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2:45 AM ET, December 28, 2015


 Top News: 
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Journalist who resigned from The Bristol Press over Adelson subterfuge receives first $5,000 I.F. Stone Award, named after an investigative journalist  —  Reporter Who Resigned Over Adelson Subterfuge Gets $5,000 Award  —  A Connecticut journalist who resigned last week in protest …
Steve Collins / Facebook:
Bristol Press reporter resigns in protest following plagiarized piece connected to Sheldon Adelson
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify Announces Database to Properly Manage Royalties  —  A woman walks through a hallway at Spotify offices following a press conference in New York City.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won't look like the past  —  This post was co-authored by Josh Stearns and Molly de Aguiar.  —  Over the course of the last two weeks, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has gone in search of local investigative reporting.
Discussion: @isasun and @cjr
Chava Gourarie / Columbia Journalism Review:
The everyday effects of The New York Times' nail salon exposé  —  Eugenia Colon paints her own nails.  One day this fall, they were decorated in delicate V-shaped black and white stripes, and one was bejeweled with a miniature bow-tie and several gems so that it resembled a tuxedo.
Samanth Subramanian / New Yorker:
The Islamist war on secular bloggers in Bangladesh  —  On the afternoon of February 26th, Avijit Roy was in Dhaka, finishing a column for BDNews24, a Bangladeshi Web site of news and commentary.  Its title, in Bengali, was “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?,” and it adapted ideas from his new book, a primer on cosmology.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Bollywood studios and US giants like 21st Century Fox, Amazon, and Netflix hope to persuade people in India to pay for video  —  Bollywood and U.S. Media Giants Try to Induce Indians to Pay for Video  —  MUMBAI — As the morning rain dripped in the garden outside, the yoga teacher Aparajita Jamwal got …
Anjali Mullany / Nieman Lab:
An experiment on Facebook with controversial content shows how platforms decide who is heard and who is censored  —  Platforms decide who gets heard  —  As you are most certainly aware, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump recently suggested that Muslims be banned from entering the United States for a while.
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
FiveThirtyEight Enters the Puzzle Game  —  Last week, FiveThirtyEight quietly began publishing a weekly puzzle.  Called The Riddler, it features the kind of logic-heavy questions one might find on a Mensa test—appropriate for Nate Silver's wonky, data-driven website, which is owned by ESPN.
Disney is making a fortune and safeguarding its future by buying childhood, piece by piece  —  UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Star Wars, Disney and myth-making Fly Title:  Briefing: Disney Rubric:  Disney is making a fortune and safeguarding its future by buying childhood …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Inside Google's plan to speed up the mobile Web … Earlier this year, Google announced an effort to speed up mobile news — and the entire mobile Web — with a new initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages.  AMP, as it's called, has been described as an open-source bid to overhaul mobile performance …
Discussion: @wblau
Bryan Lufkin / Gizmodo:
Disney-funded VR service, Littlstar, announces it's bringing 360-degree videos to Apple TV  —  You Can Now Watch 360-Degree Video on Your TV  —  Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos.  Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video.
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