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6:05 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 …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Why Heather Matters  —  TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde announced her departure today.  —  I'm so angry.  —  Drift back to the end of 2006.  TechCrunch was a year and a half old.  My hobby had turned into a business.  Federated Media was selling our standard ads and sent a small check every month.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
ARRINGTON: Arianna Destroyed TechCrunch Because She Was Jealous Of All The Attention It Was Getting  —  Here's why TechCrunch imploded earlier this year, according to founder Michael Arrington, who has suddenly gone public with his side of the story.  —  Basically, Arrington …
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  Photo J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press  —  (This post was updated at 2:55 p.m. EST to reflect new hearing date set for Wednesday.)  —  The House Judiciary Committee considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act …
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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Lawmakers Table SOPA and Say ‘Bring in the Nerds’  —  Update (4:30 p.m.): Members of the House Judiciary Committee decided on Friday to table the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) citing the need for more research into the issue and the potential effects of a law with such radical as this one.
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Now We Know AOL's Patch Revenue - 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.
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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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 …
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: Media Nation and CJR
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Time’ to Resurrect ‘Style & Design’  —  Time magazine is resurrecting Time Style & Design, but this time with a less fashion-y focus and bigger online complement.  —  Time published the fashion spinoff from 2003 until it pulled the plug in 2009, blaming the ad recession.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 
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