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Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google concerned by reports that MPAA is secretly working with studios to resurrect SOPA  —  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General  —  We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret …
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MPAA says Google positioning itself as a defender of free speech is shameful  —  Google & MPAA Publicly Slam Each Other Over Piracy  —  Even after running for weeks, the fallout from the Sony hacking fiasco is showing no signs of waning.  In fact in some areas it appears that matters are only getting worse.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:25 minutes ago
Guardian and Observer journalists to get vote on next editor-in-chief  —  Winning staff ballot will guarantee place on shortlist, but ultimate decision on who replaces Alan Rusbridger will be made by owners Scott Trust  —  The process to appoint the next editor-in-chief of the Guardian …
Discussion: Press Gazette, @alexwtw and @dansabbagh
Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Pictures could lose $75M on “The Interview”, which cost $44M to make, $30M to promote  —  Sony Could Lose $75 Million on ‘The Interview’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment could lose $75 million over the cancellation of its planned Christmas release “The Interview” …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti: on buying Hyper IQ and building apps, creating video, bundling, and more  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti: 'It's not just a site, it's a whole process'  —  BuzzFeed announced today that it's acquiring the talent team behind mobile app developer Hyper IQ …
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Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
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Jennifer Zaino / Semanticweb.com:
The Financial Times Builds Up Its Semantic Publishing Infrastructure  —  The former lead architect at the BBC who handled its semantic publishing projects, such as its FIFA World Cup 2010, 2012 Olympics and redesigned BBC Sports Site, today is building up the semantic infrastructure at another media might, The Financial Times
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Why New York magazine isn't changing its bogus headline  —  New York magazine ran with a too-good-to-be-true tale Sunday featuring a teen who managed to score millions on the stock market before getting his high school diploma.  —  As has been widely reported, the story unraveled …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Vice video producers average $60k/year, and writers $45k, application for tax incentives shows  —  Here Is Vice Media's Salary Breakdown  —  Vice Media, now valued at two and a half billion dollars, made a ton of money this year.  How much do its employees make?  Here is Vice's most detailed information yet.
Say Media / Say Daily:
Geo-Retail to the Rescue for Holiday Shopping … Let's face it: Black Friday 2014 brought the blues to retailers.  Even after doling out deep discounts on merchandise, retailers struggled to entice shoppers to Black Friday sales events.  Spending was down 11 percent from a year earlier according to the National Retail Federation.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Danny Zappin's Zealot Networks Buys Majority Stake in YouTube Licensing Firm AudioMicro  —  Zealot Networks, the digital-media studio formed by ex-Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin, has acquired a majority stake in content-licensing company AudioMicro, whose brands include YouTube music-licensing business AdRev.
Discussion: Re/code and Hollywood Reporter
Daniel Wallis / Reuters:
Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri  —  (Reuters) - A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his rights were violated when he was arrested while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager …
Discussion: @runasand and @alldigitocracy
David S. Bernstein / Boston Magazine:
Boston.com, split from the Boston Globe editorially, stumbles in its effort to draw traffic while upholding Globe's standards  —  What the Hell Happened to Boston.com?  —  The site's best and worst moments of the year all happened because of a $4 overcharge at a Chinese restaurant.
 
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Geo-Retail to the Rescue for Holiday Shopping … Let's face it: Black Friday 2014 brought the blues to retailers.  Even after doling out deep discounts on merchandise, retailers struggled to entice shoppers to Black Friday sales events.
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Russell Simmons' Global Grind Acquired by Interactive One
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
The Yahoo app gets more personalized with local news and comments on both iOS and Android
Discussion: Yahoo, App Advice, 9to5Mac and WebProNews
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Pandora launches its first native game console app — and it's for Xbox One
Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press expands coverage of state government and social issues with team of specialists
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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Macmillan, too, returns to agency pricing with Amazon
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bustle, Bryan Goldberg's news site for women, raises $15.5M, led by General Catalyst; total raise now $27M
Discussion: Fortune, @rafat and TechCrunch
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
New friends: The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership
 

 
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by the BBC's labor abuse allegations

Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung to shut down its ChatOn messaging service Feb. 1, 2015 in all markets except U.S.

 
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