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9:25 PM ET, February 26, 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.
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.
New York Times:
New Sunday Edition Signals That Murdoch Is Fighting Back  —  LONDON — For the past week, it has been just like old times: Rupert Murdoch, shirtsleeves rolled up, bossing the newsroom of the country's leading tabloid newspaper as if he had not been away building his media empire in America …
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BBC:
Rupert Murdoch oversees first edition of Sun on Sunday  —  Rupert Murdoch described the launch as a “fantastic achievement by great staff”  —  The Sun on Sunday newspaper is being printed, ready to go on sale for the first time.  —  About three million copies are expected to be printed …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday sets on his empire
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: @antderosa and @jeffjarvis
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.
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: The Stream and Guardian
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
BBC News app launches globally for large-screen Android tablets  —  On the same day BBC Worldwide announced that its global iPlayer app was booming in Australia, the BBC's commercial arm has revealed that its News app has launched internationally for larger screen Android Tablets.
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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Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:   Rawporter Is A Brilliant, But Poorly-Executed, Idea
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Vogue Publisher Plans To Digitize Archives For Tablet Long Tail  —  In music, celestial jukeboxes like Spotify replace vinyl and CDs with unlimited back-catalogue access.  Could magazine publishers grant their subscribers the same digital privilege?  —  “Very much so.
Mike Elkin / New York Times:
Young Libyan Finds a Voice in Covering Revolution  —  BENGHAZI, LIBYA — Malik Muhammad al-Mabrouk sat two weeks ago in a darkened corner of the Uzu Hotel cafe lounge, the screen of his propped-up iPad illuminating his face.  Notepad, pen and cellphone at the ready, and wearing …
Shmuel Rosner / Latitude:
Israel's Boom in Media Outlets is a Sign of Distrust in the News  —  TEL AVIV — Israel is a country of just seven million people.  More than 80 percent of its adults read Hebrew.  They have many newspapers in Hebrew to choose from.  So why do more and more English news publications keep appearing?
 
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