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We start with an update on the 16-hour standoff with a gunman who held customers and employees of a cafe in Sydney, Australia, hostage. What do we know about the casualties and the perpetrator behind the attack? Then, the fallout from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s email hack continues. We look at the commercial and professional consequences for the studio and its executives. In our weekly television roundup, a look at what Aaron Sorkin is saying about the Sony situation, the same week as the series finale of his show The Newsroom. Then, a look at the controversy over a book supposedly authored by the YouTube star Zoella. And finally, are the new celebrities of Vine usurping YouTube stars like Zoella as the new media darlings of the day?

Banner Image: Police officers walk near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages were being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Sydney Hostage Standoff Ends With Three Dead 8 MIN, 2 SEC

A standoff with a gunman who held customers and employees of a cafe hostage for more than 16 hours finally ended earlier today. Two hostages and the gunman, a self-described Muslim cleric named Man Haron Monis, are dead. Several others are injured. What happened, what do we know about the perpetrator, and what could the political ramifications of the incident be in Australia?

Lincoln Feast, Reuters

The Future of Sony After Email Hack 8 MIN, 17 SEC

The damage rippling from the email hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment continues, and some in Hollywood are going on the offensive. Noted Supreme Court lawyer David Boies sent out a letter on the studio’s behalf, demanding media outlets stop publishing the leaked correspondence. Meanwhile, some are saying Amy Pascal’s days as head of Sony are numbered. We look at the still-unfolding commercial and professional fallout.

Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

'The Newsroom' Says Goodbye, And More 9 MIN, 27 SEC

Aaron Sorkin didn’t mince words in a New York Times op-ed today, saying journalists who publish leaked emails from the Sony hack are “morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.” The topic would’ve made great fodder for Sorkin’s series The Newsroom, if the series hadn’t aired its final episode last night. We discuss that and more in our weekly TV roundup.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

Meet Zoella 8 MIN, 37 SEC

Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, started posting videos of herself demonstrating hair, makeup and fashion tips on YouTube five years ago. Now she has nearly 7 million subscribers to her channel on the website, and earned millions of dollars from her fame. But her star’s been tarnished recently by a controversy over her recently published book.

Lucy Scholes, Daily Beast (@LucyScholes)

Girl Online

Zoe Sugg

The Internet’s New Superstars 13 MIN, 33 SEC

Today’s teen idols are coming more and more from D.I.Y. digital outlets instead of movies and TV. And just as Hollywood is catching onto YouTube, newer platforms are popping up and creating fresh batches of stars. The latest is Vine, where users upload six-second videos from their smartphones. We take stock of YouTube and Vine’s biggest stars, and talk about the differences between them.

Tad Friend, The New Yorker (@tadfriend)

Hollywood and Vine: The Stars of YouTube and Vine

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