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6:10 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.
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
Discussion: PolitickerNY and CBS News
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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 …
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.
Sidney Crosby / Associated Press:
Fox continues dominance of cable news in up and down year, CNN shows prime-time gains  —  NEW YORK — Fox News Channel continues to dominate the cable news networks despite some erosion during a non-election year.  —  Nielsen ratings released Wednesday show Fox with a larger audience than CNN …
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.
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Pandagate!  Anger as BBC chooses Tian Tian as December woman 2011  —  Choice of Edinburgh zoo panda for BBC magazine's faces of the year follows sports personality award furore  —  The BBC has caused outrage by choosing a panda as one of its 12 women of 2011.
Discussion: BBC, msnbc.com and Softpedia News
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.
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
CNN Under Fire After Uncut Version Of Ron Paul Interview Surfaces  —  An uncut version of Ron Paul's seemingly testy interview with CNN surfaced on Sunday, and has raised questions about whether or not the network may have unfairly edited the interview.  —  Paul was interviewed by CNN's Gloria Borger last week.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How the media made Ron Paul
 
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
GoodReads' Recommendation Engine Acquisition Gooses The Publishing Game
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Must Crack the Customizable Content Code, Too
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
What's Coming In 2012: Book Publishing
Jim Romenesko:
Reporter not allowed at Occupy's meetings in public park
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Netflix big customer satisfaction loser in '11
NPR:
Bahrain To Host Saudi Prince's News Network
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Alex Kantrowitz / Kantrowitz:
What BuzzFeed Is Trying To Do  —  Earlier this month …
Discussion: Forbes
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Struggle of Israel's Channel 10 Tied to Political Wars
Discussion: Media Decoder
Sam Delaney / Guardian:
Will the Leveson inquiry kill celebrity magazines?
James Thornton / The Huffington Post:
Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over