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7:20 PM ET, February 27, 2012

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Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Leveson: inquiry remains ‘committed to free press’  —  Lord Justice Leveson responds to critics, saying inquiry ‘is doing no more than doing its mandated terms of reference’  —  Lord Justice Leveson has responded to critics of his wide-ranging inquiry into press standards and insists he remains committed …
Discussion: Guardian
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Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp: threat of US legal action raised in light of ‘illegal payment’ claim
Discussion: Press Gazette
TechCrunch:
Goodbye Erick, Hello Eric  —  TechCrunch has been through a lot lately, and we need to focus on what truly matters: covering startups and innovation.  So, this post is going to be short.  —  But here is what's going on: Erick Schonfeld is leaving and Eric Eldon is replacing him as editor.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Inti Landauro / Wall Street Journal:
France Working on Plan to Evacuate Reporters in Syria  —  PARIS—French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday that “the beginning of a solution” was in sight to evacuate injured reporters from the besieged city of Homs in Syria, though he declined to give details while the process is continuing.
Discussion: Washington Post
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David Blair / Telegraph:
Syria: second bid to evacuate journalists fails
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.
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.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Washington Post steps into paid content with iPad app for politics news  —  The new WP Politics iPad app, which launches Monday, marks The Washington Post's most significant attempt yet to charge readers for digital content.  —  The Post's website and most everything else it does digitally is free (ad-supported).
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pearson Sees Digital Income Beating Print Publishing In 2012  —  Pearson's digital revenue grew 18 percent to £2 ($3.17) billion (a third of the total) through 2011, as its book publisher Penguin's e-book sales rose 106 percent and the group reached 43 million students through digital learning services.
Discussion: Media Week and Pearson
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.”
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 …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Pinterest Becomes Top Traffic Driver for Women's Magazines  —  Pinterest hasn't just become a significant source of referral traffic for retailers; it's also becoming a top traffic driver for women's lifestyle, home decor and cooking magazines, some of which are seeing bigger referral numbers …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Business Insider
 
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