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9:15 AM ET, February 27, 2012

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is linking just polite, or is it a core value of journalism?  —  Late last week, TechCrunch writer MG Siegler broke the news that Apple was buying an app-discovery service called Chomp — although he didn't say where that news came from, just that it was a reliable source.
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Felix Salmon:
Why journalists need to link  —  Jonathan Stray has a great essay up at Nieman Lab entitled “Why link out?  Four journalistic purposes of the noble hyperlink”.  I basically agree with all of it; links are wonderful things, and the more of them that we see in news stories …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
WikiLeaks starts publishing ‘The Global Intelligence Files’, with 25 media partners on board  —  WikiLeaks has begun publishing a new batch of revelations, ‘The Global Intelligence Files’, which contains information taken from 5 million emails belonging to Stratfor.
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Steve Huff / Betabeat:
[UPDATED] Anonymous Teams With Wikileaks To Publish Confidential Stratfor Emails in ‘The Global Intelligence Files’
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
WSJ Pulls Back On What Google Searchers Can Read For Free  —  Are you used to using Google as a way around the Wall Street Journal's paywall?  Think again.  The WSJ has been holding back stories available through Google's “First Click Free” program, a move that I suspect other newspapers might soon emulate.
David Leigh / Guardian:
Sun had ‘culture of illegal payments to sources’  —  Sue Akers tells media ethics inquiry of newspaper's payment systems that hid identities of ‘network of corrupted officials’  —  Read Sue Akers's full statement here (pdf)  —  Hours after Rupert Murdoch's defiant gamble of launching …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Charlotte Church claim settled for £600,000  —  • Publisher to pay singer and parents damages and costs  —  • Court hears mother was coerced into telling of suicide attempt  —  • US representatives' phone numbers found in Mulcaire's notes
Germain Lussier / /Film:
The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners  —  The 84th annual Academy Awards have now concluded and the biggest winners were The Artist, which took home three of the major awards including Best Picture, Hugo, which won several technical ones, and Meryl Streep, who pulled the biggest Oscar upset …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media  —  Check out this email I got from a major media company this past week: … Not interested in The Academy For Software Engineering, HackNY, TechStars NYC, or Angel List, which is where the money seems to be flowing (ie back into the startup ecosystem) …
Discussion: Betabeat, @antderosa and @jeffjarvis
Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Murdoch claims three million sale for Sun on Sunday launch  —  Sunday title launches with ‘decency’ vow to readers - as media commentators describe first edition as ‘bland’  —  News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has claimed a launch day circulation of more than three million for the first edition of the Sun on Sunday.
Bill Braun / American Journalism Review:
Taking Over the Media Beat at Poynter  —  Andrew Beaujon moves into what he calls “a great perch.”  Fri., February 24, 2012.  —  Bill Braun (billbraun711@gmail.com) is a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.  —  Andrew Beaujon's new career path began …
Dalal Mawad / CJR:
Syria: Too Much Information?  —  How journalists wade through a social-media flood  —  For foreign journalists, the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths have ranged from exhilaratingly accessible (Egypt), to mortally dangerous (Libya), to frustratingly off-limits (Syria).
Discussion: Guardian and The Stream
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
It's a trend: Newspaper buildings are worth selling  —  Digital First Media CEO John Paton pronounced about a year ago that newspaper content “has finally found its value in the marketplace and that value is about zero.”  Newspaper buildings, though, are still apparently worth something.
 
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