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7:10 PM ET, January 8, 2015


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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Close Call on Publication of Charlie Hebdo Cartoons  —  Was The Times cowardly and lacking in journalistic solidarity when it decided not to publish the images from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that precipitated the execution of French journalists?  —  Some readers I've heard from certainly think so.
Guardian Media Group pledges £100,000 to sustain Charlie Hebdo's publication, sees no need to publish its cartoons  —  The Guardian view on Charlie Hebdo: show solidarity, but in your own voice  —  Journalists were murdered for exercising free speech.  They trampled on religious taboos.
Google and French publishers to donate €250K each to Charlie Hebdo, which plans 1M issue print run next week  —  Charlie Hebdo staff vow to publish next week with 1m print run  —  Writer for satirical magazine says ‘stupidity will not win’ following attack in Paris in which 12 people were killed
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Survivors Retrace a Scene of Horror at Charlie Hebdo  —  PARIS — Stéphane Charbonnier was perched, as was his habit every Wednesday morning, at a U-shaped wooden table on the second floor of his light-filled Parisian offices at the French satirical newspaper he headed, Charlie Hebdo, an array of papers spread before him.
Fierce debate among journalists as some media outlets publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons while others decline, citing safety and sensitivity
Arthur Goldhammer / Al Jazeera America:
Charlie Hebdo's mission was to show nothing is sacred, in Paris tradition of “gouaille”
Jean-Paul Marthoz / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Charlie Hebdo attack unites France on free expression, but will solidarity hold?
John Herrman / The Awl:
Facebook's latest post on video growth shows intent to demote publishers to producers, with uncertain benefits  —  Territory Annexed  —  Here is an update from Facebook about what “the shift to video”—that is, the sudden prevalence of auto-playing clips posted directly to the site—means to “creators.”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
David Cross' new movie will be the first distributed in a pay-what-you-want BitTorrent Bundle  —  David Cross' new movie will be the first feature film distributed in a BitTorrent Bundle  —  A Kickstarter hopes to bring the movie to theaters with pay-what-you-want tickets
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Activist hedge fund Starboard again suggests Yahoo merge with AOL, warns against big acquisitions  —  Activist Hedge Fund Again Warns Yahoo Against Making a Big Acquisition  —  With speculation picking up among investors about Yahoo going on a shopping spree, an activist hedge fund …
Dade Hayes / Broadcasting & Cable:
CES: Traditional Media Brands ‘Sucking Up’ Tech More Than Ever  —  Execs report optimism but say the imperative to master technology has never loomed larger  —  The rapidly shifting world of media content and brands offers seemingly boundless opportunity — but you'd better act fast.
Mahsa Alimardani / Mediashift:
The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page  —  “The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring.  If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Q&A: How Alan Taylor, online photography pioneer, is rethinking The Atlantic's photo site  —  On Monday, NASA released a high definition version of one of its most iconic photos ever, the Pillars of Creation — a shot from the Hubble Space Telescope that shows three massive columns of gas about 6,500 light years away.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Why Your Cable Bill Is Going Up Again in 2015 — Sports  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and other pay-TV providers are citing a culprit for the higher bills you're paying: Sports.  —  For the first time, Time Warner Cable is adding a $2.75 monthly charge for sports programming.
Discussion: @gerryfsmith
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Google to Tell Brands When Their Video Ads Are Actually Seen  —  Search Giant Will Report Viewability for Some YouTube Ads Later This Year  —  Ad Spending for 100 Largest B-to-B Marketers Nears $5 Billion  —  Google is getting more transparent with advertisers about whether consumers are actually watching their online video ads.
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