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6:55 PM ET, February 15, 2012

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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Met probes claims that Sun paid some public officials more than £10k a year  —  Source familiar with News Corp internal inquiry says it has found ‘serious suspected criminality over a sustained period’  —  The Scotland Yard investigation into alleged illegal payments by Sun journalists …
Discussion: ProPublica
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
U.S. litigation against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. may not be imminent; but it's still all bad news for him  —  News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch is all lawyered up and bound for London tomorrow on a crisis management mission.  —  And with the trip, a fresh wave of speculation has gripped …
Robert Hutton / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Hacking Report Delayed by Debate
Discussion: Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sun journalists must fight for their rights - Geoffrey Robertson
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:   James Murdoch name tied to News Corp scandal
BBC:   Glenn Mulcaire granted evidence appeal
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Philly papers to lose 37 positions through buyouts, layoffs  —  Philadelphia Media Network executives announced at a meeting with Guild leaders today that they will reduce the newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com by 37 positions.  The company will offer buyouts first, and then begin layoffs if necessary.
Discussion: @chanders
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Erik Wemple:
Inquirer's top editor speaks  —  Those who value a strong and independent media in and around Philadelphia have been walking around in a funk in recent weeks.  That's because the journalism of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News appears to be under siege.  —  The culprit?
Discussion: Capital New York and Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Sale of Philly papers will test whether local owners can stay out of the newsroom
Discussion: The Philly Post and Philly.com
Joe Flint / Company Town:
CNN officially severs ties with Larry King  —  CNN and Larry King are going their separate ways.  —  Though King gave up his daily prime-time talk show on CNN in December 2010, he still had a deal for several specials.  The last of those — “A Larry King Special: Dinner With the Kings” — aired in December.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Fact from fiction: PolitiFact draws ire for checking ‘Glee’  —  Has the Great Fact Checking Explosion reached a new level of strangeness so soon into the election year?  —  Or to put it the way some did Tuesday: Has PolitFact jumped the shark?  —  These questions are cropping up thanks …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact responds to Rachel Maddow  —  Rachel Maddow made yet another stinging attack on PolitiFact last night, calling the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking project “a disaster” (see video).  —  Via email, PolitiFact editor and Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair responds to the criticism:
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress  —  Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining the Media Matters For America's tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned.  Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern …
Discussion: Mediaite and Capital New York
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Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
James Rainey, Brian Stelter Get the Bill O'Reilly Treatment
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FishbowlDC
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan  —  Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users' entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast's Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions  —  A slowing decline in the number of customers cancelling their cable service coupled with a boost in high-speed Internet subscriptions contributed to a 26.4 percent increase in net income at Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider.
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Meg James / Company Town:
Comcast fourth-quarter profit jumps 26%; NBC and film lag
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
CBS 4Q Profits Soar Despite Revenue Dip  —  Profits at CBS surged 17 percent to $384 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, capping off a year in which its net income nearly doubled, according to its earnings report on Wednesday.  —  The strong earnings report, which included a new corporate record …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Is Politico Looking to Revive Politico TV?  —  Way back in 2008, the political newspaper and website Politico announced that it was getting into the TV news business with Politico TV.  —  As our sister blog FishbowlDC noted at the time, the idea was to re-brand an existing program on WJLA …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Puzzazz brings ebook handwriting recognition to the Kindle Touch  —  Redmond-based startup Puzzazz is bringing handwriting recognition to Amazon's Kindle Touch device.  The company's TouchWrite technology recognizes handwriting and converts it into numbers and letters on the Kindle.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Times and Sunday Times digital sales power ahead  —  The Times now has 119,255 digital subscribers, with the Sunday Times claiming 113,818 - according to figures issued by News International last night.  —  The figures show that there has been continual digital subscriber growth at The Times …
Discussion: Guardian and Journalism.co.uk
 
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