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1:45 PM ET, January 25, 2012

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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / WatchMojo:
Is YouTube Spending $100 Million or North of $200 Million on Video Content?  —  Recently I moderated a panel at Streaming Media West.  Panelists included Michael Schwalb (Tremor Media), Mark Suster (VC at GRP), Eric Anderson, (VP, Content and Product Solutions, Samsung Electronics America) and AJ McGowan (CTO at Unicorn Media).
Discussion: @msuster
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Occupy Wall Street Journalist Arrests Cost U.S. Dearly In Latest Press Freedom Index  —  The targeting of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement has caused the United States to drop precipitously in a leading survey of press freedom.  Reporters Without Borders' latest Press Freedom Index …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood: Bribe allegation ‘completely untrue’  —  Former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood tells the Leveson inquiry allegations he attempted to bribe staff to alter copy when he previously worked for the Sunday Times are ‘completely untrue’
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
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Press Gazette:
Jefferies calls for inquiry over ‘police leaks’ to reporters
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Mahmood: 'I've had splashes from crack addicts'
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   The Times faces Leveson scrutiny over NightJack
BuzzFeed:
Next The Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?  —  The Daily Mail, an omniverous middle-market British tabloid, has quietly unseated the New York Times to become the newspaper with the biggest online reach in the world, according to figures from the online tracking service comScore.
Discussion: Guardian
Guardian:
BBC sexism allegations: Ed Vaizey to broker meeting with director general  —  Broadcasting minister to set up meeting with Mark Thompson to discuss under-representation of women both on and off air  —  The broadcasting minister, Ed Vaizey, has undertaken to set up a meeting between Nadine Dorries …
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Press Association:
MP slams BBC ‘culture of sexism’  —  The Government should withhold the licence fee payout to the BBC at the next round of negotiations unless the Corporation does more to tackle sexist discrimination against its women television and radio presenters, a Tory MP has said.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Patten's BBC director general ‘succession plan’ is a curious move
Miriam Elder / paidContent:
New Partner For Wikileaks' Assange: Russia's State-Run TV  —  It's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories, while avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it.  Now state-run Russia Today, the Kremlin's English-language propaganda arm …
Will Richmond / paidContent:
What To Expect From Netflix Today  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) will report its Q4 '11 earnings later today, but whereas I've taken stands in past quarters about subscriber acquisition results, this time around I can only say your guess is as good as mine.  Subsequent to last summer's Qwikster …
Discussion: AdAge, Forbes and mediabistro.com
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch-backed music startup bankrupt before launch  —  (Reuters) - Beyond Oblivion, a digital music startup backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and investment bank Allen & Co Director Stanley Shuman has filed for bankruptcy protection after spending millions of dollars building a service that never saw the light of day.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Singles: 'Journalism's Extraordinary Challenges In An Entirely New Place'  —  Byliner recently announced that it has sold 100,000 original e-singles, and other publishers are finding similar success with the format: The Atavist sold over 100,000 copies of ten e-singles combined last year …
Discussion: GalleyCat and Future of Journalism
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Dianna Dilworth / GalleyCat:
B&N's Jim Hilt Says Print Isn't Dead
Shani Hilton / City Desk:
Where Are The Women And Non-White Media Critics?  —  A hearty congratulations to City Paper alum Andrew Beaujon on accepting a gig at Poynter as the site's “new Romenesko.”  There, he'll be writing a media blog edited by Julie Moos that will replace the work of Jim Romenesko, who left Poynter last year and launched his own blog.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wenner Again Quits MPA, Magazines' Industry Association  —  ‘Power of Print’ Collaboration Is Largely Concluded  —  After a couple of years back in the fold, Wenner Media is withdrawing from the MPA for a second time.  —  The MPA is magazines' main industry trade association …
Discussion: MinOnline
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Foundation could ‘re-open the question’ of buying Baltimore Sun  —  Robert Embry Jr., who was reportedly part of an investors group thinking about buying the Sun in 2006, tells Gus Sentementes that the investors “would re-open the question” once the Tribune Co. exits bankruptcy.
Discussion: BaltTech
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Public Insight Network, now swimming in data, launches its own reporting unit  —  American Public Media's nine-year-old Public Insight Network now claims more than 130,000 sources — that is, ordinary folks across America (and as of November, South Africa) who contribute their personal experiences to PIN's massive database.
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Leveson must back ban on sexualised images in media, women's groups say  —  Explicit newspaper pictures censored in inquiry evidence but Leveson warned change would require ‘rock-solid legislation’  —  When Lord Justice Leveson launched his inquiry into the ethics of the press …
Discussion: Forbes
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Sun executive says sorry for Christopher Jefferies coverage
Discussion: Press Gazette
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Columbia Journalism School Has a Database of Alumni Startups  —  Startup incubator.  —  Columbia Journalism School grads have launched companies from Banana Republic to Simon & Schuster.  But what have they done for use lately?  The J-School has this handy database of alumni startups founded …
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Terry Semel Invests in Digital Movie Distributor SnagFilms  —  Former Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) and Warner Bros. Chairman Terry Semel joined the board of SnagFilms Inc., adding Hollywood and Silicon Valley buzz to the startup distributor of movies online and to cable providers such as Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)
 
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Bill Mardo, Writer Who Pushed Baseball to Integrate, Dies at 88
Instinct:
Arkansas Paper Refuses To Print Gay Couple's Commitment Ceremony Announcment
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
NewsHour crowdsources translations of President Obama's ‘State of the Union’
Discussion: GigaOM and Online NewsHour
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Teaching Cyber-Security  —  Confidentiality promises often require technical skill
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Yahoo: Media Giant, Tech Company, or Both?
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaNama
Carl Straumsheim / American Journalism Review:
The Buzz About BuzzFeed  —  The online meme aggregator gets serious …
David Carr / New York Times:
How Esquire Survived Publishing's Dark Days
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
“Beloved, not Beliked': Why TV's Live and Streaming Audiences Are Diverging
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Why newspapers are closing the shutters on staff photographers
Tami Abdollah / scpr.org:
Former LA Times editor Russ Stanton moves to KPCC
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Almost 70% of British public distrust red-tops
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How CNN Is Going To Handle Its Debate Crowd
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Audiobooks.com launches unlimited book streaming service for $24.95 a month
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Rick Perry helped America discover the Texas Tribune