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2:35 PM ET, December 29, 2015

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Elana Beiser / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syria, France most deadly countries for the press  —  Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.  More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder.
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Reporters Without Borders:
110 journalists killed in 2015: at least 67 while reporting or because of their work, 43 others in unclear circumstances or motives  —  RSF annual round-up: 110 journalists killed in 2015  —  At least 67 killed while reporting or because of their work; RSF condemns failure to protect journalists …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify sued for $150M over alleged unpaid royalties, proposed class to exceed 100 members  —  Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties  —  EMAIL ME  —  Vocal artist rights advocate David Lowery brings a massive action against the largest streaming service.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook fights skepticism from net neutrality advocates over its Free Basics program in India  —  Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma  —  What's more important?  Restricted free Internet access for the poor?  Or maintaining an open, neutral Internet without limitations?
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
China says new restrictions to come on terrorism reporting  —  3 photos  —  BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it would impose new restrictions on media reports about domestic terrorism, as it continued to deride a French journalist being forced to leave the country for questioning Beijing's claims about the terrorist threat it faces.
Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada gaming regulators monitoring Adelson Review-Journal buy  —  State gaming regulators are monitoring the issues surrounding the purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal by the family of Sheldon Adelson, the majority shareholder in casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Discussion: WGBH News, Media Nation and Reuters
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sole WDBJ shooting survivor, Vicki Gardner, speaks out about the tragedy  —  WDBJ shooting victim on the tragedy, TV violence and looking ‘ahead’  —  Four months after she was shot in the back during a live TV broadcast, Vicki Gardner is finally finished with surgeries and is almost ready to return to work.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Trademark Filings Point To More Beats Radio Stations Coming To Apple Music  —  Just-spotted trademark applications from Apple-owned Beats Electronics, LLC point to Apple's plans to introduce more live streaming radio stations to its Apple Music service to accompany its 24-hour station, Beats 1.
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
Snapchat adds a year-in-review music-themed channel that runs from Saturday till the end of the year to Discover, sponsored exclusively by Spotify  —  Snapchat Is Making Its Own Original Content for Discover Again  —  App Adds Year-in-Review Music Channel to Discover, Sponsored by Spotify
Dan Gillmor / Nieman Lab:
Journalists must become activists for free expression amid increasing government surveillance and corporate control  —  Journalists turn activist  —  In 2016, journalists will recognize that they have to be activists — if they want to call themselves journalists, that is.
Discussion: @sulliview
Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
AP's collaboration with Florida papers on charter-school stories serves as model to match data research with local reporting  —  A Florida charter-schools investigation highlights a more collaborative approach for the AP  —  A surprising triple byline appeared not long ago in The Miami Herald.
Discussion: @cjr and @cjr
 
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ESPN:
ESPN Deportes to air Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl 50
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Noor Zahid / Voice of America:
Afghan journalist, heard on ISIS radio, issues threats against ex-colleagues, journalists working in the province
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Interview with Mark Thompson, former director general of the BBC and current CEO of the New York Times, on the BBC funding battle
Discussion: Press Gazette
Anjali Mullany / Nieman Lab:
An experiment on Facebook with controversial content shows how platforms decide who is heard and who is censored
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Samanth Subramanian / New Yorker:
The Islamist war on secular bloggers in Bangladesh
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
Chava Gourarie / Columbia Journalism Review:
The everyday effects of The New York Times' nail salon exposé
Discussion: @darlin
Agence France-Presse:
Naji Jerf, Syrian journalist, author of anti-ISIS documentaries, killed in Gaziantep, Turkey