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4:30 PM ET, November 20, 2012

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New York Times:
Former Murdoch Aides to Be Charged With Bribery  —  LONDON — In a dramatic new turn in the scandals swirling around Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper outpost, prosecutors said on Tuesday that two former top executives — Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks — will be charged with making corrupt payments …
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Allison Hoffman / Tablet Mag:
The ‘Kids’ Behind IDF's Media  —  After the first night of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, now almost a week ago, a photograph began circulating around Twitter of a grinning 11-month-old who had been killed by an Israeli missile that landed on his house.  Within hours, Avital Leibovich …
Discussion: Poynter, BuzzFeed and Daily Download
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Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
MSNBC's Disgrace: In Five Hours of Primetime, Fifteen Minutes on Israel-Gaza  —  Early yesterday, I made this prediction: Based on past performance, none of MSNBC's five primetime, liberal, hosts last night or their guests would utter a single word critical of Israel in the current conflict with Gaza.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Social Curation Site Storify Gets A Search- And Media-Centric Redesign  —  Storify is launching a redesigned website that puts search front and center.  —  The site — which allows you to create stories out of online content from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram …
Discussion: Groundswell, Poynter and The Next Web
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable:   Storify Aims to Become Portal for Content Discovery
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Pot calls kettle black in New York Times piece on Washington Post business troubles  —  I am a huge David Carr fan.  Great writer, great eye for news-about-news, a shoe-leather reporter when he needs to be (as when driving the frat boys from the Tribune Co. executive suite).
Discussion: CNET and Media Decoder
Nadine Schimroszik / Guardian:
FT Deutschland to close, say staff  —  Journalists at the FT Deutschland claim that Wednesday's edition will be the last, with its owners due to meet the same day  —  Wednesday's edition of Financial Times Deutschland is expected to be the last published, according to staff at the title.
John Hopewell / Variety:
Disney Movies on Demand launches in Spain  —  Wuaki.tv deal marks Europe's second bow for SVOD offer  —  MADRID — The Walt Disney Company Spain and Portugal and Spanish portal Wuaki.tv, owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, have teamed to launch a Disney-branded subscription video …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
iTunes-like Disney Movies Online service shuttered because there weren't enough users
Discussion: Deadline.com
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
@NYTOnIt author Benjamin Kabak ‘zero percent interested in picking a fight’ with NYT  —  New York lawyer Benjamin Kabak's @NYTOnIt Twitter account was reinstated Tuesday morning after a complaint from The New York Times took it offline overnight.  —  “I'm zero percent interested in picking …
Discussion: City Room, Guardian and Daily Dot
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Bloomberg:
News Corp. to Acquire 49% of YES Network at $3 Billion Value  —  News Corp. (NWSA), the media company led by Rupert Murdoch, agreed to buy 49 percent of the YES Network, the cable channel that carries New York Yankees baseball games, in a deal that values the pay-TV outlet at about $3 billion.
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BSkyB Raises $800 Million, Analysts See Potential for Acquisitions
Discussion: Fox Business and New York Times
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Pubs That Go Digital-Only Face New Requirements  —  Newsweek might have been the most high-profile magazine to go digital-only, but it's probably not the last.  And so the Alliance for Audited Media—as the Audit Bureau of Circulations has renamed itself—has endorsed new guidelines for print publications that go digital-only.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Roger Ailes: ‘My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.’  —  When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies.  He used to love the part where “the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede.  And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Tolkien estate sues Warner Brothers over Lord of the Rings digital rights  —  J.R.R. Tolkien's estate and publisher HarperCollins are suing Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema and the Saul Zaentz Company for infringing copyright on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Is Among Those Mulling a TVGuide.com Bid for About $20 Million  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo is among the companies taking a serious gander at TVGuide.com, the online entertainment listings, video and news site and mobile app.  —  Earlier today …
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David Lieberman / Deadline.com:   Lionsgate In Advanced Negotiations To Sell TVGuide.com
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp., CBS in Talks Over Merging Book Businesses  —  News Corp ., owner of HarperCollins Publishers, has expressed interest to CBS Corp. about acquiring its Simon & Schuster book business, according to people familiar with the talks.  —  The people described the talks as preliminary and cautioned that a deal isn't imminent.
Jim Romenesko:
Newspaper owner tells critic: No reviews of films featuring strong women  —  Michael Calleri wrote film reviews for the Niagara Falls Reporter for seven years — “a wonderful experience,” he says, until the weekly paper was sold earlier this year and then “veered so far off the cliff that it collided with itself.”
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Can a big bet on tech help USA Today escape its paper past?  —  Is there a future for a media brand best known for dropping free newspapers at America's hotels?  The brass at USA Today seems to think so and today launched a “next generation” iPad app to carry the brand into the digital future.
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Todd Spangler / Cable Television News:
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