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4:55 PM ET, December 23, 2013

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Yasir Ghazi / New York Times:
As Violence Rises, Iraqi Journalists Face Renewed Risks  —  BAGHDAD — Journalists have not escaped the recent surge of violence in Iraq, and several have been shot dead at close range.  On Monday, militants took a more fearsome approach: a sustained assault involving five suicide bombers …
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Al Jazeera America:
Gunmen kill five journalists in raid on Iraq TV station … Four gunmen attacked a local television station headquarters north of Baghdad on Monday, killing five journalists, a police source told Al Jazeera.  —  The dead - four men and a woman - were Salaheddin television's chief news editor …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Plan for Tribune Spinoff Raises Concerns for Future of Newspaper Operations  —  A plan by the Tribune Company to separate eight newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, from its more profitable digital and television businesses could threaten their survival …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Twitter Cofounder Jack Dorsey Is Joining Disney's Board  —  Jack Dorsey is joining the board of Disney.  —  Dorsey is one of the cofounders of Twitter, and the company's chairman.  —  He's also the CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger is on the board of Apple, so he's no stranger to tech.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
How Native Advertising Will Change in 2014  —  Native advertising was all the rage this past year, as online publishers and marketers grappled for new (or repackaged) ways to get the attention of ad-weary consumers.  Brands and publishers created entire divisions to produce the ads …
Discussion: @adweek and Kirk LaPointe's …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hulu must face privacy lawsuit, U.S. judge rules  —  (Reuters) - Hulu has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the video streaming service of illegally sharing users' viewing history with Facebook Inc and business metrics company comScore Inc.
David Carr / New York Times:
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door  —  Last week, a study commissioned by the president concluded that the National Security Agency had reached too far into the private lives of Americans.  The study, which came after a series of journalistic revelations exposing …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Has Shareholder Backing as Takeover Bid Looms  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) is loathed by many consumers and loved by many investors.  It's shareholders who may give incoming Chief Executive Officer Rob Marcus the will to reject a $62 billion offer for the company.
Discussion: @claireatki and @laurenweinstein
Corey Pein:
More Questions For Reuters About The Death Of Molhem Barakat, Teenage War Photographer  —  Reuters, a big-leagues news service owned by a $13 billion multinational corporation, is ducking critical questions about the death of a teenage war photographer who'd been selling pictures to the agency.
Editor & Publisher:
Times-Shamrock Announces Sale of Four Alternative Newspapers to Euclid Media  —  Times-Shamrock announced today that it has sold the Cleveland Scene, the Orlando Weekly, the San Antonio Current, and Detroit Metro Times to Euclid Media of Twinsburg, Ohio.  No terms of the sale were disclosed.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Video, verification, value: Why News Corp's purchase of Storyful deserves your attention  —  I first met Storyful CEO Mark Little at the 2011 ONA Conference in Boston.  We headed off to find a quiet corner so I could hear more about what exactly a “social news agency” was.
Discussion: @jweb and SocialTimes, Thanks:@craigsilverman
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Three to leave Gawker  —  John Koblin isn't the only staffer who'll be leaving Gawker Media at the top of the year.  Staff announcements over the last month at Nick Denton's digital media kingdom have been coming thick and fast.  —  Defamer editor Beejoli Shah, Gawker senior writer Camille Dodero …
Discussion: @petersterne
 
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