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3:15 PM ET, November 30, 2011

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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How news orgs are reaching millions through Facebook's new apps  —  It has been over two months since Facebook announced a new class of social news applications — ones that automatically share links to everything a person reads.  Now we are learning more about the readership …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Warren Buffett buys his hometown paper, the Omaha World-Herald  —  Billionaire Warren Buffett warned investors two years ago that newspapers faced “the possibility of nearly unending losses” and not to buy them.  Today, his company has purchased his hometown paper, the Omaha World-Herald.
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Omaha World-Herald:
Buffett to buy The World-Herald  —  The Berkshire Hathaway company has agreed to purchase The Omaha World-Herald Co. from its employee shareholders and the Peter Kiewit Foundation.  The transaction is expected to close in late December, pending approval of The World-Herald's shareholders …
Discussion: Gawker, JIMROMENESKO.COM and CNBC
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Warner Said to Pick New Head of Time Inc. Magazine Unit  —  Time Warner Inc. has selected the head of a digital advertising firm to run its Time Inc. magazine unit, according to people with knowledge of the hiring.  —  The company is expected to announce later Wednesday that Laura Lang …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Digitas CEO Laura Lang To Head Time Inc.  —  Nine months after he fired Jack Griffin, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes has finally filled the most prominent empty chair at the media company, appointing Laura Lang, CEO of Digitas since 2008, as CEO of Time Inc. Once again …
Discussion: AdAge, Adweek and The New York Observer
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Pulitzer Prizes change breaking news category to emphasize ‘real-time’ reporting  —  The Pulitzer Prizes are doing away with paper for next year's awards.  All entries must be submitted digitally.  The Pulitzer Board is also changing the local breaking news award to emphasize real-time reporting.
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
‘Paisley family targeted for phone hacking’  —  Northern Ireland MP says he met police from Operation Weeting who are investigating whether he and his father were hacked  —  One of Northern Ireland's best-known political families believes they were a victim of phone hacking …
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Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: ‘News International tried to destroy my life,’ hacking lawyer claims
Discussion: Press Association and Reuters
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Alastair Campbell: phone hacking may have revealed Cherie Blair's pregnancy
Discussion: Guardian
Guardian:
Woman arrested in hacking investigation  —  Operation Weeting detectives have arrested a 31-year-old woman in connection with phone hacking at News International  —  Detectives investigating phone hacking at News International have arrested a 31-year-old woman.
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Martinbrunt / @skymartinbrunt:   Bethany Usher, 31, now lectures in journalism at Teeside University. Worked at News of the World 2006 to 2007 in Manchester
Ben Fritz / LA Times:
Paramount Pictures sued by financing partner for fraud  —  This post has been updated.  See note below for details.  —  Paramount Pictures withheld profit from such hit movies as “Mission: Impossible 3,” “Jackass 2” and the “Transformers” trilogy, according to a lawsuit filed …
Matt Rosoff / MattyDread:
On slideshows...  I'm flattered MG Siegler would take the time to single out one of my slideshows for SAI as being interesting enough to read, but annoying when formatted as a slide show.  —  So.  A few ideas to think about.  —  Bad slideshows are horrible, agreed.
Discussion: @erickschonfeld and parislemon
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
ANNOYING: The Article As A Slideshow
Discussion: Business Insider and @mattrosoff
Jim Romenesko:
USA Today begins search for editor-in-chief  —  USA Today editor John Hillkirk has been moved to senior editor for investigative journalism and national enterprise reporting.  “We will begin a national search immediately for an Editor-in-Chief for USA TODAY,” says a memo.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC World News channel taken off air in Pakistan  —  The BBC has said that it is ‘deeply concerned’ by Pakistan's decision to block its World News channel  —  The BBC World News channel has been blocked across Pakistan after it broadcast a documentary deemed to be critical of the country.
Discussion: BBC and Journalism.co.uk
Ruth Fowler / Huffington Post UK:
LAPD Made Sure The Whole World Ain't Watching  —  As both a journalist who occasionally freelances for the mainstream media, and an Occupier, I find myself in a conflicted position regarding reporting on Occupy LA.
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Magazines Pull Back on Tablet Bells and Whistles  —  When the iPad launched, magazines rushed to shovel expensive rich-media features into their tablet editions.  But now that they have to create editions for the new Kindle Fire and Nook Color and their ilk, some are downplaying the need for often-expensive enhancements.
Bloomberg:
Silver Lake Bids $16.60 a Share for Yahoo Stake  —  A group of investors led by private- equity firm Silver Lake offered to buy a minority stake in Yahoo! Inc (YHOO). for about $16.60 a share, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  That was lower than an offer …
Reuters:
ESPN's Skipper talks NBA, Penn State scandal  —  Sports fans will set aside their outrage over two college sex abuse scandals along with frustration over labor unrest in the NBA, and keep watching games, ESPN's incoming president told Reuters on Monday.
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Jim Romenesko:
‘Mounting Nittany’ sex column on hold as Penn State deals with Sandusky case
Discussion: College Media Matters and Deadspin
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NewsCred gets $4 million to reinvent the newswire
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Adweek Loses Two News Editors [Updated]
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Conde Nast Finds a Spot for Wagenheim as New Teen Vogue Publisher
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sources: Why Ed Andrews left the National Journal
Discussion: Talking Biz News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
About.com Rolls Out Lifestyle Content On Flipboard
Discussion: mnilive.com
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Former ‘CBS Evening News’ Producer Dick Meyer Tapped to lead BBC News, America
Discussion: TVWeek.com and Poynter
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
After a Brief Reversal, MSNBC Pulls Ahead of CNN
Jim Hopkins / Gannett Blog:
Bulletin: First-quarter furloughs just announced; unpaid time off will be fifth big round since '09
Discussion: rbr.com
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
US To Pay $2.5M In Photo Editor Robert Stevens' Anthrax Death
Discussion: ProPublica and Seattle Times
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Chris Bryant: BSkyB used details from phone hacking to aid lobbying
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Stephen Colbert On CNN iReporters: ‘This Bold Move Will Help You Get Rid Of Your Remaining Viewers’
Discussion: Poynter and TVNewser
 

 
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