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3:35 PM ET, February 16, 2012

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New York Times:
Interference Seen in Philadelphia Papers  —  Last week, Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, summoned the news organization's three most senior editors to his office.
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Jim Romenesko:
You shouldn't lie to David Carr and NYT  —  By Wednesday morning, Chozick and Carr had multiple sources confirming Osberg's meeting with editors, and the two knew they were going to use it in their story.  “So that was one of my first questions [to Osberg]: 'Did you hold the meeting with the three editors? …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ed Rendell weighs in on Inquirer bid  —  My colleague Jennifer Epstein spoke to former Pennsylvania Govenor Ed Rendell this morning about his interest in the Philadelphia Media Network.  —  His comments in full, beginning with his decision to pursue ownership:
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.
Buzz Bissinger / New York Times:
Who Will Tell Philadelphia's Story?
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
HarperCollins Is Said to Acquire Rights to Amanda Knox Memoir  —  Four months after being freed from an Italian prison and cleared of charges that she murdered her roommate, Amanda Knox has sold her memoir for close to $4 million, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Discussion: Gawker and GalleyCat
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Set to Face Sun Newsroom After Arrests  —  Rupert Murdoch faced down angry labor unions and journalists a quarter-century ago to establish a new printing plant in east London.  This week he travels to the same part of town to calm unhappy employees.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
‘Journalists’ employers must protect sources'
Discussion: Jon Slattery
The Huffington Post:
Neville Thurlbeck, News Of The World Reporter, Uses Blog To Launch NUJ Recruitment Campaign
Discussion: Neville Thurlbeck
Brian Cathcart / Guardian:
News International needs to decontaminate the Sun brand
Lena Groeger / ProPublica:
Murdoch's Circle: The Growing News International Scandal
Discussion: Guardian
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Colbert Suspends Production of His Show … Stephen Colbert has suspended production of his satirical comedy show temporarily because of an emergency in Mr. Colbert's family, according to people familiar with the show.  —  The show is expected to resume production soon, perhaps as early as next week, the people added.
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Robert Rosenthal / Center for Investigative Reporting:
CIR receives $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions  —  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that the Center for Investigative Reporting is one of 15 organizations in six countries that has received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Discussion: Poynter and macfound.org
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Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Bay Citizen Aims to Regroup, Turn Page
Erik Wemple:
Politico TV coming to a station on your dial?  —  TV Newser reports that Politico late last year filed a fresh application to trademark “Politico TV.”  The filing, reports the site, indicates that Politico “has intent to use it.”  —  Politico isn't commenting on the matter.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and TVNewser
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter + Robots = Instant Stories, No Humans Required  —  Hey, how's Newt Gingrich doing on Twitter?  —  You could try answering this question yourself by combing through Twitter and looking at what Newt says there, and what people are saying about Newt there.  But that would take time and effort.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A Newark funeral home braces for the last rites of Whitney Houston, the media event of its career  —  The city of Newark, N.J. is swarming with reporters and camera crews now that the body of Whitney Houston has been transported there from Los Angeles, where Houston died of as-yet unknown causes Saturday afternoon.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS May Produce New Show for Netflix  —  The digital video boom has generated lots of extra money for big media companies, who are selling off old shows to services like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.  —  But as those services start to dabble in creating their own shows, big media companies …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Blockbuster Australian film will become first to premiere on Facebook in the US  —  Facebook is about to get it first box office coup as Tomorrow, When the War Began, an Australian smash hit title, is to become the first film to be released on the social network at the same time that it hits cinemas in the US.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact without the ‘Truth-O-Meter’  —  PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times fact-checking project, has come under fire this week for a ruling that seems to contradict common sense.  Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow — PolitiFact's most vocal critic — went to town on the group for claiming …
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
A Month In, Facebook Timeline Brings New Growth For Myspace, Yahoo News, Pinterest, And Others  —  Having rolled out Timeline at the end of last year, Facebook followed up in mid January by letting third-party apps integrate with the reverse-chronological scrapbooking feature.
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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