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9:40 AM ET, January 4, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Caroline Bottger / Digiday:
Rusty Foster, creator of Today in Tabs newsletter, on new digital news sites, newsletters, hate reads, and more  —  Today in Tabs editor Rusty Foster: ‘2014 was a terrible year!’  —  Hate-reads and outrage are the Internet's furniture.  And Rusty Foster is a comfy chair.
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
ABC TV show NY Med aired a man's death without approval of his family, who are now suing ABC, the hospital, and the doctor involved  —  When a Patient's Death is Broadcast Without Permission  —  This story was co-published with the New York Times.  —  Anita Chanko could not sleep.
Discussion: TVNewser, Vox and Mediaite
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”  —  Due to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is only available in a few dozen countries, all of which have a different content library.  —  Some people bypass these content and access restrictions by using VPNs or other circumvention tools that change their geographical location.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian ISPs and VPNs Now Have to Alert Pirating Customers  —  After years of public and private discussions, Canada started implementing a new copyright law in recent years.  —  The law introduced great improvements in terms of fair use and non-commercial file-sharing, and also adopts a …
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
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
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Egypt court orders retrial for Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues, denies bail
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Jackson Connor / The Huffington Post:
Former ABC News Correspondent To Testify In Terrorism Trial
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TVNewser
Charlie Porter / New York Times:
Profile of UK media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, whose Independent is opening a New York office in early 2015
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