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2:55 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 …
Discussion: @pkafka and @pkafka
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 …
Luke O'Neil / Esquire:
The year we broke the Internet: An explanation.  An apology.  A plea.  —  An explanation.  An apology.  A plea. … s winter storms were buffeting parts of the country last week, our collective attention was drawn halfway around the world to Egypt.  Images of the pyramids and the Sphinx covered …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC: I Defend Snowden Like You Defend Obama ‘24 Hours a Day’  —  Journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC Thursday, one day after Edward Snowden delivered a Christmas address to television viewers in the UK and around the world from Russia.
Anna Nemtsova / Guardian:
Ukrainian activist-journalist Tetyana Chernovil in intensive care after beating  —  Protesters rally in Kiev holding photos of reporter, who says she was pulled from car after criticising minister's alleged corruption  —  The streets of Kiev were plastered with images of a young woman's bruised and swollen face on Thursday morning.
Discussion: CNN and
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:
Decrypting TV's year-end executive memos  —  As 2013 comes to a close, the top executives at many TV channels are sending out notes to staff thanking them for their work this year, and previewing 2014 at their organizations.  But they can be cryptic!  So we've taken excerpts from these notes …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Chicago startup Rivet News Radio echoes Zite and Pandora for audio news  —  Text-based journalism has Flipboard and Zite.  Music has Pandora.  Video has YouTube.  Tapping into elements of all these services for a different form of media is Rivet News Radio, the first product …
UN urges Thailand to drop defamation and computer crimes charges against two journalists  —  UN rights boss urges Thailand to drop defamation charges  —  The top U.N. human rights official urged Thailand on Thursday to drop criminal charges against two journalists accused of defamation …
Discussion: United Nations and AAP
Antony Loewenstein / Guardian:
My wishlist for journalism in 2014  —  Reporters have a choice: to either continue being regarded as untrustworthy, or to be seen as willing to hold the powerful into account.  Here are my suggestions for better journalism  —  2013 was the year of Edward Snowden.
Discussion: @antloewenstein
Jeff Bercovici / 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.
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