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12:20 PM ET, January 6, 2016


 Top News: 
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter targets Q1 launch and 10K-character limit for “Beyond 140” feature, testing timeline that shows 140 characters with option to expand for more  —  Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets  —  Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter's “Beyond 140” feature is a plan to host content inside its walled garden, instead of linking to blogs and other websites  —  Twitter Isn't Raising the Character Limit.  It's Becoming a Walled Garden.  —  Tweeters are freaking out—again—about another report that Twitter …
Mark Arsenault / Boston Globe:
As problems persist with new distributor, Boston Globe rehires old distributor to handle some newspaper routes  —  Globe splits deliveries between two companies  —  After more than a week of confounding problems getting newspapers to subscribers, The Boston Globe has turned …
Amy X. Wang / Quartz:
Report: total global media spending to rise 5% each year for the next five years, print newspapers and magazines to decline as digital takes over  —  Books and newspapers will do just fine in 2016.  Magazines?  Not so much  —  The reign of the consumer magazine—glossy, beautiful …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dish's Sling TV gets updated UI, pause and rewind for some shows, upgraded sports section with ESPN 3  —  Sling TV, Dish's Internet TV Service For Cord Cutters, Unveils A More Personalized Interface  —  Sling TV, Dish Network's streaming TV service aimed at cord cutters …
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Dish releases Hopper 3 set-top box, can record 16 HD shows simultaneously, introduces HopperGo, a portable, $99 battery-powered storage device
Anjan Sundaram / The Observer:
How President Paul Kagame crushed Rwanda's free press  —  In this extract, Sundaram describes the presidential election in 2010, a critical moment in the destruction of a free press  —  he election was a masterpiece of authority.  The vote passed in an ambience of total serenity.
Discussion: @kenroth
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Interview with Steve Patrizi, Imgur's vice president of marketing and revenue, on how the image-sharing site plans to make money with Promoted Posts  —  How Imgur is taking on Facebook and Twitter as ‘geek culture’ goes mainstream  —  Imgur, which began in 2009 as a university side project …
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Martha Stewart Employees Laid Off as Part of Editorial Transition  —  A “small fraction of employees” from Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings were laid off on Tuesday, stemming from the recently signed licensing agreement between Sequential Brands Group and Meredith, a Sequential spokesperson confirmed to Ad Age.
Discussion: CNNMoney and @jeremymbarr
Klaus Lauer / Reuters:
German publishers have filed complaint against Google: VG Media  —  German publishers have filed a complaint against Google in a row over whether or not the search engine should pay the publishers to show their articles online, a spokesman for VG Media - a consortium of around 200 publishers - told Reuters.
Kim Christensen / Los Angeles Times:
Judge voids ex-columnist's $7.1-million jury award against L.A. Times  —  Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers and his wife, Ginny, leave the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles after winning a $7.1-million judgment in an age bias lawsuit against his former employer, the Los Ageles Times, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
Fullscreen, GroupM Ink Deal to Form Influencer Marketing Program  —  For more brands to put money toward video deals with digital celebrities, or influencers, it needs to become easier for the brands to pick out which influencers to work with.  “It's much harder for brand owners to keep …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Metro Corp., publisher of Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine, cuts seven full-time positions in restructuring  —  Metro Corp., publisher of Boston and Philadelphia magazines, announces cuts  —  Philly Mag  —  Metro Corp., which publishes Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine …
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New York Times:
New York Times deputy national editor James Dao to become Op-Ed editor
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Netflix's hit series “Making a Murderer” omitted crucial facts, says prosecutor who led case against show's main subject, Steven Avery, amid pardon petition
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
With global expansion efforts nearly complete and a $5B programming budget, twice as large as HBO's, Netflix will focus on bigger profits
VICE News:
VICE journalist Mohammed Rasool released on bail from Turkish prison after four months, must report twice a week to police station near where he lives