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9:20 AM ET, June 9, 2012

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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast Is Said to Be Mulling Bid for BSkyB  —  Updated Comcast is exploring whether the British Sky Broadcasting Group, Britain's largest satellite broadcaster and a lucrative pay TV asset 39 percent owned by News Corporation, could become available for purchase, according to several people briefed on the company's strategic thinking.
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Comcast CFO: Report That Comcast Pondering BSkyB Buy Is “Rubbish”  —  Comcast's CFO is slamming a New York Times report that the company is weighing a possible purchase of BSkyB.  “This is complete rubbish”, Michael Angelakis, Comcast's vice chairman and chief financial officer, told the Times today.
Associated Press:
Attorney General Holder appoints 2 US attorneys to lead leak probes  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The ‘leak’ wars  —  President Barack Obama's administration has unleashed an unprecedented wave of prosecutions over leaks of national security secrets.  —  Now, he's the political beneficiary of several major breaches in the wall of secrecy.  —  For more than a year …
Discussion: Gawker, Business Insider and Hit & Run
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Mashable Execs Are Preparing For A Sale To CNN, Auditing Financials And Discussing Integration  —  Over the past few days, Mashable executives have been busily preparing for an acquisition by CNN, two sources say.  —  One source tells us that Mashable has audited its finances and sent them to Turner.
Steve Outing:
It's not a ‘paywall’ when it's ‘freemium’  —  The word “paywall” as applied to news websites sucks.  It's a negative word.  If a consumer hears that a favorite news site is putting up a “paywall,” the response is highly likely to be: avoid!  —  Some news-site user monetization systems truly are “paywalls.”
Discussion: Techdirt and @yurivictor
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
Newhouse: Staying the Course in New Orleans  —  Despite the public outcry against its plan to reduce publication of the Times-Picayune to three days a week, the company is not backing down.  Fri., June 8, 2012.  —  Michaelle Bond (mbond@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.
Discussion: Poynter
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Kevin Allman, editor of New Orleans alt-weekly ‘The Gambit,’ talks about ‘Times-Picayune’ troubles
Discussion: Fortune and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Murdoch's Australian news chief rejects beefed up regulation  —  A debate in Australia about the appropriate powers for a press regulator may be a pointer to News International's views on the outcome of the Leveson inquiry.  —  Campbell Reid, the editorial director of Rupert Murdoch's Australian outfit …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A brief history of Car Talk: “They've changed the way people see public radio in America”  —  Car Talk called it quits today.  The NPR staple — first broadcast locally 35 years ago on Boston's WBUR and nationally 25 years ago — will air its last original episode in October.
Discussion: Poynter and New York Magazine
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
NPR's ‘Car Talk’ to end original run this fall
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Chief: TV Needs to Change  —  Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen said a new ad-skipping feature that has infuriated major broadcast TV networks is a “competitively necessary” response to the explosion of cheap Internet video.  That Web video threatens the pay-TV ecosystem …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Europe Preparing to File Charges in Universal-E.M.I. Deal  —  PARIS — The European Commission intends to file an antitrust complaint against Universal Music Group's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of the E.M.I. music recording business, a top commissioner said Friday, citing concerns that the deal would reduce competition.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Should the mainstream media see Twitter as competition?  —  Twitter unveiled an interesting partnership with the NASCAR auto-racing circuit on Thursday, in which the real-time information network has created a kind of portal for the Pocono 400 race this weekend.
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