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11:20 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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Misses In Q3; NOOK Business Up 38 Percent To $542M  —  Barnes and Noble reported earnings this morning, with total sales increasing 5% compared to the prior year, from $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion, falling short of analyst expectations.  Net income was $52 million, which is flat with the previous year's earnings.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Barnes & Noble launches 8GB Nook Tablet for $199, goes toe-to-toe with Amazon
David Gambacorta / Philly.com:
Rendell's silence lasts all of 2 days  —  ED RENDELL'S vow of silence was officially laid to rest yesterday.  —  It lasted about as long as most people expected.  —  The former governor, who told the Daily News on Saturday that he would no longer talk publicly about his pursuit …
Discussion: The700Level.com
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
Gordon MacMillan / Brand Republic:
Sun insider claims Sun On Sunday is “desperately seeking advertisers” for first issue  —  A Twitter account belonging to someone who purporting to be an ex-News of the World journalist claims there is little enthusiasm for The Sun on Sunday internally and that dummies of the paper have not been well received.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday: NI plots ad-backed push for sales top spot
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rachel Maddow attacks PolitiFact, again  —  For the third time in four weeks, Rachel Maddow has lashed out at the fact-checking organization PolitiFact for issuing rulings that seem to defy its own research.  —  In January, Maddow called PolitiFact “a mess” and “an embarrassment”; last week, she called it “a disaster.”
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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.
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
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: paidContent and citmedialaw.org, Thanks:@mathewi
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Coming Soon From Amazon: Kindle Towering Inferno  —  Here's another report to add to the chorus of predictions that Amazon is gearing up to launch a larger version of its Kindle Fire tablet.  The occasionally reliable Digitimes claims that Foxconn has won the contract for a new 10-inch Fire …
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
WikiLeaks, a Postscript
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