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1:00 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: @lmoses
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 …
Nanjala Nyabola / Al Jazeera English:
Why do Western media get Africa wrong?  —  There are fundamental differences in how Western and African media cover African events.  —  Yesterday I witnessed yet another twitter storm erupt over Western coverage of an African situation.  A Guardian correspondent offered an analysis …
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
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