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11:15 AM ET, December 24, 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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Paul Tassi / Forbes:
The Great SOPA Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techdirt
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Prominent Rightwing Blogger Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress
Discussion: Erick's blog and Hit & Run
Steve Green / VEGAS INC:
Dismantling of Righthaven appears under way with loss of website  —  The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver.  —  As noted by the Righthaven Victims website critical …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google tries to kick Authors Guild out of court in book case  —  It's as if the last four years hadn't happened.  In 2007, Google's legal dispute with a coalition of authors and publishers over Google Books was put on hold while the parties hashed out a settlement agreement.
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Former NBC vet Marc Graboff set to run 'American Idol's' parent company  —  After a six-month search, “American Idol” owner CKX is close to naming a new boss, The Post has learned.  —  The entertainment company, which also owns the “So You Think You Can Dance” TV brand …
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Edward Schumacher-Matos / NPR Ombudsman:
Is NPR Doing Too Many Stories About Catholicism?  —  Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 14, 2011.  —  When the Catholic Church changed its liturgy in late November, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, and Tell Me More, covered the story.
Bloomberg:
FCC Plan to Ease Cross-Ownership Rules Points to Consolidation  —  Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Communications Commission agreed to propose easing limits on one owner holding a television station and newspaper in a top 20 U.S. market.  —  The FCC plan keeps existing caps on TV and radio station ownership.
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Bloomberg Hires CNBC Producer For ‘Street Smart’  —  Jason Farkas will join Bloomberg TV as a senior broadcast producer in January.  His hire was announced today by Ted Fine, Bloomberg's executive producer for afternoons.  —  Farkas will focus on helping the “Street Smart” editorial team ahead of the program's re-launch on January 9.
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.
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: New York Post, FishbowlNY and CJR
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Ron Paul's Newsletters Got Back In The News  —  NEW YORK — On Thursday night Reuters reported on a solicitation for Ron Paul's political and investment newsletters from the 1980's and 90's; the direct-mail ad warned of a “coming race war” and included incendiary rants about blacks …
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 …
 
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The Huffington Post:
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