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1:30 PM ET, February 8, 2012

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The Independent:
Sunday Mirror chief authorised hacking, says blogger Guido Fawkes  —  Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver personally authorised hacking and blagging, political blogger Paul Staines told the inquiry into press standards today.  Mr Staines, who blogs as Guido Fawkes, told the Leveson Inquiry he had heard the claims from two journalists.
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Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
News International scandal: police paid £100,000 under false names  —  Police officers were paid more than £100,000 by News International journalists who hid their true identities in company records, it is claimed.  —  Contacts are alleged to have been paid under £1,000 …
Discussion: The Independent
Henry Clarke Price / @henrycp:   Trinity Mirror not commenting on @GuidoFawkes #leveson claims about Sunday Mirror ed Tina Weaver allegedly authorising hacking and blagging
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   News Corp team accused of risking journalist sources
Guardian:   NI faces more than 50 new damages claims
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nice Guy, Finishing Last: How Don Graham Fumbled the Washington Post Co.  —  In the next few months Facebook will go public at a rumored valuation of up to $100 billion, one of the most keenly anticipated business events ever.  The instant that trading opens, Mark Zuckerberg and a handful …
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Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Washington Post Will Further Reduce Staff  —  9:44 a.m. |  Updated The Washington Post announced a new round of buyouts on Wednesday, the latest in a series of staff reductions that have decreased the size of its newsroom by more than 200 people over the last three years.
Discussion: Forbes
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Brauchli to Washington Post staff: More with less!
Jim Romenesko:   Notes from the Washington Post newsroom meeting
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Amazon Prime subscribers will get access to Viacom TV shows  —  Amazon has closed a deal with the media conglomerate Viacom that will let its Prime subscribers stream new TV shows, the company announced today.  —  This announcement doesn't come as a surprise, and confirms recent rumors …
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Peter Lauria / Reuters:
AOL hires chief content officer for troubled Patch  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc, which has been investing heavily in content to make up for declining revenue from dial-up Internet access, has hired an executive for the newly created position of chief content officer at its struggling Patch hyperlocal news network.
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Jim Romenesko:
Patch to reduce staff, change editorial focus  —  A Patch insider tells Romenesko readers that the AOL-owned hyperlocal news sites plan to cut staff and freelance budgets and start producing “easy, quick-hitting, cookie-cutter copy.”  Examples: Best Ofs, and features like “What's happening to this vacant storefront?”
Discussion: LA Observed
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Don't break stories on Twitter, BBC staff told  —  As Sky News clamps down on staff Twitter updates, corporation tells reporters to file copy before tweeting it  —  BBC journalists have been told not to break news stories on Twitter before they tell their newsroom colleagues.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and The Next Web
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Ben Fenton / blogs.ft.com:   Sky's the limit on retweets
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sky News clamps down on Twitter use
Fleet Street Blues:
Sky News opts for old-fashioned content creation over curation with Twitter clampdown
Discussion: BBC and The Wall Blog
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Mail Online Income Quickening After U.S. Expansion  —  Mail Online's annual revenue growth rate has accelerated to a high of 70 percent following its big push in to the U.S., its publisher DMGT reported in Wednesday's interim disclosure for its October-to-January earnings.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Nevermind The Numbers: Mail Online And New York Times Are Chalk And Cheese
Discussion: New York Times
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reuters UK journalists will not strike  —  Thompson Reuters has reached a deal with the National Union of Journalists, who will now call off a two-day strike scheduled to begin tonight at midnight.  —  “As you know, the National Union of Journalists had scheduled an industrial action to begin …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
End of Lance Armstrong probe raises questions about media's reporting  —  With little fanfare, federal prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong, nearly two years after it began.  After convening a grand jury, summoning dozens of witnesses and involving several federal agencies …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Felix Dennis in treatment for throat cancer  —  The private office of Felix Dennis, the eccentric 65-year-old British publishing magnate who imported Maxim and The Week to the U.S., announced today that Dennis has cancer.  —  “Felix has been diagnosed with cancer of the pharynx (throat),” reads a statement posted on his website.
John Koblin / WWD:
BuzzFeed Taps Amy Odell  —  CUT TO THE BUZZ: BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith has poached Amy Odell from New York Magazine's The Cut blog.  —  Odell will start at BuzzFeed at the end of the month and run a vertical geared toward women.  Smith, Odell and BuzzFeed executive editor Doree Shafrir …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Cable TV and Movie Divisions Help Lift Time Warner Revenue  —  An uptick in advertising revenue at its cable television networks and a solid performance at the box office for its Warner Brothers movie studio contributed to a 5 percent increase in quarterly revenue at Time Warner.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Spokesman Mark Block says he asked Philly.com to remove sale story from website  —  A Philadelphia Daily News reporter's blog post about a potential buyer for his paper was removed from the company's news site Tuesday because it was misleading, according to the spokesman who requested it be taken down.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Greg Kelly ‘thankful’ to be cleared of rape charges, will return to ‘Good Day’ soon  —  Fox 5 anchor Greg Kelly issued a statement through his publicist Tuesday night following news reports that the Manhattan D.A. will not charge him with rape.  —  “I am thankful that the investigation established …
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Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: TV anchor Greg Kelly ‘will NOT be charged with rape’
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
 
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