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5:10 PM ET, January 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
Turkey threatens to block Twitter unless Twitter blocks the account of a newspaper that circulated leaked documents  —  Turkey Threatens to Block Social Media Over Released Documents  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish officials threatened to shut down Twitter in the country unless …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Twitter fights Turkish order to block newspaper's Twitter account  —  Twitter has received a court order from the Turkish government asking the service to block or remove the account belonging to one of the country's newspapers, known as Halkin Gazetesi — which means The People's Newspaper …
Discussion: Techdirt, @mathewi and @chillingeffects
Associated Press:   Turkish Journalist Could Go To Prison For Up To Five Years Over Tweet
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Digital First Media sale: Gannett and Tribune likely bidders, but regional buyers are showing interest  —  Newsonomics: Digital First Media's upcoming sale is producing some surprises  —  Anxious journalists from San Jose to Saint Paul, New Haven to Novato await the final shouts of the Digital First Media auction.
Discussion: @raju and Talking New Media
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Oscar voters pick all-white field for lead and supporting actor and actress, spurring backlash  —  White, male field spurs Oscars diversity backlash  —  One year ago, 12 Years A Slave triumphed as Oscars' best picture — the first time the top prize went to a film directed by a black filmmaker, Steve McQueen.
Brian Clark Howard / National Geographic:
Seven-Year Walk Highlights Power of ‘Slow Journalism’  —  WASHINGTON—As he advances on a seven-year walk around the planet, journalist Paul Salopek is merging the oldest form of transportation with the newest digital technology, from Twitter to video chatting to blogging, to share the stories he's finding with the world.
Discussion: @ethanz
Kelsey McKinney / Vox:
US House Speaker John Boehner's office uses Taylor Swift gifs to attack Obama's community college proposal  —  Taylor Swift continues world domination, takes over Speaker John Boehner's website  —  House Speaker John Boehner posted a listicle on his website this morning full of Taylor Swift gifs.
Roberto Saviano / Guardian:
Italian journalist Roberto Saviano has lived with armed guards for eight years since exposing the Naples mafia in a book  —  My life under armed guard  —  For eight years, the journalist Roberto Saviano has faced constant threat of death for exposing the secrets of the Naples mafia in his book Gomorrah.
Discussion: @jonjonfaull, @icssmol and @bdeskin
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Disney's Iger Gets 35% Pay Raise to $46.5 Million  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s board handed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger a 35 percent pay increase for delivering a record profit and stock price last year.  —  Iger, who runs the world's largest entertainment company, was already one of America's highest-paid executives.
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
Media critic Jesse Brown of the podcast Canadaland occasionally demonstrates some of his own shoddy reporting  —  Journalist Jesse Brown is quick to expose the failures of Canadian media.  But what about his own?  —  Is the media industry in Canada too cozy for its own good?
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Sirius XM is dealt new setback in Turtles copyright lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - A New York federal judge on Thursday largely rejected Sirius XM Holdings Inc's request to reconsider her Nov. 14 decision in favor of members of the 1960s band The Turtles over the payment of royalties for songs made before 1972.
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
NBCUniversal Is Using Big Data to Launch Its Audience Targeting Platform  —  Will supplement, not replace, Nielsen metric  —  That was, in corporate terms, fast.  —  NBCUniversal is leveraging massive amounts of set-top box data collected by its parent company, Comcast …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Anonymous information from a terrorist source must clear the highest bar, but ignoring it would fail the readers  —  Was Times ‘Disgusting’ to Grant Anonymity to Al Qaeda Source?  —  Everybody's the public editor these days - even the director of the F.B.I.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Republicans introduce net neutrality legislation which would strip rule-making power from the FCC, avoid a major reclassification of broadband service
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
Chinese Directors' Guild Urges Reforms, Launch of Film Ratings System
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
New York Post says Twitter feed hacked, sent false tweets about China missiles, interest rates
 Earlier Picks: 
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
34-Year Veteran Jim Clancy Leaves CNN After Controversial Charlie Hebdo Tweets
The Independent:
Raif Badawi: Saudi King ‘refers case to Supreme Court’, says blogger's wife
Discussion: BBC, @dreades and UPI