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12:00 PM ET, December 26, 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.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Amazon added 10M new Prime members worldwide this holiday season since Thanksgiving  —  Amazon added 10M new Prime subscribers over the holidays, could make up to $1B in annual revenue  —  Correction: Updated 7:05 a.m. PT to clarify that the company could make as much as $990 million.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Interlude targets YouTube with more engaging “choose your own adventure” music videos  —  YouTube Challenger Lets Music Fans Call the Shots  —  Five years ago Yoni Bloch, an Israeli rock star, wanted to make a music video that would let viewers choose what happened as the story unfolded.
Agence France-Presse:
Mauritania sentences blogger to death for article deemed blasphemous of Islam, for the first time since its independence in 1960  —  Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence  —  18 hrs ago  —  Nouakchott (AFP) - Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence …
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki encourages experimenting with professional content and new business models, like subscription-based Music Key, to grow revenues  —  YouTube's Chief, Hitting a New ‘Play’ Button  —  This fall, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive of YouTube, appeared on a panel …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
What does it mean to run “product” in a news organization?  Hayley Nelson's big challenge at Wired  —  f there's a news outlet you would expect to be ahead of the curve in digital media, it might be Wired.  The San Francisco-based magazine of technology has been at it longer than just about anyone …
Discussion: @ceodonovan
Regina Ruiz / KOAT.com:
The Albuquerque Journal website taken down for several hours to investigate ISIS propaganda post; no data compromised says the newspaper  —  Albuquerque Journal, on ISIS headline: There was no data breach  —  Newspaper site goes down after ‘Cyber Jihad’  —  A radical group's Christmas …
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
New York Times Insider: Multi-Million Dollar Shortfall Causing Drastic Cuts  —  The New York Times building.  (Photo by Arman Dzidzovic/ New York Observer)  —  Yesterday, New York Times readers were treated to a beautifully nuanced and balanced and richly detailed feature about a topic very much in the mix.
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
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 …
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, Foreign Policy and Mediaite
 
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Bloomberg:
Sony explored selling its music publishing division that includes Sony/ATV and EMI, represents works by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, others
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Three Years, Turner Shuts Down Its Media Camp Accelerator Program
Discussion: VatorNews and Variety