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11:20 AM ET, December 28, 2012

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Gun owner: Newspaper ‘put me on the same level as a sex offender’  —  Veronica Hash resides on an eight-acre spread in Dutchess County, N.Y. She is a registered to own a handgun — something that visitors to the Web site of the Journal News could ascertain with little trouble.
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Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Where The Journal News went wrong in publishing names, addresses of gun owners  —  In the days since The Journal News published and mapped the names and addresses of local citizens who hold gun permits, outraged critics have published the names and addresses of journalists at the paper.
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
In Retaliation for Map of Gun Permit Holders, Blogger Lists Names and Addresses of Newspaper Staff  —  In response to the controversy surrounding the interactive map of local gun permit holders published by a Lower Hudson Valley newspaper, one blogger decided to punish the paper's staff members …
Jim Romenesko:
More than 3.5 million page views for New York Times' ‘Snow Fall’ feature  —  New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson tells her staff that the paper's “Snow Fall” interactive feature received around 2.9 million visits for more than 3.5 million page views.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
In Boost to U.S. Plans, BBC World Service Is Added to Time Warner Cable  —  In a sign of progress for its push to get on cable and satellite systems across the United States, the BBC World News channel is now available in about 10 million homes that subscribe to Time Warner Cable.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pearson buys $89.5m Nook stake to secure book distribution  —  Talk about vertical integration.  Pearson is taking a five percent stake in newly-reconfigured ebook device and retail brand Nook Media in order to gain favourable distribution for its education books.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
One In Four Americans Owns A Tablet, Overtaking E-Readers, As Printed Book Consumption Continues To Decline: Pew  —  We're still waiting to hear from specific companies like Amazon with their latest (non-)numbers on how well their Kindle line of devices has sold over this holiday period …
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:   The music industry dropped DRM years ago. So why does it persist on e-books?
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Talking about paywalls without talking about tablets is just wrong  —  Mike Masnick published a piece on Tech Dirt yesterday about how the better-than-expected success of the New York Times “paywall” doesn't mean it's actually “working.”  —  In March, when the Times re-introduced its subscription element …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYT Paywall Working Better Than People Expected, But That Doesn't Mean It's Working
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Anne Allmeling / Deutsche Welle:
Suliman: ‘Al Jazeera plays the piper, but Qatar calls the tune’  —  The long-time Berlin correspondent for Al Jazeera, Aktham Suliman, recently resigned from his post.  The journalist tells DW that the Qatari government is exercising undue influence on Al Jazeera's reporting.
Discussion: Guardian
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Orange County Register Owner Eyes Tribune Papers  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. — The publisher of the Orange County Register said Thursday that at an investor group he leads may want to buy Tribune Co.'s newspapers after the media conglomerate emerges from bankruptcy.
Howard Kurtz / Daily Download:
Why David Gregory Shouldn't Be Behind Bars  —  David Gregory will not be moderating Meet the Press this Sunday.  —  He must be on the lam!  —  The Twitterverse has exploded over the news that Washington's Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the NBC newsman for brandishing …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
How a bogus claim about Instagram losing users made Facebook's stock drop nearly 3%  —  Facebook's stock dropped 2.9% in its first minutes of trading this morning.  Investors were likely responding to a report in the New York Post that Instagram, the photo-sharing that Facebook acquired this year …
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Netflix ‘Social Features’ Coming In 2013, Once President Signs Bill  —  Netflix will introduce “social features” for U.S. users in 2013, the company told TPM Wednesday, following a bill passed by Congress just before the holiday break that removes previous restrictions that prevented companies from sharing customer video rental history.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch partners with Starbucks on ‘Come Together’ initiative  —  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Wednesday that baristas in his D.C.-area stores will write “Come Together” on cups to encourage compromise “to solve the tremendously important, time-sensitive issue to fix the national debt.”
 
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