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6:15 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 …
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.
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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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 …
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.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
NYT Executive Editor Dean Banquet on coverage after buyouts, native ads, and turmoil at TNR  —  Media People: Dean Baquet, The New York Times  —  Dean Baquet is executive editor of The New York Times, a role he has held since May, when he replaced Jill Abramson after her controversial reign and equally controversial ousting.
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.
 
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