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9:35 AM ET, December 14, 2011

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Anthony Ha / Adweek:
SAY Media Acquires Tech Blog ReadWriteWeb  —  SAY Media has acquired popular tech blog ReadWriteWeb.  —  Founded in 2003 by Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb became one of the most-respected news sites in the tech world, establishing a voice that's often more serious and in-depth than its competitors.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kristen Welker Named NBC White House Correspondent; Network Sets 2012 Politics Coverage  —  After several months of covering the beat, this morning NBC News has named Kristen Welker White House correspondent.  The announcement comes as NBC announces their plans for covering the 2012 primaries …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Chuck Todd: NBC's new politics site is for armchair viewers, political junkies  —  NBC has just launched a new politics site that provides readers with a place to track political news, dig deeper into polls and make their own predictions about the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A web-first politics site for NBC News: Vivian Schiller on the launch of NBCPolitics.com  —  NBC News keeps its political reporting in lots of different places.  There's Chuck Todd on Twitter, in the evening with Brian Williams and the Nightly News Crew, online at MSNBC's First Read …
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Christiane Amanpour proves to be wrong fit  —  The Arab Spring.  The killing of Osama bin Laden.  The WikiLeaks dump of U.S. embassy cables.  —  If there ever was a time to try injecting more international news into the tried-and-true, Washington-based Sunday public affairs talk show format, these last 18 months were it.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Amanpour Leaving ‘This Week’ for New ABC Role, CNN International Show  —  NEW YORK — Christiane Amanpour will soon step down as host of ABC's “This Week” to take on a new role at the network, where she'll host about six primetime specials a year and appear on ABC News programs …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Brian Stelter accidentally tweets tip about Amanpour leaving ‘This Week’  —  Brian Stelter had an awkward Twitter moment this afternoon when he accidentally tweeted to his 97,000 followers that he had heard that Christiane Amanpour would be departing as host of ABC's “This Week.”
Christopher Goffard / Los Angeles Times:
Russ Stanton steps down as Times editor  —  Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will assume the top newsroom job.  Stanton, 52, has led the news organization for four years, a period in which the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the Public Service Award for exposing corruption in the city of Bell.
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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
L.A. Times Rocked by More Turmoil: Top Editor Quits With Cuts Looming (Updated)  —  The Los Angeles Times was rocked by more turmoil Tuesday when editor Russ Stanton resigned in advance of another round of cutbacks.  —  Stanton, whose last day is Dec. 23, has presided over a tumultuous period …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and LA Observed
Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Colin Myler and Jon Chapman - live  —  Full coverage as the former News of the World editor and ex-News International director of legal affairs give evidence  —  12.03pm: The inquiry breaks for five minutes while Sherborne takes legal instruction regarding the surveillance.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Poynter
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David Leigh / Guardian:
Leveson: Milly Dowler case is not the only reason for inquiry  —  Lord Justice Leveson says inquiry will investigate all aspects of tabloid misconduct, not just the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone  —  The judge running the Leveson inquiry into press behaviour dismissed claims on Wednesday …
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Guardian faces Fleet Street backlash over changing story on Milly Dowler message deletions
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Sun
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Media and Entertainment Companies Add Support to Proposed Antipiracy Legislation  —  Big media companies have ratcheted up the pressure on Washington to support legislation that would protect online content.  —  On Tuesday, dozens of entertainment, sports and media companies …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Techdirt
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Dodd on piracy bill: ‘Hollywood is pro-Internet’
Molly Knefel / Salon:
Busted for Tweeting  —  Police escalation in New York as my brother and 17 other people are arrested for observing an occupation  —  Monday morning marked yet another Day of Action for the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Eight cities on the West Coast attempted to shutdown ports.
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Video of ‘Times’ photographer's confrontation with police touches off another exchange between NYPD and local media
Josh Stearns / Save the News:   NYPD: Elmo Safe, Journalists Not So Much
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
AP Launches Strategy To Go Beyond Breaking News, Become More ‘Distinct’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press has been getting it first and getting it right for the past 165 years.  —  But as traditional rivals like Bloomberg and Reuters ramp up opinion and analysis — and as competition increased …
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Authors Guild Files for Class Certification in Google Case  —  The Google Book Settlement may be dead, but the litigation lives on.  On December 12, attorneys for the Authors Guild filed a motion for class certification, hitting the deadline set forth by Judge Denny Chin at a September 15 status conference …
Bloomberg:
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
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Will Richmond / paidContent:
If Netflix Is In Play, Here's Some Companies That Would Be In The Hunt
Discussion: Fortune and VideoNuze
Jim Romenesko:
ASNE headed to Mizzou?  —  I'm told that ASNE is most likely moving to the Missouri School of Journalism.  —  My source says: … “I've talked to them a little bit,” IRE executive director Mark Horvit tells me.  He points out that the Religion Newswriters Association and Association …
Discussion: Gawker
 
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Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Russian Journalists Fired After Tough Election Coverage
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Washington Post letter writers plea for coverage of uprisings around the world
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David Leigh / Guardian:
Milly Dowler and the tabloid: trail that led to phone-hacking story
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The Pirates of Youtube  —  The real villains of YouTube …
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Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Backs Out of Debate, Floating Independent Bid
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Nearly half of campaign coverage last week focused on Gingrich
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Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Judge orders Tribune to turn over notes about Cellini juror
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu Latino Content Goes Live
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