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At Least 12 Killed in Shooting at Office of French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo (CNN)
At least 12 people were killed in Wednesday’s attack on a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, regional official Jean-Paul Huchon said. The gunmen “will be chased as long as necessary, so that they can be stopped and be brought before judges,” French President Francois Hollande said. Earlier, the President said, “This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about this.” USA Today French media reported that armed men wearing black hoods stormed the offices of the publication in a suburb of the city before firing automatic weapons in a scene that police described as “carnage.” BBC News According to the AP, the radical Islamic State group threatened to attack France minutes before Hebdo tweeted a satirical cartoon of the extremist group’s leader giving New Year’s wishes. The Guardian The three hooded men — described by a police union spokesman as “commandos” — are on the run after walking into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 11th arrondissement at about midday on Wednesday and fleeing in a getaway car driven by a fourth. Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011 after a spoof issue featuring a caricature of the prophet Mohammed on its cover.

Verizon CEO Says Video Effort to Debut in Second Half, AOL Acquisition Report Inaccurate (Re/code)
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam threw cold water on the idea his company was in talks to acquire AOL, but reiterated the company’s interest in offering a video service, saying it could debut in the second half of this year. FishbowlNY Bloomberg News reported Monday that Verizon had approached AOL about a possible acquisition or joint venture. According to Bloomberg News, Verizon was interested in AOL because it wants to expand its mobile-video products. More specifically, Verizon wanted a piece of AOL’s superior ad tech. Bloomberg News The wireless carrier hasn’t made a formal proposal to AOL, and no agreement is imminent, said people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Speaking at a conference Tuesday, McAdam said the company isn’t having “significant acquisition discussions” and is more interested in partnerships with media companies and content providers, rather than buying them. Variety Verizon expects to roll out a “mobile-first” Internet pay-TV service in the second half of 2015, likely with between 20 and 30 channels, aimed at younger consumers who aren’t interested in full-blown cable, McAdam said Tuesday. THR Last month, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo discussed the telecom giant’s planned mobile online video service. He said it would be “what we consider over-the-top mobile-first. Don’t think of it as linear TV programming. It is very different content.” He pointed to the company’s sports offers on mobile phones as good examples for what to expect.

NYT Deputy Editor Amy O’Leary Joining Upworthy (FishbowlNY)
Amy O’Leary, most recently digital deputy editor of The New York Times, is leaving the paper to join Upworthy, where she’ll serve as editorial director. O’Leary had been with the Times since 2007. Poynter / MediaWire In her new position, O’Leary will be the top editorial staffer, responsible for overseeing the creation and dissemination of Upworthy’s brand of shareable content. She replaces founding editorial director Sara Critchfield, who left in 2014 to work as a media strategist and consultant. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Before joining the Times, O’Leary worked in public radio as a producer for This American Life. She was named deputy international editor in October and was an author on the Times‘ “innovation” report last year, which warned that the paper’s “journalism advantage is shrinking” as it is surpassed by new digital competitors. HuffPost Upworthy is hoping that O’Leary, who arrives at the viral content site following a period of staff cuts and restructuring at the Times, will help to “bring important stories and causes to millions of people through compelling, engaging content.” She begins Feb. 9.

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