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5:40 PM ET, December 12, 2014


 Top News: 
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Stolen Sony emails reveal scheming by MPAA, movie studios against Google in “Project Goliath” and their fight against piracy at the expense of the open web  —  Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google  —  What is “Goliath” and why are Hollywood's most powerful lawyers working to kill it?
Andy / TorrentFreak:
After SOPA backlash, MPAA and movie studios search for legal ways to block sites infringing IP  —  MPAA Prepares to Bring Pirate Site Blocking to the U.S.  —  Site blocking has become one of the go-to anti-piracy techniques for the music and movie industries.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Electronista
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Leaked Emails Suggest Maureen Dowd Promised To Show Sony Exec's Husband Column Before Publication  —  The end result: kudos at the studio and an email to Dowd after it published saying, “you're amazing.”  Update: Dowd says she didn't send an advance copy of the column.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Dowd denies showing column to Sony exec's husband; emails don't show an ethics violation  —  Hacked Emails, ‘Air-Kissing’ — and Two Firm Denials  —  A BuzzFeed story, published Thursday, based on leaked Sony Pictures emails, reports that the Pulitzer-winning Times columnist Maureen Dowd promised …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Inside the Collapse of The New Republic  —  Last Friday morning, Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic, and Guy Vidra, the magazine's C.E.O., presided over a meeting at the publication's Penn Quarter offices in Washington, D.C. It had been a busy twenty-four hours: a day earlier …
Kelly J O'Brien / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way  —  More than two years of work by open government advocates collapsed on Thursday night when House Speaker John Boehner closed the final legislative session of the 113th Congress without bringing the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 to a vote.
Twitter suspends journalist's account after he publishes public document  —  A troubling story out of Berkeley tonight.  Local journalist Darwin BondGraham has had his Twitter account suspended after tweeting a document obtained under California's Public Records Act.
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Michel du Cille, Post photojournalist who won Pulitzer three times, dies at 58 … Michel du Cille, a Washington Post photojournalist who was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his dramatic images of human struggle and triumph, and who recently chronicled the plight of Ebola patients …
Matthew Bennett / The Spain Report:
Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association Now Asks Government To Help Stop Google News Closure  —  NEWS: AEDE announces it wants the Spanish government and EU competition authorities to stop Google closing Google News: “to protect the rights of citizens and businesses”.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Forbes hires Fortune's Miguel Helft for its newly created San Francisco bureau chief position  —  Forbes hires Fortune senior writer, NYTimes small biz editor  —  Forbes announced four new appointments in its editorial department, including a new San Francisco bureau chief and a senior editor for its entrepreneurs coverage.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter users are more likely to watch TV, and to pay for it, new Ipsos study shows  —  Twitter Users Love TV So Much They'll Pay to Watch  —  The TV Industrial Complex is having a ratings problem, an advertising problem and a subscriber problem.  —  But if everyone used Twitter, those problems would go away!
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Department of Justice may force 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin to testify in terrorism case  —  Holder Faces Another Decision on Forcing a Reporter to Testify  —  With Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. facing a deadline over whether to force a reporter for The New York Times to reveal his sources …
Pablo Gorondi / Associated Press:
Hungary's leader wants drug tests for journalists  —  2 photos  —  BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian prime minister, who has vowed to remake his country into a “non-liberal” state as he moves closer to Moscow, called Friday for mandatory drug testing of journalists and politicians.
Discussion: Guardian
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Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville
Discussion: The Knoxville Mercury
Former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson pleads guilty to conspiracy to intercept voicemails
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Soham Adwani / Tech in Asia:
Australian startup Inkl bundles paywalled stories from 7 news publishers for A$15/month, available outside US
Discussion: TechCrunch and StartupSmart
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