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6:30 AM ET, December 12, 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.
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Reuters:
Owners of Southern California dailies eye Tribune papers-sources  —  NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES Dec 11 (Reuters) - San Diego Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester and Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner are interested in acquiring Tribune's stable of newspapers, according to people familiar with the situation.
Felix Salmon:
Why we won't have tablet-native journalism  —  Last week, when the Daily died, I declared that the reason, in part, was that tablet-native journalism was impossible.  And I got a lot of rather vehement pushback, including some smart commentary from John Gruber, taking the other side of the argument.
Discussion: PandoDaily
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Free to FT subscribers, Nexus 7 will be a content Trojan Horse  —  Last week, I reported how News Corp's The Times is bundling a £199 Nexus 7 tablet for just £50 with its digital content subscription.  —  Now The Financial Times is going one better, giving away the tablet for free to new US digital or print subscribers.
Discussion: Mashable and One Man & His Blog
Erik Wemple:
NBC News on George Zimmerman: A big mistake or intentional thrashing?  —  George Zimmerman last week filed a defamation suit against NBC News/NBC Universal for portraying him as a committed racial profiler in news stories on the Trayvon Martin case.  In a post on the matter …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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.
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.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Against ‘Objective’ Algorithms: The Case of Google News  —  Whole new categories of weird noise are being introduced into the news world as a result of Google's algorithm, whatever its virtues.  —  If something comes out of a computer on the basis of statistics, it must be objective, right?
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.”
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.
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.
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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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
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
PBS Names Beth Hoppe as Programming Chief
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CIA Forbids ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Agent From Speaking To Journalists
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Lena Dunham Wages War with Gawker
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Angus Stickler resigns from Bureau of Investigative Journalism over Newsnight documentary
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Late shift ap-Piers likely for CNN host
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
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
David Walsh ‘humbled’ by recognition of 13-year investigation into Lance Armstrong
Discussion: Media Week
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
After rapid growth, ebook readers set for collapse with shipments plummeting 36% in 2012
James Ball / Guardian:
Washington Post appears to be a dinosaur - but has already evolved
Discussion: Street Fight and Garcia Media
 

 
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Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Retina MacBook Pros with Faster Haswell Processors, More RAM Standard

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UK police start placing anti-piracy warning ads on copyright-infringing websites

 
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