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11:20 AM ET, December 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Stolen Sony emails reveal scheming by MPAA, movie studios against Google in “Project Goliath” and their fight against piracy at the expense of the open web  —  Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google  —  What is “Goliath” and why are Hollywood's most powerful lawyers working to kill it?
Andy / TorrentFreak:
After SOPA backlash, MPAA and movie studios search for legal ways to block sites infringing IP  —  MPAA Prepares to Bring Pirate Site Blocking to the U.S.  —  Site blocking has become one of the go-to anti-piracy techniques for the music and movie industries.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Source: Justice Department won't force NYT reporter James Risen to reveal a source in CIA book  —  Holder: Reporter Won't Be Forced to Reveal Leak Source  —  The reporter, James Risen, has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source for a book that revealed …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
How Brian Stelter Turned Reliable Sources into the Smartest Sunday Show  —  “The guest,” Brian Stelter told Mediaite, “is everything.”  —  Stelter was leaning against the wall of a West Village brewpub, having just finished booking Slate's Hanna Rosin to talk Rolling Stone's UVA rape story on his Sunday morning show.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Circa is seeking $8M in Series A funding as it faces well-funded competition from AJ+, others  —  The newsonomics of Circa's uncertain future (and new competition from AJ+)  —  What's in the cards for Circa, an award-nabbing industry darling, a pioneer of mobile-first news apps and a visual style that still spreads on the web?
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
A year and a half ago, four major publishers created Sunday newspaper supplements; in January, only Athlon will remain  —  Consolidation Coming in Sunday Magazines  —  A MASS-MARKET media category that Madison Avenue has perceived as unchanging for what seems like a month of Sundays is suddenly undergoing a significant makeover.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Turkish police raid media outlets tied to opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, arrest at least 23, including EIC of country's biggest paper Zaman  —  Turkey police raid opposition media with Gulen links  —  Turkish police have made at least 23 arrests during raids on a newspaper and TV station …
David Auerbach / Slate:
Wikipedia editing disputes: The crowdsourced encyclopedia has become a rancorous, sexist mess  —  Wikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information.  That it has survived almost 15 years and remained …
Discussion: @mpigliucci and @benedictevans
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Inside the Collapse of The New Republic  —  Last Friday morning, Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic, and Guy Vidra, the magazine's C.E.O., presided over a meeting at the publication's Penn Quarter offices in Washington, D.C. It had been a busy twenty-four hours: a day earlier …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New Bloomberg Business website integrating Businessweek likely to debut in late January  —  As New Bloomberg Business Site Approaches, Company Eyes Larger Audience  —  Chasing Growth and ‘Cool’ at the New Bloomberg Media  —  Bloomberg L.P. has spent the last year pouring money and resources …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC OKs Scripps and Journal Communications merger, combining TV stations, spinning off newspapers  —  FCC Okays Scripps/Journal Merger  —  Contingent on divestiture of two stations and FCC's extension of failing-station waiver in Green Bay  —  The FCC's Media Bureau has approved …
Emily Yoshida / The Verge:
Why we're reporting on Sony's leaked info  —  Today on The Verge we published a story about a major operation by the MPAA to broadly and significantly impact the distribution of information, which would impact how free speech works on the internet.  We obtained this information …
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Dowd denies showing column to Sony exec's husband; emails don't show an ethics violation
Pablo Gorondi / Associated Press:
Hungary's leader wants drug tests for journalists
Discussion: Guardian
Kelly J O'Brien / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Forbes hires Fortune's Miguel Helft for its newly created San Francisco bureau chief position
Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville
Discussion: @cjr and The Knoxville Mercury
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Department of Justice may force 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin to testify in terrorism case
Discussion: Mother Jones