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5:00 PM ET, December 13, 2011

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Christopher Goffard / Los Angeles Times:
Russ Stanton steps down as Times editor  —  Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will assume the top newsroom job.  Stanton, 52, has led the news organization for four years, a period in which the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the Public Service Award for exposing corruption in the city of Bell.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Amanpour Said to Be Leaving ‘This Week’  —  Christiane Amanpour is preparing to leave as the anchor of “This Week,” the Sunday morning news program on ABC, two people with knowledge of her plans said Tuesday.  —  Ms. Amanpour, a longtime international correspondent for CNN, joined ABC about a year and a half ago to anchor “This Week.”
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Brian Stelter accidentally tweets tip about Amanpour leaving ‘This Week’  —  Brian Stelter had an awkward Twitter moment this afternoon when he accidentally tweeted to his 97,000 followers that he had heard that Christiane Amanpour would be departing as host of ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Gawker and Future of Journalism
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Trump Bows Out  —  This just in: Donald Trump has bowed out of moderating the NewsMax debate in Iowa later, announcing his decision in a statement saying he will not give up the option of running for president as an independent.  Trump:
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Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Backs Out of Debate, Floating Independent Bid
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lamar Smith Proposes New Version Of SOPA, With Just A Few Changes  —  In preparation for his attempt to rush SOPA through Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith has put forth an updated version of the bill (pdf link and embedded below) as a “manager's amendment,” which will be used for the markup, to be held on Thursday.
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Dodd on piracy bill: ‘Hollywood is pro-Internet’  —  Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), now the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, pushed back at criticism his industry is backing an online piracy bill that would lead to censorship online during a speech on Tuesday.  —  “Hollywood is pro-Internet.
James Robinson / Guardian:
Phone hacking: lawyer knew ‘rogue reporter’ defence was untrue in 2008  —  Farrer & Co partner Julian Pike tells Leveson inquiry he knew the ‘rogue reporter’ defence was wrong three years ago  —  A lawyer who advised former News of the World owner News International until two months ago …
Discussion: Company Town
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Sam Marsden / The Independent:   Leveson Inquiry: News International ‘tried to influence prosecution’ of jailed royal editor
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:   James Murdoch warned over phone hacking, e-mail shows
The Huffington Post:
Dowler Family Insist Police Told Them NotW Journalists Deleted Milly's Voicemails
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Video of ‘Times’ photographer's confrontation with police touches off another exchange between NYPD and local media  —  An attorney for The New York Times sent an email yesterday afternoon to Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne expressing “disappointment” after officers interfered …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
BBC World News to Be Available Through Comcast  —  The BBC will announce on Tuesday a first-of-its-kind deal for Comcast to carry the BBC World News channel, opening the door to wider distribution for the channel within the United States.  —  The carriage agreements come nearly a year …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
AP Launches Strategy To Go Beyond Breaking News, Become More ‘Distinct’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press has been getting it first and getting it right for the past 165 years.  —  But as traditional rivals like Bloomberg and Reuters ramp up opinion and analysis — and as competition increased …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu Latino Content Goes Live … NEW YORK - Hulu on Tuesday launched its previously announced Hulu Latino service, which it says offers “the most robust and complete Spanish-language content library available through an online video service in the U.S.  —  The online video joint venture of News Corp. …
Discussion: Hulu Blog and GigaOM
Bloomberg:
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
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Will Richmond / paidContent:
If Netflix Is In Play, Here's Some Companies That Would Be In The Hunt
Discussion: VideoNuze and WebProNews
TorrentFreak:
Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox  —  A few days ago we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded on BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site developed the service so people can show their friends how public …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Universal: Artists didn't consent to Megaupload video  —  The brouhaha around Megaupload's viral music video continues this week, with Universal Music (UMG) now claiming that several of its artists didn't consent to being used in the video.  Megaupload is disputing these claims in a lawsuit it filed in federal court today.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
NoW's Ian Edmondson asked Glenn Mulcaire to hack phones, court is told  —  Mulcaire's lawyer says private detective was instructed by News of the World's news editor to intercept voicemail messages  —  Glenn Mulcaire told the chief lawyer at the News of the World in 2007 that he was instructed …
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The Daily Record:   Glenn Mulcaire's breach of contract case against News International begins
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Nearly half of campaign coverage last week focused on Gingrich  —  PEJ reports that Gingrich has now become “the top campaign newsmaker after weeks of attention to Herman Cain and allegations about his personal behavior,” with half of all campaign coverage focused on him.  The campaign was the week's top story.
Discussion: Splice Today, Forbes and Journalism.org
 
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