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4:15 AM ET, January 20, 2013

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Jim Romenesko:
Memo: The Atlantic president explains Scientology advertorial ‘screw-up’  —  The Atlantic president Scott Havens sent this staff memo about the Scientology advertorial “screw-up” shortly after 6 p.m. Friday:  —  From: Havens, Scott  —  To: companywide.TheAtlanticMonthly  —  Dear Atlantic Staff,
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Wikileaks claims Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source, breaking anonymity  —  Unsubstantiated statements implicate US Secret Service in his prosecution and break the organization's own rules by ‘doxxing’ Swartz  —  Aaron Swartz died a week ago, from suicide.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senator John Cornyn Asks Eric Holder To Explain DOJ Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz  —  While we've seen some politicians in Congress speak out about the prosecution against Aaron Swartz, for the most part, it had been the “usual crew” of folks who had formed the core of the anti-SOPA alliance — Reps. Lofgren, Issa and Polis.
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
The Post uses someone else's words — again  —  Has technology made us all plagiarists?  The Internet and Google have enabled every reporter, blogger and columnist to have what amounts to a million encyclopedias at their fingertips.  We can search for material on virtually any subject …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
YouTube halts funding for WSJ and Reuters channels; Reuters cuts positions  —  YouTube has cut off funding to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters that formed part of its $150 million dollar plan to help launch more than 100 premium channels.  The termination of the one-year deals …
Discussion: GigaOM
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Circa Raises $750K From Group Including Lerer Ventures To Revolutionize Mobile News Delivery  —  We've learned today that mobile news-delivery company Circa has raised another $750K on top of the $900K raised previously.  The company launched its app of the same name, which allows you to follow …
Eric Mark Do / MediaShift:
Can Pay Walls Work for Hyper-Local Business News Sites?  —  Canada's largest newspaper company is launching two hyper-local business sites in a bid to duplicate the success of one of Canada's only profitable online news operations.  YourMississaugaBiz.com launched several months ago, and YourHamiltonBiz.com will go live this month.
Mike Taylor / Guardian:
Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral  —  As a scientist your job is to bring new knowledge into the world.  Hiding it behind a journal's paywall is unacceptable  —  Publishing science behind paywalls is immoral.  There, I said it.  —  I know, I know.  It's an easy trap to fall into - I've done it myself.
Discussion: Nature and Techdirt
MIT Technology Review:
The Algorithms That Automatically Date Medieval Manuscripts  —  Around a million medieval documents have no date making their historical significance difficult to quantify.  But automated computer techniques look set to revolutionise the work for historians
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The Manti Te'o Story: Why The News Media Let Its Guard Down … One of the top collegiate football players in the country, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, was lionized by the media amid stories of his perseverance on the field after both his grandmother and his girlfriend died.
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Across the world, money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources  —  Editor's note: Late last year, a team of researchers put out a usefully comprehensive report on how digital journalism is being financed.  The project was called Submojour — sustainable business models …
Ann Friedman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Is the homepage dead?  —  A friend of mine who is a Web editor at a political publication recently complained to me that his outlet's clunky CMS made updating the homepage difficult, and he was worried this was hurting traffic to the top pieces of the day.  I laughed at him!
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Hunter Walker / Politicker:
How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter
Discussion: @penenberg
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes gun map, citing New York's new gun law
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable Bans Some Gun Ads
Discussion: Polygon, Mediaite and Deadline.com
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways
Discussion: Guardian
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Group Arrested for Posing as TV News Crew, Tasering Unsuspecting Interviewees
Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera reporter killed by sniper in Syria
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds