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2:50 PM ET, December 30, 2013


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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
As Time Inc. prepares to spinoff from Time Warner, newsrooms will begin to report to business executives  —  Time Inc. Is Preparing to Head Out on Its Own  —  Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States, with properties like People, Sports Illustrated and Fortune …
Al Jazeera:
Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt  —  Egypt's security forces have arrested three Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo.  Correspondent Peter Greste, producer Mohamed Fahmy and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy are being held in custody after arrested by security forces on Sunday evening.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
70 Journalists Killed in 2013, With Syria the Deadliest Country to Cover  —  Reporting from global hotspots is a deadly business.  —  Seventy journalists were killed in 2013, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, with the largest percentage of those death coming from Syria.
Scott Timberg / Al Jazeera America:
How the Village Voice and other alt-weeklies lost their voice in 2013 … LOS ANGELES — There was something else there, but you couldn't see it.  There were notes coming from somewhere — maybe adding up to a melody — but you couldn't quite hear them.  Growing up in and around this sprawling …
Discussion: @kbeninato, @joekeohane, @ajam and @maura
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacker took over BBC server, tried to ‘sell’ access on Christmas Day  —  (Reuters) - A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain's public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Cross-Platform Magazine Advertising Up 6 Percent  —  Magazines saw combined ad units for print and tablet products grow 6 percent in 2013, according to a joint study by Kantar Media and the MPA—The Association for Magazine Media.  Measuring 69 publications that have both print and tablet products …
Discussion: Capital New York and AdAge
Bennett Hall / Corvallis Gazette-Times:
Orange hush: OSU student media adviser says university tried to quash her quest for public records  —  Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson thought she was just doing her job when she filed a public records request with the university.  Now she's worried it could get her fired.
Min-Jeong Lee / Digits:
LG to Unveil webOS-Powered TV  —  South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. will soon take the veils off a television model that will run on the “webOS” operating system, highlighting its ambition of creating a prominent operating system for so-called smart TVs.  —  LG bought webOS …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
New York City Losing Its Last Commercial Progressive Talk Radio Station  —  When WWRL 1600 AM turns into a Spanish-language music and talk radio station next week, New York City will lose its only remaining commercial progressive talk radio outlet.  —  Station employees first learned …
Discussion: GBMNews
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Benghazi Investigation Confirms Paper's Early Reporting On Video's Role  —  NEW YORK — Following a months-long investigation, The New York Times reported Saturday that it had found no evidence that al-Qaeda, or any international terrorist group, was involved in the Sept. 11 …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Facebook is “dead and buried,” or what happens when academic research goes viral  —  Take some academic research on Facebook, add a sexy quote about how teens are abandoning the social network in droves, and combine it with a slow news period.  What do you get?  A small-scale media frenzy about how Facebook is dying.
Stephanie Murg / UnBeige:
NYT magazine's design director Arem Duplessis leaving to become creative director at Apple  —  Arem Duplessis Leaving NY Times Magazine for Apple  —  Your Sunday is about to get a lot less visually stimulating: Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine [muffled sobbing].
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Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
Amazon's tablets had a 24x bump in activations on Christmas compared to other December days
Discussion: Softpedia News and GeekWire
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google received 235 million DMCA takedown requests in 2013, discarded 9%
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