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12:00 PM ET, January 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why grant anonymity to a terrorist?  Jeremy Scahill explains.  —  Big media outlets today are busy reporting the news that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken responsibility for last week's Charlie Hebdo attack.  A video released by this branch of al-Qaeda is authentic …
Associated Press:
19K French websites targeted with minor denial-of-service attacks since Charlie Hebdo murders  —  France faces 19,000 cyberattacks since terror rampage  —  PARIS (AP) — Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week …
Discussion: VentureBeat, City A.M. and CTVNews
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Only Top U.S. Newspaper Not To Publish Charlie Hebdo Cover
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News organizations ‘pleased’ with updated D.O.J. media guidelines  —  News organizations welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice's updated guidelines, released Wednesday, on how the government can obtain records and other information from media outlets during leak investigations.
Capital New York:
Natasha Vargas-Cooper out at The Intercept  —  Natasha Vargas-Cooper has resigned from The Intercept, Capital has learned.  —  Vargas-Cooper, a staff writer, clashed with the site's new editor in chief, Betsy Reed, especially over her interview with the lead prosecutor of the murder trial of Adnan Syed …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Chris Blackhurst leaves Independent and Standard multimedia job to take writing role  —  Former Independent editor is the highest profile casualty of a cost-cutting drive across all Lebedev titles  —  Chris Blackhurst, the former Independent editor, is leaving his senior editorial job …
Discussion: MediaTel and Guido Fawkes
David Carr / New York Times:
Flocking to Buy Charlie Hebdo, Citizens Signal Their Support of Free Speech  —  For people who are supporters of not just free speech but newspapers, too, the images of Parisians queued up at dawn Wednesday to get their hands on a printed artifact was heartening.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc.'s Video Portal Daily Cut Finally Goes Live  —  Last May, Time Inc. executives told potential online advertisers about plans to roll out Daily Cut, a centralized Web video destination for all of the company's brands.  —  Little did attendees at that presentation- made during the …
Discussion: @timeinc and VideoInk
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Q&A: Amy O'Leary on eight years of navigating digital culture change at The New York Times  —  When Amy O'Leary announced in early January that she was leaving The New York Times to become editorial director at Upworthy, there was a collective jaw-drop in the digital journalism community.
Josh Dickey / Mashable:
Vimeo to fund Maker Studios creators in exchange for exclusive windows  —  LOS ANGELES — Vimeo has agreed to fund and distribute content in exclusive windows from creators at Disney-owned Maker Studios, yet another challenge to YouTube's position as the go-to platform for first-run online video, Mashable has learned.
News Media Coalition Announces Partnership to Test Small News Drones at FAA Test Site  —  A coalition of 10 news media companies is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for the testing of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to gather news.
Discussion: and Poynter
Catalina Albeanu /
Tow Center receives new $3m funding for newsroom research  —  The Columbia University centre for digital journalism looks to explore automated reporting, metrics, and more after its latest round of funding  —  The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University is due to receive $3 million …
Discussion: Idea Lab
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Rdio Becomes The First Global Music Streaming Service To Launch In India  —  India has welcomed the first international music streaming service to its shores after Rdio, the San Francisco based company, launched in the country.  —  Rdio's arrival in India has been expected for some time since …
Discussion: The Next Web
Loek Essers / PC World:
EC balks at planned joint venture from large music licensing companies  —  Online music could become more expensive in the European Union (EU) if a joint venture of licensing companies gets the green light, according to the European Commission, which started an in-depth investigation into the planned collaboration on Wednesday.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
NBC's Breaking News iOS app adds video from NBC and its citizen journalism app Stringwire  —  NBC's Breaking News app hopes to hook you with live video  —  From Flipboard to Circa, there's no shortage of news aggregation apps out there, designed to deliver alerts to your phone the second news breaks.
Discussion: @jcstearns and Digiday
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
Case of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian is moved to Iran's Revolutionary Court; charges remain undisclosed
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Wavelength Lets You Share Hollywood Movies With Your Friends, for Free, on the Web — At Least for Now
Discussion: @pkafka and The Verge