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7:00 PM ET, January 15, 2012

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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pirates!  Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, and Silicon Valley  —  On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a day-long private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff.  I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled “How Great is Google?”.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Delayed; Cantor Promises It Won't Be Brought To The Floor Until ‘Issues Are Addressed’  —  Some late breaking news here: following Lamar Smith's announcement that the new manager's amendment for SOPA will remove DNS blocking (to be added back at a later date after it's been “studied") …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
News exec John Paton is out to stop the presses  —  Digital First Media CEO says his company's moniker is its mandate, and he's pushing past newspapers' print era at warp speed.  —  John Paton, chief executive officer of Digital First Media, the Journal Register Company and Media News.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Justin Martin / Poynter:
Why Christian Science Monitor stories have too many links, wrong ones  —  I often don't read my own articles in The Christian Science Monitor.  The volume of hyperlinks the publication drops in their copy is just too distracting.  Consider this Op-Ed on volunteerism among Millennials.
Discussion: @mathewi
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Plans to Raise Money to Fund Expansion Into Original Shows  —  Hulu LLC, the online TV service owned by ABC, NBC and Fox, is ratcheting up competition with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) with plans to raise money for an expansion into original programs.  —  Hulu will release “Battleground,” …
Declan Fahy / CJR:
Media Made Hawking Famous  —  Amid 70th birthday adoration, reporters ignored their role in the physicist's celebrity  —  The extensive coverage of Stephen Hawking's seventieth birthday on January 8 focused on the physicist's status as the world's most famous living scientist.
Discussion: @tcarmody
Steve Huff / The New York Observer:
Huffington Post Twitter Account Hacked-Homophobic and Racist Tweets Ensue  —  The Huffington Post's Twitter account was hacked Sunday afternoon and it wasn't even fun, just offensive.  In a rapid-fire series of tweets containing grandiloquent soliloquies like “hello gay boys” and …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Plagiarism may be part of ‘weeding out’ at Journal Register  —  Can plagiarism be a byproduct of progress?  —  That's the contradictory question I'm pondering after a conversation with Matt DeRienzo, group editor of Journal Register Company's publications in Connecticut.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The TV Business Keeps Getting Stronger !  —  Back in my broadcast.com days we had a saying that “bits are bits”.  That once content becomes digital, it is naturally going to become available on any and all digital devices.  Based on this, we always made the point to be platform and device agnostic.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
People using pseudonyms post the highest-quality comments, Disqus says  —  One of the most popular commenting services for news websites and blogs says its data shows that commenters using pseudonyms are “the most important contributors to online communities.”
Craig Newmark / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Fact-checking should be part of how news organizations earn trust  —  Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job.  However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that fact checking is an idea whose time has come.
Josh Stearns / Groundswell:
The Missed Opportunity of HuffPost's “Good News”  —  Today the Huffington Post introduced a new section of its website called “Good News.”  In her introduction to the new feature Arianna Huffington wrote: … Trying to emphasize positive news rooted in “what is working” is good …
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Felicia Pride / FishbowlNY:   Arianna Huffington Says Media Needs More Good News, Launches Vertical
 
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Meryl Gordon / CJR:
Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail
Discussion: The Politico and Poynter
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
The Sun Newspaper Going Premium In Mobile App For £4.99 A Month
Discussion: The Next Web
Rebecca McPheters / AdAge:
Magazines and Newspapers Need to Build Better Apps
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Rolling Stone’ to drop big Julian Assange interview next week by Michael Hastings
Discussion: BBC
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information of Media Executives
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Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone:
WaPo news: National security editor Cameron Barr named deputy national editor.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Piers Morgan's 2012 Resolution: Be More Like Bill O'Reilly
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg View Expands Editorial Board
Discussion: The New York Observer
Althia Raj / Huffington Post Canada:
Canada Election Gag Law Lifted, Allowing Sharing Of Federal Results