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9:50 AM ET, January 20, 2015


 Top News: 
James Ball / Guardian:
British spy agency GCHQ intercepted emails from NYT, Washington Post, NBC journalists, among other international media  —  GCHQ intercepted emails of journalists from top international media  —  • Snowden files reveal emails of BBC, NY Times and more  —  • Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list
Press Gazette:
Every UK national newspaper editor urges Prime Minister to stop RIPA spying on journalists
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Techmeme's Gabe Rivera on tech media: ‘A lot of intellectual dishonesty’  —  Gabe Rivera has a love-hate relationship with the tech media world.  Known both for helming curation site Techmeme and for his often sarcastic Twitter personality, Rivera is knee-deep in the cut-throat Silicon Valley …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Studios to Produce Movies for Theatrical, Digital Release in 2015  —  Amazon Studios said it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early-window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video starting in 2015.  —  According to Amazon …
Ed Vulliamy / Observer:
A week inside Charlie Hebdo: how the ‘survival issue’ was made  —  In the wake of the shocking attack on Charlie Hebdo, Ed Vulliamy spent time with the magazine's surviving cartoonists as they mourned their fallen colleagues and put together their survivors' issue
Discussion: @venkatananth
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sources say The Sun newspaper has quietly dropped its topless ‘Page 3’ section following campaign by critics  —  Has the Sun axed Page 3 topless pictures?  —  Is the Sun poised to drop Page 3 after more than 44 years of topless pictures?  Several close to the tabloid have indicated …
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: DreamWorks Animation may cut over 350 production and support jobs in California  —  DreamWorks Animation plans substantial layoffs  —  Stung by a series of box office misfires and failed sale attempts, DreamWorks Animation plans a substantial number of layoffs, two people familiar with the matter said.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Online Retailer to Launch OTT Service This Year  —  MIAMI — Salt Lake City-based will launch an over the top content service by mid-year that aims to take advantage of the discount retailer's Internet and mobile traffic.  — CEO Patrick Byrne …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Emily Steel / New York Times:
ComScore starts tracking video audiences across computers, mobile, tablets and streaming devices  —  ComScore to Tally Viewers Across Their Many Devices  —  People are spending an exploding amount of time watching video on their mobile phones or streaming programs to their television sets …
Discussion: AdExchanger, @vivian and The Next Web
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Japanese journalist threatened with death on Isis video  —  Jihadists demand $200m ransom for the lives of two hostages  —  A journalist is one of two Japanese hostages who face being murdered by Islamic State (Isis) unless the organisation is paid a $200m ransom (£130m) by the Tokyo government.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Aol Is Restructuring, Layoffs And Site Closures Likely  —  Aol, owner of TechCrunch, is gearing up for some housekeeping.  TechCrunch has learned that the company is preparing to lay off staff and close or fold up underperforming titles as part of a bigger restructuring …
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC refuses $150M bid from independent TV producers Avalon and Hat Trick for BBC3  —  BBC Won't Sell Youth Network Despite $150 Million Bid  —  The BBC has said it will not accept a a takeover bid from two independent British TV production houses for the public broadcaster's 11-year-old …
Discussion: Guardian, @bbcpress and Variety
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New York Times' The Upshot gathers steam, but the paper has done little to capitalize with ads  —  The Upshot Emerges as Potentially Lucrative Franchise at The Times  —  The New York Times' 20 most-popular stories of 2014 included two from its news-explainer section The Upshot: “Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?”
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Journalists, lawyers, social workers form Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to oppose UK police spying
Lindsay Murdoch / Sydney Morning Herald:
Veteran journalist Andrew Drummond to leave Thailand amid safety fears
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Eric Talmadge is the only Western reporter regularly in North Korea. Here's what it's like.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian newspaper shut down for showing solidarity with Charlie Hebdo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC and PBS form production partnership for programs about natural history, science, religion, and arts
Discussion: Variety and
 Earlier Picks: 
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph Media Group made £55m operating profit in 2014
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
State of the Union becomes multiplatform, multimedia effort on YouTube, Facebook, Medium, more
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and @katiezez
Brian Stelter /
Fox News to earn $1.50 per subscriber per month, more than most channels besides ESPN and TNT
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube Will Produce Its Own Super Bowl Halftime Show
Discussion: The Verge, Thanks:@lucas_shaw