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6:30 AM ET, December 29, 2011


 Top News: 
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
The Times E-Mails Millions by Mistake to Say Subscriptions Were Canceled  —  Home-delivery subscribers to The New York Times and others received a mass e-mail notice on Wednesday erroneously saying that their delivery had been cancelled.  —  The e-mail, which the Times's spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
We Got the New York Times Email Spam.  Feeling Special  —  Holiday Mischief?  —  UPDATE: The email was from the NYT, but went to the wrong list, according to Times staffers.  —  We just got the email which the New York Times PR is saying “looks like spam.”  It arrived from the succinct address:
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Conferences raise unanswered questions about fact checking  —  The Great Fact Checking Explosion continues to ripple as we approach 2012.  —  Following a November event co-hosted by Jeff Jarvis and Craig Newmark at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, I recently headed to Washington …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
After Losing Its Star Writers, Engadget's Traffic Has Gone Up  —  When AOL's Engadget lost its roster of star editors and reporters, the natural assumption for many people in the tech-media world was that it was in big trouble.  —  Well, guess what?  Engadget is doing just fine without those writers.
Wall Street Journal:
Fuse Is a Flash Point in Cable Fight  —  Millions of New Yorkers might miss Knicks basketball games if the MSG Network went dark on Time Warner Cable's systems in the new year, amid a bitter dispute over fees.  But how many viewers are missing the other network caught up in the fight, the Fuse music channel?
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's Tops of 2011: Digital  —  As 2011 comes to a close, Nielsen reviewed the top online destinations, social media sites, and smartphone devices.  Google was the most-visited U.S. Web brand, while Facebook held its lead among social networks and blogs.
Andrew Longstreth / Reuters:
Analysis: Manning's legal strategy could lead to plea deal  —  (Reuters) - While it may appear that the government's document-leaking case against U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning is strong, the defense could have some surprising leverage with prosecutors and force plea negotiations.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
L.A. Times Adds More Games to Website, Hoping to Boost Revenue  —  In a bid to boost its digital revenue, the Los Angeles Times has struck a deal with Arkadium, a major online game developer, to add more than two dozen games to that section of its website.  —  Related Articles:
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
Confused by SOPA?  Five Multimedia Explainers  —  Unless you live under a rock, it's pretty hard to ignore the buzz that the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) has generated in the last few months.  The controversial bill, along with its companion bill, Protect-IP Act (PIPA) …
Discussion: Prison and Politico, Thanks:elanazak
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why writers tweet about death, illness, rape  —  When Rocky Mountain News reporter Berny Morson tweeted from a child's funeral in 2008, journalists called the incident “repulsive” and “tasteless.”  Now, it seems, nothing is off-limits when it comes to Twitter.
Julian Sanchez:
The New York Times on Ron Paul's Newsletters  —  With Ron Paul's now-infamous newsletters once again making headlines, I mulled whether I ought to revisit the issue, but ultimately decided that there wasn't much to add to the long piece Dave Weigel and I wrote for Reason back in 2008 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NY Times challenges ‘lazy rewrite’ accusation
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
GoodReads' Recommendation Engine Acquisition Gooses The Publishing Game  —  While bookstores are reporting increased sales this month, I foresee a time when “Staff Picks” at the local booke shoppe will soon be replaced by recommendation engines that tell you what ebook to pick up next.
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
A Glimpse Inside the Camera Bag of a War Photographer  —  What would you pack if you were assigned to cover a war from the inside?  The photo above shows what photographer Umit Bektas decided to pack in his camera bag for his embed with a US military unit in Afghanistan.
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Sidney Crosby / Associated Press:
Fox continues dominance of cable news in up and down year, CNN shows prime-time gains
Discussion: TVNewser and TVNewser
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Must Crack the Customizable Content Code, Too
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
What's Coming In 2012: Book Publishing
Jim Romenesko:
Reporter not allowed at Occupy's meetings in public park
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
After Sale, New York Times Regional Employees Brace for Layoffs
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Research: Internet Is UK's No. 2 News Source, But Only 3.8 Percent Pay
 Earlier Picks: 
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Netflix big customer satisfaction loser in '11
Discussion: AllThingsD
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Was WaPo's Flock Forced on Vacation?
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Hulu's ‘Steamboat’ ads recommend new shows to users
Bahrain To Host Saudi Prince's News Network
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Kantrowitz / Kantrowitz:
What BuzzFeed Is Trying To Do  —  Earlier this month …
Discussion: Forbes
Yahoo! News:
Yahoo News hires Steve Chaggaris as executive producer, elections