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3:20 AM ET, January 3, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to Leave Washington Post  —  Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company …
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.
Jack Shafer:
The Times advances the NSA's amnesty-for-Snowden trial balloon  —  Of course the New York Times editorial page wants clemency or, at the very least, a generous plea bargain for National Security Agency contractor turned super-leaker Edward Snowden!  The news pages of the New York Times …
Snowden affair: the case for a pardon
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?
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
End exclusive early media access for unemployment data, Labor Department panel says  —  Labor Department Panel Calls for Ending Lockup for Jobs Data  —  First Formal Charge to Alter Practice of Releasing Numbers to Media  —  WASHINGTON—A Labor Department panel has called …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Disney's Iger talks about the need for tech disruptors like Dorsey on his board  —  Disruption “In Our Face” — Iger on Why Disney Needs Tech Heavies on Board More Than Ever  —  Just before the end of 2013, Disney named well-known Silicon Valley player Jack Dorsey — he of the perfect selfie - to the board of the entertainment giant.
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Decides to Stop Hiding Its Web Video Service  —  Amazon has been spending time and money building up its Prime Instant online video service, but so far it hasn't spent much time telling people about it: It's very easy to invest a lot of time on without ever learning that the site …
Arti Patel / Folio:
Magazine shipping costs increase 6 percent  —  Magazine shipping costs increase 6 percent.  —  The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered coal to magazine publishers to welcome the New Year.  —  The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved a two-year six-percent service rate increase …
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.
Associated Press:
Reporter sues NY police over Occupy protest arrest  —  NEW YORK — A journalist says New York City police officers tackled him and unfairly arrested him while he was covering the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.  —  Chris Faraone says he was reporting for the Massachusetts …
Discussion: NY Daily News
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.
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.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, acquired by FireEye for nearly $1 billion  —  Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, is being snapped up for nearly $1 billion  —  The past year saw the dramatic rise of information security firms in the face …
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Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
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Eleanor Beardsley / NPR:
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Discussion: @brianclark
Agence France-Presse:
Saudi sentenced to jail, lashes over Twitter libel
Nanjala Nyabola / Al Jazeera English:
Why do Western media get Africa wrong?
Discussion: @africasacountry
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
No books for you: U.S. starves public domain for another year
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood seeks to bolster California film and TV tax credit
Discussion: @neonmarg
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