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5:15 PM ET, January 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Christiane Amanpour questions Zucker over Charlie Hebdo decision  —  CNN's Christiane Amanpour questioned network president Jeff Zucker in front of CNN's global staff on Wednesday over his decision not to air images of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, sources at the network told POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and @dylanbyers
Associated Press:
19K French websites targeted with minor denial-of-service attacks since Charlie Hebdo murders
Discussion: VentureBeat, CTVNews and City A.M.
David Carr / New York Times:
Flocking to Buy Charlie Hebdo, Citizens Signal Their Support of Free Speech
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   News Corp. steps up security in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack
Capital New York:
Natasha Vargas-Cooper leaves The Intercept for Jezebel  —  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 …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Gawker Media merging Gizmodo and io9 teams into a tech super-hub  —  Gawker Media said Thursday it is combining its tech-focused blogs — Gizmodo, which tends to focus on hardware, and the more entertainment-oriented io9, as well as several smaller blogs like Paleofuture — into a single unit run by current io9 editor Annalee Newitz.
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.
Discussion: @sarahletrent, @amontalenti and Adweek
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.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Source: FCC to vote Feb. 26 on petitions from two cities asking to preempt state laws that limit municipal Internet service  —  The FCC will vote next month on whether to help cities build their own Internet  —  Telecom regulators will vote on petitions in February from two cities …
Discussion: The Verge and Ars Technica
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, VideoInk and PopWatch
Arno Schuetze / Reuters:
Nature magazine publisher to merge with Springer Science  —  The publisher of science magazines Nature and Scientific American is merging with private equity-owned peer Springer Science+Business Media, creating a group with 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) in annual sales and 13,000 employees.
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
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: Guido Fawkes and MediaTel
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times is using its reader survey panel for journalism  —  For two decades, The New York Times has had a reader insight panel — a subset of its audience that it occasionally surveys to “better understand the reading habits, lifestyles and interests of Times readers.
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Timeline Launches News App To Give You The Context Behind The Day's Headlines  —  One big complaint about current news coverage is that there's not enough context — an article or TV report might tell you what happened today, but it gives you no understanding about the history that led up to today's news.
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