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5:25 PM ET, December 17, 2014

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Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas  —  With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of “The Interview.”  —  In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers …
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Weighing Premium VOD Release for ‘The Interview’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  With most major U.S. theater chains opting to drop or delay “The Interview,” Sony Pictures Entertainment is weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand, according to an insider.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
With major US movie theater chains refusing to show Interview, Sony should release it online  —  Why Sony Pictures should release The Interview online  —  Not even North Korea can stop the internet  —  The dominoes fell swiftly Tuesday.  The group behind the massive Sony hacks released another cache …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Reporters Told Not To Open Hacked Sony Emails, Some Of Which Involve The Times  —  NEW YORK — The massive Sony hack has left editors with a decision sure to be studied in media ethics classes for years to come: Should journalists report on materials stolen from a corporation by hackers?
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Alex Hern / Guardian:
Reddit bans SonyGOP subreddit and users for sharing leaked Sony documents, deletes posts after receiving DMCA takedown request  —  Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents  —  The social news site has acceded to a DMCA takedown request from Sony and removed a hub for sharing the company's hacked files
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Emails from Sony hack show how Sony PR people work with NYT reporters and editors
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How Philly's Billy Penn is building a local news audience from scratch  —  HILADELPHIA — Armed with a Kindle Fire tablet, Anna Orso stood just inside the front door of an Irish pub last Monday night welcoming guests to a happy hour in Center City, Philadelphia.
Manjula Martin / Scratch Magazine:
The Toast's publisher Nick Pavich explains contract changes, apologizes for rude tweets  —  UPDATED: “I apologize.”  The Toast's publisher on writers' terms  —  UPDATED:  —  I talked with Nick Pavich, publisher of The Toast and The Butter, over email this morning to clarify their rights terms for freelance writers.
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Mallory Ortberg / The Toast:
Following outcry from writers over copyright transfer, The Toast and The Butter amend their contracts
Mat Honan / Wired:
Inside Circa, BuzzFeed, and First Look Media: the battle for attention from the news startups  —  Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention  —  It's like a parody, spending time in a well-funded startup's office, with exposed brick walls and Great Big Screens Showing User Numbers …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Long term success of a publication hinges on whether it's a must read, not pageviews and reach  —  What Media Must Do To Succeed  —  The post What Media Must Do To Succeed appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.  —  Wired Founder Louis Rossetto at work in the early days.  —  (image)
Discussion: @axelletess, @erickschonfeld and @rafat
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
BuzzFeed buys Hyper IQ, small app developer that has been working on its iOS app  —  BuzzFeed buys developer to focus on building native apps  —  BuzzFeed has big plans to build out its mobile app.  The site has acquired the team behind Hyper IQ, a developer that's already been working on BuzzFeed's iOS app.
Discussion: @mobilemediamemo
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Cuts Deal with Netflix to Bring Service to Set-Tops  —  Dish Network is the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix into its set-top box — giving the No. 2 satcaster's customers direct access to the streaming video provider's service.  —  Netflix will be available …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate Confirms FCC Commissioner O'Rielly to Full Term  —  Had been serving out unexpired term of commissioner McDowell  —  FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly was confirmed by he Senate Tuesday for a full five-year term on the commission.  He had been filling out the unexpired term of Rob McDowell …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox to Acquire Ad Tech Firm TrueX for $200 Million  —  21st Century Fox Inc. has agreed to acquire the online advertising technology company TrueX Media, people familiar with the matter said.  —  21st Century Fox is paying a sum approaching $200 million for TrueX, said a person familiar with the deal.
 
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