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2:15 AM ET, December 14, 2015


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Las Vegas Review-Journal removed questions about the newspaper's new mystery owner after article on the sale was published  —  Las Vegas Review-Journal Removed Questions About The Newspaper's New Mystery Owner In Article On Sale  —  No one knows who owns Nevada's largest media outlet.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Live video, debuting on December 20, will be exclusive to Apple Music; Apple gets rights to Swift's name for store promotions  —  Apple Gets a Giant Taylor Swift Concert Exclusive (Because It Paid Taylor Swift)  —  Remember when Taylor Swift and Apple didn't get along …
Angie Drobnic Holan / New York Times:
Fact-checking is making gains among audience and media, despite truthiness from partisans on the left and right  —  All Politicians Lie.  Some Lie More Than Others.  —  Washington — I'm a political fact-checker, which is usually an automatic conversation starter at parties.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Profile of Mickey Kaus, a godfather of Democratic political blogging, who left the mainstream, now mostly tweets from home, and leans toward Trump  —  What The Hell Happened To Mickey Kaus?  —  How a godfather of Democratic political blogging became obsessed with immigration — and came around to Donald Trump.
Bloomberg Business:
Alibaba to Buy South China Morning Post for $266 Million  —  Founder Jack Ma to follow Bezos in buying storied masthead  —  Alibaba pledges to ensure editorial freedom, scrap pay wall  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the e-commerce giant headed by billionaire Jack Ma …
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Censor or die: The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels  —  CONTROLLING THE STORY: This is the fifth installment in an ongoing series examining the human cost of reporting the news around the world.  —  REYNOSA, Mexico — As deadline descended on El Mañana's newsroom …
The Daily Beast:
How Egyptian activists are using Twitter to try to locate missing friends and relatives  —  Egypt's Second Twitter Revolution  —  In 2011, Egyptian activists used social media to help overthrow a government.  Now they use Twitter to find out what the new dictator has done with their missing friends.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
The Tab, a hyperlocal news site written by unpaid student journalists, raises $3M from Balderton Capital to fund its expansion in the US  —  The Tab Raises $3M For Its Hyperlocal News Site Written By Unpaid Student Journalists  —  The online disruption of journalism continues apace.
Jon Mitchell / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party are increasingly curbing press freedom in Japan, particularly coverage critical of the government  —  In preparation to join US wars, Japan dismantles freedom of the press  —  In 2010, Japan was ranked #11 in Reporters Without Borders' global Press Freedom Index.
Samia Errazzouki / Associated Press:
Online journalism in Morocco struggles as monarchy and government counter with websites and efforts to silence critics  —  Moroccan government and critics vie for online audiences  —  7 photos  —  CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — The newest entrant to Morocco's media scene has already reported …
Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkish opposition leader meets with Cumhuriyet newspaper's imprisoned journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, calls for release of all 32 journalists in jail  —  32 jailed journalists must be freed: CHP head  —  Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) head Kemal Klçdarolu …
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Joseph Cox / Wired:
News outlets like The Daily Mail, DrudgeReport, and Forbes have been recently hit with malvertising, malicious ads meant to hack readers' computers
Discussion: @whatthebit
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Skift gets 30 percent of its revenue from branded content
Discussion: @digiday, Thanks:@steverubel
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Profile of Ian Hislop, who has edited Britain's Private Eye, a satirical and investigative magazine for nearly 30 years
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
ISIS uses LinkedIn's slideshow platform to publish its propaganda magazine Dabiq
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Advance online ticket sales give theaters data about viewing habits, audiences, and more while helping promote upcoming releases
Zack O'Malley Greenburg / Forbes:
A look at business models for two local news weekly outlets: the Hendersonville Lightning and Straus News in New York City
Discussion: @forbes and FishbowlNY
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
USC Annenberg School class teaches students how to produce stories for social media and emerging platforms like VR
The Hamilton Spectator:
Independent TV station CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario, reduces local programming hours, cuts 129 full-time staffers as parent firm files bankruptcy