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10:00 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  —  Review-Journal brass brings in Dave Butler to guide newsroom  —  New Media Investment Group, the company that continues to manage the Las Vegas Review-Journal …
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: LA Observed
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 …
Discussion: Naked Security and Boing Boing
‘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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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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