the deal approved in the coming months: It’s OK for a giant cable company to buy another giant cable company, because cable companies don’t compete. For instance: I live in Brooklyn, and I’m a Time Warner Cable customer. In theory, I could also get TV from the satellite guys, and also from Verizon. But I can’t get TV from Comcast, because the cable guys work in specific territories, carved out by local regulators, and they don’t overlap. GigaOM And when you start to peel the onion and start looking at their average monthly revenues of the combined companies, you start to see why the game is all about broadband. According to UBS estimates, the combined company could see its consumer data-only revenues go from $17 billion at end of 2013 to about $23 billion by end of 2018. Voice revenues go from about $6 billion at the end of 2013 to $6.6 billion at end of 2018.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Brokaw Has Cancer | Lauer Replaces Costas | U.S. Press Freedom Drops

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Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Cancer, Prognosis Encouraging (NBCNews.com)
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making. Brokaw, who has worked at NBC News since 1966, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August at the Mayo Clinic. TVNewser “With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come,” Brokaw says in a statement. “I remain the luckiest guy I know.” New York Daily News Throughout his treatment, Brokaw has continued to work on NBC News projects, including a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK; appearances on Today, Nightly News With Brian Williams, Meet The Press and MSNBC. He is also contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Reuters Multiple myeloma is a cancer that strikes white blood cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells, which normally produce antibodies to help fight infection. But in multiple myeloma, an over-abundance of malignant plasma cells releases unhealthy levels of a protein into the bones and blood that in turn can cause damage to bone tissue and organs.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Armisen Joins Late Night | CNN Hires Smerconish | Barnes & Noble Cuts Staff

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Fred Armisen to Lead Seth Meyers’ Late Night Band (THR / The Live Feed)
Fred Armisen is joining Seth Meyers at Late Night. The musician and Portlandia star and his 8G Band are joining his Saturday Night Live friend as the band leader for the revamped NBC talker. “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” Meyers tweeted Monday. Rolling Stone Armisen will sing and play guitar, and he’ll be backed by an eclectic group of players: guitarist Seth Jabour (Les Savy Fav), bassist Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav), keyboardist Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys) and drummer Kim Thompson (Beyoncé’s touring band). TV Guide Before switching gears to acting, Armisen played drums in the punk rock band Trenchmouth and in the Blue Man group back in the 1990s. He also often played musical instruments during sketches on SNL. Vulture Considering Meyers and Armisen spent many years at SNL together, including during Armisen’s many character bits on “Weekend Update,” hopefully this will mean Armisen will also act as the show’s sidekick — like a hipster Paul Shaffer. LA Times / Show Tracker Meyers’ reign on Late Night begins Feb. 24 and his first guest will be another former SNL colleague, Amy Poehler.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Keller Departs NYT | Armstrong Apologizes | Intercept Launched

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Bill Keller, Former Editor of The New York Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit (NYT)
Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system. “It’s a chance to build something from scratch, which I’ve never done before,” Keller said, “and to use all the tools that digital technology offers journalists in terms of ways to investigate and to present on a subject that really matters personally.” NBCNews.com He is slated to begin his leadership position at The Marshall Project on March 1. The nonprofit venture was formed late last year by Neil Barsky, a journalist turned Wall Street hedge fund manager, who will serve as publisher. The Washington Post / Style Keller began his tenure by overseeing coverage of the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the U.S. military invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Times later acknowledged that its reporting on this period — particularly on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — was flawed. Under Keller’s editorship, the Times published excerpts of sensitive U.S. military and diplomatic files obtained by WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization that had received them from then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning. The paper also published stories disclosing the George W. Bush administration’s practice of “warrantless wiretapping” of suspected terrorists in 2005. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Bill has made so many contributions to the Times over his 30 years here, it’s difficult to quantify them,” Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the Times‘ publisher said in a statement. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media For all his feats, including leading the paper out of one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, Keller had a vexed relationship with members of the Times leadership: its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., and its editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, who Keller has reported to since 2011.

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