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8:05 AM ET, December 31, 2014


 Top News: 
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
After two months in Kindle Unlimited program, profits for one Amazon author dropped 75%  —  Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books.  Authors Turn Up Noses.  —  Authors are upset with Amazon.  Again.  —  For much of the last year, mainstream novelists were furious that Amazon was discouraging …
John Scalzi / Whatever:
Finite revenue pool makes Kindle Unlimited a zero-sum game for writers and publishers  —  Subscription Model Squabbles  —  So, authors, you'll all remember when, in the middle of the Amazon-Hachette spit-fight, I noted that Amazon isn't your friend, it's a business entity with its own goals …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Disney enlists Maker Studios to create “Star Wars” short-form sponsored videos online ahead of next film release in December 2015  —  Disney Enlists Maker to Create ‘Star Wars’ Series Online  —  Maker Studios, the Web video network owned by Walt Disney Co. (DIS) …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and, Thanks:@lucas_shaw
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
How Disney CEO Bob Iger uses technology to keep every division of his company relevant
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The New Republic's managing editor Linda Kintsler and three others resign  —  Four more resign from TNR  —  Four more members of The New Republic's masthead resigned this week, dealing yet another blow to the already depleted magazine, POLITICO has learned.
Ben Preston / RadioTimes:
BBC pulls controversial documentary about death of Princess Diana after Royal family lawyers intervene  —  BBC pulls controversial royal documentary about spin after death of Princess Diana  —  Radio Times reveals last-minute decision to postpone BBC2 broadcast followed legal intervention
Kevin Draper / The Concourse:
46 Vox posts that misinformed readers, and the corrections that show magnitude of the mistakes  —  46 Times Vox Totally F**ked Up A Story  —  If you work in the media, you're going to get things wrong.  Accuracy and timeliness are in conflict, and when you're dealing with vast amounts of information, accuracy will sometimes suffer.
Anupam Saxena / Times of India:
India orders ISPs to block Dailymotion, Vimeo, Internet Archive, and 30 other websites  —  Pastebin, Dailymotion, Github blocked after DoT order: Report  —  NEW DELHI: A number of Indian users are reporting they're not able to access websites such as Pastebin, DailyMotion and Github …
Newly released government files show British PM Thatcher considered forcing BBC to run ads  —  Margaret Thatcher considered forcing BBC to run advertising  —  Newly released government documents reveal Tory prime minister's concerns over the 'extravagance of some of the BBC's spending'
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Sony About to Get Sued For Pirating Music in The Interview  —  The way things are panning out, the Sony movie The Interview is on course to become one of the most controversial movies of all time.  —  The comedy, which depicts the violent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
In Its Last 6 Months Of Existence, Aereo Subscriptions Grew 40%  —  Yes, Aereo Inc. was tiny.  But it grew a lot faster than most people thought.  —  The now-defunct Web TV service, which recently filed for bankruptcy, ended its run in June with a little more than 108,000 subscribers in 14 cities …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Tim Marchman named editor of Deadspin  —  Tim Marchman is to be the next editor of Deadspin, the Gawker Media sports blog, outgoing editor Tommy Craggs confirmed to Capital.  —  Craggs, who is moving to a new position as executive editor of Gawker Media, announced the news on …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Washington Post hopes to generate more revenue by licensing its content management system to other news organizations