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11:50 AM ET, December 31, 2010

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Nonprofit News May Thrive in Comcast Takeover  —  Included in Comcast's promises regarding its acquisition of NBC is a little-noticed plan that may stimulate the growth of nonprofit news organizations.  —  Comcast is pledging to establish partnerships between news nonprofits and at least five …
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Should Provide Program Contracts to the FCC, Groups Say  —  Advocacy groups asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to demand more documents from Comcast Corp. before voting on the cable company's proposed merger with General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal.
Discussion: MediaPost
Nick Davies / The Huffington Post:
The Julian Assange Investigation — Let's Clear the Air of Misinformation  —  Bianca Jagger last week launched a fierce attack on the Guardian for carrying my story about the evidence collected by Swedish police who have been investigating the claims of sexual assault by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Alicia Shepard / NPR:
NPR Apologizes for WikiLeaks Mistake; Nina Totenberg and Teena Marie  —  Thanks to one persistent listener, NPR published a correction admitting that it has mistakenly - and more than once - inflated the number of State Department diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks.
Elinor Comlay / Reuters:
Time Warner Cable, Sinclair yet to reach deal  —  (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc have yet to renew a carriage agreement ahead of an end-of-year deadline, but the second largest U.S. cable operator agreed to carry the four broadcast networks despite the dispute.
Discussion: Multichannel and Company Town
Steve Green / Las Vegas Sun:
Judge questions whether nonprofit's Web posting harmed R-J  —  A judge was skeptical Tuesday about claims the Las Vegas Review-Journal was harmed when an entire Review-Journal story was posted without authorization on an Oregon nonprofit's website.  —  U.S. District Judge James Mahan commented …
Discussion: MediaPost
Mary Ann Giordano / New York Times:
The Year in Collaborative Journalism  —  Some end-of-year thank yous — and explanations.  —  This time last year, The Local was in a state of flux.  Our founding reporter/blogger, Andy Newman, had just been elevated to run City Room, the popular blog for all things NYC on nytimes.com.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Borders Delays Payments  —  In a potentially ominous turn of events for the book business, Borders Group Inc. said Thursday that it is delaying payments to some publishers, a sign that its financial troubles are worsening.  —  The nation's second-largest bookstore chain by revenue …
Discussion: Deadline.com and SAI
Andrew Walkingshaw / paidContent:
What Comes After Newspapers: Forget Form, It's About Content  —  Andrew Walkingshaw is CEO of London-based startup Timetric, which specializes in economic data services, but he is writing a series about the post-newspaper world at his personal blog with pretext.  We're publishing this installment with his permission.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Shaping a Network With Oprah's View  —  For decades cable channels have been built around specific interests like news, sports or classic movies.  Beginning this weekend, there will be something altogether different: a cable channel shaped around a person, Oprah Winfrey.
Discussion: Company Town, Guardian and Inside TV
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Nonprofit Start-up Bay Citizen Adds $9.5 Million In Funding  —  The Bay Citizen is going public with a new round of funding a little sooner than planned after a column in the rival San Francisco Chronicle left the impression it was running out of money.  Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber told paidContent …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
News.me, Betaworks & NYT's Stealthy Social News Project, Starts Accepting Invite Requests  —  News.me, the stealthy social news project being developed by Betaworks in conjunction with The New York Times, has just started accepting invite requests.  As part of the partnership deal …
 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

Connor Jones / The Register:
UnitedHealth says the February ransomware attack on Change Healthcare cost the company $872M in Q1; another ransomware group appears to be extorting the company

Priya Anand / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower: Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard's audio-focused invitation-only social app Airchat has been downloaded 30K+ times since its relaunch this month

 
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