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3:50 AM ET, December 17, 2011


 Top News: 
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Why Heather Matters  —  TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde announced her departure today.  —  I'm so angry.  —  Drift back to the end of 2006.  TechCrunch was a year and a half old.  My hobby had turned into a business.  Federated Media was selling our standard ads and sent a small check every month.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
ARRINGTON: Arianna Destroyed TechCrunch Because She Was Jealous Of All The Attention It Was Getting  —  Here's why TechCrunch imploded earlier this year, according to founder Michael Arrington, who has suddenly gone public with his side of the story.  —  Basically, Arrington …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, Heather  —  Heather Harde, the business brains behind TechCrunch, will be stepping down at the end of the year as general manager of AOL's technology properties (including TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW).  AOL GM Jay Kirsch, who oversees Autos, Finance, and Industry on the business side …
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Lawmakers Table SOPA and Say ‘Bring in the Nerds’  —  Update (4:30 p.m.): Members of the House Judiciary Committee decided on Friday to table the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) citing the need for more research into the issue and the potential effects of a law with such radical as this one.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  Photo J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press  —  (This post was updated at 2:55 p.m. EST to reflect new hearing date set for Wednesday.)  —  The House Judiciary Committee considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act …
John Cook / Gawker:
Christopher Hitchens' Unforgivable Mistake  —  The outpouring of grief, goodwill, and teary encomia that has attended news of Christopher Hitchens' passing would—if he was anything like the persona he presented in print—have turned his stomach.  He loathed sentiment, welcomed combat, and delighted in inflicting hard truths.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
New York Times did not need to stop the presses for Hitchens obit
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Why did Universal get this video yanked off YouTube if it doesn't have a copyright claim?  —  Universal Music Group recently had a video removed from YouTube because...  Well, that's a good question, actually.  The video was removed without notice and without any copyright violations …
Discussion: Media Decoder and Threat Level
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Now We Know AOL's Patch Revenue - And It's Tiny  —  AOL's local business, Patch, will lose at least $100 million this year and generate paltry revenues, according to documents we've obtained from a source.  —  During 2011, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong invested ~$140 million into Patch, a network of 850 or local news blogs.
Discussion: Erik Wemple and The Wrap
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock  —  Cheap new e-readers are expected to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season.  But new owners of Kindles and Nooks may be in for sticker shock on Christmas morning: The price gap between the print and e-versions of some top sellers has now narrowed …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Manning Hearing Halted as Investigator Considers Recusal Request  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — A defense lawyer for Bradley Manning, the Army private accused in the most famous leak of government secrets since the Pentagon Papers, began a frontal attack during Private Manning's first court appearance …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning hearing - updates
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for freedom of expression on the Internet, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Al Jazeera English Launches ‘Inside Story Americas’  —  Al Jazeera has launched a new TV show designed to both get people talking about the headlines in a different way and examine the news that has slipped through the cracks.  Titled “Inside Story Americas,” the 30-minute debate show features interviews …
Discussion: GalleyCat and eBookNewser
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Cablevision COO Rutledge's Resignation Spurs Privatization Talk  —  Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — Cablevision Systems Corp. may try to go private or seek a buyer following the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge, analysts said.  —  Rutledge announced his exit yesterday, effective later this month.
Discussion: B&C
New York Times:
News Analysis: For Cable TV Clients, a Steady Diet of Sports  —  Are you ready for some football?  —  You are paying for it regardless.  —  Although “sports” never shows up as a line item on a cable or satellite bill, American television subscribers pay, on average, about $100 a year …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Michael S. Schmidt / At War:
Secret Military Documents, Straight From an Iraqi Junkyard  —  BAGHDAD — Several weeks ago, we heard that a local businessman had purchased some trailers from a closing American base.  —  We were told the trailers were parked at a nearby junkyard, so one afternoon I headed out with our security team to find them.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
As ‘Joy Behar Show’ Ends, Its Host Speaks With Candor  —  When the cable channel HLN announced in November that it was going to end the comedian Joy Behar's 10 p.m. talk show, she played along, releasing a simple statement about how proud she was of the two-year-old program.
Associated Press:
The ‘Great Channel Squeeze’ Coming?  —  NEW YORK — Call it the Great Channel Squeeze.  —  Congress is considering letting cellphone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.  —  The idea is to squeeze …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Karl Rove: ‘Debates transfer power to the media, draining it from the campaigns’  —  Former George W. Bush staffer and current Fox News contributor Karl Rove has written an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today focusing on Donald Trump and televised debates.  Rove has mixed opinions on debates.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Time’ to Resurrect ‘Style & Design’  —  Time magazine is resurrecting Time Style & Design, but this time with a less fashion-y focus and bigger online complement.  —  Time published the fashion spinoff from 2003 until it pulled the plug in 2009, blaming the ad recession.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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John Cook / Gawker:
The Huffington Post Almost Outed Rick Perry
Discussion: The Politico and Erik Wemple
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble's Nook Will Likely Launch In UK In 2012
Jim Romenesko:
Marilyn Thompson leaves WP for Reuters
Discussion: The Politico and @bobbymacreports
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NPR stations see big growth for Argo blogs as the pilot winds down
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
More Digital-First Downsizing: The Guardian's Print Edition Shrinks Again
Jack Shafer:
Are you reading the best magazine in America?
Discussion:, Media Nation and CJR
 Earlier Picks: 
Julian Assange can appeal against extradition, supreme court rules
Discussion: Mediaite
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Google News fastest-rising searches rank Occupy high, Casey Anthony low
Discussion: Epicenter
Maurice Chammah / The Huffington Post:
The Springborg Affair: A Censorship Debacle Reflects Egypt's Future
Newt Gingrich and Arianna Huffington: A '90s story
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight funds collaborative reporting center in Georgia
Discussion: Future of Journalism