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11:25 AM ET, December 29, 2014


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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Homicide Watch D.C. will shut down Wednesday after failing to find a local partner or owner  —  The death of Homicide Watch D.C.: Bloggers take their last case  —  Homicide Watch D.C., a much-praised combination of true crime blog, case log, document dump and victim memorial …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Starts Streaming “The Interview”, Too  —  It took Apple a few days, but it's joining the club: Starting today, iTunes users in the U.S. and Canada and rent and purchase “The Interview”, Sony's controversial comedy.  —  The movie became available at Apple's store at 1pm eastern today.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast Tries to Emulate YouTube With Web Series “73 Questions”  —  2014 has been the year of many things, including the Year That Traditional Media and Advertising Found Out There Are YouTube Stars.  —  Meanwhile, it's also been the year that everybody in traditional media …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Comcast-TWC merger looks less likely amid growing opposition, concern over state of US broadband  —  As Comcast merger enters final phase, deal may be on thin ice  —  When telecom giant Comcast announced plans in February to swallow its largest rival, Time Warner Cable …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Buzzfeed gets $4 M. tax credit to expand (and stay) in New York  —  New York's chief economic development agency has entered an agreement with Buzzfeed that gives the company $4 million in tax credits to promote the creation and retention of in-state jobs, the agency said in a statement today.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Court allows Aereo to auction TV streaming technology assets  —  A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday.  —  The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, Twitter, and Google resist Russian regulator's orders to remove information on rally supporting opposition leader Navalny  —  U.S. Social-Media Giants Are Resisting Russia Censors  —  Facebook, Twitter, Google Wrestle With Kremlin Orders to Erase Content
Discussion: @darrellissa, @mathewi and Engadget
Michelle Moghtader / Reuters:
Iran to expand Internet “smart filtering” to censor content without banning entire websites  —  Iran expands ‘smart’ Internet censorship  —  (Reuters) - Iran is to expand what it calls “smart filtering” of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning …
Discussion: RT and Trend.Az
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
NFL to post game highlights and other video clips on Facebook with Verizon Wireless ads, share ad revenues with Facebook  —  Facebook Scores NFL Video Clips With Ads From Verizon  —  Facebook has scored a big partner as it ramps up its online video ambitions: the National Football League.
Jim Romenesko:
Claim: New York Observer story on the Times is ‘innuendo-laden’ and ‘laughably wrong’  —  Warning: I am about to indulge in a long screed.  If you don't care about media covering media (and I wouldn't blame you), look away.  —  The New York Observer's recent article on The New York Times Company …
Discussion: @howardweaver and @joehagansays
Voice of America:
Radio Free Europe Bureau Raided by Azerbaijan Authorities  —  State prosecutors in Azerbaijan raided the offices of a U.S.-government funded media outlet on Friday, saying they have a court order to close the facility.  —  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said Friday at least 10 prosecutor's …
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