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12:40 PM ET, February 10, 2012


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Jim Romenesko:
Dear Patch: I was hyperlocal long before you  —  I really am a big fan of hyperlocal.  —  In fact, I was hyperlocal nearly two decades before you launched.  —  In 1992, I started a biweekly paper in Milwaukee called The Public Record.  The concept of the four-page publication was simple …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Where Does Arianna Fit Into AOL's New Patch Plans?  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) has hired a new Chief Content Officer in its latest attempt to reboot Patch, the network of hundreds of sites that offer “hyper local” coverage.  —  The appointment of's Rachel Fishman Feddersen comes …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Guardian editor takes pay cut  —  Editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger reduces annual salary by 10% and asks company to halve its contribution to his pension  —  The Guardian's editor-in-chief is to take a voluntary pay cut of 10%, and ask the publisher of the newspaper to halve the annual contribution it makes to his pension.
Discussion: Free Press and The Wire
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Developing Home Entertainment System  —  Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  —  The effort marks the Internet company's …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels' Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance  —  Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing.
Paul McNally /
EU privacy rulings: ‘huge consequences’ for UK press  —  European Court of Human Rights ‘recognises essential role played by press’ with two landmark rulings in favour of free speech  —  The court overturned a previous ruling that Princess Caroline of Monaco (pictured in 1998) had her privacy breached
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Wall Street Journal covers Fashion Week fashionably, finding uses for Pinterest and Instagram  —  The incredible growth of Pinterest — the (invitation-only) social bulletin board dominated by young and female users — hasn't gone unnoticed by news organizations.
NY Daily News:
Ch. 5 anchor Greg Kelly back on TV after DA clears him of rape allegation  —  ‘It was a tough couple of weeks,’ he says  —  Greg Kelly heads to work at ‘Good Day New York’ on Friday.  —  News anchor Greg Kelly looked into the camera Friday and thanked his family, viewers and “Good Day New York” …
Ashwin Seshagiri / MediaShift:
Bay Citizen, Center for Investigative Reporting Plan to Merge.  Now What?  —  The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting, two non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area, announced formally Tuesday that they intend to merge.  —  Under terms of the agreement, Berkeley …
Discussion: Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Raymond Perelman ‘dismayed’ he was ‘excluded’ from bidding on Philly papers  —  Raymond Perelman, who bid two years ago to purchase the Philadelphia daily newspapers, says he was “excluded” from the sale process currently under way, according to information obtained by the Associated Press, which reports:
Michael Wolff / GQ:
The end of James Murdoch  —  The unlikely heir apparent to Rupert's empire, the family's black sheep was still embraced by eager execs as ‘the real deal’.  But before he could be crowned, the hacking scandal broke, Sky caved in and his powerbase disintegrated.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The anti-Amazon revolt continues as the ABA boycotts its books  —  The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is the latest body to join the slew of retailers Stateside boycotting books from Amazon's publishing division.  —  The ABA is the USA's national, not-for-profit trade association …
Discussion: Bits, O'Reilly Radar, Guardian and GalleyCat
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Indie Booksellers All Yanking Amazon Titles? Not Exactly
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Jim Romenesko:
Gannett offers early retirement package to 665 employees
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