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10:50 AM ET, December 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Steve Eder / New York Times:
ESPN received $260M in tax breaks and credits over 12 years to remain in Connecticut  —  For ESPN, Millions to Remain in Connecticut  —  BRISTOL, Conn. — The governor of Connecticut arrived at ESPN's expansive campus here to celebrate the groundbreaking of the sports media giant's 19th building …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Game of Thrones tops 2013 BitTorrent downloads as piracy debate continues within TV networks  —  ‘Game of Thrones’ Most Pirated TV-Show of 2013  —  Game of Thrones has the honor of becoming the most downloaded TV-show for the second year in a row.  —  With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent …
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
Look Who's Gawking: Inside Nick Denton's phony, hypocritical class war against tech workers … Last Friday morning, a shuttle bus transporting Google workers from Oakland to Mountain View was surrounded by a mob.  A banner was unfurled - “F**k off Google” — and several of the protesters began hurling rocks …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
It's official: CBS News correspondent John Miller joining NYPD  —  CBS News correspondent John Miller has made it official: he is re-joining the NYPD in a high-level counterterrorism role.  Miller announced the move on WCBS shortly after 5:30 P.M.  —  “If you take the L.A. experience …
Merril Brown / Forbes:
Patch's Biggest Blunder: Ignoring Cities  —  Guest post by Merrill Brown, director of the school of communication and media at Montclair State University.  A member of the founding team of Court TV and the founding Editor in Chief of, Brown advises digital media start-ups and is a Venture Partner at DFJ Frontier.
Discussion: Street Fight
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
As fewer people read newspapers, more share their front pages  —  Newspapers are dying.  But their front pages aren't.  —  At a time when print advertising revenue continues to decline and publications are laying off staff in droves, newspaper covers are increasingly being shared digitally …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Upcoming DJX news offering and integration with WSJ newsroom make 2014 critical for Dow Jones  —  Dow Jones' ‘make or break’ 2014  —  Dow Jones is gearing up for a potentially pivotal 2014.  —  The 131-year-old financial information and media company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal …
Muhammad Saleem / VentureBeat:
Why ‘viral mills’ like Buzzfeed & Upworthy are content marketing at its worst  —  Original virus image via Peshkova/Shutterstock  —  Not a day goes by without another viral content mill popping up, or announcing how many millions of page views it has managed to accumulate within a short span of time.
Discussion: @smcdc
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Dollar-and-Cents Secrets of Music Streaming  —  Staying Power Is More Important Than Bursting on the Scene  —  In the good old days of the CD boom, the music industry was all about the first week.  Prime the pump with endless airplay on pop radio and MTV, blanket major markets with billboard ads …
Discussion: @billboardglenn and @alisternburg
Aleksandar Vasovic / Reuters:
Bomb targets Montenegrin newspaper critical of government  —  (Reuters) - A bomb blast overnight shook the offices of Montenegro's leading daily Vijesti in the latest attack on a newspaper known for its criticism of the authorities under the country's long-term leader Milo Djukanovic.
Antony Loewenstein / Guardian:
Reporters have a choice: to either continue being regarded as untrustworthy, or to be seen as willing to hold the powerful into account.  —  2013 was the year of Edward Snowden.  The former NSA contractor, voted the Guardian's person of the year (after Chelsea Manning the year before) …
Discussion: @ggreenwald and @antloewenstein
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully.  Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up.  Did they skip or skim?
Discussion: Mediashift, Slate and GalleyCat
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UN urges Thailand to drop defamation and computer crimes charges against two journalists
Discussion: United Nations and AAP
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Decrypting TV's year-end executive memos
Greenpeace Russia arrests: Kieron Bryan's family ‘emotional’ over release
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Chicago startup Rivet News Radio echoes Zite and Pandora for audio news
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A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Scores of Music Services Stream Into Crowded Field
Discussion: @zseward

From Techmeme:

Karen Weise / New York Times:
Amazon launches Amazon Q, a workplace-focused AI assistant that starts at $20/user/month and competes with ChatGPT Enterprise, Microsoft's Copilot, and others

Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Ikea announces new smart home sensors: Parasoll, for doors and windows, Vallhorn, for motion, and Badring, for water leakages, on sale in H1 2024 for under $10

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Europol, Norway, the US, Ukraine, and other countries arrest members of a ransomware group in Ukraine linked to attacks on organizations in 71 countries

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