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8:20 AM ET, December 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
EC Opens Formal Antitrust Proceedings To Investigate E-book Sales ‘Cartel’  —  The European Commission this morning announced that it has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether a number of international ebook publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Europe Probing Apple And Publishers For E-book Price ‘Cartel’  —  After carrying out unannounced inspections at the companies back in March, the European Commission is now starting a formal antitrust investigation in to whether Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and book publishers are limiting e-book competition with their “agency” pricing model.
Discussion: Electronista and EU Press Room
Leveson inquiry: Chris Atkins, David Leigh, Charlotte Harris - live  —  Full coverage as the Starsuckers director, Guardian journalist and lawyer for phone-hacking victims give evidence  —  9.16am: The Independent points out that former information commissioner Richard Thomas told …
New York Times:
Xbox Live Challenges the Cable Box  —  The old-fashioned cable television set-top box — long the hub of living-room entertainment for most people — is about to become less relevant.  —  Beginning on Tuesday and continuing through the month, Microsoft will give a face-lift …
Discussion: Multichannel News, PopWatch and Forbes
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live with 40 entertainment services, live TV, and Kinect voice control
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Financial Times Launches Dedicated Android App  —  With mobile readers proving to be very avid readers of the Financial Times, the newspaper has launched a new version of its native Android app that it hopes will bring in more users on the platform on both smartphones and tablets.
Exclusive: ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Scott Rudin Replies To David Denby's Upcoming New Yorker Review Embargo Break  —  “They reviewed what?”  —  If you follow movie insider baseball news you may have heard the embargo on Sony's “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is about to break tomorrow …
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Sony Furious Over New Yorker's Plan to Break ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Review Embargo
Discussion: Company Town, Poynter and NY Post
Linda Holmes / NPR:
Honor Among Thumbs: A ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Spat And An Imperfect System
Discussion: AllThingsD, Gothamist and Carpetbagger
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Aaron Sorkin's HBO Cable News Series To Be Called ‘Newsroom’  —  Exclusive: The upcoming HBO drama about cable news from “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin finally has a name.  TVNewser has learned that HBO is expected to call the series “Newsroom.”  —  Sorkin's series follows fictional …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kindle Fire Offers ‘Disappointingly Poor’ Experience; ‘Miserable’ Magazines  —  Will the projected 3.9 million Kindle Fire buyers this quarter end up disappointed with their new tablets?  User-experience guru Jakob Nielsen's new usability report finds the Fire's 7-inch screen troublesome …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Wall Street Journal Releases Kindle Fire-Only App
Will Bunch /
What the media can learn from Occupy  —  In 30 years of reporting, I've never covered a story quite like Occupy Wall Street, the cacophonous drum line of a leaderless protest against greed and inequality (and a bunch of other stuff) that started in New York on Sept. 17 and spread quickly to Philadelphia on its path from coast to coast.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Local NBC Stations, Collaborative Journalism  —  In a sign of increasing collaboration between journalism groups, NBC on Tuesday will announce a series of partnerships between its television stations and nonprofit news organizations.  —  Effectively immediately, NBC's station in Chicago …
Australia scraps satellite TV tender in blow to Sky, News Corp.  —  Australia's government on Monday ruled out awarding a contract to broadcast local television into Asia to a consortium including Rupert Murdoch's part-owned Sky News, deciding the service would stay with the state broadcaster.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Cox is latest to bring live TV to the iPad  —  Cox Communications is making live TV available on the iPad, with the release of a new app that lets subscribers watch shows and movies while in their homes.  The Cox TV Connect app makes it the latest in a series of pay TV operators to extend their services to new devices.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Bronfman Is Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman  —  Edgar M. Bronfman Jr., who has been a top executive in the music industry since the mid-1990s, is stepping down as chairman of the Warner Music Group.
Rick Martin / Penn-Olson:
Flipboard Coming to China, Teams Up With Sina and Renren  —  Earlier this year you may recall that everyone's favorite iPad reading app Flipboard was blocked in China.  But apparently the GFW ain't no thang, as the company has made its way into China via big-name partnerships with none other than Sina …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney's media blowback  —  Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities as a candidate are well known, yet a seemingly new one surfaced last week: his unusual brittleness in the face of media questions.  —  With one prickly interview with Fox's Bret Baier on Tuesday — in which the candidate appeared uncomfortable …
Leveson Inquiry: Detective hired to follow Grant  —  Much of the evidence referred to during Alexander Owens's appearance was kept private  —  A private detective was hired by journalists to uncover personal details about celebrities including actor Hugh Grant, the Leveson Inquiry has heard.
Martin Evans / The Telegraph:
Leveson inquiry: editors 'could have been prosecuted over private detective's blagging'
Discussion: Telegraph and The Independent
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
How Twitter's top news stories compare to Yahoo, Bing
Discussion: Twitter Blog
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
‘Ford’ of Tech Companies, AOL, Must Keep Innovating, C.E.O. Says
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
CBS's Clarissa Ward Sneaks Into Syria: ‘I Was Fortunate That I Really Did Slip Under The Radar’
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ stops scoffing at Cyber Monday, its own third-biggest sales day since launching its digital subscription model
Discussion: Bits and WWD Media Headlines
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Newsday to hire 25 in digital expansion
Brian Dengler / Street Fight:
Topix Legal Win Bodes Well for Hyperlocals
Jordan Valinsky / Daily Dot:
Fox News's Facebook whine: unfair and imbalanced
Discussion: @poynter, Thanks:owenthomas
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Al Jazeera English opens new bureau in Chicago
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 Earlier Picks: 
Beth Whisman / WJBC Radio:
Business seeks IDs of anonymous Pantagraph commenters
Discussion: Poynter
John Cook / Gawker:
New York Times Staffers: Now Is the Time to Rat Out Your Colleagues
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
78 Percent Of U.K. Newspaper Articles Are Written By Men. Is U.S. Media Any Better?
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media business chiefs brace for bleak 2012
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Five tough questions for newspaper organizations as they face investors this week
Discussion: Guardian and Future of Journalism
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines Gird for USPS Nixing Saturday Delivery
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Tuna and turmoil at CPI