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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.

Om Malik Leaves Day-to-Day Operations at GigaOM, Becomes Full Partner at True Ventures (GigaOM)
Om Malik: I have decided that it is time for me to no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. I’m looking forward to a long-needed break after more than 25 years at the daily grind of writing the first draft of history. While I will continue to write, it will be at a more measured frequency. I will be at most of our events. I am looking forward to co-hosting Roadmap, our experience and design conference, with Katie Fehrenbacher in November 2014 and we will soon announce further details. TechCrunch Malik founded GigaOM in 2006 during a time of great upheaval in business journalism. Blogs were rising in prominence — including TechCrunch — and business journalism was quickly moving from print to online. His site began focusing on events and paid research in 2008 and it currently employs 70. Pulse 2.0 GigaOM launched a dynamic research platform in 2014 and has many large companies as its customers. This business is growing at the company at a rapid pace, which is why it raised additional funding.

NBC Expects Record Online Viewership for U.S.-Canada Semifinal (NYT)
After nearly 800,000 people watched an Internet live stream of the United States’ 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday in men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, NBC officials began to wonder how many more would stream the United States-Canada semifinal Friday. “We’re talking about a premier event going on at 12 noon, Eastern, with the West Coast awake, too,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager for digital at the NBC Sports Group. “It’ll be big, but I don’t know how big.”

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Lena Dunham Slams Jezebel for Publishing Her Un-Retouched Vogue Photos (Time)
In an interview with Bill Simmons for Grantland, Girls creator Lena Dunham skewered Jezebel for publishing her un-photoshopped photos from her Vogue shoot: “They made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism… It felt gross.” The call-out was well-deserved. To recap: After Dunham landed on the cover of Vogue‘s February issue, Jezebel offered a whopping $10,000 for un-retouched versions of the photos shot by Annie Leibowitz. At the time, Jezebel wrote, “[Dunham’s] body is real. She is real. And for as lovely as the Vogue pictures are, they’re probably not terribly real.” Two hours later, Jezebel got their wish and published the unaltered photos on their site.

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