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2:30 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
Discussion: VentureBeat, CTVNews and City A.M.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   News Corp. steps up security in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Only Top U.S. Newspaper Not To Publish Charlie Hebdo Cover
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.
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: @dylanbyers
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 …
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, PopWatch 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.
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.
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
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: Digiday and @jcstearns
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.
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.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Shutterstock takes aim at Getty as it snaps up U.K. press photo agency Rex Features for $33M  —  Stock photo behemoth Shutterstock has acquired Rex Features, a photographic press agency based out of the U.K, for $33 million.  Most of the transaction will be made in cash.
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Apple: 1 million new iBooks customers each week since iOS 8 launch  —  Apple's iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which launched to the public this fall, come with iBooks pre-installed.  That decision has paid off: iBooks has averaged one million new customers every week since mid-September.
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg defends Facebook's practice of operating in countries that restrict free speech  —  Facebook Walks a Free-Speech Tightrope  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg walked a free-speech tightrope Wednesday in an hour-long, town hall-style Q&A in Bogota, Colombia.
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