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2:10 PM ET, December 21, 2011

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BBC:
Phone hacking ‘bog-standard tool’ says former Mirror journalist  —  Phone hacking appeared to be a “bog-standard journalistic tool” for gathering information, a former Daily Mirror financial reporter has said.  —  James Hipwell, who was jailed in 2006 for writing about firms whose shares he owned …
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The Huffington Post - UK:
Heather Mills: ‘I Never Played Piers Morgan Voicemail Tapes’  —  Heather Mills, the former wife of pop star Sir Paul McCartney, said that she never disclosed private voicemail messages from her ex-husband to former tabloid editor Piers Morgan.  Mills said that Morgan, who yesterday told …
Guardian:
First police officer arrested over alleged payments for journalists  —  52-year-old woman held at Essex police station after being arrested under Operation Elveden  —  The Metropolitan police have arrested a 52-year-old female serving police officer over payments from journalists, Scotland Yard has said.
Richard Adams / Guardian:
What does CNN do with Piers Morgan now?  |  Richard Adams  —  The host's bumbling testimony about his part in the phone hacking scandal surely has CNN wondering what it got itself into  —  If CNN wants an incisive big-name interviewer, it should consider hiring Robert Jay QC …
Jason Deans / Guardian:   Met aims to give Leveson more detail on deletion of Milly Dowler's voicemails
Fox Sports:
Report: NBC reporter charged with DUI  —  NBC News correspondent Jay Gray charged with drunken driving after he attended a party at the house of the attorney for accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, TMZ reported Tuesday.  —  According to the report, Gray was pulled over after drinking …
David Brauer / MinnPost:
Is ex-reporter Christine Clayburg paying TV journalists to help clients tell their good news stories?  —  In October, MinnPost ran a John Reinan column headlined, “Former TV reporter Christine Clayburg tells news of corporate clients.”  —  “As traditional media wither and new communication channels …
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Times ‘terminates’ blogging pressman Ed Padgett  —  Ed Padgett, a Los Angeles Times employee for 39 years, has been in trouble with the bosses before for his blog posts.  This time, he says today, Human Resources called from out of nowhere to tell him he had been fired.
Nancy Phillips / Philly.com:
Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children  —  Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.  —  In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them …
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Will Bunch / Boston Herald:   Philly papers share outrage over Bill Conlin case
Julie Moos / Poynter:
PEJ: Economy is the most-covered story of the year  —  In its annual “Year in News” release, PEJ says the economy was 2011′s big story, with 20 percent of news time and space dedicated to it in print, online, TV news and radio.  That's up from 14 percent in 2010.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
AOL's Activist Investors Say Armstrong's Content Play Isn't Working  —  Starboard Value LP, who's 4.5 percent stake in AOL makes it one of the company's largest shareholders, is taking aim at Tim Armstrong and his attempt to reinvent AOL as a media powerhouse.
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Al Jazeera English wins first duPont as 14 news orgs awarded with broadcast, digital honors  —  Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, one of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning …
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The New York Times Honored with First Ever Digital Reporting duPont Award
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Kindle for iOS update brings magazines, newspapers, textbooks to iPad  —  Amazon has just pushed a new revision of its Kindle app to the iTunes App Store, and iPad owners will definitely want to hit that update button.  That's because they now have access to the same full-color magazines …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Glenn Mulcaire wins legal fees battle with News of the World publisher  —  News Group Newspapers had no right to cancel private eye's legal fees over alleged phone hacking, high court rules  —  Glenn Mulcaire has won his high court bid to force News Group Newspapers to continue to fund his legal fees in cases of alleged phone hacking.
Discussion: Press Gazette
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The Huffington Post - UK:   Andy Coulson Loses Battle Against NotW Over Legal Fees For Phone Hacking Case
The Detroit News:
Borders era over as judge confirms bookseller's liquidation  —  Borders Group Inc. won approval from a U.S. bankruptcy judge Tuesday on the final details of the retailer's liquidation, marking the end of the country's former No. 2 bookseller.  —  The 40-year-old Ann Arbor company started …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
On Twitter, people want to follow personal versus official accounts of journalists  —  The International Journal of Communication has released a report, looking back on how Twitter was used this year to disseminate information during the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Discussion: GigaOM and Global Voices
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Five things I would do as CEO of the New York Times  —  Janet Robinson recently stepped down from her position as chief executive officer of the New York Times, and while there haven't been any official announcements about why she left, the Wall Street Journal says that Robinson's lack …
Discussion: Gawker and eMedia Vitals
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Marcus Brauchli, Washington Post Editor, Gathers Veteran Staffers To Steady Uneasy Newsroom  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Post newsroom has changed dramatically in recent years, with hundreds of staffers leaving in a series of buyouts and numerous star reporters and editors decamping …
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Bloomberg TV says Tennis Channel win over Comcast boosts its case  —  The Tennis Channel isn't the only network popping champagne in the wake of a ruling by a Federal Communications Commission judge that cable giant Comcast Corp. discriminated against it in favor of its own sports channels.
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John Eggerton / Multichannel:
Tennis Channel Wins Program Carriage Complaint Against Comcast
 
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