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10:45 AM ET, January 8, 2013


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Faceoff in Chinese City Over Censorship of Newspaper  —  GUANGZHOU, China — Protests over censorship at one of China's most liberal newspapers descended into ideological confrontation on Tuesday, pitting advocates of free speech against supporters of Communist Party control who wielded red flags and portraits of Mao Zedong.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Charlie Ergen Ticks Off the TV Guys, Again  —  Last year, Charlie Ergen used CES to lob a bomb at the TV establishment, and ended up fighting the TV networks in court.  2013 could end up shaping up the same way.  —  Yesterday, Ergen's Dish Network used the gadget show to unveil several …
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Richard Ben Cramer Dead: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist And Author Dies At 62  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Richard Ben Cramer died Jan. 7 of complications from lung cancer.  He was 62.  —  Born in Rochester, N.Y., Cramer studied at Johns Hopkins University …
Jim Romenesko:
Washington Post to start doing polling work for outside clients  —  Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron tells his staff this morning that the paper's polling operation will become an independent polling group of Washington Post Media so it can start doing work for outside clients and “grow a new business for the company.”
John Letzing /
AOL Says One Out of Nine Patch Sites Profitable  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong said Monday about 100 of the company's 900 Patch sites are now profitable, as the Internet media firm seeks to use its costly local online news network to help fuel an ongoing turnaround effort.
Discussion: Business Insider
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Power of the indie: Macmillan strikes partnerships with e-publisher Entangled  —  In the latest example of a big-six publisher tapping the power of indies, Macmillan announced two new partnerships with Entangled, the independent romance publisher behind bestsellers like Jennifer Probst's The Marriage Bargain.
Discussion: and Dear Author
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Layoffs Begin Amid Restructuring  —  NEW YORK — Since its 2007 debut, Politico has expanded its newsroom quickly while some legacy media outlets, like the Washington Post, have scaled back.  But Politico isn't immune from having to restructure in the face of industry demands, and in recent days, it has laid off some staffers.
Discussion: Mediaite and @michaelroston
Michael Peel / Financial Times:
Is al-Jazeera too soft on Qatar and its allies?  —  ABU DHABI — Qatar's al-Jazeera television station provided a great ringside seat for the “day of rage” in Cairo almost two years ago that offered the first clear sign of the threat to the rule of then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Linking: Scraping vs. Copyright  —  Irish newspapers created quite a stir when they demanded a fee for incoming links to their content.  Actually, this is a mere prelude to a much more crucial debate on copyrights, robotic scraping and subsequent synthetic content re-creation from scraps.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Absolutely, Positively Not a Netflix-Killer: AT&T Launches Its Own Video Subscription Service  —  Does the world need another streaming video subscription service?  It is getting one, regardless: Here comes U-Verse Screen Pack, a $5-a-month offer from AT&T.
Emad Mekay / CJR:
The Muhammad movie: look who fanned the flames  —  Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up  —  Back on September 11, protestors gathered outside the US embassy near downtown Cairo, furious over reports of a video said to portray Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, in a brutally negative way.
Shane Smith Calls ‘Vice’ Style Of Journalism “Immersionism”: TCA  —  Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage.  —  HBO isn't in the habit of doing traditional newsmagazine shows, and its new magazine Vice (premiering April 5) is like no series of its ilk that mainstream TV has ever seen.
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