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1:15 PM ET, January 3, 2014

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to Leave Washington Post  —  Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company …
Jack Shafer:
The Times advances the NSA's amnesty-for-Snowden trial balloon  —  Of course the New York Times editorial page wants clemency or, at the very least, a generous plea bargain for National Security Agency contractor turned super-leaker Edward Snowden!  The news pages of the New York Times …
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Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter:
Dear New York Times Editors: If Snowden Is a Whistleblower, What Is Chelsea Manning?
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze.com
Kalev Leetaru / Foreign Policy:   King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix uses the 76,897 micro-genres it assigns to videos  —  How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood  —  If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you.  Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd.  Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries?
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Discovery CEO Stands to Make $110 Million in 2014 Compensation  —  Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav stands to make more than $110 million in compensation in 2014, the first year of a new contract that keeps him at the cable-network giant through 2019.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DreamWorks is set to launch a tablet for children with original and exclusive programming  —  A Tablet for Children That Comes With Its Own Penguins  —  GLENDALE, Calif. — DreamWorks Animation first captivated children in movie theaters.  Then it branched into TV, piping cartoons based on hits like …
Press Gazette:
Pakistani TV reporter becomes first journalist killed in 2014  —  Pakistan journalist Shan Odhor has become the first media worker to die in 2014 because of his work, the International federation of Journalists (IFJ) said today.  —  The announcement came just days after the organisation reported …
Peter Wilby / New Statesman:
Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail: The man who hates liberal Britain  —  He's the most successful and most feared newspaperman of his generation.  But after a bad year in which he was forced to defend his methods, how much longer can Dacre survive as editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail?
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily News closes Desi News, a South Asian-centric vertical led by NewsCred  —  Daily News shutters South Asian site  —  The Daily News has pulled the plug on Desi News, a South Asian-centric vertical fueled by the New York-based content-licensing platform NewsCred.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown  —  If the 2nd Circuit agrees to hear this copyright dispute, it could impact how employees of UGC sites interact with videos and whether popular websites carry pre-1972 music.  —  Barry Diller
Discussion: Gigaom
Tamer El-Ghobashy / Middle East Real Time:
Cautious Campaign for Egypt Journalist's Release  —  The family and lawyer of an Al Jazeera English journalist detained on terrorism charges in Egypt have mounted a delicate media campaign for his release, underscoring the deep unpopularity of the news channel that is seen as sympathetic to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Discussion: @tamerelg
Wall Street Journal:
Cox to Buy Back Stake in AutoTrader  —  Deal With Providence Equity Implies $7 Billion Value for Online Car Marketplace … Cox Enterprises Inc., the closely held media conglomerate, has bought back a stake in AutoTrader Group Inc. in a deal that implies a value of about $7 billion for the online auto marketplace.
David Oliver / American Journalism Review:
BuzzFeed's Secret Weapon: Ky Harlin  —  Ky Harlin, BuzzFeed's director of data science, runs simple tests on news stories, with extraordinary results.  —  For “The 35 Best Places to Visit Over the Summer,” one reader might see a picture of Paris.  Another sees a picture of Tokyo.
Discussion: @amjourreview
Marc Graser / Variety:
Verance Finds First Electronics Partner for Anti-Piracy Technology  —  Verance's Cinavia Level 3 software detects pirated pics and sends viewers to e-tailers to buy legal copies  —  Funai Electric Co., the maker of Blu-ray players through the Funai, Magnavox and Emerson brands …
Discussion: Myce.com
 
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Angela Watercutter / Wired:
The Most Pirated Movies of 2013 — And Why Piracy Isn't Hurting the Box Office
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Malala Yousafzai's long and delicate dance with the press
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, acquired by FireEye for nearly $1 billion
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China 2013 Box Office Surges 27 Percent to $3.6 Billion
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In Troubled Magazine World, ‘La Hulotte’ Is One Rare Bird
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