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7:25 PM ET, December 28, 2011

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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
The Times E-Mails Millions by Mistake to Say Subscriptions Were Canceled  —  Home-delivery subscribers to The New York Times and others received a mass e-mail notice on Wednesday erroneously saying that their delivery had been cancelled.  —  The e-mail, which the Times's spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha …
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
We Got the New York Times Email Spam.  Feeling Special  —  Holiday Mischief?  —  UPDATE: The email was from the NYT, but went to the wrong list, according to Times staffers.  —  We just got the email which the New York Times PR is saying “looks like spam.”  It arrived from the succinct address: nytimes@email.newyorktimes.com
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Was WaPo's Flock Forced on Vacation?  —  Like some reporters, WaPo's Elizabeth Flock was off last week — conceivably for the holidays.  —  But FishbowlDC sources are insisting that Flock was suspended last week for writing that post on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's using a KKK slogan in his speeches.
Sarah Lacy:
Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done?  I Couldn't Disagree More  —  I'm a big fan of Jeremiah Owyang's market analysis but I think he missed the point on this one, big time.  He recently wrote a post on how the Golden Age of tech blogging is over.  No way.  Unless of course, he means we're about to enter the platinum age.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over
Julian Sanchez:
The New York Times on Ron Paul's Newsletters  —  With Ron Paul's now-infamous newsletters once again making headlines, I mulled whether I ought to revisit the issue, but ultimately decided that there wasn't much to add to the long piece Dave Weigel and I wrote for Reason back in 2008 …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NY Times challenges ‘lazy rewrite’ accusation
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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
After Sale, New York Times Regional Employees Brace for Layoffs  —  ‘Layoff’ is an understandably dirty word around The New York Times newsroom(s) these days.  As the company prepares to finalize the sale of its Regional Media Group to Halifax Media Holdings this week, both The New York Times Company …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Hulu's ‘Steamboat’ ads recommend new shows to users  —  Hulu, like all video services, has long been focused on growing its viewership, but also on keeping those viewers watching more and more shows.  While it's mostly been building that audience by featuring popular new programming …
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why writers tweet about death, illness, rape  —  When Rocky Mountain News reporter Berny Morson tweeted from a child's funeral in 2008, journalists called the incident “repulsive” and “tasteless.”  Now, it seems, nothing is off-limits when it comes to Twitter.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
GoodReads' Recommendation Engine Acquisition Gooses The Publishing Game  —  While bookstores are reporting increased sales this month, I foresee a time when “Staff Picks” at the local booke shoppe will soon be replaced by recommendation engines that tell you what ebook to pick up next.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Research: Internet Is UK's No. 2 News Source, But Only 3.8 Percent Pay  —  Online may be challenging TV to be UK consumers' primary news source - but only 3.8 percent pay for it, new research says.  —  In an annual media habits survey by the Oliver & Ohlbaum consultancy …
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
A Glimpse Inside the Camera Bag of a War Photographer  —  What would you pack if you were assigned to cover a war from the inside?  The photo above shows what photographer Umit Bektas decided to pack in his camera bag for his embed with a US military unit in Afghanistan.
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
After Hiring Gawker Founding Editor Elizabeth Spiers, The New York Observer Is Finally Profitable  —  Observer Media Group President Christopher Barnes says that the New York Observer and its associated products, after many years in the red, will finally turn a small profit in 2011, the New York Post reports.
Discussion: New York Post and FishbowlNY
Yahoo! News:
Yahoo News hires Steve Chaggaris as executive producer, elections  —  In the latest move to bolster Yahoo's original coverage of the 2012 presidential election, Yahoo News has hired Steve Chaggaris, the former Political Director of CBS News, as Executive Producer, Elections.  Chaggaris will start on January 3, 2012.
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How the media made Ron Paul  —  The racist-newsletter saga is a reminder of how good he had it when the press thought he was a nobody  —  Ask just about any candidate's hardcore supporters whether the media is giving their guy a fair shake and chances are you'll be greeted with an emphatic …
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Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:   CNN Under Fire After Uncut Version Of Ron Paul Interview Surfaces
 
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Pandagate! Anger as BBC chooses Tian Tian as December woman 2011
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Struggle of Israel's Channel 10 Tied to Political Wars
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Sam Delaney / Guardian:
Will the Leveson inquiry kill celebrity magazines?
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Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?
 

 
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