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9:05 PM ET, December 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
An Empty Seat in the Courtroom  —  THE lawyer David Coombs rarely speaks publicly outside the courtroom.  He says that his client, Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, prefers it that way.  —  But last Monday night at a Unitarian Church in Washington, Coombs made an exception.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NYT DC bureau chief: ‘The Web has created a more responsible press, with higher standards’  —  David Leonhardt explains in a Reddit AMA response why the Web has been good for journalism: … The New York Times D.C. bureau chief became the latest journalist to participate in a Reddit AMA …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Patent troll strikes NYT, media industry over mobile web sites  —  A shell company is suing the New York Times, the Huffington Post and five other media companies over patents related to mobile computing.  —  In a series of complaints filed in Delaware, Clouding IP LLC claims the media outlets …
Discussion: WebProNews and Business Insider
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo teams up with NBC Sports to share online and broadcast sports news and coverage  —  Yahoo has announced a partnership with NBC Sports that will see the two pool their sports reporting and news coverage in an effort to build the US' largest dedicated sports news platforms.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Yahoo! Inc.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Stop Calling Me a Troll  —  Author photo?  —  The other day I wrote a column criticizing iTunes.  It was somewhat harsh.  “Each new upgrade brings more suckage into your computer,” I argued under the headline, “Won't Someone Take iTunes Out Back and Shoot It?”  Predictably, the column got some people riled up.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal, Hearst Corp. Close Deal to Rebrand G4 as Esquire Channel  —  The move, which will look to court metrosexual viewers that History and Spike ignore, will include programming focused on gaming and lifestyle.  —  In its bid for the largely untapped metrosexual viewership …
Discussion: Joystiq, The Verge and Polygon
Agence France-Presse:
Iran launches own ‘YouTube’ website: state TV  —  Tehran: Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google's popular YouTube whose content is deemed inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on Sunday.  —  The website ( …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Losing in the Ratings, Soledad O'Brien Longs ‘To Be On a Team that Strategizes How to Win’  —  Safe to say CNN's Soledad O'Brien is excited about her new boss.  —  When she heard that Jeff Zucker — also her old boss — had been named president of CNN Worldwide, “I thought, ‘Yes!,’” O'Brien says.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Erik Wemple:
Progressive journos hang with Obama: Anything wrong with that?  —  The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington is generally forthcoming about her enterprise and its journalism.  —  Except, that is, when she's invited to an off-the-record meeting in the White House with President Obama.
Discussion: @nickbaumann and @jayrosen_nyu
Robert Weintraub / CJR:
Giving the Jovan Belcher story its due  —  On the NFL pre-game shows, Bob Costas distinguished himself by using the KC tragedy to talk about gun control; James Brown did not  —  I long ago vowed not to watch the NFL pregame shows that are foisted on football fans for hours on end every Sunday, save for those exceptional circumstances.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
NYT launches Compendium, a Pinterest-like tool for the paper's content  —  Many newspapers and magazines have already created accounts on Pinterest, and it's not surprising they're thinking about other ways to get readers to share their content.  This week the New York Times Research …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Web Video, on Your TV, That Looks Like TV  —  There are now lots of ways to get Web video onto your TV.  But in lots of cases that stuff still looks like Web video — clips you're not supposed to watch for more than a couple of minutes at a time.  —  So here's another attempt to blur …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Saint Petersblog
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Amy Rosewater / American Journalism Review:
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Angela Watercutter / Wired:
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: WebProNews
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Tweet-Like News Flash That Announced Pearl Harbor
Discussion: Poynter