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7:20 AM ET, January 14, 2015


 Top News: 
New York Times:
New Charlie Hebdo Cover Creates New Questions for U.S. News Media  —  After the killings at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last week by Islamist extremists, other news media, including web-based outlets, chose to republish some of its cartoons that many Muslims found so offensive.
Tony Todd / France 24:
Charlie Hebdo sells out as 5 million print run is announced  —  A defiant Charlie Hebdo went on sale Wednesday, in five languages and in more than 20 countries, splashing a cartoon purporting to be Mohammed on its front cover a week after jihadist gunmen stormed the satirical weekly's offices killing 12 people.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
‘Unhappy’ Ann Curry finally leaves NBC  —  Ann Curry's tearful exit from “Today” opposite Matt Lauer.  —  Ann Curry is finally leaving NBC over two and a half years after her excruciating departure from “Today,” Page Six can exclusively reveal.  —  NBC is expected to imminently announce …
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Egypt minister says pardon still possible for Al Jazeera journalists  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi could still pardon three jailed Al Jazeera journalists who are now facing a retrial if he deems it appropriate, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Newsweek and Associated Press
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Web TV Startup NimbleTV Goes Dark, Promises to Return  —  NimbleTV, a startup that let some cable TV customers stream their shows over the Web, shut down yesterday.  It said it will re-launch later this year.  —  “We've decided to pause the NimbleTV service as it stands today so we can concentrate …
Discussion: @romenesko
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times to create monthly men's style section  —  The New York Times is planning a new section in its print newspaper devoted to men's fashion and lifestyle coverage that will build on the Times' successful and lucrative Styles section, which runs on Thursdays and Sundays, Capital has learned.
Discussion: @pareene and WWD
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Location filming jumped 10% in L.A. last year  —  A crop of new dramas and reality TV shows along with a surge in commercial shoots helped deliver a 10% boost in location filming on the streets of Los Angeles last year.  —  But the generally encouraging results were tempered by weak performance …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Charlotte Observer experiment aimed at millennials publishes five stories/day, all at once, on separate site and in a newsletter  —  How do you get millennials to care about local news?  The Charlotte Observer is testing out one idea  —  Every weekday at 7 a.m., the countdown clock atop …
Carlos Slim Is About to Be Top New York Times Shareholder  —  Billionaire Carlos Slim is poised to become the largest shareholder in the New York Times Co. (NYT) after already almost doubling his money from an investment that helped the newspaper get through the financial crisis.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Sony Ex-Employees Seek to Combine Class Action Lawsuits  —  Seven federal class action lawsuit and two state court claims have been filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the breach of personal information of ex-employees on negligence.  —  Now the plaintiffs in the case …
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Vladimir Kozlov / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN May Return to Russia (Report)  —  CNN, which pulled out of Russia as of December 31, following a ban on ads on pay-TV, may return, according to a Russian media report quoting a government source.  —  On Tuesday, the Russian news agency TASS quoted a source close to Roskomnadzor …
Discussion: TASS
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Spike Lee is selling his new movie on Vimeo one month before it hits theaters  —  Spike Lee's latest movie wouldn't exist without the internet, and now Lee is going online to distribute the film, too.  Lee's new film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, is today being made available to rent and buy on Vimeo …
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Steve Rubenstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Audrey Cooper named editor in chief of The Chronicle
Adam Rose / Reuters:
China shuts 50 websites and social media accounts
Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
A.J. Daulerio's ‘Ratter’ has raised more than a million
Discussion: AdAge and @ratterofficial
Meg Wagner / NY Daily News:
UVA frat accused of gang rape in Rolling Stone article reinstated after police probe finds no proof of claims
Discussion: Mashable and Washington Post
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
CNN's deal with the FAA on drones limits their use to testing, not newsgathering
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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