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4:25 PM ET, December 23, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Publicly Against SOPA (Including Us)  —  Since the list of 120 or so SOPA supporting companies hit the Internet yesterday, the lines have been drawn; People are publicly promising to pull thousands of domains from domain registrar Godaddy after it appeared on the list as a supporter.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Prominent Rightwing Blogger Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress  —  One of the more interesting things about the whole SOPA/PIPA debate (and, as I've pointed out for many years, about any of the intellectual property policy fights) is how non-partisan they are.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How Amazon is helping to sustain long-form journalism  —  Amazon has been taking a beating recently for what some see as its attempt to cut in on the business of independent booksellers, and for its ongoing disruption of the e-book market via its Kindle lending library and other moves.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Former TechCrunch Staffer Sarah Lacy Set to Close Funding Round for PandoDaily  —  Netscape Co-Founder Marc Andreessen Joins Michael Arrington and Other Investors In Tech News Site  —  Former TechCrunch Senior Editor Sarah Lacy is expected to close a round of funding in the next two weeks …
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
It Costs a Fortune for The New York Times to Cut Costs  —  The New York Times is finishing up a new round of buyout packages for veteran employees, but with the report that the paper is paying $15.4 million to remove former chief executive Janet Robinson and a look at how much the paper …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, New York Post, Hot Air and CJR
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative  —  The White House's relationship with the reporters who cover it has blown hot and cold throughout history.  And this year, some reporters say, things have taken a decidedly frosty turn.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
WUSA removes story from website after discovering parts of it came from the Washington Post  —  WUSA President and General Manager Allan Horlick says the station has removed a story from its website after learning that portions of it were taken from a Washington Post piece on the same subject.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe Apple's Newsstand Really Was a Present for Publishers  —  When Apple launched its Newsstand feature in iTunes this fall, the idea was that giving newspaper and magazine publishers their own dedicated shelf space — for those who signed on to Apple's subscription program - would boost sales.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan  —  As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests.  SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
The Huffington Post:
Piers Morgan's Phone Hacking Testimony Has Little Impact  —  CNN's Piers Morgan was in the position few television interviewers like to be this week: on the other side of the microphone.  He testified by video link about his past life as a London tabloid editor before a British panel looking into media ethics.
Discussion: Guardian and The Independent
Jesse Solomon / CNN:
New York Times files lawsuit seeking info on targeted killings  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice charging that the government failed to release information under the Freedom of Information Act on records surrounding questions …
Chicago Tribune:
Sun-Times' new owners envision highly digital delivery, products  —  Chicago technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro and former Newsday Publisher and CEO Timothy Knight lead the group.  Knight says flagship tabloid newspaper will remain an integral part of the portfolio.
 
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Rainey Reitman / The Nation:
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
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