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7:15 AM ET, December 24, 2013

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.  —  “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.  —  He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
Yasir Ghazi / New York Times:
As Violence Rises, Journalists in Iraq Face Renewed Risks  —  BAGHDAD — Journalists have not escaped the recent surge of violence in Iraq, and several have been shot dead at close range.  On Monday, militants took a more fearsome approach: a sustained assault involving five suicide bombers …
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Twitter Cofounder Jack Dorsey Is Joining Disney's Board  —  Jack Dorsey is joining the board of Disney.  —  Dorsey is one of the cofounders of Twitter, and the company's chairman.  —  He's also the CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger is on the board of Apple, so he's no stranger to tech.
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Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Disney Adds to Board, Pares Iger's Bonus  —  Walt Disney Co. said it was adding Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey to its board.  The entertainment company also reported that compensation for its chief executive, Robert Iger, fell 15% to $34.3 million in its latest fiscal year.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Insight: AOL banks on HuffPost to turn profitable next year  —  (Reuters) - It's the holiday season and Arianna Huffington, the influential woman behind the popular news website that bears her name, is busy buying sweaters - some 700 of them - as gifts to her employees.
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Is Tim Armstrong the Lazarus of Aol.?
Discussion: @bmorrissey
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BSkyB Invests $350,000 In Early-Stage Immersive Video Startup Jaunt  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group (called BSkyB) has made a $350,000 investment in Jaunt, an early-stage startup that captures and displays 360 degree video content.  BSkyB said that the new partnership will give it …
Patrick Tutwiler / FishbowlDC:
Staffers puzzle over layoffs before promised online expansion at the Washington Times  —  Confusion Reigns at TWT  —  The newsroom at The Washington Times is suffering from low morale and a pervading sense of confusion about the future of the organization, say current and former employees …
Lizzy Davies / Guardian:
Vatican journalist with front pew view of momentous year for papacy  —  Giovanna Chirri expected a Vatican meeting in February to be a dry affair, then Pope Benedict said meas ingravescente aetate  —  When Giovanna Chirri, seasoned Vatican correspondent for the Italian news agency Ansa …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
China To Media: Don't Report ‘Wrong Points Of View’  —  BEIJING, Dec 23 (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party told the already tightly monitored state media on Monday that they should not be reporting on “wrong points of view” and instead cover positive stories that promote “socialist values”.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hulu must face privacy lawsuit, U.S. judge rules  —  (Reuters) - Hulu has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the video streaming service of illegally sharing users' viewing history with Facebook Inc and business metrics company comScore Inc.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Video, verification, value: Why News Corp's purchase of Storyful deserves your attention  —  I first met Storyful CEO Mark Little at the 2011 ONA Conference in Boston.  We headed off to find a quiet corner so I could hear more about what exactly a “social news agency” was.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
How Native Advertising Will Change in 2014  —  Native advertising was all the rage this past year, as online publishers and marketers grappled for new (or repackaged) ways to get the attention of ad-weary consumers.  Brands and publishers created entire divisions to produce the ads …
 
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Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Three to leave Gawker
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Corey Pein:
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Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Visualizing Google's million-row copyright claim dataset
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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q1 revenue up 262% YoY to $26.04B, vs. $24.65B est., forecasts Q2 revenue above est., and splits its stock 10-for-1; NVDA jumps 5%+

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
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