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3:08 AM ET, January 22, 2012

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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How false reports of Joe Paterno's death were spread and debunked  —  News spread quickly Saturday evening that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died.  Except, he hadn't.  —  Here is an account of how it happened.  —  We have made it easy to comment on posts …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought  —  Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News …
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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  —  Online protest against Sopa and Pipa has worked well but the corporate interests behind the copyright lobby won't let it rest  —  • See the Guardian's interactive explainer: understanding Sopa  —  Has Sopa, the draconian copyright …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)  —  Amid a criminal case that forced the shutdown of Megaupload, the company has dismissed UMG from a lawsuit over a video that showed many stars endorsing the site.  But that doesn't mean the case is over.
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
A Move to Investigate the Investigators in WikiLeaks Case  —  This much is known: In its hunt for information about three people it believes to be associated with the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks, the Justice Department has sought to extract details about them and their communications on Twitter.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Polarized news market has altered the political process in South Carolina primary  —  We follow three South Carolina voters and profile their media consumption, matching up their habits against national survey data.  Watch a video of their activity and take a quiz to see which shows …
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Tim Carman / Washington Post:
And that's why we test  —  The storyout of Chile was enough to make a publisher's blood turn colder than a liquid nitrogen milkshake.  In late December, the country's Supreme Court ruled that the newspaper La Tercera had to shell out more than $160,000 to 13 victims who were burned while trying to fry churros in hot oil.
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Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Johann Hari leaves the Independent after plagiarism storm  —  Columnist will not return to newspaper after being accused of using material from other writers without giving them credit  —  Johann Hari, the journalist at the Independent who was suspended for plagiarism, has announced that he will not return to the newspaper.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Has phone hacking changed attitudes at the top of News Corp?  —  Payouts to phone-hacking victims and new executive appointments show an attempt to move on  —  Rupert Murdoch was in London on Thursday in time to follow the coverage of the 37 News of the World phone-hacking settlements …
 
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