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10:40 PM ET, February 17, 2012

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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Murdoch Offers Reassurances to Sun Newsroom  —  LONDON — In his 60 years in the newspaper business, few moments could have been as charged for Rupert Murdoch as the one on Friday when he visited the London headquarters of his British newspaper arm, News International, where reporters and editors …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad sources expect Sun on Sunday ‘in weeks’  —  Rupert Murdoch to accelerate timeline for launch, say reports, while media agencies warn of ‘stressed’ Sunday market  —  Media buying agencies believe that the Sun on Sunday is set to launch “within weeks”, but warn of a vicious price …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Rupert Murdoch Announces Sun On Sunday, Says Suspended Employees Can Return To Work
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Release Date Is Moved Up for Shadid Book  —  Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who died on Thursday while reporting in Syria, was weeks away from embarking on a book tour.  —  He was scheduled to return to the United States for a 20-city tour to promote …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times staffers gather for bullpen memorial for Anthony Shadid; his final piece published today
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Erik Wemple:
Should the White House stay mum on Shadid?
Discussion: VOA, Poynter and WWD
Felix Salmon:
Gawker Media jettisons its porn blog  —  Back in November, Nick Denton put Gawker Media's Fleshbot up for sale.  The official announcement, here, is NSFW due to the ads surrounding it — which pretty much explains why Fleshbot was being sold: its customers — porn sites — are very …
Dave Maass / San Diego CityBeat:
U-T outsources comment censorship  —  Move is expected to ‘refine the tone and content of the comments without hindering their flow’  —  The new owners of U-T San Diego have been making a lot of changes at the city's main daily newspaper.  The latest involves new policies for censoring monitoring comments on its website.
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Callum Borchers / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Boston Courant: Proud not to have a website until the owner sees “a profitable end game”  —  Eight years ago, David Jacobs, publisher of the weekly Boston Courant, paid a web designer in Ukraine to create a website for his newspaper.  On that initial investment, and on subsequent research …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Analyst: News Corp. Waited Too Long to Launch Sun on Sunday  —  You don't see a lot of media companies launching new, mass-circulation newspapers these days.  But News Corp. is a special case: The paper it's launching, The Sun on Sunday, isn't really a new paper per se but a substitution …
Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC World Service to broadcast morning news conference  —  Global broadcaster to use Twitter, Facebook and Skype to encourage listener input in news meeting on 29 February  —  The World Service is celebrating its 80th anniversary  —  The BBC World Service is to open up its morning editorial meeting …
Discussion: Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Arianna Huffington's loyal flack departs to hang up his own shingle  —  Mario Ruiz, head of communications for The Huffington Post, is leaving the company to start his own agency after five years of doing P.R. for the website.  —  And, as is so often the case in these sorts …
Discussion: PRNewser, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer, Daily News to share content, raising questions about future of separate Philly papers  —  In a meeting with their newsrooms Thursday, editors of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com told journalists that their rivalry would soon turn to cooperation.
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Mike Armstrong / Philly.com:
Papers, website to begin sharing some news coverage
New York Times:
Congress to Sell Public Airwaves to Pay Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The need for revenue to partly cover the extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits has pushed Congress to embrace a generational shift in the country's media landscape: the auction of public airwaves …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Opens Up Self-Serve Ad Platform to 10,000 Small Businesses  —  American Express Cardmembers and Merchants Are Eligible to Register for Platform Starting Tonight  —  Twitter is rolling out the self-serve ad platform it's been testing to 10,000 small and midsize businesses next month through …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Microsoft mulls plan for new music service (exclusive)  —  The software maker has discussed with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone.  —  Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies …
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Web TV's New Lineup  —  Fueled by a wave of investment from Silicon Valley's deepest pockets, Hollywood players are lining up to create original online shows.  Tom Hanks vs. piano-playing cats.  —  Hollywood veteran Brian Robbins has a new production studio under construction and 35 shows in development.
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