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9:40 AM ET, March 12, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN in Talks to Acquire Mashable, Sources Say  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — CNN, a unit of Time Warner, and Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to an acquisition of the social news Web site, three people with knowledge of the talks said.  —  Mashable, which specializes in stories about technology …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CNN Mashing Up With Mashable?  Not So Fast  —  CNN might yet end up as the owner of Mashable but it's not imminent despite a single-source report from Felix Salmon at Reuters.  —  Salmon reported late Sunday that CNN is buying Mashable, the consumer social media news site that has been branching …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators  —  As words and articles became digitized over the last 15 years, they began to float, there for the plucking and replication elsewhere.  Words like “curation” and “aggregation” became the language of the realm, sometimes used as substitutes for describing the actual creation of content.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
New Internet TV Network to Feature Larry King  —  Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire, is financing an Internet television network called Ora.tv that will feature Larry King, the former CNN interviewer, in a return to the interviewer's chair.  —  The network, to be announced on Monday …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Leveson may not endorse Hunt's PCC reforms  —  Lord Justice Leveson said this morning he would not necessarily endorse the PCC reform package being constructed by the press watchdog's new chairman Lord Hunt, even though he had encouraged the peer's work who has unveiled a series of measures aimed at toughening up the body.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Leveson asked to publish Motorman files  —  The Leveson inquiry is under pressure to publish the files of Operation Motorman, the 2003 investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) into breaches of the Data Protection Act by newspapers.  —  The Hacked Off campaign argues …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Crikey
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Building a digital media empire: SB Nation and The Verge owner Vox Media raises $17 million  —  Online media publisher extraordinaire Vox Media, which owns and operates fast-growing tech news site The Verge, sports blog network SB Nation and an upcoming game industry news outlet tentatively named Vox Games …
Discussion: AdAge
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers  —  Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks' ‘offensive’ programs.  Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.  —  Rush Limbaugh made the right …
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:   Why Rush Limbaugh's Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Gawker Founder Nick Denton Plans To Revamp Site's Comment Strategy  —  Once upon a time, in the early days of blogging, Gawker founder Nick Denton said, publishers hoped that the Web would help them “capture the intelligence of the readership.”  —  But now?  “That's a joke,” he said.
Washington Post:
New York funeral held for war correspondent Marie Colvin killed in Syria  —  OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — War correspondent Marie Colvin is being laid to rest in the Long Island community of her childhood where she first decided to become a reporter.  A funeral is being held Monday …
Discussion: @katz
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Chris Hughes friends the New Republic  —  Chris Hughes joins the pantheon of vanity press moguls with the announcement today of his purchase of a majority interest in the New Republic.  The 28-year-old Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, commands a net worth that Forbes put “in the $700 million range” last year.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Breitbart.com and the Obama footage: Showmanship prevails  —  Who could have fathomed the comedy show that Andrew Breitbart kicked off at his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month?  Before a supportive audience, the Internet entrepreneur made a grand promise.
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