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Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg Team With NBC for Re/code (TVNewser)
Following their split with Dow Jones, digital dynamos Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg and their team are partnering with the NBCUniversal News Group for their new venture called Revere Digital. Swisher and Mossberg are the co-CEOs of the new, technology-focused media company which will publish under the name Re/code. Windsor Media will also join Revere as an investing partner. NYT The business will closely resemble AllThingsD, the website and conference brand that Mossberg and Swisher — both prominent technology industry journalists — ran as part of News Corporation. Ties to the media giant were cut last year. PRNewser The AllThingsD name will be no more. Its former URL redirects to “Digits,” the WSJ‘s behind-the-paywall source for news on things that buzz and transmit data. Re/code Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation? Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves. Reuters Re/code is just one of several new arrivals in the crowded tech media arena. Last year, Jessica Lessin, another Wall Street Journal reporter, also defected to launch The Information, a premium, subscription-based tech news site. Yahoo! is also preparing a consumer tech site with David Pogue, the former New York Times gadget reviewer. Poynter / MediaWire The Re/code Twitter account has about 9,000 followers as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, while @WSJD — previously @WSJtech, which seems to have been an automated feed — has 86,000. The transfer of power seems to have been peaceful, with the AllThingsD account referring followers to Recode.net. AllThingsD.com now redirects to WSJD.

Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Poking Fun at Romney Family Photo (TVNewser)
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized Tuesday morning via Twitter for her show poking fun at a Romney family photo that included his recently adopted African-American grandchild. The offensive comments came on her show Sunday when Harris-Perry and her panel played a caption contest with a Romney family photo. One panelist pointed out the Romney’s African-American grandchild, Kieran, standing out among a majority of white grandchildren by singing lines from the Sesame Street song: “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others.” Harris-Perry added to the joke by teasing about a potential wedding between Kieran Romney and North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. CNN / Political Ticker “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise,” Harris-Perry added. The MSNBC host has Mormon ancestors, and her mother graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah, where she wrote articles about Mormon womanhood, according to Religion Dispatches online magazine. Harris-Perry, herself, identifies as a Unitarian Universalist. The Daily Caller Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann rang in the New Year with a series of scathing tweets dissing the network after Harris-Perry made an innocent child the punchline of a cruel joke.

Talk Radio on WABC Shifts Focus to The Local (NYT)
In the war over talk radio in New York, WABC is going local. WABC-AM (770), which is owned by Cumulus Media, will introduce a new lineup on Thursday that emphasizes live and local programming, as its two most popular hosts, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, move to a rival station, WOR-AM (710). Weekday programming at WABC will include the return of Curtis Sliwa’s and Ron Kuby’s show, Curtis and Kuby, from noon to 3 p.m., after an absence of more than six years, and, starting Monday, a one-hour program at 5 p.m. with Pat Kiernan, the NY1 television anchor.