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1:20 PM ET, December 19, 2014

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FBI:
FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Pictures could lose $75M on “The Interview”, which cost $44M to make, $30M to promote  —  Sony Could Lose $75 Million on ‘The Interview’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment could lose $75 million over the cancellation of its planned Christmas release “The Interview” …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issues a document preservation notice to MPAA  —  Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood  —  Last Friday, The Verge published …
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Andy / TorrentFreak:
MPAA says Google positioning itself as a defender of free speech is shameful  —  Google & MPAA Publicly Slam Each Other Over Piracy  —  Even after running for weeks, the fallout from the Sony hacking fiasco is showing no signs of waning.  In fact in some areas it appears that matters are only getting worse.
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 …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
The year in media errors and corrections 2014  —  Correction of the Year  —  This New York Times correction combines Kimye, butts and a writer treating a fake news website and a fake radio station as real.  Bravo: … Runner Up  —  The Sun (U.K.) offered a correction that detailed …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Guardian and Observer journalists to get vote on next editor-in-chief  —  Winning staff ballot will guarantee place on shortlist, but ultimate decision on who replaces Alan Rusbridger will be made by owners Scott Trust  —  The process to appoint the next editor-in-chief of the Guardian …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
How Vessel will fare in a YouTube-dominated world  —  Flush with $75 million in venture capital funding, Vessel, the video startup led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, poses a direct challenge to YouTube.  —  Vessel officially unveiled its offering on Wednesday, a platform around …
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Vice video producers average $60k/year, and writers $45k, application for tax incentives shows  —  Here Is Vice Media's Salary Breakdown  —  Vice Media, now valued at two and a half billion dollars, made a ton of money this year.  How much do its employees make?  Here is Vice's most detailed information yet.
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / The Huffington Post:
Jailed Journalist Jason Rezaian Gains Attention As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume  —  WASHINGTON — Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been held by the Iranian government since July on unclear charges, is receiving renewed attention as negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resume with the U.S. government.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti: on buying Hyper IQ and building apps, creating video, bundling, and more  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti: 'It's not just a site, it's a whole process'  —  BuzzFeed announced today that it's acquiring the talent team behind mobile app developer Hyper IQ …
 
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David S. Bernstein / Boston Magazine:
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
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