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7:40 AM ET, January 1, 2016

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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Twitter is reversing its ban on political watchdog Politwoops  —  Four months after being banned by Twitter, Politwoops is coming back.  —  If you're not familiar with it, Politwoops is a kind of social media watchdog.  It automatically monitors the Twitter feeds of politicians and highlights whenever they delete a tweet.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
BBC online services back up after widespread outages took its website and iPlayer offline for several hours  —  BBC suffers widespread outages taking website and iPlayer offline  —  UK public broadcaster apologises as its internet services are taken down by ‘technical issue’ affecting its website …
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BBC:
Sources: BBC websites hit by DDoS attack  —  ‘Technical issue’ hits BBC websites  —  “Technical issues” made the BBC's websites intermittently unavailable on Thursday morning.  —  The problems began about 0700 GMT and meant visitors to the site saw a message informing them about an “internal error”.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Crowdfunded ‘Star Trek’ Movie Draws Lawsuit from Paramount, CBS  —  ‘Axanar’ aims to be a professional-quality prequel and has raised more than $1 million.  —  For decades, Paramount and CBS have tolerated and even encouraged fans of the Star Trek franchise to use their imagination at will …
Brian Rohan / Associated Press:
Egypt shuts down Facebook's Free Basics internet service on telco provider Etisalat, reasons unclear  —  Free Internet service for over 3 million Egyptians shut down  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Social media site Facebook says a program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians has been shut down.
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New York Times:
Egyptian authorities shut down art gallery and raided an independent publishing house, raising concerns about continued free speech issues
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post drops progressive columnist Harold Meyerson, claiming poor social media metrics and excessive discussion of two topics  —  Washington Post Claims It Dropped A Progressive Columnist Because Of Poor Readership.  Readers Aren't Happy.  —  Bernie Sanders says the columnist's “insights will be sorely missed.”
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Facebook tests multiple, topic-based feeds on its mobile app in place of one main News Feed, also tests wider rollout of Marketplace feature with its own tab  —  Facebook is testing multiple news feeds on mobile  —  Facebook is testing multiple, topic-based feeds on its mobile app in place of one main News Feed.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback  —  Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington — an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them.
Agence France-Presse:
Two Bangladeshi students sentenced to death over blogger murder  —  A Bangladesh court sentenced two students to death on Thursday for the 2013 murder of a secular blogger, delivering the first convictions over a series of brutal killings that have rocked the Muslim-majority nation.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Nexstar to finalize new offer for Media General, at about $2.2B, or $17.50 per share, as soon as Thursday  —  Nexstar Said to Finalize Media General Proposal Soon as Thursday  —  Offer would trigger at least 4-day window for Meredith counter  —  Nexstar tapping three banks for $4.5 billion in debt financing
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Folio and @sherman4949
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Q&A with Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff, whose last day is December 31, on experimentation and innovation, cultivating readers, and taking a break  —  Q&A: The Huffington Post's Founding Editor Gets Ready to Move On  —  Roy Sekoff Last's Day, After 11 Years, is Dec. 31
Discussion: @jeremymbarr and @kzaleski
Agence France-Presse:
Charlie Hebdo to release million copies of special issue one year after attack  —  Satirical magazine to release double issue on 7 January to mark a year since 12 people were killed in jihadi killings on its Paris office  —  French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday …
 
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Associated Press:
Poland's lawmakers approve new law on state media control
Andy / TorrentFreak:
How Hollywood Caught the UK's Most Prolific Movie Pirates
Discussion: @simoncarless
Andrew Bounds / Financial Times:
UK's CHF Media creates investment fund so private investors can finance children's TV shows
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Press Gazette:
Advertising Standards Authority: Michelin advertorial on Telegraph website ‘not obviously identifiable as such’
Discussion: Financial Times, Guardian and Forbes
Joe Pompeo / DuJour:
Rebekah Brooks and other members of UK's media and politics clique, the Chipping Norton Set, rebuild reputations and network after phone-hacking scandal
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News to go before a jury on January 11 to defend copyright claims over its use of 9/11 photos on Facebook
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A conversation about Facebook's responsibility, and self-interest, in distributing news to keep people well-informed
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu