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6:10 PM ET, January 3, 2014


 Top News: 
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Neetzan Zimmerman to leave Gawker for social startup Whisper  —  Neetzan Zimmerman to leave Gawker  —  Gawker viral content mastermind Neetzan Zimmerman is leaving the company, according to editor John Cook who tweeted the news on Friday afternoon.  —  Reached by email …
John Cook / @johnjcook:
Discussion: Mashable
Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter:
Dear New York Times Editors: If Snowden Is a Whistleblower, What Is Chelsea Manning?  —  The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower.
Kalev Leetaru / Foreign Policy:   King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix uses the 76,897 micro-genres it assigns to videos
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 …
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
Business Insider Turned Down $100M-Plus Buyout Offer: Source  —, an edgy financial and technology news website, may not technically be shopping itself, but that hasn't stopped potential suitors from calling, including one that recently offered more than $100 million …
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 …
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 …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Gracenote unveils new Internet radio technology  —  Gracenote unveiled a new Internet radio technology that will allow brands to create custom stations for customers.  (Gracenote)  —  Gracenote, a Silicon Valley company whose name-that-tune technology is the backbone of some of the most …
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.
Brian Solomon / Forbes:
John Malone's Liberty Media Wants To Absorb Rest Of Sirius XM  —  Billionaire John Malone's Liberty Media announced late Friday a proposal to turn Sirius XM Radio into a wholly-owned subsidiary by creating a third class of Liberty shares.  Liberty already owns a controlling stake in Sirius XM …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
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, Plagiarism Today and The Wrap
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?
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 and Kirk LaPointe's …
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Sports Gets iOS 7 Redesign, Awesome Gif Creation Tool For Sharing 'Big 4′ Sports Moments
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James Doleman / The Drum:
Phone-hacking trial: Bloggers, tweeters and Alan Sugar
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
The Most Pirated Movies of 2013 — And Why Piracy Isn't Hurting the Box Office
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Disney's Iger talks about the need for tech disruptors like Dorsey on his board
Associated Press:
Reporter sues NY police over Occupy protest arrest
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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
End exclusive early media access for unemployment data, Labor Department panel says
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