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2:45 AM ET, December 15, 2014

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New York Times:
Sony Pictures Demands That News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data  —  LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures Entertainment warned media outlets on Sunday against using the mountains of corporate data revealed by hackers who attacked the studio's computer systems.  —  In a sharply worded letter sent …
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Variety:
Aaron Sorkin Slams Journalists for Publishing Hacked Sony Documents  —  “The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin has a message for real-life newsrooms, taking aim at publications posting leaked Sony documents in a new op-ed.  —  Published on the New York Times' website Sunday evening …
BBC:
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 …
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?
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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.
Discussion: @journalistnate and @tvnewslab
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 …
Kate Galbraith / Nieman Storyboard:
New Print Magazines Are Embracing Narrative and Finding Their Niche  —  What it takes to launch a print magazine is targeting a clearly defined niche and, above all, a willingness to be scrappy and innovative  —  In 2011, as the Arab Spring dawned, young Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Nehme yearned …
Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the New York Times, The Economist, Vox, and others create daily news roundups  —  News roundups can be part of a smart media diet  —  What you should know about ‘everything you need to know’  —  Each morning around 3:30am, Adeel Hassan and Victoria Shannon start reading and summarizing the day's top news.
Discussion: @opride, @kvox and @alexandergordon
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
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?
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
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New Bloomberg Business website integrating Businessweek 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 …
 
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