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12:45 AM ET, December 25, 2014

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Krishnadev Calamur / NPR:
The Interview now available to rent for $5.99 or purchase for $14.99 through YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com  —  Sony To Stream ‘The Interview’ On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Tonight  —  Sony Pictures' The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Netflix in Talks to Stream ‘The Interview’ as Starz Releases Pay TV Rights (EXCLUSIVE)  —  YouTube, Google Play and Xbox will also offer the Sony comedy  —  Netflix is in talks with Sony Pictures to make “The Interview” available for streaming by its subscribers.
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony announces The Interview will play in select theaters Christmas day
Yoani Sánchez / Nieman Reports:
How Cuba's network of independent and citizen journalists keeps the country informed  —  How Cuba's network of independent and citizen journalists keeps the country informed  —  Yoani Sanchez, center, labeled on a banner as an anti-Cuba mercenary, speaks in Brazil in 2013
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-News of the World journalists given go ahead to sue for unfair dismissal  —  Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup get green light from employment tribunals to take action against News Group Newspapers  —  Two former News of the World journalists who were jailed for hacking the phones …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Secretly Settled With Hotfile for $4 Million, Not $80 Million  —  It's been nearly a year since Hotfile was defeated by the MPAA, resulting in a hefty $80 million dollar settlement.  —  While the public agreement left room for the file-hosting service to continue its operations …
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
2015 predictions: Comcast offloads NBCU, Facebook airs TV shows, Rupert Murdoch “retires”  —  8 Hollywood Predictions for 2015  —  The beautiful thing about predictions for the new year is that nobody predicts a continuing muddle.  And yet confusion and untidiness …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
AP denies Pyongyang bureau under North Korean control  —  The Associated Press is pushing back on a report its bureau in North Korea is nearly completely controlled by the North Korean government.  —  In a lengthy article for NKNews.org, Nate Thayer, a former AP stringer …
Discussion: NK News, Mediaite and Foreign Policy
Lisa Campbell / Bookseller News:
Simon & Schuster allows libraries in UK, Australia, and New Zealand to lend full 14K ebook catalog  —  S&S UK permits library e-lending for all titles  —  Simon & Schuster UK is to allow libraries to lend its full catalogue of nearly 14,000 e-book titles, effective immediately.
Discussion: @thebookseller and LJ INFOdocket
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV, Disney Ink Multiyear Pact That Includes Internet-Video Rights  —  The Walt Disney Co. and DirecTV have reached a multiyear distribution deal, which gives the No. 1 satellite TV broadcaster rights to ESPN, ABC and Disney Channel online-video services.
Bloomberg:
Sony explored selling its music publishing division that includes Sony/ATV and EMI, represents works by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, others  —  Sony Planned to Sell Music-Publishing Unit Owning Beatles  —  Sony Corp. was considering the sale of its music-publishing business …
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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 and CP24
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