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3:45 PM ET, December 21, 2014


 Top News: 
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic  —  MOSCOW — In a sign of new limits on Facebook's ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident.
Adrian Chen / MIT Technology Review:
A group of Swedish journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose trolls, racists, and creeps  —  The Troll Hunters  —  A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites.  Have they gone too far?
Discussion: Hyperallergic
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
In sustainable news organizations, journalists need to understand the business model, so they can more effectively create value for the business  —  When to quit your journalism job  —  When the sales people are happy to sell what the newsroom is happy to make, there you have a well-run editorial company.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times Executive Editor says in past press gave in too readily to government pressure  —  When the Government Says, “Shhh!”  —  HOWELL RAINES remembers a call from Ari Fleischer not long after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.  —  Mr. Raines, then the executive editor of The Times …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Fox News, Fox Business Channels Go Dark On Dish As Carriage Talks Stall  —  21st Century Fox and Dish pointed the finger at each other tonight as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel no longer being available on Dish.
Tim Carmody / Medium:
Colbert's fame rose with modular, shareable online video and Viacom-YouTube copyright battle  —  Stephen Colbert, First Star of the Age of YouTube  —  When The Colbert Report premiered nine years ago, Comedy Central tried something different.  It made the first week of episodes available to download and watch online.
Alisha Ramos / Nieman Lab:
Vox developer explains how creating integrated newsrooms requires dialogue, respect from all parties  —  Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs  —  If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you'll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico editor Susan Glasser: We're in a ‘period of growth and rising ambition’  —  Since the start of 2014, about 40 reporters, editors and producers have left Politico.  They include names like ex-executive editor Rick Berke, longtime political reporter Jonathan Allen …
Discussion: @erikwemple
Vladi Vovchuk / Vocativ:
Belarus blocks access to a number of local news, opposition, and e-commerce sites  —  Belarus Has Shut Off Part of the Internet  —  The eastern European country has blocked access to a number of opposition websites, news outlets and e-commerce sites  —  The Iron Curtain is returning to Eastern Europe, this time via the internet.
Discussion: Associated Press
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
NPR's digital success complicates its relationship with member radio stations  —  Public radio's complicated digital journey  —  One of the year's freshest new audio apps didn't come from a Silicon Valley tech company; it came from NPR.  —  The app, NPR One, is essentially a “Pandora for news” …
Discussion: @digiday and @stephenjaward
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Writer whose post helped kick off #HasJustineLandedYet mob recounts meeting and apologizing to Justine Sacco, reflects on his own fumble with Twitter irony  —  Justine Sacco Is Good at Her Job, and How I Came To Peace With Her  —  The internet is a mountain, and if you climb that mountain …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
All Day, the company founded by creators of @HistoryInPics and @EarthPix, raises $2M  —  All Day Raises $2 Million To Be A Media Portal For The Twitter Generation  —  Would-be media moguls take heart: with nothing more than a Twitter handle and a dream, you can raise capital to become the next Vice or Vox Media Group, or Buzzfeed.
Discussion: Gigaom
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses  —  North Korea seeks joint probe with US on Sony hack  —  North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Sony CEO Michael Lynton to President Obama: ‘We Have Not Caved’ (Video)
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John McDermott / Digiday:
Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg talks about VC funding, focusing on a niche, and the danger of relying on Facebook traffic
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Social TV service TVtag, previously known as GetGlue, to shut down end of 2014
New York Times:
After Google suit, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood calls “time out”, says he'll try to make deal
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Magazine reporter who wrote about fake high school stock whiz won't move to Bloomberg
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico