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4:55 PM ET, December 11, 2012

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Sara Morrison / CJR:
The limits of Internet research  —  “Rule number one of the Web: You don't mess with The Oatmeal”  —  Internet research helped Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef unmask @ComfortablySmug, the Twitter account that earned ire for posting false information during Hurricane Sandy.  Stuef was praised for his work then.
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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed apologizes (sort of) for smear of The Oatmeal cartoonist  —  Popular viral news site BuzzFeed this week slammed a cartoonist as an amoral hypocrite.  Unfortunately, the story turns out to have been based on a grievous factual error — leading the cartoonist to issue a savage counterattack …
Bloomberg:
Tribune Said to Seek Bankers for Newspaper Sale  —  Tribune Co., the bankrupt owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers, is interviewing bankers about selling its papers, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google News Gets An Updated Look On Tablets, Support For Gestures  —  Google just announced that it is updating the design of the Google News reading experience on tablets, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and iPad.  The new design, says Google, will make the service feel “even more natural and fluid on tablet devices.”
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Against ‘Objective’ Algorithms: The Case of Google News
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Late shift ap-Piers likely for CNN host  —  CNN host Piers Morgan could join the late-night crowd.  —  The slumping cable news network is considering moving his hour-long interview show from the prized 9 p.m. slot back to 10 p.m. — or even later, The Post has learned.
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Can Jeff Zucker fix what ails CNN?
Discussion: New York Post
Ed Sherman / The Sherman Report:
Sporting News prints final magazine after 126 years; web site still continues  —  It was inevitable.  —  After the 126 years, The Sporting News is printing its last magazine.  One of the great traditions in sports is yet another casualty of the modern news era.  —  The Sporting News, though, isn't going away.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Leveson report: editors seeking legal advice on third-party complaints  —  Alan Rusbridger says five clauses of report will only be accepted by counterparts subject to ‘being scrutinised by lawyers’  —  Alan Rusbridger spoke of widespread opposition to how third-party complaints should be handled
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BBC:   PCC replacement to be set up in early 2013 - Lord Hunt
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Lena Dunham Wages War with Gawker  —  Despite what most would think, Lena Dunham is not a fan of Gawker.  In fact, she had her lawyer contact the site after Gawker published her book proposal, which fetched her a cool $3.7 million.  Gawker did take down the proposal, but that wasn't enough for Dunham.
Discussion: HyperVocal, Inside TV and Deadline.com
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
For employees of Bloomberg LP, a megabonus deferred  —  The thousands of employees of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's eponymous media and finance company will have to wait longer than they thought for the megabonuses dangled in front of them two years ago, Capital has learned.
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
PBS Names Beth Hoppe as Programming Chief  —  PBS has a new head of programming.  —  Beth Hoppe, who joined PBS in August 2011 as a vice president in the programming department, has been promoted to the top programming job, according to an internal memo distributed Tuesday.
Ariel Zirulnick / Christian Science Monitor:
Family of journalist Austin Tice struggles with silence on kidnapping  —  Austin Tice was kidnapped near Damascus in August.  His family went to Beirut recently in hopes of extending their reach into Syria and finding out more about who might be holding him.
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Angus Stickler resigns from Bureau of Investigative Journalism over Newsnight documentary  —  Angus Stickler, the journalist behind the disastrous Newsnight programme implicating Lord McAlpine with child sex abuse claims, has resigned from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
After rapid growth, ebook readers set for collapse with shipments plummeting 36% in 2012  —  In 2011, dedicated ebook readers saw shipments of 23.2 million units, a number that now appears to have been the peak of the ebook reader market.  By the end of 2012, sales are expected to fall a whopping 36 percent to 14.9 million units.
Associated Press:
Committee To Protect Journalists: A Record 232 Reporters Jailed Worldwide  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report Tuesday that a record-number 232 journalists are imprisoned worldwide and that Turkey has the highest number with 49 journalists behind bars.
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The New York Times Relaunches On Android With Support For More Tablet Sizes, New Text-To-Speech Feature
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and Engadget
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
If A Tree Falls In Ohio...
Discussion: Daily Download
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The Daily's ‘nicely dressed’ Mike Nizza is named editor of Esquire Digital
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CIA Forbids ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Agent From Speaking To Journalists
Discussion: Guardian
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
In Memoriam: The Karl Rove Fox News Prohibition (November 2012-December 2012)
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Twitter launches photo color filters to battle Instagram, Facebook
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Media Week
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Howard Kurtz / Daily Download:
Why Jon Stewart Almost Bailed on the Daily Show
Discussion: Third Beat, The Week and Mediaite
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
David Walsh ‘humbled’ by recognition of 13-year investigation into Lance Armstrong
Discussion: Media Week
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Blogging with Medium, the odd new product from Twitter's founders
James Ball / Guardian:
Washington Post appears to be a dinosaur - but has already evolved
Discussion: Street Fight and Garcia Media
Jeff Wise / New York Times:
In Pursuit of McAfee, Media Are Part of Story
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
DirecTV adds local sports surcharge for some new subscribers