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1:40 PM 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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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Pete Cashmore Denies CNN Acquisition Rumor To Mashable Staff  —  The hot SXSW rumor is that CNN is looking to acquire Mashable for some $200 million.  But right now it's just that: a rumor.  In fact we just heard from a trusted Mashable staffer that founder and CEO Pete Cashmore is denying the reports to senior level Mashable editors.
Discussion: Forbes and Business Insider
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 …
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
In email to staff, Pete Cashmore says it “isn't true” that @Mashable “will be acquired this week.” (Doesn't deny NYT report of talks w/CNN.)
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
London Evening Standard:   Boris deputy ‘pressured Met to limit phone hack inquiry’
Natalie Peck / Hacking inquiry:   Leveson opens door for barrister to argue in favour of Motorman files disclosure
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
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
As Marie Colvin is laid to rest, news organizations assess the dangers of reporting from inside Syria  —  As Western news organizations continue to report on the carnage in Syria remotely, mostly based in nearby Beirut, Lebanon, the stories of journalists who dared venture …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: Amazon Has Sold Over Two Million Kindle Singles  —  When Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched the Kindle Singles program a little over a year ago, nobody knew whether there was a market for e-books that are shorter than full-length books but longer than most magazine articles.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make?
Discussion: The Awl
CNN:
FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves  —  Limbaugh has long history of hate speech.  FCC should ask: Are stations carrying him are acting “in public interest,” writers say.  —  Editor's note: Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem are the Co-Founders of the Women's Media Center.
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh
Discussion: Deadline.com
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 and Beet.TV
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Gregg Birnbaum named deputy managing editor at POLITICO  —  Gregg Birnbaum, who joined POLITICO from the New York Post last January, has been named deputy managing editor, per a staff memo sent out today from managing editor Bill Nichols:
 
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