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9:25 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.
Jordan Raup / The Film Stage:
Sony Releases Official List of Theaters Playing ‘The Interview,’ Now Available on VOD  —  Watch Jonny Greenwood Perform Tracks From ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘The Master’ In 75-Minute Concert  —  Trailers … Christoph Waltz Discusses the Relevancy of ‘Big Eyes,’ Importance of Genuine Storytelling, and More
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 …
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.
Discussion: Capital New York
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
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 …
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.
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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Peter Greste / Sydney Morning Herald:
Peter Greste sends greetings from a cell in Cairo  —  I write to all our friends and supporters from my jail cell in Mazraa Prison, Cairo.  —  As we approach Christmas and the rather inauspicious anniversary of our arrest on December 29, there is a temptation to become morose over our continued detention.
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Diana Mehta / Canadian Press:
Imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist warned network of potential trouble with Egyptian government
Discussion: TVNewser and CP24
 
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