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4:20 PM ET, January 8, 2013

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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters gutting web infrastructure for ‘Reuters Next,’ its big online retooling  —  Over the past few years, the media arm of Thomson Reuters has been trying to polish its 160-year-old brand to a more contemporary sheen by recruiting A-list journalists and pundits and expanding into areas like blogging, Internet TV and magazines.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Does aiding WikiLeaks equal aiding Al Qaeda?  —  Prosecutors and lawyers for alleged WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning were back in court Tuesday, sparring over one of the central questions in his case: does giving sensitive government information to the media equate to aiding Al Qaeda?
John Letzing / SmartMoney.com:
AOL Says One Out of Nine Patch Sites Profitable  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong said Monday about 100 of the company's 900 Patch sites are now profitable, as the Internet media firm seeks to use its costly local online news network to help fuel an ongoing turnaround effort.
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New York Times:
Faceoff in Chinese City Over Censorship of Newspaper  —  GUANGZHOU, China — Protests over censorship at one of China's most liberal newspapers descended into ideological confrontation on Tuesday, pitting advocates of free speech against supporters of Communist Party control who wielded red flags and portraits of Mao Zedong.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Aereo will take its TV distruption to 22 new cities this spring  —  Aereo, which offers a way for people to watch and save TV shows on their mobile devices, has so far been available only in New York City.  Now, Aereo is undertaking a rapid roll-out that will take it to over 90 million consumers in 22 new cities.
Jim Romenesko:
Washington Post to start doing polling work for outside clients  —  Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron tells his staff this morning that the paper's polling operation will become an independent polling group of Washington Post Media so it can start doing work for outside clients and “grow a new business for the company.”
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Leveson data protection plans ‘could have chilling effect on journalism’  —  Information commissioner Christopher Graham says there are ‘legitimate concerns’ about impact of proposals on journalism  —  Lord Justice Leveson's proposals for tougher data protection laws could have a …
Guardian:
Appointment of new Times editor delayed due to ‘logistical difficulties’  —  Sunday Times editor John Witherow expected to replace James Harding, pending meeting with independent directors  —  Difficulties in getting the independent directors of the Times and Sunday Times together in one room …
James Poniewozik / TIME:
Reality TV Journalism: Alex Jones Shoots Off His Mouth on Piers Morgan  —  His eye-popping CNN interview with radio host Alex Jones Monday night combined two of Piers Morgan's great passions: gun-control policy and things that bring notoriety to Piers Morgan.
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Gawker expands into India as part of Nick Denton's plan for world domination  —  Gawker Media is starting the new year off with a bang: founder Nick Denton announced on Tuesday that the blog network is expanding into India by way of a partnership with the Times of India, one of that country's largest media entities.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Power of the indie: Macmillan strikes partnerships with e-publisher Entangled  —  In the latest example of a big-six publisher tapping the power of indies, Macmillan announced two new partnerships with Entangled, the independent romance publisher behind bestsellers like Jennifer Probst's The Marriage Bargain.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Charlie Ergen Ticks Off the TV Guys, Again  —  Last year, Charlie Ergen used CES to lob a bomb at the TV establishment, and ended up fighting the TV networks in court.  2013 could end up shaping up the same way.  —  Yesterday, Ergen's Dish Network used the gadget show to unveil several …
 
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