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12:40 PM ET, January 12, 2015


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Deborah Cole / Agence France-Presse:
Firebombing at German paper that ran Charlie Hebdo cartoons  —  Berlin (AFP) - A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo lampooning the Prophet Mohammed was targeted in firebombing Sunday, police said.  —  With security services on high alert …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Editors must not let Charlie Hebdo's fate influence their editorial stance  —  Fear is not an editorial option  —  Anglo-saxon media that refused to publish religious caricatures should revise their position.  This is the worst time to surrender to self-censorship and politically correctness.
New York Times:
Paris March Against Terror Draws Huge Crowds and 40 World Leaders
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Netflix Win Big At The Golden Globes  —  Last year, Amazon wasn't even included in the Golden Globes.  Netflix took home one of five nominations with the help of Robin Wright from House Of Cards.  —  This year, both companies are walking away winners.
Adam Flomenbaum / Lost Remote:
The Golden Globes on Twitter: 2.6 Million Tweets is 24% Increase Year Over Year  —  Last night's Golden Globes drove 2.6 million tweets between 8pm EST and 11pm EST - a 24% increase compared to last year.  —  Twitter's Head of TV, Andrew Adashek, detailed the highlights in a blog post after the event.
New York Times:
Pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones leaves The New Yorker to join Genius as an executive editor focusing on annotation of lyrics  —  Pop Music Critic Leaves The New Yorker to Annotate Lyrics for a Start-Up  —  Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker …
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Amid tensions with Omidyar, The Intercept wants to ditch its non-profit status  —  The Intercept Found Serial's Elusive Jay, But Can It Find a Profitable Future?  —  Investigative site could drop its nonprofit status by year's end  —  Last month, The Intercept scored an exclusive interview with Jay …
Discussion: @nbj914 and @mathewi
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Al Jazeera America Schedule In Flux After Network Cancels Programs  —  Al Jazeera America launched with the noble mission of providing in-depth news to a cable populace inundated with fast bits of information and a surfeit of talking heads, but putting transforming its goals into practice is proving more difficult.
Discussion: TVNewser and New York Post
Teju Cole / New Yorker:
Free speech and liberty were already in crisis before the assault on France's Charlie Hebdo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Chilling Effects, a site tracking DMCA removal requests, pulls its copyright removal notice pages from search engines  —  Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself  —  On an average day Google now processes more than a million takedown requests from copyright holders, and that's for its search engine alone.
Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker splits site into verticals, adds sections for politics, media, news and more  —  How to Read Gawker in 2015  —  Hi there.  We're trying something new out for the new year, which means Gawker's going to be publishing things a little differently.  Let me explain.
George Sandeman / Guardian:
Oxford Mail's WhatsApp news service tops 1,200 subscribers after six months  —  Chat app gets more click on story links than email or Twitter services, according to paper's head of content  —  The Oxford Mail claims its experiment with mobile messaging service WhatsApp has shown …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Three From The New Republic Join The Huffington Post  —  Three former senior staff members at The New Republic, who were part of a mass exodus at the magazine late last year, have joined The Huffington Post.  —  The editors Greg Veis and Rachel Morris, and a writer, Jonathan Cohn …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks  —  Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security  —  Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed.
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