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8:25 AM ET, December 21, 2010

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 Top News: 
Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.  —  As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access  —  The Federal Communications Commission appears poised to pass a controversial set of rules that broadly create two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.  —  The proposed rules of the online road …
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Mulls More Pay Plans, Not an IPO  —  Online Video Site Considers Broadening Menu of Offerings for Viewers Who Pay  —  Online video site Hulu LLC has taken off the table the idea of going public, at least for now, and may consider other financing options, people familiar with the matter said.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
No Hulu Plus for Your Cable DVR  —  Hulu Plus is slated to come to TiVo's Premiere DVR soon — but don't expect it to show up on any TiVo devices supplied by cable companies like Suddenlink, Cox or RCN.  Rights holders are resisting subscription-based streaming content being placed next …
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Groupon Hires Writers, But That Doesn't Make It Journalism  —  Group-buying service Groupon continues to get a lot of attention, in part because it recently turned down a staggering $6-billion acquisition offer from Google.  But while the popularity of group-powered buying accounts …
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Elizabeth Weingarten / The Atlantic:
Forget Journalism School and Enroll in Groupon Academy
Discussion: SAI, broadstuff and Gawker
Bloomberg:
CBS, Couric Said to Discuss Lower Pay, Wider Role for Anchor as CNN Waits  —  CBS Corp. began preliminary talks on a new contract for Katie Couric, looking to cut the evening news anchor's $15 million salary and possibly expand her role amid falling viewership, people with knowledge of the situation said.
MediaShift Idea Lab:
NPR's Project Argo Creates National Content at the Local Level  —  Jason and the Argonauts were the mythological Greek heroes who set off on a quest for the Golden Fleece.  Like its namesake, NPR's Project Argo is off on another noble quest — to strengthen local journalism, particularly on digital platforms.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
The Smoking Gun:
FBI Probe IDs Conde Nast “Hacker”  —  Fashion-obsessed student, 22, had Ohio home raided by feds … An FBI investigation has identified a fashion-obsessed Ohio man as the person who last year illegally gained access to a Conde Nast computer system and downloaded photos and pages …
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Danica Lo / Racked National:
Intelligence: Rumor: Was Carine Roitfeld Fired From Vogue?
Discussion: Jezebel, FishbowlNY and Gawker
Clark Fredricksen / eMarketer and Blog Posts:
The Web Passes Newspapers in Ad Spending For First Time  —  Advertisers will spend more on internet ads in 2010 than newspaper ads for the first time, according to new estimates by eMarketer.  —  Online ad spending will grow 13.9% to $25.8 billion for the full year in 2010 …
Michael Morisy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In an age of free-flowing information, there's still a role for journalists to provide context  —  The Washington Post's venerable national security reporter Walter Pincus wants to make one thing clear: He isn't just hopping on the WikiLeaks bandwagon.  —  “I used WikiLeaks before [it] …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter News:
AOL Snags Amber J. Lawson as Head of Video Programming  —  As we close out 2010, AOL has been busier than Congress this month with a flurry of new deals for us to chew on before New Year's.  The latest is a key talent hire in bringing on Amber J. Lawson as the company's new Head of Video Programming.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking about bookmarking in general, and brought to mind a long-standing irritation: poorly designed web page titles.  —  Here's an example that I bookmarked last night: Roger Ebert's 1968 review of 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The title of that web page is:
Discussion: Soup, more at Techmeme »
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Thomas Roberts Joins MSNBC Fulltime  —  Even though it's been official for a few weeks, now it's really official because an MSNBC press release says so.  —  Thomas Roberts is joining the network fulltime as an anchor.  Roberts, who's worked for HLN and “Entertainment Tonight” has appeared regularly on MSNBC over the past year.
Discussion: TVSpy and Gawker
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Law Professor Explains How Even When A Site Copies An Entire Article, It May Still Be Fair Use  —  Berkeley law professor Jason Schultz has filed an excellent amicus brief in one of the many Righthaven lawsuits, pointing out that using an entire article does not preclude fair use (pdf) …
Longreads:
Mallary Tenore: My Top 5 Media Longreads of 2010  —  Mallary Tenore covers media news for the Poynter Institute's Poynter.org.  —  Timothy Lavin: The Listener, The Atlantic, Jan/Feb 2010  —  Refreshing to see well-written stories about lesser-known media phenomena like Coast to Coast AM.
Thanks:markarms
Scott Karp / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky's right that syndication's getting disrupted — but not in the ways he thinks it is  —  Editor's Note: For our year-end series of predictions for 2011, we started out with a piece by Clay Shirky in which he predicted “widespread disruption” for the traditional syndication model in journalism.
 
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Jon Slattery:
Assange turns on Guardian in Times interview
Discussion: Guardian and The First Post
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The changing of the gatekeeper: Adapting to the new roles …
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
BREAKING: Hugo Lindgren Poaches Adam Sternbergh From New York
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing
Discussion: Techdirt, PlagiarismToday and Post Tech
Jack D. Lail / JackLail.com:
Coming down from the mountain with a few ideas for iPad apps
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
The New York Observer partners with Scoop St., a NYC deals site for the holidays
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Maybe not much will change at all: 2011 journalism predictions …
Steven Overly / Washington Post:
SB Nation's sports blogger collective sees bias as a plus
 Earlier Picks: 
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Top Docs on Scribd in 2010: Prop 8, P ≠ NP, GOP Pledge
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AP Moves Video Service From thePlatform To News Distribution Network
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and WebNewser
Mark Prendergast / Stars & Stripes:
The sound of silence  —  UPDATE: The director of Defense Media …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Google Poaches Paramount Executive For Content Role
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable:
10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011
Discussion: Soup
Jxpaton / Digital First:
What A Difference A Year Makes
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Kate Reardon appointed Tatler editor