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We start with a look at the enormous financial cost of the Sony Pictures email hack, from legal fees to lost business. Then, how will the Obama administration’s new policy toward Cuba change politics in Florida? Next, two of L.A.’s most well-known restaurant critics duke it out over what eatery qualifies as the city’s best addition of the year. Turning to media stories, we say goodbye to two transformative series that both air their final episodes today, The Colbert Report and the podcast Serial. And finally, a look at a giant fight between Google News and publishers in our weekly Internet roundup.

Banner Image: Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview (poster shown here), after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.

The Cost of the Sony Hack 7 MIN, 51 SEC

The dark days for Sony Pictures aren’t ending anytime soon. The studio is not releasing the Seth Rogen movie The Interview after threats of terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, the White House has concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony’s computers. The situation carries implications for national security, Hollywood, and privacy. It’s also expensive. According to a recent piece for New York magazine, this could be the most expensive corporate hack ever. We hear from the writer about how she added it up.

Annie Lowrey, New York magazine (@annielowrey)

Sony's Very, Very Expensive Hack

Cuba, Florida and a Changing Political Landscape 7 MIN, 19 SEC

Outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami last night, Cuban-Americans protested and argued over President Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Three-quarters of America’s Cuban population lives in Florida, and it’s been a powerful political force in the state. Could the President’s decision change that?

Sergio Bustos, Miami Herald (@heraldbustos)

The Best L.A. Restaurants of 2014 10 MIN, 28 SEC

Where can you find the best meal in Los Angeles? Two prominent restaurant critics duke it out over what place should get top honors for the year. They also talk about the great food spots they agree on, and their secret guilty eating pleasures.

Besha Rodell, LA Weekly (@BeshaRodell)
Patrick Kuh, restaurant critic for Los Angeles magazine

10 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2014
The Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

Goodbye Colbert, Goodbye Serial 12 MIN, 3 SEC

Today, we say goodbye to two series that changed their respective media platforms: The Colbert Report and the podcast Serial. What made them game changers, and what can we expect from their last episodes? (No spoilers, we promise!)

Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

Google v Newspapers with “Reply All” 7 MIN, 57 SEC

It’s almost 2015, and the battle between publishers and Google News continues -- at least in Spain, where newspapers are furious at the Internet giant for publishing snippets of their articles in search results. So, the country passed a new law to protect the papers, but it might have the opposite effect. We sort it out in our weekly Internet roundup.

PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)

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