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11:40 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 …
Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter:
Dear New York Times Editors: If Snowden Is a Whistleblower, What Is Chelsea Manning?  —  The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower.
Discussion: CNN, and The Daily Caller
Kalev Leetaru / Foreign Policy:   King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’
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?
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Netflix's dumbed-down algorithms  —  Alexis Madrigal has a rollicking investigation into Netflix's movie genres — all 76,897 of them, from category #1 (African-American Crime Documentaries) to category #91,307 (Visually Striking Latin American Comedies).  His story is titled …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DreamWorks is set to launch a tablet for children with original and exclusive programming  —  A Tablet for Children That Comes With Its Own Penguins  —  GLENDALE, Calif. — DreamWorks Animation first captivated children in movie theaters.  Then it branched into TV, piping cartoons based on hits like …
Peter Wilby / New Statesman:
Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail: The man who hates liberal Britain  —  He's the most successful and most feared newspaperman of his generation.  But after a bad year in which he was forced to defend his methods, how much longer can Dacre survive as editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail?
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily News closes Desi News, a South Asian-centric vertical led by NewsCred  —  Daily News shutters South Asian site  —  The Daily News has pulled the plug on Desi News, a South Asian-centric vertical fueled by the New York-based content-licensing platform NewsCred.
Marc Tracy / The New Republic:
Weather Channel website chases storms, clicks  —  How a network went from chasing storms to chasing clicks  —  A couple days ago, the top piece on The Weather Channel's homepage was an article forecasting the “First Snowstorm of 2014” (which, if you live in the Northeast …
Discussion: NBCNews and @marcatracy
Wall Street Journal:
Cox to Buy Back Stake in AutoTrader  —  Deal With Providence Equity Implies $7 Billion Value for Online Car Marketplace … Cox Enterprises Inc., the closely held media conglomerate, has bought back a stake in AutoTrader Group Inc. in a deal that implies a value of about $7 billion for the online auto marketplace.
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 …
Press Gazette:
Pakistani TV reporter becomes first journalist killed in 2014  —  Pakistan journalist Shan Odhor has become the first media worker to die in 2014 because of his work, the International federation of Journalists (IFJ) said today.  —  The announcement came just days after the organisation reported …
Marc Graser / Variety:
Verance Finds First Electronics Partner for Anti-Piracy Technology  —  Verance's Cinavia Level 3 software detects pirated pics and sends viewers to e-tailers to buy legal copies  —  Funai Electric Co., the maker of Blu-ray players through the Funai, Magnavox and Emerson brands …
Wall Street Journal:
Ultra Hi-Def TV: More Affordable but Still Little Content  —  Strong China Demand Has Set Makers Aiming to Quickly Lower Prices … Prices of ultra high-definition TVs are plummeting, driven by Chinese manufacturers and by surging demand in that country.  —  The first UHDTVs were a hot topic at last year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Discussion: @pmarca, Softpedia News, BGR and Digits
David Oliver / American Journalism Review:
BuzzFeed's Secret Weapon: Ky Harlin  —  Ky Harlin, BuzzFeed's director of data science, runs simple tests on news stories, with extraordinary results.  —  For “The 35 Best Places to Visit Over the Summer,” one reader might see a picture of Paris.  Another sees a picture of Tokyo.
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Chris Martins / SPIN:
Warner Music Close to Settling With Artists Over Digital Royalties Dispute
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Disney's Iger talks about the need for tech disruptors like Dorsey on his board
Associated Press:
Reporter sues NY police over Occupy protest arrest
Discussion: NY Daily News
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
End exclusive early media access for unemployment data, Labor Department panel says
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Shahan Mufti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Malala Yousafzai's long and delicate dance with the press
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
FBI Denies Requests For ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Source's Interview Records
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Mossberg and Swisher of Re/code discuss competition and “old” vs. “new” journalism
 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, acquired by FireEye for nearly $1 billion
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China 2013 Box Office Surges 27 Percent to $3.6 Billion
Eleanor Beardsley / NPR:
In Troubled Magazine World, ‘La Hulotte’ Is One Rare Bird
Discussion: @brianclark
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
New York Times to Unveil Redesigned Website Next Week