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6:10 PM ET, December 18, 2014

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Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google concerned by reports that MPAA is secretly working with studios to resurrect SOPA  —  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General  —  We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
New friends: The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership  —  The Texas Tribune is taking its split with The New York Times pretty well.  —  Two months ago the Times ended its story-sharing agreement with the Austin-based news nonprofit after four years.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment has walked out on “The Interview,” deciding against releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in any form — including VOD or DVD.  —  “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Inside the Business of the Serial Podcast  —  Signing on as “Serial's” first advertiser has turned out nicely for MailChimp.  The podcast, which investigates the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student, quickly became a hit.  But as Serial's only launch partner …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Russell Simmons' Global Grind Acquired by Interactive One  —  Russell Simmons' pop culture site GlobalGrind.com was acquired by Interactive One, the two companies announced Thursday.  —  GlobalGrind will become a new Millennials channel for Interactive One (iOne), made up of over a dozen sites that target the younger demographic.
Discussion: Deadline and @pkafka
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Mike Wilson, managing editor of FiveThirtyEight, named editor of Dallas Morning News, starting in February  —  Mike Wilson named editor of The Dallas Morning News  —  Mike Wilson, managing editor of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, will be the next editor of the Dallas Morning News, the paper announced Thursday in a staff memo.
Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press expands coverage of state government and social issues with team of specialists  —  Doubling down on state government coverage  —  Building on The Associated Press' unmatched presence in all 50 U.S. statehouses, we are adding to our competitive advantage by creating a team of state government specialists.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
The Yahoo app gets more personalized with local news and comments on both iOS and Android  —  Yahoo continues its trend of building personalized content in its latest app update for both iOS and Android.  —  Today, Yahoo is tweaking its digital content app to provide local news regardless of where you travel to.
Discussion: Yahoo, App Advice, 9to5Mac and WebProNews
David S. Bernstein / Boston Magazine:
Boston.com, split from the Boston Globe editorially, stumbles in its effort to draw traffic while upholding Globe's standards  —  What the Hell Happened to Boston.com?  —  The site's best and worst moments of the year all happened because of a $4 overcharge at a Chinese restaurant.
Graham Cluley:
Technology news site Ars Technica hacked, readers advised to change passwords  —  Ars Technica was hacked.  Readers advised to change passwords  —  Oh arse!  Registered users of Ars Technica told their passwords might now be in the hands of hackers.  Not that Ars Technica is making the news that obvious on its webpage, mind you...
Discussion: Ars Technica
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Pandora launches its first native game console app — and it's for Xbox One  —  Digital radio service Pandora is finally showing some love to gamers today with the launch of a new application for the Xbox One.  —  Despite being one of the largest streaming music services …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu Nabs Several FX Shows Under Exclusive Multiyear Pact  —  Deal gives Internet TV site exclusive SVOD window for ‘The Strain,’ ‘Tyrant,’ ‘Married,’ 'You're The Worst' and future series  —  Hulu sealed a deal for exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to several current and future FX …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bustle, Bryan Goldberg's news site for women, raises $15.5M, led by General Catalyst; total raise now $27M  —  1-Year-Old Startup Bustle Hits 20 Million Uniques And Raises $15.5 Million: 'It's Been A Watershed Year For Digital Media'  —  Bryan Goldberg and Kate Ward's one-year-old publication for women …
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Macmillan, too, returns to agency pricing with Amazon
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Visa renewals obscure a mounting hostility toward Western media outlets operating in China
Discussion: @comradewong
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