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5:20 PM ET, January 14, 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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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") …
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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
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: Inside Cable News and TVNewser
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
The Sun Newspaper Going Premium In Mobile App For £4.99 A Month  —  The UK's highest-circulating newspaper may not yet be going ahead with web fees but it has introduced a subscription smartphone app, priced £4.99 ($7.65) a month.  —  News International's mass-market The Sun launched …
Discussion: The Next Web
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Rolling Stone’ to drop big Julian Assange interview next week by Michael Hastings, the guy who blew the lid off Gen. McChrystal  —  Michael Hastings is in the news this week for his latest book, The Operators, a 379-page follow-up to the journalist's explosive June 2010 Rolling Stone profile …
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