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3:05 AM ET, September 28, 2011

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James Rubin Abruptly Departs Bloomberg  —  5:03 p.m. |  Updated James P. Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state hired by Bloomberg News just 10 months ago to help lead its new opinion-writing section, has left his job after a rocky start.  —  His departure came as a surprise …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Wall Street Journal Revises Its Privacy Policy  —  The Wall Street Journal revised its website privacy policy on Tuesday to allow the site to connect personally identifiable information with Web browsing data without user consent.  —  Previously, the Journal's privacy policy stated that it would obtain …
Discussion: Lauren Weinstein
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Dan Gillmor / Google+:   What a crappy and hypocritical move by the Wall Street Journal …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
James Murdoch's press adviser resigns  —  Alice Macandrew understood to have quit amid disagreements over the handling of the phone-hacking scandal  —  One of James Murdoch's closest advisers has resigned from News Corporation, it emerged on Tuesday, amid disagreements over the way the media group dealt with the phone-hacking scandal.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
News Corp.'s U.K. Actions Under Scrutiny In U.S.
Discussion: Poynter and Capital New York
Helene Mulholland / Guardian:
Sun newspaper involved in phone hacking, claims Labour's Tom Watson
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hearst Passes 300,000 Monthly Digital Subscribers, Takes a Bow  —  Hearst, which is about to sell its digital magazines via Amazon's new tablet, wants the world to know it's selling its digital magazines on plenty of other gadgets, too: The publisher says it is now racking up more than 300,000 paid digital downloads per month.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
In switch, cable operators want to go “a la carte”  —  * Programmers will resist attempts to unbundle programs  —  * Sports rights and retransmission fees are biggest costs  —  U.S. cable operators are privately working on a plan to force programmers to unbundle their networks and allow customers …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Andy Rooney To End Regular ‘60 Minutes’ Appearances  —  First on TVNewser: Andy Rooney's “60 Minutes” commentary on Sunday is expected to be his last regular appearance, TVNewser has learned.  —  Rooney, who began his whimsical end-of-show pieces in 1978, was MIA from last week's 44th-season premiere.
Bloomberg:
News Corp. Marketer Used Movie Lessons to Instill Fear in Rivals, Clients  —  A News Corp. unit that used lessons gleaned from gangster films to motivate employees and crush rivals is the latest arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire to be swept up in a probe that began with hacking and bribery allegations.
Discussion: Business Insider and Mogulite
Jerry Barmash / FishbowlNY:
WNET/MetroFocus Reporter Calls Arrest at Occupy Wall Street Protest ‘Pretty Terrifying’  —  A young reporter got caught in the crosshairs of a chaotic scene in Lower Manhattan.  John Farley (left) of WNET's new online local news magazine, MetroFocus was at the Occupy Wall Street protests on September 24th.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Shakeup At Paramount Claims Digital Vet Lesinski; Maguire Gets Home Media  —  Tom Lesinski, who has headed digital at Paramount as long as it's mattered, is out in a major reorganization that folds the Paramount Digital Entertainment into other divisions, most notably a single unit …
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Exclusive Interview: Ford Pulls Anti-Bailout Ad After ‘Questions’ From White House  —  This is all that remains of the very popular Ford commercial that went viral on the internet and was featured on cable news channels over the past three weeks:  —  According to the Detroit News …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How publishers can overcome the abundance problem in mobile advertising  —  The mobile advertising market is booming.  Total U.S. mobile ad spending is expected to rise from almost $800 million last year to $4 billion in 2015.  This sounds great to publishers hoping to build mobile revenue streams.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
How Newsweek's Most Notorious Fellow Got Caught Conning Silicon Alley  —  Jerry Guo considers himself a modern nomad.  The 24-year-old Chinese-American stays in a different apartment each month, couch surfing or subletting, whatever works best.  “Moving around makes it easier to find cool new venues,” Mr. Guo explained.
Discussion: Gawker
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Netflix Isn't a Cable Company; Netflix Is a Video Channel  —  Have you guys seen Shrek Forever After?  (Don't worry; I'm going somewhere with this.)  —  So after the first three Shrek movies, the once-disruptive ogre has settled down into quiet, prosperous family life.
Thanks:tcarmody
Business Insider:
Guess Who Made The Highest Bid For Hulu  —  Remember how a group of bidders was circling around Hulu a couple weeks ago?  Whatever happened with that?  —  Two sources tell us that satellite TV provider Dish was the highest bidder, coming in around $1.9 billion.  It beat out both Amazon and Yahoo.
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Conan's Ratings Are Down, but He's Huge Online  —  Turner's New Pitch to Advertisers Touts Late-Night Host's Web Popularity  —  It's a natural angle, considering the intensifying scrutiny around the weakened TV ratings-and the “make-goods” that have come with them-for Mr. O'Brien's late-night “Conan” show on TBS.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Licensed journalists in Britain?  Surely Labour is joking...  Can Labour's shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis, be serious?  —  In his party conference speech today he implied that journalists should be licensed and that naughty journalists should be de-licensed.  —  Come back John Wilkes.
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Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Sports Illustrated Puts Football Rivals on the iPhone and iPad  —  Sports Illustrated continues its push into digital arenas that extend beyond the print publication.  The company's latest iOS app, Sports Illustrated Football Rivals for iPhone [iTunes link] and iPad [iTunes link] …
 
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Several Outsiders Said to Be Considered for Time Inc. CEO Job
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
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Marc Randolph / Kibble:
Did Netflix screw up?  I don't think so.  —  Netflix CEO Reed …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Globe and Mail, Thanks:mathewi