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12:30 PM ET, December 1, 2011

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Wikileaks:
The Spyfiles  —  Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable:
Spy Files: WikiLeaks Releases Surveillance Industry Documents  —  WikiLeaks on Thursday released the first 287 documents from a database containing “hundreds” of documents from contractors in what WikiLeaks calls the “mass surveillance industry.”  —  For this project, WikiLeaks teamed …
Aaron Barnhart / Kansas City Star:
For first time in history, TV ownership declines  —  Nielsen, the TV ratings people, are out with the 2012 edition of their Television Audience report.  Much of this is a repackaging of data previously released by Nielsen.  But as NBC used to say, it's new to me!
Discussion: /Film, Poynter and Inside TV
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Sean Comer / Yidio:   A Sign The Internet Has Won? TV Ownership Declining
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon Widens Its Kindle Footprint With €99 Device On Sale In Spain, Italy  —  It's taken a few years, but Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has really ramped up the number of countries where it is selling its Kindle products.  Today it's announcing two more countries to the list where it sells …
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Has Some Kindle Book Rentals Beyond Textbooks
Discussion: The Verge
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Blagging figures were ‘grossly understated’  —  The Information Commissioner's official figures on the extent of blagging by journalists and private investigators unearthed by Operation Motorman have been “grossly understated” - according to the man who led the investigation.
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The Independent:   Investigator: I was barred from taking on the press
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Foursquare Teams Up With NY Mag, Time Out, Other Publishers  —  “Save to Foursquare” buttons now appear alongside web content at New York magazine, Time Out, and a variety of other publishers, allowing users to send places they want to go to their phones and get alerted when they're in the vicinity.
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Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Foursquare Rolls Out New Buttons for Publishers
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How 9/11 led to the birth of Google News  —  In a video explaining the evolution of Google search over the years, Google Fellow Amit Singhal tells the story of how Google News came to be:
Bloomberg:
Alibaba-Led Group Said to Prepare Yahoo Bid  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Softbank Corp. (9984) are in advanced talks with Blackstone Group LP (BX) and Bain Capital LLC about making a bid for all of Yahoo! Inc., said three people with knowledge of the matter.
Matt Seaton / Guardian:
Naomi Wolf: reception, responses, critics  —  Naomi Wolf's article about the police crackdown on Occupy went viral this weekend.  Many ‘liked’ it; others, not so much ...  When a single article is recommended on Facebook 235,000 times, tweeted nearly 7,000 times, gets close to 1,000 comments and is viewed …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
HBO To Cord Cutters: You'll Never See Our Shows  —  HBO is cementing its reputation as a trail-blazer with a new batch of hit shows and, more recently, a hugely popular mobile offering.  But the company is determined to remain a traditionalist when it comes to its relation with tv distributors.
Michael J. Connor / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Why The Post-Standard didn't give Bobby Davis' tape to police in 2003  —  We don't like to write about ourselves, yet here we are again.  —  On Nov. 20, we published a letter to you explaining why in 2003 we did not run a story after we investigated allegations of sexual molestation …
Discussion: Bleacher Report
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Former NoW journalist denies phone hacking  —  Bethany Usher who was arrested by Operation Weeting detectives claims she always adhered to the PCC code  —  A former News of the World journalist arrested by detectives investigating phone hacking at the paper has said she has …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Q&A with Next Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang  —  Time Inc. isn't About to Become a Digital Ad Agency, Lang Says  —  Time Warner has named Digitas CEO Laura Lang to become CEO of Time Inc., ending a nearly nine-month search by selecting an outsider with deep digital knowledge but no publishing experience.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Hearst's Carey: We Will Have One Million Paying Digital Subscribers In 2012  —  On the heels of the Economist claiming one million monthly mobile readers of its magazine across Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android devices, another magazine publisher is gearing up to join the seven-figure club …
RBR:
Q3 Internet ad revenues up 22%  —  Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. hit $7.88 billion in Q3, a 22% increase over the same period in 2010, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC US.  These figures also show a 2.7% uptick from the record-setting revenues of Q2.
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
Jef Feeley / Bloomberg:
News Corp Wins Dismissal of Shine Group Acquisition Lawsuit by Investors  —  Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. (NWSA) persuaded a judge to throw out an investor lawsuit seeking information about the $675 million purchase of a U.K.-based television production company owned by Murdoch's daughter.
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.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Piers Morgan Struggles to Beat King's Ratings
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Cambridge University Press to try renting academic articles
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Disney Increases Annual Cash Dividend By 50%
James Robinson / Guardian:
The Leveson inquiry: what we've learned so far
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and Guardian
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Expect Some Toning Down of Antipiracy Bills, Says Movie Industry Supporter
Discussion: Techdirt and O'Reilly Radar
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New York Times overhauls comment system, grants privileges to trusted readers
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Chicago Business:
Chicago investor group planning Sun-Times acquisition bid
Dylan Stableford / The Cutline:
Fox News' Greta Van Susteren fails to disclose husband's relationship with Herman Cain on air
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newsweek iPad App Coming in January
Ben Fritz / LA Times:
Paramount Pictures sued by financing partner for fraud
Jim Romenesko:
USA Today begins search for editor-in-chief
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How news orgs are reaching millions through Facebook's new apps