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3:45 AM ET, December 1, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Alibaba-Led Group Said to Prepare Yahoo Bid  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Softbank Corp. (9984) are in advanced talks with Blackstone Group LP (BX) and Bain Capital LLC about making a bid for all of Yahoo! Inc., said three people with knowledge of the matter.
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Pulitzer Prizes change breaking news category to emphasize ‘real-time’ reporting  —  The Pulitzer Prizes are doing away with paper for next year's awards.  All entries must be submitted digitally.  The Pulitzer Board is also changing the local breaking news award to emphasize real-time reporting.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Could Pulitzer changes mean an award for live-tweeting?
James Robinson / Guardian:
The Leveson inquiry: what we've learned so far  —  From the ‘toothlessness’ of the PCC to Hugh Grant's middle name, we round up what 10 days of testimony has taught us  —  Over the past 10 days, a succession of famous faces, and some who are less well-known, have appeared at the Royal Courts …
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Telegraph:   Leveson Inquiry: ‘News International tried to destroy my life,’ hacking lawyer claims
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Alastair Campbell: phone hacking may have revealed Cherie Blair's pregnancy
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Expect Some Toning Down of Antipiracy Bills, Says Movie Industry Supporter  —  LOS ANGELES — Look for changes in the proposed antipiracy legislation that has giants in the entertainment and technology industries squared off against each other, but nothing extensive enough to please all of the legislation's opponents.
Discussion: Techdirt and O'Reilly Radar
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC World News channel taken off air in Pakistan  —  The BBC has said that it is ‘deeply concerned’ by Pakistan's decision to block its World News channel  —  The BBC World News channel has been blocked across Pakistan after it broadcast a documentary deemed to be critical of the country.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Media Choreography and the Occupy LA Raid  —  During the Los Angeles Police Department's forcible removal of the Occupy LA protest last night, they chose 12 reporters and photographers to represent the media as a whole.  * This is called a “media pool” — and it used to be a fairly time-honored …
Discussion: Poynter, The Informer, LAist and LA Observed
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Ruth Fowler / Huffington Post UK:   LAPD Made Sure The Whole World Ain't Watching
Ben Fritz / LA Times:
Paramount Pictures sued by financing partner for fraud  —  This post has been updated.  See note below for details.  —  Paramount Pictures withheld profit from such hit movies as “Mission: Impossible 3,” “Jackass 2” and the “Transformers” trilogy, according to a lawsuit filed …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Digitas CEO Laura Lang To Head Time Inc.  —  Nine months after he fired Jack Griffin, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes has finally filled the most prominent empty chair at the media company, appointing Laura Lang, CEO of Digitas since 2008, as CEO of Time Inc. Once again …
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Warner Said to Pick New Head of Time Inc. Magazine Unit
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Cambridge University Press to try renting academic articles  —  Ars' science articles link to the academic papers that are being discussed, and based on reader comments, people have a clear interest in looking over the publications.  Unfortunately, that interest often runs into a significant hurdle …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New York Times overhauls comment system, grants privileges to trusted readers  —  The New York Times rolls out a new commenting system today that spotlights reader contributions and grants special privileges to some.  —  The Times will invite any reader whose comments are consistently approved …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
You Bet Apple TV Is Coming, Says Apple Guru Gene Munster — Here Are The Details  —  Apple analyst Gene Munster just reiterated his belief that Apple is going to launch a TV next year.  —  He made the comments at our IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning.
Jim Romenesko:
USA Today begins search for editor-in-chief  —  USA Today editor John Hillkirk has been moved to senior editor for investigative journalism and national enterprise reporting.  “We will begin a national search immediately for an Editor-in-Chief for USA TODAY,” says a memo.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Piers Morgan Struggles to Beat King's Ratings  —  Piers Morgan, who succeeded Larry King at the beginning of this year, appears to be having trouble attracting any more viewers than Mr. King did.  —  Mr. Morgan, who has the 9 p.m. time slot on CNN, had an average of just 154,000 viewers ages 25 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Foursquare Rolls Out New Buttons for Publishers  —  ‘Share’ Button Enables Foursquare Users to Add Venues to To-Do List While Reading Web Content  —  Foursquare is looking to increase its visibility on the web by introducing new sharing buttons for publishers that will appear side-by-side with the Facebook …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
HBO To Cord Cutters: You'll Never See Our Shows  —  HBO is cementing its reputation as a trail-blazer with a new batch of hit shows and, more recently, a hugely popular mobile offering.  But the company is determined to remain a traditionalist when it comes to its relation with tv distributors.
Discussion: The Verge and Deadline.com
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How news orgs are reaching millions through Facebook's new apps  —  It has been over two months since Facebook announced a new class of social news applications — ones that automatically share links to everything a person reads.  Now we are learning more about the readership …
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Chicago Business:
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Dylan Stableford / The Cutline:
Fox News' Greta Van Susteren fails to disclose husband's relationship with Herman Cain on air
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newsweek iPad App Coming in January
Discussion: Folio, 10,000 Words and eBookNewser
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NewsCred gets $4 million to reinvent the newswire
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
About.com Rolls Out Lifestyle Content On Flipboard
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and mnilive.com