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12:25 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter's Secret History As the World's Worst Tech or Media Business  —  Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately.  The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It's a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine.
Media Decoder:
New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media  —  The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  Mr. Hughes's purchase of a majority stake …
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The New Republic:
Home News: A Letter to TNR Readers from Chris Hughes  —  To the Readers of The New Republic:  —  Nearly 100 years ago, the founding editors of The New Republic wrote these words to introduce their inaugural issue: … A century later, people are once again skeptical that quality journalism can flourish.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
I Think It Would Be Fun To Run the New Republic: Chris Hughes as Charles Foster Kane
Discussion: Media Decoder
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
The New York Times joins Mozilla and Knight Foundation to drive open innovation in news  —  The New York Times and three other leading global news organizations are joining “Knight-Mozilla OpenNews,” a partnership aimed at driving open source innovation in news.
Discussion: The Next Web and Dan Sinker
Press Gazette:
First official figures give The Sun Sunday 3.2m circ  —  ABC today released the first official figures for The Sun Sunday - showing a launch circulation of 3,213,613 for the new title.  In its final month before it was closed the News of the World had an average monthly circulation of 2,667,428.
Discussion: Guardian
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Guardian:
Ofcom steps up test of James Murdoch's fitness to keep BSkyB role
Discussion: Company Town and Reuters
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday: £45m a year down versus the News of the World?
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Injunction threat over Will Lewis security blog post
Discussion: Neville Thurlbeck
Stephen Parkinson / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: can these journalists really get a fair trial?
Discussion: CJR, Jon Slattery and Guardian
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Alleged to Hack Family Priest's Line
Bonnie Kavoussi / The Huffington Post:
Felix Salmon At Columbia Journalism School: Don't Blame Journalists For Failing To Prevent Financial Crisis  —  Some business reporters have a message for critics who say they did not try hard enough to expose banks' misdeeds before the financial crisis: Don't blame us.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Newspapers Are The Fastest Shrinking Industry In The U.S.  —  If you want to be a journalist, think online.  —  Newspapers have shed a greater percentage of jobs since 2007 than any other industry in the United States, according to data published today by LinkedIn.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Publisher Says Kindle, Nook Users Must Accept AT&T-style Arbitration  —  Penguin Group, one of the “Big 5” publishers caught up in a lawsuit over e-book pricing, says customers agreed not to sue them when they turned on their Nook and Kindle devices.  —  The publisher, in a memo filed last week …
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon is creating a very large silo you can't escape from, say book industry chiefs
Discussion: TabTimes and TeleRead
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Apple Downplays Role Of ‘Kindle Threat’ In Alleged e-Book Conspiracy
Discussion: CNET, eBookNewser, Gizmodo and GigaOM
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast Declines to Offer Netflix to Its Customers  —  Netflix may have hit a snag as it negotiates with cable operators.  —  Comcast, the country's largest cable company, says it has no interest in offering Netflix to its Xfinity subscribers regardless of whether it's in the form of an on-demand service or a billing partnership.
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Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Could a Netflix-cable alliance spur HBO to go rogue?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
TV Power NBC Universal Joins Web Video ‘Upfront’  —  Owner of TV Networks to Display Digital Content Alongside YouTube, Yahoo and Hulu  —  The confederation of internet companies planning two weeks of “upfront” presentations for advertisers this spring are getting an unexpected new member: NBC Universal.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
With Interest Lists, Facebook Wants to Be a Personalized Newspaper  —  First we had Twitter Lists.  Then Facebook Friends lists.  Then smart lists.  And now, Facebook is introducing Interest lists as a way to push relevant content up in the increasingly cluttered news feed.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Germany Wants To Charge Search Engines To Use News Excerpts  —  Germany's government wants search engines and news aggregators to pay news publishers for using pieces of their material.  —  Its coalition committee has resolved that a collecting society should charge royalties to re-publishers of news material.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Register
Nielsen Wire:
Buzz in the Blogosphere: Millions More Bloggers and Blog Readers  —  Blogs are sometimes overlooked as a significant source of online buzz in comparison to social networking sites, yet consumer interest in blogs keeps growing.  By the end of 2011, NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey company …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Yahoo Sets Out to ‘Remake’ Yahoo News  —  Remake America is a new weekly series that will trace six middle-class families as they struggle to deal with a still-recovering U.S. economy.  The documentary-styled show will run through the remainder of the year, examining how these families cope …
 
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Virality Uber Alles: What the Fetishization of Social Media Is Costing Us All
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reporters' Lab searches for ways to make reporting cheaper, without cheapening the reporting
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media charm offensive
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, msnbc.com and Online NewsHour
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
NewsiT Raises $500K To Gamify Crowd Journalism
Discussion: VatorNews
New York Times:
Finding Your Book Interrupted ... By the Tablet You Read It On
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Roku Needs To Raise $50 Million To Go Global
Discussion: VentureBeat and Reuters
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Turner launches an accelerator for media-focused startups
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
 Earlier Picks: 
Richard Mullins / TBO.com:
VP Barker named Tampa Tribune's new publisher
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A Scoop, Really? BuzzFeed, Breitbart.com Spar For Credit On Obama Video
Discussion: Erik Wemple, Gawker and Wonkette
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How Al Jazeera wants to bring Twitter to the world
Alyson Raletz / Kansas City Business Journal:
Missouri approves Google's request to set up video services in Kansas City
Discussion: WebProNews and FierceCable
Verne Gay / Newsday:
Matt Lauer getting $25 million to stay on ‘Today,’ source says
Dave Davies / newsworks:
Would the Philadelphia Daily News show cartoonist Signe Wilkinson the door?
Discussion: Poynter
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK broadcaster Channel 4 to launch a new catch-up channel based on what's being discussed online
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Guardian