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2:10 PM ET, January 5, 2016

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter targets Q1 launch and 10K-character limit for “Beyond 140” feature, testing timeline that shows 140 characters with option to expand for more  —  Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets  —  Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.
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?
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Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Michael Schroeder, manager of News + Media Capital Group LLC, which bought the Las Vegas Review Journal, has been removed from position  —  Controversial ‘manager’ of Review-Journal parent company removed from job  —  The Connecticut newspaper publisher at the center of a national media-ethics firestorm …
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 …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Activision acquires assets of Major League Gaming for $46M; CEO Robert Kotick says he wants to build “the ESPN of video games”  —  Activision Buys Major League Gaming to Broaden Role in E-Sports  —  Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty and other hit video game franchises …
Discussion: Forbes and Business Wire
VICE News:
VICE journalist Mohammed Rasool released on bail from Turkish prison after four months, must report twice a week to police station near where he lives  —  Turkey Has Released VICE News Journalist Mohammed Rasool On Bail  —  VICE News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool has been released …
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
With global expansion efforts nearly complete and a $5B programming budget, twice as large as HBO's, Netflix will focus on bigger profits  —  New on Netflix's 2016 Agenda: Making Real Money  —  More than 100 new markets on the map in global expansion  —  And a ‘startling’ programming budget of about $5 billion
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.
Jeremy Gillula / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Confirms: T-Mobile's Binge On Optimization is Just Throttling, Applies Indiscriminately to All Video  —  Back in November, T-Mobile announced a new service for its mobile customers called Binge On, in which video streams from certain websites don't count against customers' data caps.1 …
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.
 
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Natalie Sherman / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Sun interim CEO and publisher Rick Daniels made permanent
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
Discussion: Press Gazette and SYRIA:direct
Guardian:
‘Smear campaign’ against Chinese president linked to disappearance of Hong Kong booksellers
Kim Christensen / Los Angeles Times:
Former L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers' jury award is cut by $2.1 million
Discussion: Awful Announcing and LA Observed
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Spence / Politico:
The media moguls to watch in Europe in 2016
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Yahoo shuts down Yahoo Screen, moves video content to its digital magazines like Yahoo Music
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: bookforum.com, NPR and FishbowlNY
Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed:
New BBC Three logo was predicted in BBC comedy sketch nearly two years ago
Discussion: Digiday, @robbotron and About the BBC