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3:30 AM ET, January 15, 2012

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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pirates!  Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, and Silicon Valley  —  On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a day-long private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff.  I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled “How Great is Google?”.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Delayed; Cantor Promises It Won't Be Brought To The Floor Until ‘Issues Are Addressed’  —  Some late breaking news here: following Lamar Smith's announcement that the new manager's amendment for SOPA will remove DNS blocking (to be added back at a later date after it's been “studied") …
Craig Newmark / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Fact-checking should be part of how news organizations earn trust  —  Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job.  However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that fact checking is an idea whose time has come.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information of Media Executives  —  The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has targeted opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement and businesses that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks, has set its sights on a new adversary: media executives.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
People using pseudonyms post the highest-quality comments, Disqus says  —  One of the most popular commenting services for news websites and blogs says its data shows that commenters using pseudonyms are “the most important contributors to online communities.”
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Meryl Gordon / CJR:
Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail  —  Voters skew female; reporters still do not  —  MANCHESTER, NH — The sea-green and white concrete gymnasium at Saint Anselm College was transformed this past Saturday night into a temporary state-of-the-art filing center for the GOP presidential debate …
Discussion: The Politico and Poynter
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Plagiarism may be part of ‘weeding out’ at Journal Register  —  Can plagiarism be a byproduct of progress?  —  That's the contradictory question I'm pondering after a conversation with Matt DeRienzo, group editor of Journal Register Company's publications in Connecticut.
Felicia Pride / FishbowlNY:
Arianna Huffington Says Media Needs More Good News, Launches Vertical  —  What seems to be dominating headlines these days?  War.  Political mudslinging.  Economic distress.  Prejudice diatribes.  Pure foolishness.  —  Does media need more feel-good stories?  —  Arianna Huffington thinks so.
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Josh Stearns / Groundswell:   The Missed Opportunity of HuffPost's “Good News”
Rebecca McPheters / AdAge:
Magazines and Newspapers Need to Build Better Apps  —  Viewpoint: Significant Glitches Trouble Too Many Publishers' Apps  —  While it is still early in the migration process, Apple's iPad and other tablets appear to be a very good thing for the publishing industry, allowing publishers …
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Poynter
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
The Sun Newspaper Going Premium In Mobile App For £4.99 A Month  —  The UK's highest-circulating newspaper may not yet be going ahead with web fees but it has introduced a subscription smartphone app, priced £4.99 ($7.65) a month.  —  News International's mass-market The Sun launched …
Discussion: The Next Web
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Piers Morgan's 2012 Resolution: Be More Like Bill O'Reilly  —  One nice thing about success is the way it shuts up critics.  One year ago, Larry King had ended his 25-year run as CNN's marquee interviewer, and Piers Morgan was gearing up to replace him.  How could Morgan, a former gossip reporter …
Discussion: Inside Cable News and TVNewser
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon's Plagiarism Problem  —  Amazon's erotica section isn't just rife with tales of lust, incest, violence, and straight-up kink.  It's also a hotbed of masked merchants profiting from copyright infringement.  And even with anti-piracy legislation looming, Amazon doesn't appear too eager …
Discussion: WebProNews, Fortune, The FJP and Betabeat
 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Rolling Stone’ to drop big Julian Assange interview next week by Michael Hastings
Discussion: BBC
Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone:
WaPo news: National security editor Cameron Barr named deputy national editor.
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg View Expands Editorial Board
Althia Raj / Huffington Post Canada:
Canada Election Gag Law Lifted, Allowing Sharing Of Federal Results
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

Connor Jones / The Register:
UnitedHealth says the February ransomware attack on Change Healthcare cost the company $872M in Q1; another ransomware group appears to be extorting the company

Priya Anand / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower: Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard's audio-focused invitation-only social app Airchat has been downloaded 30K+ times since its relaunch this month

 
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