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7:20 PM 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 …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’  —  Most newspaper editorials don't generate a great deal of heat.  Even fewer can be considered newsworthy.  —  The exception was one in The Times on Thursday, calling for Edward J. Snowden to be offered clemency or a plea bargain.
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.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix uses the 76,897 micro-genres it assigns to videos  —  How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood  —  If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you.  Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd.  Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries?
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
New York Times to Unveil Redesigned Website Next Week  —  The New York Times said Thursday that it would launch its redesigned website on Jan. 8.  —  The new platform, which will allow for better integration of video and photography with text, among other features, had been previously announced.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst's Swartz Eyes B2B Media, Entertainment, for Growth  —  Hearst Corp. had record revenue and profits in 2013, when it marked the fourth year in a row of growth on both fronts since the 2008 recession, Steven Swartz said in a New Year's letter to employees recapping the year he took over as chief executive.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and @lmoses
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
FBI Denies Requests For ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Source's Interview Records  —  NEW YORK — The FBI has denied Freedom of Information Act requests for records related to federal officials' interviews with Dylan Davies, a security officer who claimed to have witnessed the Benghazi, Libya, attack in a now-discredited “60 Minutes” report.
Discussion: Erik Wemple
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg's Susan Goldberg Leaving For National Geographic  —  Bloomberg News executive editor Susan Goldberg told staff Thursday in an email that she is leaving the company to become executive editor at National Geographic.  —  Goldberg had previously overseen coverage of federal, state and local government out of Washington.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
Shahan Mufti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Malala Yousafzai's long and delicate dance with the press  —  In 2009, The New York Times posted a two-part documentary on its website about Pakistan's battle against Taliban militants.  At the center of the documentary was an 11-year-old girl from the Swat region in northern Pakistan named Malala Yousafzai, and her father, Ziauddin.
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China 2013 Box Office Surges 27 Percent to $3.6 Billion  —  Preliminary data from the world's second biggest movie market shows strength of homegrown films, but a smaller market share for Hollywood fare.  —  Chinese box office revenues rose $760 million (4.6 billion yuan) to $3.57 billion …
Agence France-Presse:
Saudi sentenced to jail, lashes over Twitter libel  —  A Saudi court has sentenced a man convicted of defaming a Kuwaiti singer by accusing her on Twitter of adultery to three months in jail and 80 lashes, a news website reported Thursday.  —  The Saudi national, apparently a fan of a rival pop star …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
No books for you: U.S. starves public domain for another year  —  A new year means a new batch of copyrights expire, and works like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Bell Jar become as free to use as Charles Dickens or Shakespeare.  Unless you happen to live in the United States, that is.
Discussion: The Verge
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