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11:55 AM ET, January 5, 2016


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Las Vegas Review-Journal staff told to ease up on coverage of new owner  —  Now that Sheldon Adelson's family owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, how should the newspaper handle stories that involve Adelson?  —  Or to ask the question another way: How can and should the paper cover itself?
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Las Vegas Review-Journal taps Providence Journal executive editor Dave Butler to help establish guidelines on covering newspaper's owner
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Source: China's Dalian Wanda agrees to buy majority stake in Legendary Entertainment, valuing the movie studio between $3-$4B  —  Exclusive: Dalian Wanda clinches deal for Legendary Entertainment - source  —  Chinese property and investment firm Dalian Wanda Group has agreed to acquire …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Yahoo shuts down Yahoo Screen, moves video content to its digital magazines like Yahoo Music  —  Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen (Exclusive)  —  Yahoo has shut down Yahoo Screen, the video hub the beleaguered company launched over two years ago to unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof.
Kim Christensen / Los Angeles Times:
Former L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers' jury award is cut by $2.1 million  —  A judge has cut $2.1 million from a $7.1-million award to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, ruling Monday that there was little or no evidence to support a jury's conclusion that he had been forced out of his $234,000-a-year job.
Discussion: Awful Announcing and LA Observed
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
VICE reporter Mohammed Rasool released from Turkish prison on bail, after 131 days  —  VICE reporter Mohammed Rasool released on bail  —  Mohammed Rasool, the VICE News correspondent who was arrested by Turkish authorities with two of his colleagues late last year, has been released on bail, the news organization announced today.
Discussion: Guardian, @can_yeginsu and @aahronheim
Benedicte Page / The Bookseller:
Penguin Random House sells self-publishing division Author Solutions to Arizona-based private equity company, Najafi Companies, terms not disclosed  —  PRH sells Author Solutions  —  Penguin Random House has sold its controversial self-publishing division Author Solutions.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Natalie Sherman / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Sun interim CEO and publisher Rick Daniels made permanent  —  Rick Daniels named publisher of The Baltimore Sun … The owner of the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday named a new leader of Maryland's 179-year-old news organization, after transferring the previous publisher to California to head the L.A. Times.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook's News Feed team on algorithms, relevancy scores, and the importance of giving users more control over their feeds  —  Who Controls Your Facebook Feed  —  A small team of engineers in Menlo Park.  A panel of anonymous power users around the world.  And, increasingly, you.
Open State Foundation:
Politwoops back online after Twitter reversed its ban, tracks deleted tweets of politicians in 25 countries  —  Politwoops up and running in 25 countries, more to come  —  Today, Open State Foundation has set Politwoops back online.  After an agreement reached with Twitter …
‘Smear campaign’ against Chinese president linked to disappearance of Hong Kong booksellers  —  Five men who traded in salacious books about Communist party elite feared abducted, but wife of missing Lee Bo has attempted to withdraw police report  —  The suspected abductions …
Tom Wyke / Daily Mail:
ISIS kills female journalist Ruqia Hassan in Syria, after accusing her of being a spy; believed to be first female journalist to be killed by ISIS  —  'Go ahead and cut off the internet, our messenger pigeons won't complain': Last post of female journalist executed by ISIS ‘for being a spy’
Discussion: Press Gazette and SYRIA:direct
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Charlie Hebdo Runs Religious Extremism Cartoon Cover on Anniversary of Terror Attack  —  Charlie Hebdo Runs Religious Extremism Cartoon Cover on Anniversary of Terror Attack  —  Thursday will mark the anniversary of the deadly attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo …
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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
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Jeremy Gillula / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Time Warner's Turner indicates it will bring native ads to TV, replacing some 15-60 second ad spots with longer-form content
Discussion: @jpeters1221
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Traffic growth of some digital news sites slows, with Business Insider growing 10% in 2015, compared to 80% in 2014 and BuzzFeed's traffic flat in 2015
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘News’ Networks Donate Millions to Donald Trump By Racing to Air First TV Ad
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
ESPN's The Undefeated will launch in 2016
Discussion:, NPR, FishbowlNY and @poynter
Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed:
New BBC Three logo was predicted in BBC comedy sketch nearly two years ago
Discussion: @robbotron, Digiday and About the BBC