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4:05 PM ET, December 16, 2011

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Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62.  Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir …
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Christopher Buckley / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  We were friends for more than thirty years, which is a long time but, now that he is gone, seems not nearly long enough.  I was rather nervous when I first met him, one night in London in 1977, along with his great friend Martin Amis.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
New York Times did not need to stop the presses for Hitchens obit  —  New York Times Communications Director Danielle Rhoades Ha reports the paper did not need to stop the presses to include a story about Christopher Hitchens' death of cancer Thursday; “The story broke and was confirmed …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Posthumous Hitchens: As readers remember the writer by combing his back-catalog, publishers prepare …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet  —  A marathon debate today in the House of Representatives on the Stop Online Piracy Act wasn't derailed by procedural questions, even though not one hearing had been held on how the law would actually work.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  Photo J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press  —  The House Judiciary Committee is considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act to the House floor abruptly adjourned Friday with no new vote date set …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Markup Day 1: We Don't Understand This Bill, It Might Do Terrible Things, But Dammit, We're Passing It Now
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
House committee appears headed toward approving SOPA
Discussion: Threat Level and Techdirt
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock  —  Cheap new e-readers are expected to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season.  But new owners of Kindles and Nooks may be in for sticker shock on Christmas morning: The price gap between the print and e-versions of some top sellers has now narrowed …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, Heather  —  Heather Harde, the business brains behind TechCrunch, will be stepping down at the end of the year as general manager of AOL's technology properties (including TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW).  AOL GM Jay Kirsch, who oversees Autos, Finance, and Industry on the business side …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Uncrunched
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning hearing - updates  —  Continuing coverage from Fort Meade, Maryland, where a pre-trial hearing is taking place for the Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning  —  At Forte Meade: Ed Pilkington (EP) and Matt Williams (MW)  —  At the Guardian in New York: Matt Wells
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Manning Hearing Halted as Investigator Considers Recusal Request
Jim Romenesko:
Newspaper Guild of New York blasts Robinson's $4.5M consulting fee  —  The Times contract expired on March 30, “and we have not had serious negotiations for months now.  Our last official bargaining session was in June.”  —  The union chief adds that subcommittees have been meeting with the Times …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Next New York Times CEO could come from the tech sector
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Janet Robinson, Chief Executive of Times Co., to Step Down
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
UMG claims “right to block or remove” YouTube videos it doesn't own  —  Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its “Mega Song.”  UMG insists that it had a right …
Jack Shafer:
Are you reading the best magazine in America?  —  My original commitment to Bloomberg BusinessWeek was so small it was almost negative.  —  About this time last year, US Airways, Delta, or some other crappy airline notified me that my soon-to-expire frequent flyer miles could be exchanged …
Discussion: CJR and Media Nation
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for freedom of expression on the Internet, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter …
Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Newspaper chief's murder in Dagestan adds to toll of Russian journalists  —  Hundreds attend funeral of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, who was shot dead outside Chernovik's offices in the North Caucasus  —  The prominent founder of an independent newspaper in the volatile Dagestan republic has been shot dead …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
No debate: Fox gets glowing reviews  —  Given that some of those dastardly “mainstream media” reporters within the Beltway have been known to rib Fox News' journalism from time to time, it's been notable to see a clear trend emerge from the Republican debates in 2011: The faceoffs hosted …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NPR stations see big growth for Argo blogs as the pilot winds down  —  How much of an impact can one blogger make?  —  A little more than a year ago, 12 public radio stations set a goal: Hire a reporter, teach him or her how to blog, and create the most authoritative local source of news on a single topic — a vertical.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
More Digital-First Downsizing: The Guardian's Print Edition Shrinks Again  —  We've been covering already how the Guardian's digital-first strategy has resulted in some sections of the printed newspaper shrinking.  Today brings a fresh wave of downsizing moves, with the sports and film …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Karl Rove: ‘Debates transfer power to the media, draining it from the campaigns’  —  Former George W. Bush staffer and current Fox News contributor Karl Rove has written an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today focusing on Donald Trump and televised debates.  Rove has mixed opinions on debates.
Jon Slattery:
How Lord Hunt wants to tame bloggers and online  —  Online publications and blogs would be regulated under radical proposals by the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, according to the Exaro website  —  Lord Hunt, PCC chairman since October, told Exaro in an interview with David Hencke …
Dorothy Pomerantz / Forbes:
Why Howard Stern is a Terrible Choice for NBC  —  Click for full photo gallery: Howard Stern - The Celebrity 100  —  NBC announced today that Howard Stern is taking over from Piers Morgan as a judge on the show America's Got Talent.  To accommodate Stern (who will continue to do his Sirius/XM radio show) …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Now We Know AOL's Patch Revenue Is - And It's Tiny  —  AOL's local business, Patch, will lose at least $100 million this year and generate paltry revenues, according to documents we've obtained from a source.  —  During 2011, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong invested ~$140 million into Patch, a network of 850 or local news blogs.
 
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