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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Threaten Violence Over Interview | NYT Layoffs Begin

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Sony Hackers Threaten Violence Over The Interview (Re/code)
A new message from the hackers who have infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to threaten violence at or near movie theaters where the studio plans to show The Interview. The group mentioned the film for the first time by name and threatened to take unspecified actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25, writing, “The world will be full of fear” and “Remember the 11th of September.” WSJ A Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday afternoon the agency was aware of the threat but added: “at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.” Variety “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message reads. There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the Interview’s depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks. THR The Sony hackers also made good on their promise to release a so-called Christmas gift by posting an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday. The documents appear to be the entire email account of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Lynton’s email account contains 12,466 messages, which presumably contains deleted messages, dating from Nov. 12, 2008 to Nov. 21, 2014, three days before the hack was first noticed by the studio. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident. Deadline Landmark Theatres said Tuesday night that the New York premiere of the film has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. BuzzFeed The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the release of the film.

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Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay in Businessweek Essay [Updated]

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, just came out as gay in a moving essay he penned for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook writes that while he has never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he felt now was the right time because he realized doing so could help others:

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

“I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice,” adds Cook. “Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.”

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Jeff Bercovici Leaving Forbes for Inc.

JeffBercoviciPicThe departure of Nicole Carter from Inc. to Apple has set in motion an interesting subsequent shift. To replace her as the magazine’s San Francisco bureau chief, Inc. has snagged Jeff Bercovici. A rep tells FishbowlNY he will start November 10.

Bercovici has worked as a senior editor at Forbes since 2013. Prior to that, he was a staff writer.

It’s been an interesting, long run for the journalist. He was a columnist with WWD‘s “Memo Pad” from 2004-2006, a staff writer with Radar magazine from 2006-2007, a founding media blogger with Condé Nast’s Portfolio from 2007-2009 and a media columnist at AOL Daily Finance from 2009-2010.

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Vogue China Cover Features Apple Watch

Vogue China’s latest cover features model Liu Wen and — more importantly — the Apple Watch. We think the Watch is completely unnecessary and rather ugly, but apparently Condé Nast does not. In fact, Vogue China’s editor, Angelica Cheung, thinks readers will love it.

“I just thought that they combined technology, style and functionality and were very modern and, therefore, perfect accessories for the modern-day woman which is what the Vogue China woman is about,” Cheung told Business of Fashion.

Well, that’s one opinion.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Chernin, AT&T Strike Deal With Fullscreen | The Wire Shuttered

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Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen (THR)
Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen. GigaOM Financial details of the transaction weren’t released, but Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, who previously handled partner relations for YouTube, will retain “a material ownership stake in the company,” according to the release. Re/code The sale is supposed to wrap up in the next month; ad holding giant WPP, which invested in Fullscreen earlier, will remain as a “strategic shareholder.” The deal is likely to value Fullscreen, which says it has 4 billion monthly video views, between $200 million and $300 million. Earlier in the year, Disney bought YouTube network Maker Studios, which had 5.5 billion views, in a deal that could ultimately hit $950 million. That sale kicked off a new wave of investor interest in Web video networks, which for now generate most of their eyeballs and revenue on YouTube. Capital New York Dreamworks acquired YouTube channel AwesomenessTV in 2011 for $150 million, Discovery acquired Revision3 in 2012 for $30 million, and Legendary Entertainment bought Nerdist for an undisclosed sum in 2012. Variety Fullscreen, founded in January 2011, works with more than 50,000 content creators — including such YouTube stars as the Fine Bros., Connor Franta and O2L — who have an aggregate of 450 million subscribers. The Culver City, Calif.-based company has about 200 employees worldwide.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: RIP, Joan Rivers | Wright to Replace Snider at DreamWorks

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RIP, Joan Rivers (FishbowlNY)
Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday. TVNewser The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3 p.m. ET. Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City last Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. NYT The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause of death had not yet been determined. Deadline Hollywood During a minor endoscopic procedure last Thursday to check her vocal cords at an Upper East Side clinic, Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai, where she was put into a medically induced coma. Wednesday she was moved from intensive care to a private room at the Manhattan hospital. Mediaite Rivers got her start as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965, often filling in as host for Johnny Carson over the years. But after she took a job as a rival host on the Fox network without consulting Carson, he banned her from the Tonight Show, a situation that stayed in effect until she briefly appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host earlier this year. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers only lasted one season, but she went on to a successful stint of reality shows later in life, including Fashion Police and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her daughter. The Daily Beast In her last big interview, Rivers spoke candidly to The Daily Beast in July about Hollywood celebrities’ thin skins, contemplating suicide after her husband’s suicide, sex, dating and her own mortality.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Adds McGrath to Board | Gifford Pens Today Musical

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Amazon Adds Former MTV CEO Judy McGrath to Board (Re/code)
As Amazon continues its push into becoming a big creator of online TV shows, it’s adding some serious media expertise to its board. The company said on Friday that it had elected longtime former MTV CEO Judy McGrath to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Deadline Hollywood As an incentive to stay, she received rights to 2,520 shares convertible at a rate of 840 a year over three years beginning August 2015. Variety Since June 2013, McGrath has been president of Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary, a digital-content joint venture between McGrath and Sony Music Entertainment. She had run Viacom’s MTV Networks from July 2004 until May 2011, and had been part of the startup team that launched the music cabler in 1981. THR McGrath was also appointed to the Leadership Development And Compensation Committee at Amazon, according to a Friday SEC filing. On Friday, Amazon’s shares were trading at $308 each. Amazon launched a streaming music service called Prime Music earlier this year, and it said a week ago it will be spending $100 million on original content this quarter to beef up its Prime Instant Video Service, which competes with Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video services. Forbes The appointment makes McGrath the third woman out of 10 current directors to sit alongside CEO and chairman Jeff Bezos, joining Patricia Stonesifer, CEO of non-profit Martha’s Table, and Jamie Gorelick, former deputy U.S. Attorney General.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: BuzzFeed Editor Fired for Plagiarism | Palin Launches Channel

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google Buys Songza | MSNBC Holds Second Place

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Google in Deal for Songza, A Music Playlist Service (NYT)
In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others in making customized playlists of recommended songs. Re/code The New York Post reported in June that the deal could be worth $15 million. Unlike some acquired startups, Songza won’t be shutting down. Its team will be joining Google in New York and helping with contextual recommendation features for Google Play and possibly YouTube down the line. GigaOM Songza offers custom curated playlists based on categories like genre, mood, decade and activity (“Drinking at A Dive Bar,” “’60s International,” etc.) and offers song suggestions based on the time of day and week. The service is free and songs aren’t interrupted by ads. THR The acquisition comes on the heels of Apple’s deal to purchase Beats Electronics and its streaming music service for $3 billion. Amazon also has jumped into the music streaming market with the launch of the Prime Music service, which comes as part of its $99 annual Prime subscription. The move appears to be part of Google’s plans to compete in this increasingly crowded music-streaming space, which is already dominated by Spotify. Variety Google said it plans to use Songza to make its Play Music service more attractive. The Songza purchase also comes as marketers are spending more on online and mobile radio services in the U.S. Ad sales generated $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, a gain of 26.3 percent, according to digital research group eMarketer. That’s expected to increase another 23 percent to $2 billion this year.

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