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3:30 AM ET, December 22, 2013


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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts  —  David Gregory, host of NBC's 'Meet the Press Inset: NBC News boss Deborah Turness  —  NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
Henry Blodget / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Appreciating the digital difference  —  The emerging field of digital journalism has been subjected to intense scrutiny over the past decade.  This scrutiny has often focused on the ways in which digital is different than print and broadcast journalism — with the differences usually portrayed as shortcomings.
Jenna Wortham / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The future of news is... Sasha Fierce  —  In 2014, the future of journalism is Beyoncé.  —  Stay with me for a minute.  —  The pop star announced the arrival of her next, highly anticipated album with a video on Instagram at midnight on a school night.
Discussion: NYT Bits and ArtsBeat
Caroline Porter / Wall Street Journal:
A Montana Newspaper Turns Its Police Blotter Into a Local Best Seller  —  In Bozeman, Mont. the local police blotter has been turned into a funny, best-selling book that has readers snatching it off the shelves.  WSJ's Caroline Porter reports.  —  BOZEMAN, Mont.—A man reported that someone got …
Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
Joe Arpaio Loses: New Times Co-Founders Win $3.75 Million Settlement for 2007 False Arrests  —  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously to approve a $3.75 million settlement for New Times' co-founders, whose false arrests in 2007 were orchestrated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Details of the ‘Mega Conspiracy’ Behind Megaupload … Some lively new details arrived today in the long saga of Megaupload, the file-sharing site whose founder, Kim Dotcom, is currently suing the New Zealand police while the U.S. government attempts to extradite him to face charges of criminal conspiracy.
Discussion: The Verge, Variety and Wired
Analysis: Time Warner Cable's missed chances begin slide to takeover buzz  —  (Reuters) - By some measures, it seems hard to find fault with how Time Warner Cable (TWC.N) has been run since it was spun off from its parent company, Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), in 2009.
Discussion: @tedataca and Reuters
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Should Forbes Be Valued as Online Business?  —  Publisher Aims to Convince Bidders It Deserves to Be Priced on Digital Properties  —  The owners of Forbes Media LLC are hoping to convince potential buyers it should be valued like a fast-growing digital media business, but people familiar …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Staci D. Kramer / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Connecting the dots  —  One of the most popular new games of 2013 was an addictive mobile app called Dots: A Game About Connecting from Betaworks.  It's deceptively simple: a white board full of evenly spaced colored dots worth points when connected in a short amount of time.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Trust But Verify
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Entertainment wants to be accessible, not free  —  Remember a few years back when Hollywood studios tried — and famously failed — to ram the Stop Online Piracy Act through Congress?  Well, two things have happened since a coalition of Silicon Valley companies, technology think tanks …
Discussion: @sarahcuda and @davidsirota
Dave Eggers / Guardian:
US writers must take a stand on NSA surveillance  —  As the Obama administration responds to the NSA mass surveillance revelations, Dave Eggers reflects on the impact they have had on US writers, and asks if the prevailing sense of fear heralds an intellectual ice age
Discussion: @harikunzru, @davidulin and GalleyCat
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Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
Why Is The New Republic Taking Money from an NSA Contractor to Run Defenses of the NSA?
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
New milestone: Amazon stock surpass $400 for first time ever
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