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8:45 AM ET, December 27, 2012

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TMZ.com:
‘Meet the Press’ Got the Green Light for Magazine Demo with David Gregory  —  For Magazine Demo  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on “Meet the Press” Sunday ... TMZ has learned.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip  —  The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC's David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cops told NBC not to use gun clip  —  NBC was told by the Washington, D.C., police that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air before Sunday's “Meet the Press,” according to a statement Wednesday from the cops.  —  “NBC contacted [the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News and David Gregory: A legal problem or a journalism problem?  —  NBC News has a problem.  The question is whether it is a legal one or a journalistic one.  —  To explain: Washington police are investigating whether “Meet the Press” and David Gregory violated D.C. law when he showed …
Anne Allmeling / Deutsche Welle:
Suliman: ‘Al Jazeera plays the piper, but Qatar calls the tune’  —  The long-time Berlin correspondent for Al Jazeera, Aktham Suliman, recently resigned from his post.  The journalist tells DW that the Qatari government is exercising undue influence on Al Jazeera's reporting.
Discussion: Guardian
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon Pulls Self-Published Memoir About Star Wars Because It References “Star Wars”  —  After months of selling a self-published memoir about the effect Star Wars has had on his life, author Gib Van Ert found that Amazon has pulled the title because it references the words “Star Wars” and …
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
BBC faces official investigation after giving 200 managers £100,000 pay-offs  —  Almost 200 senior BBC managers have received payoffs of more than £100,000 each in the past three years, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  The National Audit Office is to examine the scale …
Robert Feder / Time Out Chicago:
Wire cutters: Tribune Co. newspapers dropping AP  —  The Chicago Tribune and six other newspapers owned by Tribune Co. are dropping the services of Associated Press, effective in early January.  —  In addition to the flagship Tribune, other company-owned papers cutting ties …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Already Winning The Social TV War, But It Will Soon Do More  —  The past few years have been a rollercoaster ride for the social TV market.  Driven by the growth of smartphone and tablet usage while viewers watch television, dozens of companies have emerged in that time to aggregate audiences …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and MediaPost
Peter Sterne / CJR:
USPS may start selling mag subscriptions  —  The Postal Service wants people to keep checking their mailboxes  —  Your next magazine subscription may well be purchased at the post office—the Postal Service could begin selling magazines directly to consumers as soon as next month.
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Netflix ‘Social Features’ Coming In 2013, Once President Signs Bill  —  Netflix will introduce “social features” for U.S. users in 2013, the company told TPM Wednesday, following a bill passed by Congress just before the holiday break that removes previous restrictions that prevented companies from sharing customer video rental history.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
The O'Reilly Factory  —  “Abe would have liked this book,” the Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly said confidently of his blockbuster best-seller “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever.”  Even the ending?  —  Mr. O'Reilly reasoned that Lincoln …
 
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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google's robotics lead and Android founder Andy Rubin leaving the company to start an incubator for hardware startups, will be replaced by James Kuffner

 
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