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8:20 AM ET, December 29, 2013


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John Borland / Wired:
Glenn Greenwald: ‘A Lot’ More NSA Documents to Come  —  Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden's first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA's digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.  —  Living in Brazil, he is advised not to travel.
Greenwald: US and British media are servants of security apparatus  —  Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe.
Eugene L. Meyer / Bethesda Magazine:
An interview with the Washington Post publisher in the Post Bezos Era  —  Katharine Weymouth, seated beneath a photo of her famous grandmother, Katharine Graham (left), says she wished she had “understood earlier how critical technology is” to success in today's media world.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Vice teases Vice News channel with trailer for 2014 launch  —  WATCH: VICE Joining 24-Hour News Game in 2014  —  VICE Media captured national attention in a big way this year when it orchestrated Dennis Rodman's fateful trip to North Korea for its HBO documentary series.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google received 235 million DMCA takedown requests in 2013, discarded 9%  —  Google Discarded 21,000,000 Takedown Requests in 2013  —  Since last year copyright holders have started to increase the number of DMCA takedown requests they send to Google.  —  In 2011 Google was asked …
Discussion: Softpedia News and BGR
Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
Amazon's tablets had a 24x bump in activations on Christmas compared to other December days  —  Yuletide Kindle: Amazon's best sales catalog dominates Christmas  —  Flurry today reported that Christmas belonged to Amazon's tablets, which were activated 24-times more often during the holiday than they were on a typical December day.
Discussion: and AppleInsider
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Loyal Subscribers Keep Hobby Magazines Afloat  —  Lance Prucnal's family, like others in the digital age, has canceled most of its newspaper and magazine subscriptions.  —  Mr. Prucnal's wife dumped Family Circle, Taste of Home and Better Homes & Gardens because she no longer found enough interesting recipes.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Meet One Of The Most Badass Reporters In Mexico  —  Despite the murder of dozens of journalists and constant intimidation from the police and drug cartels, Ciudad Juarez's reporters aren't backing down.  “We don't have time to put on a hero's T-shirt.  We have to do our work each and every day …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
DirecTV issues veiled threat in talks with Weather Channel  —  Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has begun distributing WeatherNation, a network with very little reach or viewership, just as its deal to carry the Weather Channel is set to expire.  —  Ratings for the Weather Channel …
Discussion: @bryandfischer and @jbflint
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Call me an optimist, but the future of journalism isn't bleak  —  Even as today's major journalistic institutions struggle to adapt, media startups and investigative outlets carry the torch  —  As we head into 2014, the 20th anniversary of the first popular web browser, we are awash in media.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Powerhouses Behind ‘Big Brother,’ ‘American Idol’ Ramp Up Web Programs  —  Endemol, FremantleMedia Look to Migrate TV Advertisers Online  —  Two of the world's-largest TV production companies, Endemol and FremantleMedia, are plotting online programming assaults for 2014.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
With Angel Funding From Top Media Veterans, The News Lens Wants To Reshape Journalism In Taiwan  —  Earlier this month, The News Lens, an independent media startup in Taiwan, announced that it had received angel funding from Marcus Brauchli, whose resume includes top editing positions …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune closes $2.7B Local TV acquisition … Tribune Co. has closed on its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV, making it one of the country's largest television station owners, the company announced Friday.  —  The deal, which was approved by the Federal Communications Commission last week …
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Tribune Closes Acquisition of Local TV Holdings
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
TV blackout wars in a quiet period
Discussion: @cnnmoney
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments
Discussion: bizjournals
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson aren't protected by copyright, US court rules
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New report exposes digital front of Syria's civil war
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Upcoming DJX news offering and integration with WSJ newsroom make 2014 critical for Dow Jones
Discussion: Variety
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
As fewer people read newspapers, more share their front pages
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LinkedIn hits 300M members, 100M in US, says mobile traffic will overtake desktop later this year

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