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6:40 PM ET, December 23, 2014


 Top News: 
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
60 Journalists Killed In 2014 As Targeting Of International Press Rises, Study Finds
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Associated Press
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.”
Gary Price / LJ INFOdocket:
In the UK: Complete Catalogue of Nearly 14,000 Simon & Schuster UK Ebooks Now Available to Libraries  —  From The Bookseller: … Read the Complete Article  —  See Also: UK: Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published (November 24, 2014)
Discussion: Bookseller News
Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 Now Incorporates Spotify Listening  —  Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart now officially incorporates data from Spotify, which launched in the country last Sept. Nielsen began tracking the data in October, which also takes into account physical and download track …
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
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
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
FCC accidentally omitted 680,000 Open Internet comments from public record due to technical error, will post new, complete file in new year  —  More than half a million net neutrality comments went missing from the FCC's downloadable public record  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion:, TechCrunch and The Hill
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Discussion: Forbes

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sanctions Sinbad, a crypto mixer allegedly used by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, and the US, the Netherlands, and Poland seize the service

Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times

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Memo: OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, as Sam Altman's return as CEO is made official

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