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12:10 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship  —  In case you haven't noticed, a lot of sites like Reddit and Wikipedia are blacked out today in protest.  Google blacked out its logo and is running a huge advertising campaign (including on TechCrunch) to get Internet users to sign petitions and oppose the bills.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Story Behind Rupert Murdoch's Rants About Google and SOPA  —  Like most big entertainment companies, News Corp. supports SOPA and PIPA, the controversial bills aimed at curbing illegal content sharing.  Like most big internet companies, Google opposes them.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
What the SOPA blackout really looks like
Arianna Huffington / @ariannahuff:
There's one Wikipedia page that isn't blacked out today: #SOPA http://t.co/8KYmwFA2
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Set to Launch Live Web TV ‘Network’  —  Arianna Huffington has made no secret of her ambition to build a news organization that can rival The New York Times in reach and prestige.  But right now, she has her sights set on a different target: CNN.
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn's Wife to Edit Huffington Post in France
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Le Huffington Post to Launch in France
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Discussion: Poynter
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Jack Shafer / Reuters:
WikiLeaks' 16th minute  —  This piece originally appeared in Reuters Magazine, a special edition publication ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  —  In late October, a deflated Julian Assange called a press conference in London to announce he may have to mothball WikiLeaks.
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Media Aiming High in City  —  Four major Chinese media companies are expanding their presence in New York City as they lay the groundwork to begin competing on a global stage.  —  Xinhua, one of the Chinese government's main news outlets and propaganda arms, last year moved …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Anatomy of an Error: The Bain of CNBC's Existence  —  After poring over some government documents, CNBC's Eamon Javers reported that Bain & Company, Mitt Romney's former firm, was one of the consulting companies that took part in the auto bailout.  Javers' CNBC.com report Thursday seemed …
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How CNBC corrected its incorrect correction about Bain & Company
Discussion: CNBC and TVNewser
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry hears regional newspaper editors face tough ad market  —  Advertising in local papers has almost halved in five years, says editor of South Wales Evening Post  —  Advertising in regional newspapers has almost halved over the past five years, the editor of the South Wales Evening Post has told the Leveson inquiry.
Discussion: The Independent and Press Gazette
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Reuters:   News Corp close to settling hacking cases
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Bits Blog Gets a Billboard  —  Competition in the technoblogoverse just got a little fiercer!  The New York Times Bits technology blog now has its very own billboard on Highway 101.  —  Specifically, the billboard is on 101 southbound in South San Francisco, just north of SFO.
Discussion: Forbes
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
No More New Penguin Digital Audiobooks For Libraries, Either  —  Hoping to skirt Penguin's library e-book restrictions by checking out a hot new title as a digital audiobook instead?  Sorry, that strategy will no longer work as Penguin changed its library policies again today.
Discussion: The Digital Shift and INFOdocket
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
When a Web Community Becomes a Book Publisher  —  Longreads crowdsources and curates its way to its first-ever ebook.  —  At the end of last year, Longreads, one of the curators of lengthy, magazine-y stories that has sprung up to help fans of long-form journalism find great stuff online …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
On TV, Antipiracy Coverage May Include a Disclosure  —  As television networks have covered Internet companies' positions against antipiracy legislation before Congress this week, they have had to consider whether to disclose the positions of their parent companies — virtually all of which have campaigned in favor of it.
Discussion: TVNewser
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At Atlantic digital, a series of new hires  —  Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital, announced a handful of new hires this morning, including Jen Doll, who will leave her post at The Village Voice's Runnin' Scared blog to become a senior writer at The Atlantic Wire.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Drudge Throws Political World Into Chaos With Exclusive On Gingrich Ex Interview  —  Earlier this evening, the Drudge Report teased an exclusive with the single most vague headline in modern journalism history: “Network Holds Bombshell Campaign Interview.”  Accompanied with the legendary …
 
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Boston Globe mistake raises questions about how media covers sex offenders
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Jim Romenesko:
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tampa Bay Times extends pay cuts for at least 4 more months
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
The Times Plans Social Sharing Upgrade, Real-Time iPad News
Discussion: The Wall Blog and News Stash
Dominic Basulto / Endless Innovation:
Are Newspapers Civic Institutions or Algorithms?
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Is Politico gaining much insight with Facebook data?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
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