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11:30 AM ET, December 24, 2013

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.  —  “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.  —  He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
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Peter Walker / Guardian:
Edward Snowden to broadcast Channel 4's alternative Christmas Day message  —  NSA whistleblower records message from Russia, filmed by Laura Poitras, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy  —  Channel 4's 20-year history of providing unusual but relevant figures for its alternative Christmas …
Yasir Ghazi / New York Times:
As Violence Rises, Journalists in Iraq 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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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Insight: AOL banks on HuffPost to turn profitable next year  —  (Reuters) - It's the holiday season and Arianna Huffington, the influential woman behind the popular news website that bears her name, is busy buying sweaters - some 700 of them - as gifts to her employees.
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Is Tim Armstrong the Lazarus of Aol.?
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Time.com relaunch delayed until New Year  —  Time.com delay  —  Time magazine's web relaunch, initially slated for 2013, has been pushed back into the New Year.  —  Capital has learned that January is the latest target for the highly anticipated revamp of time.com, which has been in the works for much of the past 10 months.
Discussion: @jeffjarvis
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.
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Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Disney Adds to Board, Pares Iger's Bonus
Deadline.com:
Viacom & Time Warner Cable Reach New Carriage Deal; Adds EPIX To Lineup  —  With mere days to go before their latest deal expired, Time Warner Cable and Viacom announced a new carriage agreement today.  Among keeping the channels on for New Year's, the near last minute deal adds premiere cabler EPIX to the lineup for the first time.
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BSkyB Invests $350,000 In Early-Stage Immersive Video Startup Jaunt  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group (called BSkyB) has made a $350,000 investment in Jaunt, an early-stage startup that captures and displays 360 degree video content.  BSkyB said that the new partnership will give it …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
China To Media: Don't Report ‘Wrong Points Of View’  —  BEIJING, Dec 23 (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party told the already tightly monitored state media on Monday that they should not be reporting on “wrong points of view” and instead cover positive stories that promote “socialist values”.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Lizzy Davies / Guardian:
Vatican journalist with front pew view of momentous year for papacy  —  Giovanna Chirri expected a Vatican meeting in February to be a dry affair, then Pope Benedict said meas ingravescente aetate  —  When Giovanna Chirri, seasoned Vatican correspondent for the Italian news agency Ansa …
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Square discussed possible sale to Google, Apple, and PayPal, recorded loss of $100M in 2013

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