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4:50 PM ET, February 9, 2013


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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Publication of hacked George W. Bush e-mails raises journalism ethics questions  —  By the old rules of journalism, George W. Bush's private e-mails to his family might never have been published or broadcast, certainly not without his permission.  Most news organizations would have thought twice …
Discussion: @postbaron
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Same photo appears on front pages of NYT, WSJ, WashPost, NY Post  —  It's not unusual for a single image to dominate a news event.  But it is unusual for the same photo to be prominently featured on four major newspapers.  Reuters photjournalist Brian Snyder captured the front page image …
Associated Press:
Egypt court orders YouTube blocked for a month in case related to anti-Islam film  —  CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
Meet The Next Version Of Twitter  —  It's like Facebook's Newsfeed.  But on Twitter.  —  There was a time when the trajectory of Twitter was at least somewhat uncertain, like it could shoot off in any direction.  But it seems quite fixed now, as the Twitter stream flowing down your screen congeals …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A Fish, Er, Storm Named Nemo  —  “We're ready for Nemo,” the Twitter account for the New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote on Thursday before listing all the tools at the city's disposal for the blizzard that is expected to form on Friday.  —  Wait — Nemo?
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
FCC's Pai Makes Vigorous Case to Loosen Media Ownership Rules  —  Federal Communications commissioner Ajit Pai made it clear where he stands on media ownership rules.  In a no-holds-barred style that is becoming the GOP commissioner's trademark, Pai laid out a vigorous defense for loosening …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
LOL no more: it's time to take AOL seriously as shares soar again  —  A year ago, AOL was a laughing stock.  The one-time internet king was surviving on dial-up dollars from yokels and its media properties were a mess.  After it sold its patent portfolio to Microsoft, it seemed only a matter of time until AOL dried up altogether.
Discussion: Business Insider and Forbes
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:   AOL's Hyperlocal Effort Patch Misses $40M-50M Sales Target, Partly Because Of Sandy …
Bernard Lunn / Emergent Business Networks:
Hyperlocal Slough of Despond.  After EveryBlock, Hipster & Patch Will Authentically Local Create The Sustainable Model?
Discussion: Street Fight
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL Earnings: Revenue Turns Positive, But Patch Disappoints. Bad Omen For Hyperlocal?
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Subject: In defense of the besieged email interview  —  This school year alone, three prominent college newspapers have issued general prohibitions against email interviews.  —  And since “if it happens three times, it's a trend” is an informal law of journalism, I consider it my duty to weigh in.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Defends Allegations It Abused Anti-Piracy Tool  —  In court papers filed this week, the studio reveals its views on whether fair use needs to be considered when causing files to be removed from the Internet.  —  Very few actions cause more controversy online than when a copyright holder causes …
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
BBC to launch programmes online first  —  BBC television programmes are to be broadcast online before reaching TV screens under a new trial as the corporation attempts to rival web services like Netflix.  —  BBC iPlayer is growing in popularity and last month announced its highest ever number …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Aereo Amps Up Marketing Efforts Before Expanding To New Cities, Hires Former Apple Exec As CCO  —  Aereo has been making headlines lately, not only for expanding its streaming cloud DVR service to 22 new markets in the coming months, but for being in active litigation with some of the nation's biggest …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Alexander Lebedev: Evening Standard TV will boost profit push  —  As he prepares to stand trial for alleged hooliganism in Russia, the Russian mogul reveals the planning behind his launch  —  Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev has a lot of things on his mind this week …
Discussion: The Independent
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Fox to unveil sports channels for ad buyers in challenge to ESPN  —  * Fox to use channels to raise cable fees, advertising rates  —  * Regis Philbin in discussions on afternoon talk show  —  News Corp will unveil its long-rumored national sports channel to advertisers in early March …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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