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1:30 PM ET, February 28, 2012

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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: six News of the World staff instructed Mulcaire, papers allege  —  Court documents submitted on behalf of hacking victims allege ‘conspiracy’ between private investigator and senior executives  —  Six journalists at the News of the World were involved in instructing private …
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Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp faces threat of US legal action
Discussion: Street Fight, Crikey and New York Times
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Shows  —  Belying the “flix” in its name, Netflix is now primarily an Internet streaming service for television shows, not feature films.  —  TV series now account for more than half of all Netflix viewing.  That helps to explain why this Wednesday …
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Tim Carmody / Wired:
Oscar Night Turns Into a Winning Night for Netflix, Too
Discussion: GigaOM
Jim Romenesko:
The Daily threatens to sue reporter for tweeting objection to story  —  Earlier this month, Luke Kummer tweeted this objection to the handling of his reporting, then resigned from The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad publication.  He then received this warning from the HR manager for The Daily and New York Post:
Stephen Farrell / At War:
Conflict Reporting in the Post-Embed Era … BEIRUT, Lebanon — These are the words of William Howard Russell, writing in The Times of London newspaper in October 1854 about The Charge of the Light Brigade, the doomed assault by a few hundred British mounted cavalrymen against Russian artillery at Balaclava during the Crimean War.
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Guardian:
Syria: the Homs rescue - live updates  —  • Journalist Paul Conroy now safe in Lebanon  • Whereabouts of Edith Bouvier unclear  • Thousands of Syrian activists appear on regime ‘hit list’  • Elite fourth division armoured sent to Homs  • Journalist Paul Conroy now safe in Lebanon
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
AOL sees three more major talent departures  —  For some reason, tech/media company AOL usually experiences talent departures in waves.  Today for instance, people in three major positions announced that the were leaving the company for one reason or another.
Discussion: Betabeat, AllThingsD and TechCrunch
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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.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: FT CEO Denies Sale And Braves Strike Ahead Of Social Launch  —  Financial Times CEO John Ridding rejects dinner-party chatter that the publisher may be sold to Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters.  —  Instead, he is pushing the group toward a digital subscription future that, he reveals, will soon incorporate social networks.
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Biz News
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jennifer Granholm joins POLITICO  —  Per the internal email sent to POLITICO staff: Jennifer Granholm, the first female governor of Michigan and host of Current TV's newly-launched “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm,” joins POLITICO as a regular columnist - kicking things off with a column this morning on today's Michigan primary.
Discussion: MLive.com
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
MTV Mobile Moves Into Social TV With Digital Agency AKQA  —  Viacom's MTV is making one more move into trying to capture the youth market on the platform where it's increasingly spending most of its time: the broadcaster, in partnership with digital agency AKQA, has launched “Under The Thumb,” a new social TV app.
Discussion: rbr.com
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
New Magazine Aims for ‘Luxury Customers’  —  Do you have a net worth of $5 million?  A house worth more than $1.5 million?  An average income of more than $250,000?  And an affinity for bargain hunting?  —  If you answered yes, then, aside from being extremely lucky, you're just the reader for Du Jour …
Mark J. Perry / CARPE DIEM:
Newspaper Ad Revenues Fall to 60-Yr.  Low in 2011  —  The chart above displays total annual print newspaper advertising revenue based on actual annual data from 1950 to 2010, and estimated annual revenue for 2011 using quarterly data through the third quarter, from the Newspaper Association of America.
 
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Battling Sudan's Bombs With Videos
Discussion: Media Decoder
Steven Musil / CNET:
Yahoo picks patent fight with Facebook
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
National Cable Ad Sales Grew 7.8% to $22.1 Billion in 2011: CAB
Robert McMillan / Wired:
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR AOL: So, Did Patch Boss Warren Webster Really Not Write That Comment, Or Were You Just Saying That?
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Slight Rise in Oscar Ratings, but Not Among the Coveted Younger Viewers
AdAge:
Mary Murcko Named President-Sales for Gannett
Discussion: MediaPost
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Introducing Collaboration Central, a New Website From MediaShift
Discussion: MediaShift and @niemanreports