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FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).
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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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …
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.
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  —  Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood  —  Last Friday, The Verge published …
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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 …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
New York Times to set up digital hub in London  —  US newspaper plans to move 100 staff into refurbished UK headquarters  —  The New York Times is making a big move into London.  It has agreed to rent new headquarters in Bloomsbury and is expecting to fill it with up to 100 staff in the new year.
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 …
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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The Year YouTube Courted Brands  —  Google spent the year branding YouTube as the de facto video partner for brand advertisers.  2014 was certainly active for Google's video properties.  Its ads and commerce chief, Susan Wojcicki, took the reins at YouTube as senior vice president …
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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 …
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.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
The year in media errors and corrections 2014  —  Correction of the Year  —  This New York Times correction combines Kimye, butts and a writer treating a fake news website and a fake radio station as real.  Bravo: … Runner Up  —  The Sun (U.K.) offered a correction that detailed …
 
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Geo-Retail to the Rescue for Holiday Shopping … Let's face it: Black Friday 2014 brought the blues to retailers.  Even after doling out deep discounts on merchandise, retailers struggled to entice shoppers to Black Friday sales events.
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