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9:05 AM ET, February 21, 2012

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics  —  Frank VanderSloot, Romney finance co-chair, suppresses scrutiny by threatening reporters and bloggers  —  Frank VanderSloot is an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., a controversial billion-dollar-a-year company …
Sarah Fitzmaurice / Daily Mail:
The Colbert Report returns as Stephen honours sick mother, 91, on screen  —  With a nod of tribute to his ailing mother, Stephen Colbert returned to present The Colbert Report last night.  —  The political satirist was back at the helm of his show after he cancelled taping last week …
Discussion: Huffington Post
E.D. Kain / American Times:
Possible Conflict Of Interest In ABC's Exclusive Access To Apple Chinese Supply Chain  —  ABC has been granted exclusive access to Apple's Chinese supply chain.  —  In January, the New York Times published a controversial and troubling report about working conditions in FoxConn factories where Apple products are manufactured.
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Tweeting a War: How One Journalist Is Using Twitter in Afghanistan  —  Journalists are using Twitter more and more these days, even in an unlikely place: Afghanistan.  —  With about a million active Internet users out of a total population of just less than 35 million …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter a newspaper, or is it the phone company?  —  Is Twitter a publisher and distributor of information like a newspaper, or is it just a dumb pipe like a telephone network?  Lawyers in Australia seem to believe that a case could be made that Twitter is a publisher, like a newspaper …
Discussion: citmedialaw.org, Thanks:@mathewi
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Launches 8 GB, $199 Nook Tablet  —  Hoping to compete against the $199 Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) has a new $199 tablet, the not-so-well-named Nook Tablet—8 GB.  —  With the release, which coincides with Barnes & Noble's Q3 2012 earnings report this morning …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
WikiLeaks, a Postscript  —  THIS is apparently the revenge of Julian Assange: everyone who runs afoul of the rock-star leaker is condemned to spend eternity discussing the cosmic meaning of WikiLeaks.  As the editor of The Times during our publication of many articles based on that treasury …
Discussion: Gawker and The Nation
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@wikileaks:   The only explanation for Bill Keller's bizarre attacks on Wikileaks, his former benefactor, is fear. The question is, of what?
Jim Romenesko:
The story behind ‘the most bad-ass obit ever’  —  “I have something really fun for you,” New York Times deputy obituaries editor Jack Kadden told Margalit Fox last Monday.  He handed the obit writer a copy of Adam Bernstein's Washington Post piece on “professional adventurer” John Fairfax, who died Feb. 8.
Discussion: Gawker
Paul McNally / journalism.co.uk:
A Guardian hotel?  Publisher says it is ‘exploring options’  —  Guardian News and Media says it is “currently researching and exploring a range of options”, amid claims that it is thinking of developing a new hotel concept.  —  A post on the Washington-based Harry's Place blog quoted …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Memorial fund set up in honour of New York Times journalist  —  The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a memorial fund in honour of Anthony Shadid, as well as plans for a scholarship and ‘possibly’ an award in his name  —  The university at which New York Times foreign correspondent …
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Suw Charman-Anderson / Forbes:
Million Dollar Book Proves Kickstarter Model, Now Authors Just Need The Reach  —  The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive became the first book project on Kickstarter to cross the million dollar mark last night.  Currently sitting at $1,072,528 raised from 12,797 backers and with 23 hours to go …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
James O'Shea calls early reporting on Chicago News Coop's demise “sloppy” and “inaccurate”  —  Chicago News Cooperative is planning to suspend operations next Sunday, editor and CEO James O'Shea announced in a letter to readers today.  Word of the Coop's fate spread on Friday …
Guardian:
Man convicted in conspiracy case also accused of hacking computer for NoW  —  Philip Campbell Smith, who allegedly hacked former army spy's computer for News of the World, convicted of conspiring to illegally access private information for profit  —  A man at the centre of allegations …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Rupert Murdoch letter to News International staff ‘full of legal errors’
NY Daily News:
Jeremy Lin headline slur was ‘honest mistake,’ fired ESPN editor Anthony Federico claims  —  EXCLUSIVE: ‘This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny’  —  Jeremy Lin looks on during Knicks' victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.  —  The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun on Sunday: NI plots ad-backed push for sales top spot  —  Publisher to take battle to rivals with cut-price family-oriented product - and no topless page 3 models  —  The Sun's Sunday edition will be a more family-oriented product than its predecessor the News of the World …
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