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9:45 PM ET, December 5, 2014


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New Republic staffers resign en masse  —  The majority of The New Republic's masthead resigned en masse on Friday following the owner's decision to force out the editorial leadership, move the magazine to New York, and rebrand the venerable, century-old publication as a “digital media company.”
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Prince Purges ‘The New Republic’: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trying to copy a digital media formula from BuzzFeed or the Huffington Post is wrong for The New Republic
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Why CBS went dark on Dish: it's all about the internet  —  Janko Roettgers  —  Credit: Suzanne Tucker /  —  Credit: Suzanne Tucker /  —  After weeks of threats, CBS followed through late Friday afternoon and took its stations off Dish Network.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
CBS goes dark on Dish Network in NYC and LA  —  After a number of extensions, negotiations on a new contract between Dish Network and CBS have fallen apart, and the broadcaster's signals are no longer available on the service in several major markets.  That accounts for markets where CBS owns the stations …
Discussion: Variety
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Rolling Stone says its trust in source for UVA story ‘was misplaced’  —  Rolling Stone says “there now appear to be discrepancies” in the account of a rape at the center of its blockbuster story about rapes at the University of Virginia.  —  The magazine has “come to the conclusion …
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Why it's so hard to calculate the cost of the Sony Pictures hack  —  The cyberattack on Sony Pictures went far beyond the typical corporate hack — with attackers allegedly leaking huge amounts of data, including personal information about employees and internal company strategy information.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
USA Weekend shuts as costs spike and ads tumble  —  USA Weekend, the second-largest Sunday newspaper magazine in the United States, will print its final edition on Dec. 28, succumbing to soaring distribution costs and plunging advertising.  —  The circulation of the Sunday supplement …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Candy Crowley Leaving CNN  —  Candy Crowley, a 27-year CNN veteran, is leaving the network.  TVNewser just obtained an email about the departure from CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.  “[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision …
The Intercept:
Nation Executive Editor Betsy Reed to join The Intercept as editor-in-chief as of January 5  —  The Intercept Welcomes Our New Editor-in-Chief, Betsy Reed  —  We are ecstatic that Betsy Reed, the Executive Editor of the Nation since 2006, will be our new editor-in-chief, beginning January 5.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
IAC puts CollegeHumor up for sale amid video deal boom  —  CollegeHumor, an entertainment website owned by IAC IACI 0.81% , is talking to potential acquirers about sale of the business, according to sources familiar with the situation.  IAC, which acquired a majority stake in CollegeHumor eight years ago …
Allan Kozinn / New York Times:
Rare Dylan Recordings Set for Release in Copyright-Extension Bid  —  Thanksgiving has come and gone, and there's a nip in the air — no question about it, European Copyright Extension season is upon us.  —  Since 2012, when the European Union passed a revised copyright law …
Discussion: @bowiesongs
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Prominent Azerbaijani Journalist Sent To Two-Month Pretrial Detention  —  Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova was taken from a Baku courthouse to a pretrial detention center on December 5 as supporters gathered outside the court, chanting her name.  —  BAKU — A court in Baku has ordered …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
French Court Orders Internet Providers to Block Access to The Pirate Bay  —  A French anti-piracy group, backed by the music majors, pushed for the file-sharing site to be banned online  —  France has become the latest country to block The Pirate Bay.  —  A court in Paris has ordered …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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