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9:05 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program  —  If you're tired of seeing the same news as everyone else, The Washington Post is now experimenting with personalized headlines.  —  That experiment is called Personal Post, and it's available at personal.washingtonpost.com, where you'll see a river of content that you can customize.
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Washington Post Co. Decides Slate Is All Grown Up, Needs Own Ad-Sales Force  —  Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg: 'We're Finally in Control of Our Own Destiny'  —  Online magazine Slate has been around for more than 15 years.  In that time, it has had two owners (Microsoft previously …
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines and MediaPost
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. fourth-quarter earnings drop 22 percent
Discussion: Business Wire
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Promotion, NPR Signals Growing Prominence of Digital Media  —  NPR said Friday that its executive in charge of digital media, Kinsey Wilson, would start to oversee news and programming as well, effectively stitching together the organization's core radio divisions and its newer online and mobile division.
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
NPR introduces new Ethics Handbook, appoints standards and practices editor  —  Today, NPR is introducing staffers to a new Ethics Handbook that has been in the works for more than a year and illustrates how the organization is taking steps to safeguard against some of the ethical dilemmas it's faced in the past.
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times launches new membership program  —  Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks.  Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Risk level in Syria has media outlets in quandary over coverage  —  There was a tragic symmetry to the final dispatches of Marie Colvin, a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London who died Tuesday night on assignment in the Syrian city of Homs.  In an on-air chat with CNN's Anderson Cooper …
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Associated Press:
Red Cross in Syria fails to evacuate reporters
Discussion: Jeff Sonderman and The Daily Beast
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday sets on his empire  —  At 80, News Corp's boss still has an instinct for a good story and the will to change a media narrative - but time is not on his side  —  Murdoch has crossed a certain Rubicon with the frantic launch of the Sunday Sun.
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
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Samantha Conti / WWD:
Condé Nast U.K. Launches Wired Consulting  —  WIRED FOR PROFIT: The U.K. edition of Wired magazine is getting into the consulting business — and the editors are doing the heavy lifting.  Condé Nast U.K. said Thursday that Wired Consulting will be a bespoke business consultancy …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Condé Nast Aims To Unify Tablet And Mobile Magazine Production
David Ng / Culture Monster:
Shepard Fairey enters guilty plea in criminal case with AP  —  Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles street artist, has entered a guilty plea in his criminal case with the Associated Press.  The artist pled guilty in a New York court to one count of criminal contempt for destroying documents …
Felix Salmon:
Matter's vision for long-form journalism  —  Yesterday morning, a very exciting new journalism project was launched on Kickstarter.  It's called Matter, and it's going to be home to long-form investigative narrative journalism about science and technology.  “No cheap reviews, no snarky opinion pieces, no top ten lists,” they promise.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Tweeting the Oscars: I'd Like to Thank My Twitter Followers  —  Turning snarky commentary into network strategy: A social-media guide to Oscar night.  —  This year's Academy Awards broadcast may not set any TV ratings records.  But it's poised for a shot at another title: It could be the biggest night yet for social media.
Jack Shafer:
Who cares if a politician buys a newspaper?  —  Philadelphia has gone all hinky at the prospect of an investor group headed by former governor, former mayor, former district attorney, and former head of the Democratic National Committee Ed Rendell purchasing Philadelphia Media Network …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Sold For $19.6 Million; $15.3 Million Earnout For Brill, Crovitz  —  When RR Donnelley bought Journalism Online from Steve Brill, Gordon Grovitz, Leo Hindery, Jr., and their investors last March, I reported that the deal range was $35 million to $45 million—and got a lot of raised eyebrows in return.
Olivia Smith / CJR:
A New App for Citizen Journalists  —  Rawporter joins an increasingly crowded field  —  Rob Gaige and Kevin Davis were having a drink at Dandelion Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a car crashed into the restaurant next door.  —  “We saw a number of people recording the excitement …
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