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9:45 AM ET, December 1, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vox Media raises $46.5M from NY investment firm General Atlantic at a $380M valuation  —  Yet Another Big Funding Round for a Big Web Publisher - This Time for Vox Media  —  Remember when investors didn't want to put money into content?  —  That was a long time ago!
Jim Bankoff / LinkedIn Pulse:
Vox Media CEO lists four key areas of focus in “memo” to employees on occasion of $46M round, announces 150M monthly unique visitors across all sites  —  Building the Next Generation of Media Brands (Memo to Vox Media Team)  —  (note: Today is a big day for Vox Media as we announced …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Vodafone in talks for Tesco's loss-making pay-TV service  —  Vodafone is looking to acquire Blinkbox, the video streaming service, as it gears up to move into the broadband and pay-TV markets  —  Vodafone is poised to take over Tesco's loss-making on-demand entertainment service Blinkbox …
David Carr / New York Times:
What the forces of disruption look like inside NYT, where another buyout deadline is approaching  —  When the Forces of Disruption Hit Home  —  I've been around long enough to have once marveled at the improbability of the fax machine — that can't be real! — but I like to think of myself as modern.
Sony's New Movies Leak Online Following Hack Attack  —  Brad Pitt's ‘Fury,’ ‘Annie’ among titles being downloaded  —  At least five new movies from Sony Pictures are being devoured on copyright-infringing file-sharing hubs online in the wake of the hack attack that hobbled the studio earlier in the week.
Chris Smith / Digiday:
Inside the BBC's visual journalism unit  —  The lines between digital video and TV are blurring to the point of going away at the BBC.  —  The BBC's two-year-old visual journalism unit services its online and TV output with graphics and data visualizations for its TV and digital news channels.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple faces potential damages of $350M in iTunes antitrust lawsuit going to trial in December  —  Star Witness in Apple Lawsuit Is Steve Jobs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Three years after his death, Steve Jobs is very much a presence in courtrooms across the country.  —  And that's not necessarily good news for Apple.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
John Seabrook / New Yorker:
Daniel Ek and Sean Parker on Spotify and the complexities of the current music industry  —  REVENUE STREAMS  —  Is Spotify the music industry's friend or its foe? … “Who put back an empty jar of formaldehyde?”  —  BUY THE PRINT »
Kelly J O'Brien / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Espionage Act, Eric Holder's legacy on press freedom, is sufficiently vague enough to be dangerous to journalists  —  Eric Holder's lasting damage to press freedom  —  The attorney general's rocky relationship with the media  —  The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder …
Discussion: @cjr
Bruce Brown / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources  —  By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare them into giving up their sources.  The troubles of New York Times reporter James Risen …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Netflix, Facebook, Twitter Voice Support for Google in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Case  —  Netflix, Facebook and Twitter are among the companies siding with Google as it defends itself against an actress' effort to force YouTube to remove the inflammatory “Innocence of Muslims” video that sparked protests in the Muslim world.
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Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
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Mugdha Variyar / International Business Times:
Chinese Activists Go on Trial for Protesting Media Censorship; Lawyers Claim Human Rights Violation
Alison Griswold / Slate:
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