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3:50 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
The End Of Hulu As We Know It (And Comcast Feels Fine)  —  What the hell is going on at Hulu?  Monday's mysterious story in The Wall Street Journal portends significant changes in 2011 that may just be scratching the surface of what's to come for the service.
Discussion: Free Press and Company Town
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 …
EditorandPublisher.com:
Editor & Publisher Partners with MediaSpan to Improve Its Website  —  Visitors to E&P's website (www.editorandpublisher.com) in the coming months will find it much easier to navigate and jam-packed with a database of articles and exclusive content now that the magazine has partnered …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Myth of Fast-Forwarding Past the Ads  —  ZOMBIES attacked during a commercial break on the AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead” last month.  The flesh eaters were just about to feast on a man and woman when rescue came in the form of the Toyota Corolla, the subject of the 30-second spot.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
News Of The World Pricier On iPad Than On Paper  —  Rupert Murdoch is clearly looking to tablets as a post-print, post-web model for salvation.  But, if the new News Of The World iPad edition is anything to go by, he may need several iterations before that happens...
Discussion: News of the World
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Jennifer 8.  Lee on raw data, APIs, and the growth of “Little Brother”  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  Here, Jennifer 8.  Lee gives us predictions, about the growing role of raw data …
Discussion: 10,000 Words
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Not a Hobby Anymore: New Apple TV Sales Hit One Million  —  Apple says sales of its new, cheaper Apple TVs will hit one million this week, less than four months after Steve Jobs introduced the new version.  —  I don't think that qualifies as a surprise, given that Apple knocked the price of the gadget down to $99.
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) …
Josh / Groundswell:
Searching for Sustainable Habits in Journalism  —  Is the search for a sustainable business model for journalism unsustainable in and of itself?  Our media system has gone through a number of fundamental shifts and changes in the last decade alone, but I think to some extent we are still just at the beginning.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The ‘Mobisode’ Returns: MTV Planning Original Video Programming for Mobile Devices  —  NEW YORK — The proliferation of smart wireless devices is creating a need for original content and MTV will be producing original entertainment for the emerging medium says Dermot McCormack …
Discussion: WebNewser
Donald Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
National Enquirer Publisher American Media's Bankruptcy Plan Wins Approval  —  American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, won approval of a restructuring plan to exit bankruptcy.  —  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn said at a hearing today in New York that he will confirm the plan …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Groupon Hires Writers, But Don't Call 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 for a large part …
Discussion: SAI, broadstuff and The Atlantic, Thanks:mathewi
Lee Siegel / New York Observer:
A Power Parable  —  The Observer's slogan is “Money, Power and the City.”  That is exactly as it should be.  Because of the uniqueness of this city, money and power do not always add up to the same thing.  —  For example.  —  I was once invited by a woman friend to accompany …
 
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Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
A look at Internet TV on the Boxee Box
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Thomas Roberts Joins MSNBC Fulltime
Discussion: TVSpy and Gawker
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking …
Jon Slattery:
Assange turns on Guardian in Times interview
Discussion: Gawker and Main page collection
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter News:
AOL Snags Amber J. Lawson as Head of Video Programming
Discussion: GigaOM
Scott Karp / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky's right that syndication's getting disrupted …
MediaShift Idea Lab:
NPR's Project Argo Creates National Content at the Local Level
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The changing of the gatekeeper: Adapting to the new roles …
 Earlier Picks: 
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
BREAKING: Hugo Lindgren Poaches Adam Sternbergh From New York
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Longreads:
Mallary Tenore: My Top 5 Media Longreads of 2010
Thanks:markarms
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
Michael Morisy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In an age of free-flowing information, there's still a role …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest