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10:25 PM ET, December 28, 2011


 Top News: 
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
The Times E-Mails Millions by Mistake to Say Subscriptions Were Canceled  —  Home-delivery subscribers to The New York Times and others received a mass e-mail notice on Wednesday erroneously saying that their delivery had been cancelled.  —  The e-mail, which the Times's spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
We Got the New York Times Email Spam.  Feeling Special  —  Holiday Mischief?  —  UPDATE: The email was from the NYT, but went to the wrong list, according to Times staffers.  —  We just got the email which the New York Times PR is saying “looks like spam.”  It arrived from the succinct address:
Discussion: Forbes
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
Confused by SOPA?  Five Multimedia Explainers  —  Unless you live under a rock, it's pretty hard to ignore the buzz that the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) has generated in the last few months.  The controversial bill, along with its companion bill, Protect-IP Act (PIPA) …
Tim Mak / Politico:
SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
After Hiring Gawker Founding Editor Elizabeth Spiers, The New York Observer Is Finally Profitable  —  Observer Media Group President Christopher Barnes says that the New York Observer and its associated products, after many years in the red, will finally turn a small profit in 2011, the New York Post reports.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
New York Post:
Turcotte takes a hike at freebie AM New York
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Julian Sanchez:
The New York Times on Ron Paul's Newsletters  —  With Ron Paul's now-infamous newsletters once again making headlines, I mulled whether I ought to revisit the issue, but ultimately decided that there wasn't much to add to the long piece Dave Weigel and I wrote for Reason back in 2008 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NY Times challenges ‘lazy rewrite’ accusation
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Was WaPo's Flock Forced on Vacation?  —  Like some reporters, WaPo's Elizabeth Flock was off last week — conceivably for the holidays.  —  But FishbowlDC sources are insisting that Flock was suspended last week for writing that post on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's using a KKK slogan in his speeches.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on April 8, say Taiwan PC makers  —  Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, according to PC makers in Taiwan.
Andrew Longstreth / Reuters:
Analysis: Manning's legal strategy could lead to plea deal  —  (Reuters) - While it may appear that the government's document-leaking case against U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning is strong, the defense could have some surprising leverage with prosecutors and force plea negotiations.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
GoodReads' Recommendation Engine Acquisition Gooses The Publishing Game  —  While bookstores are reporting increased sales this month, I foresee a time when “Staff Picks” at the local booke shoppe will soon be replaced by recommendation engines that tell you what ebook to pick up next.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why writers tweet about death, illness, rape  —  When Rocky Mountain News reporter Berny Morson tweeted from a child's funeral in 2008, journalists called the incident “repulsive” and “tasteless.”  Now, it seems, nothing is off-limits when it comes to Twitter.
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
After Sale, New York Times Regional Employees Brace for Layoffs  —  ‘Layoff’ is an understandably dirty word around The New York Times newsroom(s) these days.  As the company prepares to finalize the sale of its Regional Media Group to Halifax Media Holdings this week, both The New York Times Company …
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
A Glimpse Inside the Camera Bag of a War Photographer  —  What would you pack if you were assigned to cover a war from the inside?  The photo above shows what photographer Umit Bektas decided to pack in his camera bag for his embed with a US military unit in Afghanistan.
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
Nielsen's Tops of 2011: Digital  —  As 2011 comes to a close, Nielsen reviewed the top online destinations, social media sites, and smartphone devices.  Google was the most-visited U.S. Web brand, while Facebook held its lead among social networks and blogs.
Sidney Crosby / Associated Press:
Fox continues dominance of cable news in up and down year, CNN shows prime-time gains  —  NEW YORK — Fox News Channel continues to dominate the cable news networks despite some erosion during a non-election year.  —  Nielsen ratings released Wednesday show Fox with a larger audience than CNN …
Discussion: TVNewser and TVNewser
Sarah Lacy:
Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done?  I Couldn't Disagree More  —  I'm a big fan of Jeremiah Owyang's market analysis but I think he missed the point on this one, big time.  He recently wrote a post on how the Golden Age of tech blogging is over.  No way.  Unless of course, he means we're about to enter the platinum age.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Jim Romenesko:
Reporter not allowed at Occupy's meetings in public park
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Netflix big customer satisfaction loser in '11
Discussion: AllThingsD
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Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Kantrowitz / Kantrowitz:
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Discussion: Forbes
Yahoo! News:
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
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Discussion: Media Decoder
Sam Delaney / Guardian:
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Discussion: Erik Wemple
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