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2:10 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") …
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information of Media Executives  —  The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has targeted 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.
Meryl Gordon / CJR:
Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail  —  Voters skew female; reporters still do not  —  MANCHESTER, NH — The sea-green and white concrete gymnasium at Saint Anselm College was transformed this past Saturday night into a temporary state-of-the-art filing center for the GOP presidential debate …
Discussion: The Politico and Poynter
Rebecca McPheters / AdAge:
Magazines and Newspapers Need to Build Better Apps  —  Viewpoint: Significant Glitches Trouble Too Many Publishers' Apps  —  While it is still early in the migration process, Apple's iPad and other tablets appear to be a very good thing for the publishing industry, allowing publishers …
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Poynter
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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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
The Sun Newspaper Going Premium In Mobile App For £4.99 A Month
Discussion: The Next Web
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Rolling Stone’ to drop big Julian Assange interview next week by Michael Hastings
Discussion: BBC
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
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Bloomberg View Expands Editorial Board
Discussion: The New York Observer
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Twitter's new SDK Fabric represents an audacious plan to live inside every app

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Google aims to reinvent email with Inbox, a marriage of Gmail and Google Now, currently invite-only

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Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category

 
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