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8:35 PM ET, December 15, 2014

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Mat Honan / Wired:
An inside look at First Look Media's The Racket before it collapsed  —  The Guerrilla Tactics of The Racket, and How It Almost Upended Journalism  —  In September, when it wasn't quite autumn in New York but after the long hot summer had ended, I rode up an elevator in New York's Flat Iron district …
David Roman / Wall Street Journal:
Spain's Publishers Brace for Google News Shutdown  —  MADRID—Spain's government said Monday there are no ongoing talks to avoid a planned shutdown tomorrow of the Spanish version of Google Inc.'s news service, even as local media frets over the effect of a potential loss of Internet traffic.
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Emily Greenhouse / Bloomberg Politics:
The quixotic fight against Google by Spanish news publishers likely has no happy ending  —  The Spanish War Against Google  —  At least in Europe, the newspaper wars are not quite over.  —  Five years ago this month, Eric Schmidt, the chairman and then-CEO of Google …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Sony unlikely to prevail in court if it sues media organizations for publishing stolen data  —  Can Sony sue media outlets who publish the stolen Sony documents?  —  David Boies, representing Sony, has written a letter to various media outlets, demanding that they not publish or otherwise use …
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton to staff: Hackers 'won't take us down'
Variety:
Aaron Sorkin Slams Journalists for Publishing Hacked Sony Documents
Ben Frumin / The Week:
TheWeek.com announces that it is closing its comments section before the end of the year  —  Why TheWeek.com is closing the comments section  —  In the age of social media, the smartest and most vibrant reader conversations have moved off of news sites and onto Facebook and Twitter
Sharon Weinberger / The Intercept:
Jana Winter, Fox News reporter who faced jail time for protecting sources, joins The Intercept  —  Jana Winter Joins The Intercept  —  Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter who faced jail time for refusing to reveal her confidential sources, is joining The Intercept today as a national security reporter based in Washington, D.C.
Jason Hughes / The Wrap:
MSNBC expanding online with “Shift by MSNBC”, 14 original shows exclusive to the web  —  MSNBC Expanding Online With Original Programming, Streaming Video  —  MSNBC is making a major push into the online market with “Shift by MSNBC,” a bold new initiative that will see the 24 …
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken, says it accessed reporters' account because she was late, scales back access to God View; senator still dissatisfied  —  Uber Said It Accessed BuzzFeed News Reporter's Information Because She Was “Late”  —  The company, responding to Sen. Al Franken …
Discussion: CNET, Politico, @itsfischy and The Next Web
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
HBO Go is now available on Amazon's Fire TV, coming to the Fire TV Stick in spring  —  We've got some good news for you, Fire TV fans: Today Amazon announced that its flagship streaming device now supports HBO Go.  —  Amazon announced the news in a press release, claiming that it has …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Rolling Stone Writer Contacting UVA Students As Magazine Reviews Disputed Article  —  NEW YORK — Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of a now-disputed Rolling Stone story on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, hasn't spoken publicly as her explosive story has unraveled over the past two weeks.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
There's never been a better time to run a niche media business  —  As new-media players like BuzzFeed, Vox Media and VICE raise huge sums of money that value their companies in the billion-dollar-plus range, it's easy to see the media landscape as one in which the big get bigger and the small fry get annihilated.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Apple e-book case enters appeals court; some judges seem sympathetic, citing Amazon dominance  —  U.S. faces tough questions in Apple e-books antitrust appeal  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. government lawyer faced tough questioning in an appeals court on Monday as he sought to defend a judge's ruling …
 
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