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11:00 PM ET, January 20, 2012

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Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — When Jack Valenti walked the halls of Congress, friends by the dozen gripped, grinned and took note of what was worrying the movie industry's dapper chief lobbyist.  —  Christopher J. Dodd now fills Mr. Valenti's shoes.
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Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates Hollywood  —  Writing in his blog on the New York Times yesterday, David Pogue, one of the Times' tech columnists, advises toning down the alarmist rhetoric over SOPA, suggesting that opponents of the bill (and its Senate cousin PIPA) should Put Down the Pitchforks.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Leaders In House And Senate Postpone Anti-Piracy Efforts  —  The push for controversial legislation known as SOPA and PIPA appears to have unraveled completely after leaders in both the House and Senate put the bills on ice.  —  In a press release this morning, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx) …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Europe Says It Won't Adopt ‘Bad’ Digital Policy Like SOPA  —  Don't expect the European Commission to introduce its own version of America's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  —  Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes, who, in a previous life as antitrust commissioner, fined Microsoft (NSDQ …
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
The struggle against Sopa and Pipa is not over
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Megaupload site wants assets back, to fight charges  —  (Reuters) - The Internet website Megaupload.com, shut down by authorities over allegations that it illegally peddled copyrighted material, is trying to recover its servers and get back online, a lawyer for the company said on Friday.
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Erika Fry / CJR:
What I Saw at the South Carolina Debate  —  Or, how campaign coverage is like industrial farming  —  SOUTH CAROLINA — The campaign media horde congregated in Charleston Thursday night for the Republican presidential debate, eagerly billed by host network CNN as the “First in the South.”
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Politico:
CNN's John King puts himself on firing line
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
BuzzFeed Makes Another Splashy Hire, This One From Rolling Stone  —  BuzzFeed, the social Web site that made a splash last month by hiring the blogger Ben Smith away from Politico, will signal its expansion plans on Friday by announcing that it has hired Doree Shafrir of Rolling Stone to oversee culture coverage.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host  —  Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  While the sources said the discussions are very preliminary …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Editor overhears councilwoman's phone conversation, tweets about it  —  While on a train Thursday, Bob Salladay, a senior editor at California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting, realized he was sitting near Santa Ana City Council member Michele Martinez.
Telegraph:
News International faces FBI phone hacking probe  —  Rupert Murdoch's is facing an FBI investigation into phone hacking in America after News International admitted intercepting voicemails of Jude Law, the actor, while it is thought he was in the United States.  —  Jude Law
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Raju Narisetti leaving Washington Post to return to WSJ  —  After three years at The Washington Post, managing editor Raju Narisetti is returning to The Wall Street Journal as managing editor of the Journal's Digital Network.  Narisetti worked at the Journal for 13 years before stints at Mint and the Post …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Chuck Todd Rips Stephen Colbert's Presidential Run (VIDEO) … NBC News , Stephen Colbert , Video , Chuck Todd , Stephen Colbert 2012 , Chuck Todd Stephen Colbert , Stephen Colbert President , Media News  —  NBC's Chuck Todd lit into Stephen Colbert on Thursday, accusing the Comedy Central host …
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
What Doesn't Marty Peretz Know About the TNR Sale?  —  Despite part-owner Martin Peretz implying that a sale of The New Republic was not happening, sources at the liberal opinion journal tell The Atlantic Wire that the magazine is weeks away from a deal.  And the process of bringing in Chris Hughes …
 
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