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10:10 PM ET, December 5, 2011

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live with 40 entertainment services, live TV, and Kinect voice control  —  Xbox Live isn't just an online gaming service anymore.  Microsoft is announcing today that the new version of its Xbox Live user interface will help transform entertainment on the television.
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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
Indiewire:
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 …
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Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Sony Furious Over New Yorker's Plan to Break ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Review Embargo
Linda Holmes / NPR:
Honor Among Thumbs: A ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Spat And An Imperfect System
Discussion: AllThingsD and Gothamist
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media business chiefs brace for bleak 2012  —  (Reuters) - Top media executives across North America and Europe are bracing for a global economic slowdown in 2012, and are already surrendering to demands by advertisers that they offer shorter-term, flexible deals in case of another crisis.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Romney campaign doesn't appreciate unscripted appearance by reporter  —  Fox News allowed the Times' Jim Rutenberg to roam backstage Saturday night during a GOP candidates forum.  Upon seeing Rutenberg, “Mr. Romney's aides sprang into action, asking where he worked and what he was doing there …
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Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
78 Percent Of U.K. Newspaper Articles Are Written By Men.  Is U.S. Media Any Better?  —  A writer for the United Kingdom's the Guardian recently conducted an informal analysis and found that in an average month, 78 percent of newspaper articles are written by a man.
Discussion: Guardian and FleetStreetBlues
Jordan Valinsky / Daily Dot:
Fox News's Facebook whine: unfair and imbalanced  —  You can add Facebook to Fox News's growing enemies list.  —  The News Corp.-owned channel called out Facebook for not including any of its online output in the social network's list of most shared stories in 2011—and suggested Facebook was acting “unsocially.”
Discussion: @poynter, Thanks:owenthomas
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Wall Street Journal Releases Kindle Fire-Only App  —  Add the Wall Street Journal to the list of publishers releasing apps exclusively for the Kindle Fire.  —  The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) app is free in the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Appstore.  Users can purchase a WSJ digital subscription …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Five tough questions for newspaper organizations as they face investors this week  —  It is time again for the annual December media conference for investors in New York City, starting today.  And once again, borrowing the well-worn line from “I Love Lucy,” executive teams …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Bronfman Is Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman  —  4:15 p.m. |  Updated Edgar M. Bronfman Jr., who has been a major player in the music industry since the mid-1990s, is stepping down as chairman of the board of the Warner Music Group, effective Jan. 31.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines Gird for USPS Nixing Saturday Delivery  —  Weeklies That Try to Reach Subscribers Before Weekend Would Have Even More Problems Staying Timely  —  It's tough enough for weekly magazines to stay timely when TV and the web churn out news constantly.
Guardian:
Julian Assange can take extradition case to supreme court, judges rule  —  High court says Assange case raises question of ‘general public importance’ that should be decided as quickly as possible  —  The high court has paved the way for the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange …
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Kellie Tranter / ABC News:   Julian Assange: he's not the messiah, he's just my boy
Martin Evans / The Telegraph:
Leveson inquiry: editors 'could have been prosecuted over private detective's blagging'  —  Journalists who commissioned a private detective to illegally obtain personal information and their editors could have been prosecuted but were never pursued, the Leveson inquiry heard today.
Discussion: Telegraph and The Independent
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BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Detective hired to follow Grant
 
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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: WWD Media Headlines
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Newsday to hire 25 in digital expansion
Brian Dengler / Street Fight:
Topix Legal Win Bodes Well for Hyperlocals
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Al Jazeera English opens new bureau in Chicago
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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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
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Tuna and turmoil at CPI
Simon Kelner / The Independent:
A foundation for the future of journalism
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB Could Be Forced To Host On-Demand Movie Rivals
Sherry Ricchiardi / American Journalism Review:
Do Women Lead Differently?
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New NPR Chief Faces Tough Landscape
Discussion: Free Press