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9:35 AM ET, December 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
Beginning next year, Chinese reporters must pass ideology exam to retain press credentials  —  Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam  —  Exam to be based on 700-page manual that prohibits published reports from featuring comments that go against party line
Discussion: @raju
China renews press cards for Bloomberg, several New York Times reporters  —  (Reuters) - The Chinese government has renewed the press accreditations for journalists from Bloomberg News and several New York Times reporters, a journalists' group said on Thursday.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Hackers break into Washington Post servers  —  Hackers broke into The Washington Post's servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said Wednesday.  —  The extent of the loss of company data …
Mike Deri Smith / BBC:
Porn filters block sex education websites  —  The new filters are designed to block sites unsuitable for children  —  Pornography filters used by major internet service providers are blocking websites offering sex education and advice on sexual health and porn addiction, the BBC has learned.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Movie-Dub App Startup MyLingo Raises $750,000, Adds UTA's Jeremy Zimmer as Adviser  —  MyLingo, a startup developing an app that plays back dubbed tracks for non-English-speaking moviegoers, has landed $750,000 in seed funding and singed up United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer to its advisory board.
Discussion: Forbes and Fast Company
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Prince William's messages for Kate Middleton were hacked, court told  —  Voicemails including one telling how prince ‘nearly got shot’ mark first time News of the World has been accused of hacking royals  —  The News of the World hacked voicemail messages from Prince William to Kate Middleton …
Om Malik / Gigaom:
In 12 years of blogging, the more things change, the more they stay the same  —  Last Friday was the 12th anniversary of day when I posted my first blog post on, and starting what would later (in June 2006) become a company.  (Up until Dec. 13, 2001, GigaOM was nothing …
Discussion: @om, ZDNet and Om Malik
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Toronto Star Reporter Drops Lawsuit Against Rob Ford  —  TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto Star reporter dropped his defamation lawsuit against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday after Ford issued a more expansive apology for suggesting the journalist is a pedophile.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
John Koblin Named Styles Reporter at Times  —  John Koblin has been named The New York Times' new styles reporter, a position previously held by Eric Wilson, who left the paper to become InStyle Magazine's fashion news director, WWD has learned.  —  Koblin, a reporter for sports blog Deadspin …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Telly gets $8M, buys Dubai-based Sha Sha to launch Middle East movie service  —  Telly, the social video curation service formerly known as Twitvid, has secured a $8 million Series B round of financing, and it's using some of that money to embark on an unexpected new venture …
Discussion: VentureBeat and PR Newswire
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
One snapshot of how the Forbes contributor network works, from a writer asked to be a source  —  The ouroboros is complete: Forbes outsourced contributor outsources journalism to actual journalists  —  A curious “interview request” arrived in my inbox today: A Forbes contributor …
Discussion: Forbes
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Viki Strikes Deal With Baidu to Bring Crowd-Translated Programming to China  —  Viki, the innovative global video service that has been described as “Hulu for the rest of the world,” will partner with Chinese search giant Baidu for its first foray into that country.
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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia using arrests and beatings ‘to scare online critics’
Discussion: BBC
Michael Rondon / Folio:
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