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6:55 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Rep. Lamar Smith Says He Will Remove Controversial SOPA Item  —  In a late Friday press release, the Congressman leading the much-maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) said he would remove a key part of the bill until further study takes place.  —  Lamar Smith (R-Tx) said he intends to remove …
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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Activist Group Opposing Antipiracy Bill Posts Information on Media Executives  —  The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has taken aim at opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement and businesses that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks, has set its sights on a new adversary: media executives.
Ed Strapagiel / INMA:
Newsmedia executives cautious about 2012  —  2012 study finds North American newspapers pessimistic about ad revenues, looking to digital for growth.  —  Newspapers — and many other industries — expected at least some economic recovery in 2011.  This simply did not happen.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Piers Morgan's 2012 Resolution: Be More Like Bill O'Reilly  —  One nice thing about success is the way it shuts up critics.  One year ago, Larry King had ended his 25-year run as CNN's marquee interviewer, and Piers Morgan was gearing up to replace him.  How could Morgan, a former gossip reporter …
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Felicia Pride / FishbowlNY:
Arianna Huffington Says Media Needs More Good News, Launches Vertical  —  What seems to be dominating headlines these days?  War.  Political mudslinging.  Economic distress.  Prejudice diatribes.  Pure foolishness.  —  Does media need more feel-good stories?  —  Arianna Huffington thinks so.
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Josh Stearns / Groundswell:
The Missed Opportunity of HuffPost's “Good News”
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Future Publishing sells New York operation for $3m  —  Magazine publisher Future has sold its loss-making New York division to NewBay Media  —  Future Publishing has sold off its loss-making New York operation - home to magazines including Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado - in a deal worth $3m (£1.9m).
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Stephen Colbert to Explore (or Pretend to) Run for President  —  If anyone can make a mockery of the newest campaign finance innovation, the “super PAC,” it's Stephen Colbert.  —  Mr. Colbert, the Comedy Central television host, has made jokes at the expense of super PACs for months …
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Deal Would Lead Letterman to a Late-Night Milestone  —  David Letterman as a guest on “The Tonight Show” with his idol, Johnny Carson.  It appears that he will extend his contract, and surpass Mr. Carson's 30 years as a late-night host.  —  PASADENA, Calif. - It appears increasingly likely …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Larry King, Carlos Slim Planning ‘Huge’ Online Venture (Exclusive)  —  Larry King is launching a “huge” online initiative backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, TheWrap has learned.  —  Two individuals close to King confirmed that the venture was underway, though details remain sketchy.
Russell Adams / Deal Journal:
Why It's Tough to Sell the Boston Globe … New York Times Co.'s recent sale of 16 local papers suggested it may be only a matter of time before the company consists of little more than the flagship newspaper.  But the next likely target for disposal, the Boston Globe, comes with some complicating factors.
Discussion: @romenesko
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon's Plagiarism Problem  —  Amazon's erotica section isn't just rife with tales of lust, incest, violence, and straight-up kink.  It's also a hotbed of masked merchants profiting from copyright infringement.  And even with anti-piracy legislation looming, Amazon doesn't appear too eager …
Clay Shirky / Guardian:
The New York Times public editor's very public utterance  —  Brisbane's question on reporters' duty to challenge misleading political speech has permanently altered readers' expectations  —  Thursday, Arthur Brisbane, the public editor of the New York Times, went to his readers with a question:
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What would a Google News Plus Your World look like?  —  How soon until we get a Google News “Plus Your World?”  —  With the introduction of the oddly extraterrestrial-sounding Google “Search Plus Your World”, the company proclaimed their latest experiment is “transforming Google …
 
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Althia Raj / Huffington Post Canada:
Canada Election Gag Law Lifted, Allowing Sharing Of Federal Results
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Tribune: Bankruptcy exit ‘possible’ by October
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Summing Up Andy Rooney, Who Long Had the Last Word
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