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8:00 PM ET, December 9, 2011

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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Romney campaign kicks Jose Antonio Vargas out of event for being an activist  —  Jose Antonio Vargas is wearing two hats these days, advocating for immigration reform while writing about it, but that didn't work at a Mitt Romney campaign event Friday.  He was kicked out after he showed …
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Dylan Byers / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Joins Facebook, Google, Launches ‘Brand Pages’ for Marketers  —  Brands Get a Home on Twitter With More Functionality  —  Twitter is looking to strengthen its relationship with advertisers by launching brand pages that will be unveiled today as part of a more comprehensive redesign.
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Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Nick Kristof tear gassed, detained in Bahrain (tweets)  —  New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, who is in Bahrain to cover the ongoing protests in the country's 10-month-old uprising, tweeted Friday that he was tear-gassed and then taken into a police car in the eastern island of Sitra before being released by a senior officer.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Daily Mail censured for fictional story about Amanda Knox verdict  —  The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint against the Daily Mail for publishing the incorrect verdict in the Amanda Knox case  —  The Mail's website reported that Knox has lost her appeal against her conviction …
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Daniel O'Carroll / IrishCentral:
Trinity College Dublin bans the Daily Mail newspaper after faking student death story
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties  —  In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry.  —  YouTube, which is owned by Google …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
CNN's Zite launches iPhone app for personalized news, and tests a business model  —  Personalized news aggregator Zite, acquired by CNN in September, is going strong.  Today it launches its first iPhone app, and earlier this week it began testing an innovative business model.
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Zite Joins Flipboard, Google On The iPhone In Crowded Week For News Apps
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC review clears journalists of hacking  —  Internal BBC review finds no evidence of hacking or bribery, but director general to recommend beefing up journalists' guidelines  —  A wide-ranging BBC review launched in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal has concluded …
Discussion: Press Gazette
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BBC:
Leveson Inquiry: Private data theft ‘extremely serious’
Discussion: Guardian
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL's Patch Gets a Little Less Hyper-Local  —  Consolidates Sites in New Jersey, California  —  At one time, AOL had hoped to reach 1,000 Patch sites by the end of 2011.  But now comes word that Patch is slightly scaling back its efforts in some markets, fueling speculation inside …
Sophia Hollander / Wall Street Journal:
Sex Essay Sparks Uproar at Yeshiva University  —  An essay about premarital sex published in a student newspaper has caused an uproar at Yeshiva University, the Orthodox Jewish college in Manhattan, prompting the student council to withdraw the paper's funding and igniting a campus-wide debate over censorship.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Collegiate Times publishes special edition after Virginia Tech campus shooting  —  When Collegiate Times editor-in-chief Zach Crizer first heard about Thursday's Virginia Tech shooting via a university alert, he ran to the scene with news editor Michelle Sutherland.
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
CPI reduces staff to compensate for $2 million budget hole  —  The Center for Public Integrity laid off staff today to try to compensate for a $2 million budget shortfall.  —  Ten positions were eliminated, and five people lost their jobs with the Washington-based nonprofit journalism organization.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Former Bon Appétit Editor to Run Digital Food Magazine  —  Barbara Fairchild, who stepped down last year as editor of Bon Appétit, was named editor in chief of Real Eats, a weekly digital magazine about food.  —  Ms. Fairchild worked for 32 years at Bon Appétit, which is owned by Condé Nast.
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Pulitzer-Winner Don Van Natta Jr. Leaves The New York Times for ESPN  —  Don Van Natta Jr., a Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times veteran of 16 years, is leaving the paper to become a Senior Writer at ESPN.  During his time at the Times, he was a member of two Pulitzer-winning teams.
 
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