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10:35 AM ET, January 2, 2014


 Top News: 
New York Times:
NYT editorial board calls for clemency or a plea bargain for Snowden  —  Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower  —  Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency's reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe …
Snowden affair: the case for a pardon  —  Snowden gave classified information to journalists, even though he knew the likely consequences.  That was an act of courage  —  In an interview with the Washington Post just before Christmas, Edward Snowden declared his mission accomplished.
Happy Re/new Year!  —  We are thrilled to announce that we are forming our own new and independent media company, Revere Digital, with a pair of respected investors and partners — the NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel's Windsor Media.  Revere will be operating news sites and apps, as well as a series of conferences.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
NBC and Terry Semel back new Swisher/Mossberg site  —  All Things D founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg launch Re/code with new investors.  —  FORTUNE — “Who are the investors?”  —  It's a question I've heard nonstop since we first reported back in August that Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg …
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Swisher and Mossberg launch ‘Re/code’; NBC & Windsor Media are minority investors  —  Veteran technology journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are launching a new media company, Re/, the new incarnation of the widely followed technology news operation and conference business AllThingsD.
Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
At Newspapers, Berkshire Rewrites Its Investing Script … Shortly after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper in 2012, things began to change.  —  Eight-year-old newsroom computers were replaced.  A malfunctioning sound system …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @raju
Sampad Patnaik / Reuters:
21st Century Fox sells Star China TV stake  —  (Reuters) - 21st Century Fox said on Thursday it would sell its 47 percent stake in Star China TV to the TV channel operator's management and private equity fund China Media Capital.  —  Star China TV, formed in 2010 and majority owned by China Media Capital …
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood seeks to bolster California film and TV tax credit  —  Film industry and union officials are backing legislation that would boost funding for California's film incentive program and lift some of its restrictions.  —  Hollywood stakeholders are calling on California to bolster …
Tweeting from the Antarctic: How journalists battled the cold to cover expedition  —  How Guardian journalists Alok Jha and Laurence Topham tackled technical issues in minus 10 degrees to share coverage from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition  — Read more  —  Other top stories
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Ethiopia jails reporter for spreading rumors  —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging the release of an Ethiopian journalist who was sentenced to more than two years in jail on the charge of spreading false rumors.  —  The watchdog group said Asfaw Berhanu …
Discussion: ZegabiZegabi
Louisa Loveluck / Guardian:
Arrested al-Jazeera journalist's health causing concern, says Egyptian lawyer  —  Mohamed Fahmy to be moved to hospital facility as rebuke over charges brought against him and two other journalists grows  —  Lawyers monitoring the cases of three journalists arrested in Cairo late on Sunday …
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