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10:45 AM ET, February 28, 2012

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Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp faces threat of US legal action  —  Fresh allegations increase likelihood of News Corp being prosecuted under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, experts say  —  Fresh allegations of a “culture of illegal payments” at the Sun newspaper have significantly increased the likelihood …
Discussion: Street Fight, Crikey and Press Gazette
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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.
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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
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  —  Promotional photo for Best Picture winner The Artist, courtesy Weinstein Company  —  Sunday night's telecast of the Oscars showed an industry unusually infatuated with itself and its own history, even by the standards of awards shows.
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and GigaOM
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: conflicting reports of journalists' rescue from Homs - live updates  —  • Journalist Paul Conroy reported safe in Lebanon  —  • Whereabouts of Edith Bouvier remain unclear  —  • Thousands of Syrian activists appear on regime ‘hit list’  —  • Elite fourth division armoured sent to Homs
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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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 …
Discussion: Adweek and FishbowlNY
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Did Warren Buffett Just Bash the Washington Post's Strategy?  —  Warren Buffett is The Washington Post Co.'s biggest, most influential and most loyal outside shareholder.  Don Graham, the Post Co.'s chairman and head of its controlling family, regards Buffett with something close to awe …
Discussion: Forbes and Poynter
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Battling Sudan's Bombs With Videos  —  AS Sudan tries to bomb and starve the Nuba people into submission, it faces an unlikely antagonist: an American man from Florida who married a Nuban woman, gets by on local foods like locusts, and is fighting mortars with video cameras.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Steven Musil / CNET:
Yahoo picks patent fight with Facebook  —  The foundering Web pioneer reportedly wants the social-networking giant to license 10 to 20 patents related to advertising and Web page personalization.  —  Yahoo appears to be turning to patent licensing to boost its fortunes.
 
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Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
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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
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Mary Murcko Named President-Sales for Gannett
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David Carr / New York Times:
White House Uses Espionage Act to Pursue Leak Cases