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2:59 AM ET, January 3, 2015

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Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
FBI talks with Tennessee man who copied style of Sony hackers' Pastebin posts and then mocked CNN  —  The FBI thought this Tennessee prankster was a Sony Pictures hacker  —  After an ill-advised prank, David Garrett Jr. spent an hour on New Year's Day at an FBI bureau in Tennessee explaining …
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US sanctions North Korean intelligence agency, an arms dealer, and 10 individuals working for the government over Sony cyberattacks  —  US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack … HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. is imposing sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims
Tal Kopan / Politico:
FBI says report that Sony hack was perpetrated by a disgruntled Sony employee and piracy group hackers is “inaccurate”, based on “narrow view”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Has Not Approached Scripps About Buying Food Network: Sources  —  Contrary to a report that Yahoo held discussions with Scripps Networks Interactive about the possibility of acquiring Food Network or the whole company, two individuals with direct knowledge of the situation said Yahoo …
Discussion: TVNewser and CNBC
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Sources: Yahoo execs have considered buying CNN or Scripps Networks and its 7 cable channels  —  Marissa Mayer Has Surprising Interest In Buying A Cable Channel, Yahoo Sources Say  —  Here is a perhaps crazy idea that sources tell us Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her top executives have considered …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC says it will review a draft of net neutrality rules and vote on them by the end of February  —  Get ready: The FCC says it'll vote on net neutrality in February  —  Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Digital music sales dropped 9% in 2014 while streaming surged 54%  —  Apple's acquisition of streaming service Beats Music looms large over the latest music sales data, showing once again that the industry is trending away from sales of digital songs and albums.
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy apply for deportation from Egypt to Australia and Canada  —  Two of Al-Jazeera Three apply for deportation from Egypt  —  Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy formally ask chief prosecutor to send them to Australia and Canada after case sent for retrial
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Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Egypt court orders retrial for Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues, denies bail
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Twitter's ‘While You Were Away’ Recap Feature Is Rolling Out To Many Users  —  Back in November, Twitter announced plans to implement a number of new initiatives to boost user engagement, and one of those features — a ‘While you were away’ recap of tweets you may have missed — appears to be rolling out to significant numbers of users.
Jim Romenesko:
Tribune newspapers are using the AP again  —  In January of 2012, the Chicago Tribune and six other Tribune-owned papers dropped the Associated Press for Reuters.  “We hope they'll return to AP as their circumstances change,” the wire service's spokesman said at the time.
Discussion: Capital New York
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
After 43 years on TV, Bill Moyers will officially retire on Friday, for the third time  —  Bill Moyers signs off — for the final time, he swears  —  This time, Bill Moyers really means it.  After 43 years as public television's most visible intellectual and its most unabashed liberal, he's done.
Charlie Porter / New York Times:
Profile of UK media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, whose Independent is opening a New York office in early 2015  —  The Rise of Evgeny Lebedev  —  To reach Evgeny Lebedev's home takes some planning.  Technically, the Stud House, as it is known, is in London: a private residence on the grounds …
Jackson Connor / The Huffington Post:
Former ABC News Correspondent To Testify In Terrorism Trial  —  Former ABC News correspondent John Miller is expected to give testimony in an upcoming terrorism trial regarding an interview he conducted with Osama bin Laden, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing “people close to the case.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TVNewser
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to put briefs and other filings online starting as soon as 2016  —  High Court, In Big Leap, Plans to Put Filings Online  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will soon join other federal courts in making briefs and other filings available electronically, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced Wednesday.
 
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