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1:30 PM ET, December 17, 2014

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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 …
Discussion: @kevinroose and @digiphile
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Gigaom and Home Media Magazine
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Email newsletter TheSkimm, aimed at young women, raises $6.25M led by RRE Ventures and Greycroft Partners  —  TheSkimm, an Email Newsletter, Draws Fans Like Oprah Winfrey - and Investors  —  Online news start-ups have garnered buzz, and millions of dollars, over the last few years.
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.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Broadcasters try to block Aereo asset sale, $90M tax transfer  —  The TV industry has already shut down Aereo at the Supreme Court and driven it into bankruptcy, but that's apparently not enough: now CBS, Fox, NBC and other big broadcasters are asking a judge to block any asset sale …
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Shazdeh Omari / Committee to Protect Journalists:
China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record  —  Also Available in Português, Türkçe, Español, Français, ,  —  More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar opens Creator Preview for YouTube rival Vessel to lure stars; $2.99/month service includes ads, offers up to $50 CPM for creators  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Pulls Back the Curtain on Vessel, His YouTube Rival  —  Six years ago Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video when he launched Hulu.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify CEO wants ‘to do a better job’ convincing musicians of its value  —  But Daniel Ek says his company remains unwilling to let Taylor Swift and her peers choose to keep their music off Spotify's free service  —  After a bruising year for streaming music service Spotify …
Discussion: Billboard, RAIN News and CNNMoney.com
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News Corp UK suffers £3.5m loss after £51m profit the year before  —  Bleak results for Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers and book publisher  —  Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper and publishing division suffered an operating loss of £3.5m in the year up to June 2014 compared to a £51m profit the year before.
Discussion: Press Gazette, Tvnews4u and City A.M.
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Emails from Sony hack show how Sony PR people work with NYT reporters and editors  —  How Sony Gets Its Way With the New York Times  —  The unprecedented internal leak out of Sony has already showed us how cozy reporters can be with the industry they cover.
 
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Erik Sass / MediaPost:
190 magazines launched in 2014, up from 185 in 2013, and closings rose to 99 from 56 in 2013
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Catherine Shoard / Guardian:
NYC premiere of Sony's “The Interview” is canceled, Carmike theater chain pulls movie, stars Rogen and Franco scale back appearances
Mark Bergen / AdAge:
Twitter Lets Advertisers Target By Wireless Carrier, New Devices
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Twitter Blog
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
NowThis Media Raises Another $6M To Deliver Video News Stories In Less Than A Minute
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
NBC is launching streaming of network shows for people with pay-TV logins