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4:10 PM ET, December 23, 2014

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Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony announces The Interview will play in select theaters Christmas day, on-demand release also expected  —  Multiple Theaters Say They Will Screen ‘The Interview’  — Sony did not yet respond to a request for comment  —  Sony's The Interview may be getting its day in theaters after all.
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Maryann Yin / GalleyCat:
PEN American Center Posts Letter Advocating For Free Speech to Sony Pictures CEO  —  The hackers behind The Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear throughout the country.  The PEN American Center has sent a letter addressed to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Sony Threatens to Sue Twitter Unless It Removes Tweets Containing Hacked Emails
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Fox Affiliate Edits Protest Chant to Sound Like ‘Kill a Cop’  —  Three times over the last 24 hours, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF has played a misleadingly edited clip from last week's National “Justice for All” March in Washington, D.C. to make it sound like protesters were calling on people to “kill a cop.”
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David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
WBFF apologizes for misleading edit on videotape of protest chant  —  WBFF (Fox45) apologized Monday night online and on-air for misleadingly editing and airing a video Sunday of a protest march in Washington to make it seem as if protesters were chanting “kill a cop.”
Diana Mehta / Canadian Press:
Imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist warned network of potential trouble with Egyptian government  —  Fahmy warned Al Jazeera that tactics could come back to ‘bite’ them  —  An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has spent the last year in a Cairo prison sounded the alarm about his network's approach …
Discussion: TVNewser
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Raju Narisetti / Nieman Lab:
Proposal: create Journalist Rescue Fund to place journalists in danger in safe academic posts  —  Could a Journalist Rescue Fund take threatened reporters out of harm's way?  —  Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed.  Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries.
Discussion: @pamelacolloff and @lheron
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
60 Journalists Killed In 2014 As Targeting Of International Press Rises, Study Finds  —  NEW YORK — The horrific deaths of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria brought worldwide attention to the dangers journalists face in war zones.  The beheadings reflected an alarming trend in 2014 …
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Dish to FCC: Comcast Deal Would Cause Competitors ‘Irreparable Harm’  —  Dish Network is insisting on its opposition to Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable, telling the FCC the deal would cause “irreparable harm” to the entertainment industry and consumers while providing “no discernible benefits.”
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Three Years, Turner Shuts Down Its Media Camp Accelerator Program  —  Nearly three years ago at SXSW, Turner's Media Camp accelerator launched with an ambitious plan to help startups focused on changing the media world.  After investing in and leading 27 companies through …
Discussion: VatorNews and Variety
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Nook spin-off nears as Barnes & Noble buys back Pearson stake for $27.7M  —  Barnes & Noble today announced it has reached a deal with Pearson to repurchase the company's stake in Nook Media for $27.7 million.  The agreement closely follows a simiar deal with Microsoft and will enable Barnes & Noble …
 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

 
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