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2:50 PM ET, February 27, 2012

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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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Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Brooks and Coulson ‘warned in 2006’  —  • Police source ‘told then Sun editor of around 100 victims’  —  • Records ‘suggested NI had paid Glenn Mulcaire over £1m’  —  • Email submitted to Leveson inquiry reveals Coulson briefing  —  Both Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson …
Discussion: Guardian and Media Law Prof Blog
Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:   Leveson: inquiry remains ‘committed to free press’
Quinn Norton / Wired:
Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm's Dirty Laundry  —  In an unprecedented collaboration between Anonymous and WikiLeaks, the secret spilling site began leaking Sunday night portions of a massive trove of e-mails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor …
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Steve Huff / Betabeat:
[UPDATED] Anonymous Teams With Wikileaks To Publish Confidential Stratfor Emails in ‘The Global Intelligence Files’
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
WikiLeaks starts publishing ‘The Global Intelligence Files’, with 25 media partners on board
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT Digital Subscriptions Surpass Print In U.S. As Sign-Ups Slow  —  The Financial Times is still signing up new digital subscribers, but at the slowest rate since iPad lit up its business model in mid-2010.  —  {data_set="29"}  —  It attracted 17,000 new digital subscribers in the final three months …
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 …
Sonya Hubbard / footnoted.com:
Details about the Gray Lady's $25,000-per-hour consultant...  When the New York Times' (NYT) and its president and former chief executive, Janet L. Robinson, announced a few months ago that Robinson would step down at the end of the year - even though no successor had been identified - the news caught many off guard.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
With Book, Buchanan Set His Fate  —  As the conservative polemicist Pat Buchanan prepared last fall for the release of his book “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” some friends who worked with him at MSNBC were worried.  The book, they told him, would provoke controversy and threaten his professional well-being.
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
White House Uses Espionage Act to Pursue Leak Cases  —  Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration's press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
BuzzFeed:
Michael Hastings Joins BuzzFeed To Cover Obama Campaign  —  Social news leader BuzzFeed has hired Michael Hastings to cover President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  Hastings, a bestselling author and writer whose coverage of the war in Afghanistan has shaken the political and military establishment …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
PolitiFact walks back second ruling in a month, this time on Rubio claim  —  PolitiFact has revised its piece from Feb. 14, which found U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's contention that “the majority of Americans are conservatives” to be “Mostly True.”  It's now “Half True.”
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Jordan Kurzweil / TechCrunch:
Print is Dead!  Long Live Print?  —  Editor's note: Jordan Kurzweil is Co-CEO of Independent Content, an agency that helps media companies launch new digital products and businesses.  Prior to starting Independent Content Jordan worked at AOL running original programming, and News Corp brining its traditional brands to digital.
 
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