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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Sony Hacking: Obama Says Sony Made ‘Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview’  —  President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment made a “mistake” in canceling its planned release of the movie “The Interview” following a destructive cyber attack the U.S. government says was launched by North Korea.
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Sony CEO Michael Lynton to President Obama: ‘We Have Not Caved’ (Video)  —  Sony CEO Michael Lynton fired back at President Obama's calling his decision to cancel “The Interview” a mistake, saying, “We have not caved” to terrorists.  —  “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, and we have not backed down.
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FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issues a document preservation notice to MPAA
John McDermott / Digiday:
Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg talks about VC funding, focusing on a niche, and the danger of relying on Facebook traffic  —  Bustle CEO: Depending on Facebook is a mistake  —  If digital media is “drunk” on venture capital, then Bryan Goldberg has been overserved.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Social TV service TVtag, previously known as GetGlue, to shut down end of 2014  —  GetGlue successor TVtag is shutting down  —  Social TV service TVtag, which was previously known as GetGlue, is shutting down at the end of the year.  TVtag announced the shut-down in an email to users Friday afternoon …
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Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker's 2015 goals: more focus on Kinja's sub-blogs, including Valleywag and Defamer, plus new sub-blogs on media, justice, Internet, true stories  —  Gawker 2015  —  As part of our end-of-year process, all Gawker Media site leads were asked to submit planning memos for the next year.
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Jackson Connor / The Huffington Post:
Following Layoffs, NYT Culture Section Devoid Of Black Reporters  —  Following this week's layoffs at The New York Times there is not a single black reporter on staff at the newspaper's culture section, Journal-isms reported Wednesday.  —  Felicia R. Lee, previously the only black reporter at the section …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Bloomberg CEO Dan Doctoroff says farewell as Michael Bloomberg formally resumes leadership  —  Dan Doctoroff bids farewell to Bloomberg L.P.  —  Dan Doctoroff bid farewell Friday afternoon to Bloomberg L.P., where he had served as chairman and chief executive since 2008.
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Magazine reporter who wrote about fake high school stock whiz won't move to Bloomberg  —  Jessica Pressler staying at New York  —  Jessica Pressler, the New York magazine reporter who found herself embroiled in a journalism controversy just days after Capital reported she would be joining …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Nikki Finke, Hollywood Chronicler, Said to Be in Talks With Politico  —  Politico has been in talks to hire the Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke to write about Washington as a political columnist, people familiar with the discussions said Friday.  —  Ms. Finke has visited Washington to meet …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Launches Fox's Suite of Internet TV Services  —  DirecTV has launched Fox Networks' lineup of authenticated Internet-video services, with the satcaster representing the last major pay-TV holdout for the programmer's TV Everywhere push.  —  Under the agreement, DirecTV's 20 million …
 
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