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3:45 AM ET, December 25, 2011

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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Caseby's squalid note to The Guardian editor shows News International's true face  —  I was surprised when I switched on Newsnight last week to hear that Nick Davies had refused to take part in a discussion with The Sun's managing editor, Richard Caseby.  —  I've known Davies for more than 35 years …
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The Independent:
For Leveson, the ‘what ifs’ that must follow The Guardian's clarification are legion  —  The last day of the Leveson Inquiry before the Christmas recess threw up two developments with the potential to be game-changers.  First, on the basis that he overheard show-business journalists talking …
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
2012 will bring “the great retrenchment” among newspaper publishers  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2011 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  Next up is Boston-based media commenter Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism …
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Dean Starkman / CJR:
The Hole In FON Theory  —  Continuing the discussion about the future of news with Clay Shirky  —  I thank Clay Shirky and other posters for their responses to “Confidence Game: the limited vision of the news gurus.”  Since Clay and I are going to differ on a few things …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Times Co. Calls Union Back to Negotiate  —  New York Times Co. (NYT) contacted union leaders about restarting contract negotiations a day after the publisher announced last week the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Janet Robinson, according to the local Newspaper Guild.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
It Costs a Fortune for The New York Times to Cut Costs
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, Techdirt and VentureBeat
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Prominent Rightwing Blogger Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress
Discussion: Erick's blog
Erik Wemple:
How Politico reacted to its plagiarism outbreak  —  Over the next couple of weeks, the Erik Wemple Blog will be looking back at the stories we've covered over our first half-year in existence.  We're calling it the Look-Back Fortnight.  —  Politico handled the Kendra Marr situation …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
 
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