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2:20 PM ET, February 7, 2012

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Reuters:
U.S. authorities looking into Murdoch foreign payments  —  (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch's media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police …
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Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Times admits and apologises for NightJack email hacking  —  Editor James Harding says he was not told about how 2009 story revealing identity of police officer had been obtained  —  James Harding: reporting was highly intrusive  —  The Times has apologised for hacking into a police officer's email account …
Bloomberg:   Times Editor Apologizes for Misleading U.K. Court
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:   Dominic Mohan, Sun Editor, Says Page 3 Girls Are ‘Healthy Role Models’
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Press watchdog ‘made a scapegoat’
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:   Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to be recalled to Leveson Inquiry
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In latest report, circulation is up for ‘New York,’ ‘New Yorker’  —  During a six month period in which the magazine industry continued to see decreases in subscriptions and newsstand sales, New York's hometown glossies still eked out small circulation gains.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Magazine Newsstand Sales Still In Freefall  —  Did you forget to stop by the newsstand a few times last year?  Don't worry; so did a lot of your fellow Americans.  The ongoing decline in magazine single-copy sales accelerated in the second half of 2011, with the losses falling just short of double-digits …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
GOP Primary Show: Non-Stop News And Noise In The Age Of Twitter  —  Last week, Jon Ralston, a veteran Las Vegas Sun columnist, dared reporters to ignore Donald Trump's unveiling of his presidential endorsement — with low expectations about how that might play out.
Discussion: Poynter
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Pew: Cable tops local TV news as source of campaign, election information  —  New research from the Pew Center for the People & the Press shows fewer Americans are closely following the 2012 election than in 2008, with significant drops in the percent of people — especially older adults …
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Video easy: HBO takes a $10m investment in Quickflix  —  THE US television company HBO is investing $10 million in the Australian entertainment market, taking out a 16 per cent stake in the video subscription service Quickflix.  HBO will receive 83.3 million preference shares at 12¢ …
Discussion: Crikey and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Disney's ABC, Univision Mull News-Channel Launch  —  Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. are in talks to create a new 24-hour cable-news channel that will broadcast in English, in an effort to keep pace with changing demographics among U.S. Hispanics and reach a new audience of English speakers …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The ABC News-Univision game change
Discussion: Media Decoder, TVWeek.com and TVNewser
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
New York Observer Publisher Jared Kushner Might Buy The Dodgers  —  Jared Kushner — owner and publisher of the New York Observer, son-in-law of Donald Trump — is in the running to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reports.  —  If his bid went through, he would become the youngest owner in the MLB.
Erik Wemple:
Four reasons why Ross Douthat's media-bias argument is bunk  —  In his piece in the New York Times's Sunday Review, op-ed columnist Ross Douthat is careful to establish his credibility in citing liberal media bias: … But not in this case! proclaims Douthat.
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Media Research Center blasts networks for not covering Obama's ‘attack on religious freedom’
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
McClatchy Beats Earnings Predictions, Touts Digital Investments  —  McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) Company's fourth quarter operating earnings beat analysts' predictions, while the newspaper chain also reported an overall boost from investments in online properties like Cars.com and Apartments.com.
Discussion: The McClatchy Company
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Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:   McClatchy reports higher quarterly profits as signs show revenue slump easing
Technology Review:
How to Predict The Spread of News on Twitter  —  Computer scientists have discovered the four factors that make news stories popular on Twitter  —  Twitter has revolutionised the way millions of people receive news and the type of news they get.  So it's no surprise that there is huge interest …
Discussion: The FJP
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers  —  Whenever newspaper executives get together to bemoan the fate of their industry, someone inevitably brings up the so-called “original sin” of the online news business — namely, a failure to charge for content when the web was new.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@mathewi
Felix Salmon:
Elizabeth Spiers and the reinvented New York Observer  —  There are three main reasons that I like entering into bets with people.  The first is, simply, that it's fun.  The second is that I love to win bets.  And the third is that I love to lose them.  I don't ever trade the markets …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
No Ads, No Madonna But NBC Calls Live Stream A Success  —  It had never been tried before: a live, legal Internet stream of television's biggest event, the Super Bowl.  —  Despite some complaints from users, NBC declared it to be a success on Monday and said it would report the total number of streams on Tuesday.
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John Koblin / WWD:
Vogue Wins Big With Super Bowl Halftime Show
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Morning Brouhaha: Roland Responds  —  Late last night, CNN Analyst and Washington Watch Host Roland Martin issued a “Final Thoughts” statement on the Super Bowl controversy that has thrown a wet blanket over him for the past 48 hours.  In it, he explains that the LGBT community has accused him of supporting violence against gays.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
At CNN, is homophobia a ‘viewpoint’?
 
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