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7:50 PM ET, December 19, 2014


 Top News: 
FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Sony Hacking: Obama Says Sony Made ‘Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview’  —  President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment made a “mistake” in canceling its planned release of the movie “The Interview” following a destructive cyber attack the U.S. government says was launched by North Korea.
Brian Stelter /
In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Sony CEO Michael Lynton to President Obama: ‘We Have Not Caved’ (Video)  —  Sony CEO Michael Lynton fired back at President Obama's calling his decision to cancel “The Interview” a mistake, saying, “We have not caved” to terrorists.  —  “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, and we have not backed down.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issues a document preservation notice to MPAA  —  Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood  —  Last Friday, The Verge published …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
New York Times to set up digital hub in London  —  US newspaper plans to move 100 staff into refurbished UK headquarters  —  The New York Times is making a big move into London.  It has agreed to rent new headquarters in Bloomsbury and is expecting to fill it with up to 100 staff in the new year.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Nikki Finke, Hollywood Chronicler, Said to Be in Talks With Politico  —  Politico has been in talks to hire the Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke to write about Washington as a political columnist, people familiar with the discussions said Friday.  —  Ms. Finke has visited Washington to meet …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
The year in media errors and corrections 2014  —  Correction of the Year  —  This New York Times correction combines Kimye, butts and a writer treating a fake news website and a fake radio station as real.  Bravo: … Runner Up  —  The Sun (U.K.) offered a correction that detailed …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Magazine reporter who wrote about fake high school stock whiz won't move to Bloomberg  —  Jessica Pressler staying at New York  —  Jessica Pressler, the New York magazine reporter who found herself embroiled in a journalism controversy just days after Capital reported she would be joining …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Guardian and Observer journalists to get vote on next editor-in-chief  —  Winning staff ballot will guarantee place on shortlist, but ultimate decision on who replaces Alan Rusbridger will be made by owners Scott Trust  —  The process to appoint the next editor-in-chief of the Guardian …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
How Vessel will fare in a YouTube-dominated world  —  Flush with $75 million in venture capital funding, Vessel, the video startup led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, poses a direct challenge to YouTube.  —  Vessel officially unveiled its offering on Wednesday, a platform around …
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC proposes expanding definition of pay-TV providers to include internet TV services  —  FCC Launches Effort to Help Online Video Providers Compete With Cable Guys  —  Federal regulators released new proposed rules Friday designed to make it easier for online video providers to get access …
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