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6:40 AM ET, January 11, 2016


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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The El Chapo interview with Sean Penn, giving the subject final approval, is similar to concessions some business and tech publications make for access  —  El Chapo, journalists and readers  —  I liked the Rolling Stone story about El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord.  —  It's is a big story.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Rolling Stone grants Mexican drug lord El Chapo full approval over exclusive interview by Sean Penn, raising ethical questions  —  A controversial coup: Sean Penn and Rolling Stone land El Chapo interview  —  When Rolling Stone published Sean Penn's exclusive interview with Joaquin …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner talks about how the magazine handled the planning and editing of Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo  —  How Rolling Stone Magazine Handled a Get With Ramifications  —  Several months ago, Jann Wenner, a founder of Rolling Stone magazine, received a call from the actor Sean Penn.
Peter H. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Three months before “Edward Clarkin” story, Michael Schroeder offered freelancer Scott Whipple $5K to probe Nevada courts  —  The Story Of Sheldon Adelson's Purchase Of A Las Vegas Paper Is Even Crazier Than You Think  —  Three months before a mysterious article popped …
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple Music now has more than 10M subscribers  —  Apple's music streaming subscribers top 10m  —  Apple has passed 10m subscribers for its music streaming service, taking six months to hit a milestone that took its arch-rival Spotify six years to hit, say people familiar with the matter.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter removes conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos's verification badge without stating a reason, inflaming politicized battle over online speech  —  Twitter Unverifies Writer Amid Speech Wars  —  Twitter's removal of journalist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos's verification badge …
Anealla Safdar / Al Jazeera English:
Refugees in Germany launch paper for fellow newcomers  —  A group of volunteer refugees have founded Abwab, an Arabic newspaper with helpful information and stories of hope.  —  When Ramy Alasheq was searching last year for a title to give to a newspaper he was helping launch …
Helen Lewis / Nieman Reports:
How Newsrooms Handle Graphic Images of Violence  —  Are images of violence and death too distressing to publish—or too important to ignore?  —  ARTICLE BY  —  There was no blood, no violence, no panic.  Just a little boy's body washed ashore, one of thousands of victims of the refugee crisis unfolding along the borders of Europe.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New Village Voice owner Peter Barbey hires veteran theater critic Michael Feingold, promises significant investment in paper  —  New Village Voice owner hires an old hand as his plans start to take shape  —  Three months after a little-known Pennsylvania newspaper mogul named Peter Barbey bought …
Miles Johnson / Financial Times:
London's Amber Capital, an activist shareholder which amassed 15% stake in Grupo Prisa, owner of Spain's El País, presses for management shakeup  —  El País owner faces activist pressure for board shake-up  —  An activist hedge fund is pressing for a corporate governance upheaval …
Associated Press:
Turkey arrests three over the killing of Syrian journalist … Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says authorities have arrested three people in connection with the killing of a Syrian journalist in southern Turkey.  —  Naji Jerf, the editor-in-chief of pro-opposition Hinta Magazine died …
Robin Wauters /
SoundCloud reportedly raises €32 million in debt funding with an option for additional loans  —  According to Swedish technology news site DiGITAL, Berlin-based SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (a little more than €32 million, or about $35 million) in debt funding.
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
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