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4:10 PM ET, January 18, 2012

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship  —  In case you haven't noticed, a lot of sites like Reddit and Wikipedia are blacked out today in protest.  Google blacked out its logo and is running a huge advertising campaign (including on TechCrunch) to get Internet users to sign petitions and oppose the bills.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Story Behind Rupert Murdoch's Rants About Google and SOPA  —  Like most big entertainment companies, News Corp. supports SOPA and PIPA, the controversial bills aimed at curbing illegal content sharing.  Like most big internet companies, Google opposes them.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
What the SOPA blackout really looks like  —  Wikipedia and some other large websites are “blacking out” Wednesday to protest legislation that would limit online activities.  (Learn more about that legislation in our guide to what journalists need to know about SOPA and PIPA.)
Arianna Huffington / @ariannahuff:   There's one Wikipedia page that isn't blacked out today: #SOPA http://t.co/8KYmwFA2
David Beard / Washington Post:
Wikipedia Blackout: An #altwiki Band-Aid
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Set to Launch Live Web TV ‘Network’  —  Arianna Huffington has made no secret of her ambition to build a news organization that can rival The New York Times in reach and prestige.  But right now, she has her sights set on a different target: CNN.
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn's Wife to Edit Huffington Post in France  —  PARIS — The Huffington Post has named Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, as editor of its French edition, which it is setting up in partnership with the newspaper Le Monde.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Le Huffington Post to Launch in France
Discussion: Gawker
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry hears regional newspaper editors face tough ad market  —  Advertising in local papers has almost halved in five years, says editor of South Wales Evening Post  —  Advertising in regional newspapers has almost halved over the past five years, the editor of the South Wales Evening Post has told the Leveson inquiry.
Discussion: The Independent and Press Gazette
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Reuters:   News Corp close to settling hacking cases
David Folkenflik / NPR:   In Britain, Calls To Regulate A Freewheeling Press
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Editors warn of regulation's ‘chilling effect’
Discussion: The Times
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Anatomy of an Error: The Bain of CNBC's Existence  —  After poring over some government documents, CNBC's Eamon Javers reported that Bain & Company, Mitt Romney's former firm, was one of the consulting companies that took part in the auto bailout.  Javers' CNBC.com report Thursday seemed …
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How CNBC corrected its incorrect correction about Bain & Company
Discussion: CNBC
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Media Aiming High in City  —  Four major Chinese media companies are expanding their presence in New York City as they lay the groundwork to begin competing on a global stage.  —  Xinhua, one of the Chinese government's main news outlets and propaganda arms, last year moved …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At Atlantic digital, a series of new hires  —  Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital, announced a handful of new hires this morning, including Jen Doll, who will leave her post at The Village Voice's Runnin' Scared blog to become a senior writer at The Atlantic Wire.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
When a Web Community Becomes a Book Publisher  —  Longreads crowdsources and curates its way to its first-ever ebook.  —  At the end of last year, Longreads, one of the curators of lengthy, magazine-y stories that has sprung up to help fans of long-form journalism find great stuff online …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Half of ProPublica's revenue in 2011 came from sources other than Sandler Foundation  —  In its new annual report, ProPublica said it has expanded its revenue sources beyond the Sandler Foundation, which provided the initial funding to launch the nonprofit news site.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A GarageBand for ebooks: Simplifying publishing could mean a flood of new content  —  It's not just the platform — it's the tools.  —  That's the line that kept coming to mind this morning as I read this Ars Technica scoop on what Apple has in store for its press event in New York Thursday.
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:   Confessions of a Publisher: “We're in Amazon's Sights and They're Going to Kill Us”
David Margolick / Vanity Fair:
National Public Rodeo  —  When most people hear “NPR,” they think Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Robert Siegel, and for some on the far right, all that is wrong with the mainstream liberal media.  But beneath the veneer of the “Minnesota nice,” a simmering battle has been waged …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
The Times Plans Social Sharing Upgrade, Real-Time iPad News  —  News International's The Times may shed its social media invisibility cloak by letting subscribers gift paywalled articles to friends.  —  It is also considering introducing micropayments and may add rolling news to mobile editions.
Discussion: News Stash and The Wall Blog
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tampa Bay Times extends pay cuts for at least 4 more months  —  Chairman Paul Tash has extended 5 percent pay cuts for Tampa Bay Times employees through May, at least.  The pay cuts were announced in September as a temporary move to reduce expenses.  In his memo announcing the extension …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sources: Four More Board Members Will Be Following Yang Out the Door  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo Co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jerry Yang Leaves Yahoo
 
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