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11:45 AM ET, November 27, 2012

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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Exec VP: Guest Who Slammed Network Apologized - But Not Publicly  —  UPDATED: Author Tom Ricks accused the network of “hyped” Benghazi coverage; Fox News' Michael Clemente says Ricks apologized but “doesn't have the strength of character to do that publicly.”  Ricks disputes.
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Guardian:
China's People's Daily falls for Kim Jong-un ‘sexiest man alive’ spoof  —  Site welcomes report by The Onion, which says 'Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true'  —  The online version of China's Communist party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator …
Discussion: Mediaite
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Old media's problems are the costs not the lack of paywalls  —  GigaOm's Mathew Ingram is one of my favorite bloggers (who doesn't work at PandoDaily), so I'm delighted that this time, I actually agree with him on something.  —  Go read his post on why paywalls are not the answer to dying newspapers right now.
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Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Lots of views on paywalls, digital ads and the business of news
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why pushing for a paywall at the Washington Post completely misses the point
Discussion: Poynter, CJR and NetNewsCheck Latest
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Old Media, New Tricks  —  “You'll notice we've got lots of electronics around—most of which we've taken apart,” says New York Times R&D Lab creative technologist Alexis Lloyd, casually sidestepping two turquoise exercise balls.  Walking toward Lloyd's desk, where she's working …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Kindle Family: Weekend Sales More Than Double On Last Year, Cyber Monday Biggest Of All  —  Amazon has released some detail on Kindle sales over Thanksgiving Weekend: as usual, it's giving no hard numbers but instead providing general buying trends.
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Jessica Wohl / Reuters:   Amazon says big weekend Kindle sales more than double 2011 level
Reuters:
Card firms' block on WikiLeaks did not break rules: EU  —  (Reuters) - A block on processing donations for WikiLeaks by Visa Europe and other credit card companies is unlikely to have violated EU anti-trust rules, the European Commission said on Tuesday.  —  DataCell, a company …
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Guardian:   Julian Assange expresses surprise over EU WikiLeaks decision
Leslie Kaufman / Media Decoder:
Simon & Schuster Introduces Self-Publishing Service  —  Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it would become the first of the big six publishing houses to dive deeply into the booming self-publishing market.  —  Self-publishing is a rapidly growing and lucrative sector of the publishing world …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham sells some Facebook shares  —  Donald E. Graham, the Washington Post Co.'s chairman and chief executive, sold $6.7 million worth of Facebook shares that he received as a director of the social media company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Top BBC Figures Acknowledge ‘Errors’ in Reporting Scandals  —  Two of the most senior figures at the British Broadcasting Corporation said on Tuesday that there had been “basic” and “elementary” failures of the organization's journalism when it wrongly implicated a former Conservative Party politician …
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Nigel Morris / The Independent:
Lord Patten: Licence fee payer will foot the bill for Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation
Discussion: PressGazette, Telegraph and ITV News
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Head of Financial Times Group to Step Down  —  Rona Fairhead, chief executive of Pearson's Financial Times Group and a member of the board of directors of the London-based media conglomerate, will step down in April, Pearson said Tuesday.  It will be the company's second high-level executive departure in recent months.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning to speak for first time since arrest in pre-trial testimony  —  Soldier allegedly behind WikiLeaks documents leak to be called as a witness Tuesday in first public statement since 2010  —  Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the largest leak of state secrets in US history …
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Associated Press:
GI returns to Fort Meade for pretrial hearing in WikiLeaks case; seeks dismissal of charges
Discussion: Baltimore Sun, NPR and PRI's The World
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Lord Patten: BBC needs ‘sufficient heft’ to take on Google and Apple  —  The BBC needs “sufficient heft to be able to argue its corner” with global corporations likes Apple and Google, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said last night.  The peer also accused the press of trashing the reputation …
Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
With ‘Defiance,’ Comcast's Syfy Bets $100M On Convergence Of TV And Videogames  —  On a sprawling soundstage on the outskirts of Toronto, Kevin Murphy is giving a tour of the alien world he's helping bring to life.  As silver-eyed humanoids stroll silently past, Murphy …
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Former OED editor covertly deleted thousand of words, book claims  —  Efforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as ‘really shocking’ by author  —  An eminent former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary covertly deleted thousands …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Pulitzer wanted for reporter who broke story on Nazi Germany's surrender  —  In headier days, Ed Kennedy personified the hard-drinking, hard-charging war correspondent of another era.  The first time his future wife saw him, he was sidled up to a hotel bar in Paris with none other than Ernest Hemingway …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian and BBC battle for traffic in the Big Apple  —  The Guardian is making a song and dance about its web traffic having surpassed that of BBC News in the U.S. (via release).  —  That is a significant milestone for the UK publisher in the battle to win American hearts, minds, eyeballs — and advertisers.
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The Guardian goes responsive with its new mobile site following a month-long beta trial
Discussion: Guardian
 
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Erik Maza / WWD:
Bloomberg L.P. Names Ted Moncreiff Editor of Pursuits
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How we read, not what we read, may be contributing to our information overload
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Where Are You Android Users?
Discussion: parislemon and Business Insider
Cary Spivak / American Journalism Review:
Are These Guys Crazy?  —  It has happened in newsrooms across the country.
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Say What? BuzzFeed has 30 Million Monthly Unique Visitors w/ Zero Banners
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Conservative critic claims ban by Fox News, Wall Street Journal
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
ICOA CEO says never had acquisition talks with Google
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Maybe Former New York Times Editors Should Not Write For the NYT
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Amazon apparently set to launch Square-competitor in August as it develops biometric payment solutions

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Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users

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