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4:10 AM ET, December 7, 2011

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Verizon to take on Netflix with Web service  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc plans to launch a standalone service allowing customers to stream movies and television shows over the Web, in a fresh challenge to Netflix Inc and the traditional cable TV business, according to several people briefed on the plan.
Curtis Cartier / The Daily Weekly:
Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court—Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her  —  ​A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.”  And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Broadcasters Press Supreme Court to Overturn TV, Radio and Newspaper Ownership Rules  —  Broadcasters are urging the Supreme Court to loosen restrictions that prevent companies from owning newspapers, radio stations and television stations in the same market.
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Copps submits notice to resign from FCC
Discussion: rbr.com
James Rainey / LA Times:
NBC stations will use content from nonprofit news outlets  —  Ten NBC-owned television stations across the nation will team with nonprofit news outlets in an attempt to beef up their enterprise and analytical reporting, the network announced Monday.  —  NBC affiliates in Los Angeles …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Local NBC Stations, Collaborative Journalism
David Roeder / Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times Media online sites to begin metered pay plan  —  The Chicago Sun-Times and its sister publications in the suburbs will start charging for online access, joining the ranks of newspapers looking for new online revenue sources.  —  Access to web sites controlled by Sun-Times Media LLC …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
At News Foo, Imagining the End of the World, and How to Cover It  —  Let's say, just for giggles, that the word was ending.  Could be an alien invasion, a pandemic or nuclear annihilation.  If one of those scenarios became a news event, how would it be covered?
Thanks:megan
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
T.J. Holmes Leaving CNN  —  CNN weekend anchor T.J. Holmes is leaving the cable channel at the end of the year, TVNewser has confirmed.  Richard Prince first reported the move in his daily media column.  —  Holmes began his career as a producer for KSNF in Joplin, Missouri …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Angry About Your Cable Bill?  Blame the Cable Industry, Not the NFL  —  Have you heard yet about how your favorite team is trying to screw you over?  Don't worry.  You will soon.  —  Trapped in a headlock of a negotiation with the NFL over broadcasting rights, the television industry …
Discussion: New York Post
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Wall Street Journal:
Cable-TV Honchos Cry Foul Over Soaring Cost of ESPN
Discussion: Company Town and Deadline.com
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
NFL Near Major Media Deals
Discussion: Forbes
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Flipboard launches sleek iPhone app with new ‘Cover Stories’ section  —  Popular iPad news reading application Flipboard has made the move to the iPhone and while it retains its smart and simple design, it also has added a new Cover Stories section to boot.  —  Flipboard's application …
Paul Roderick Gregory / Forbes:
A Blogger Could Start Russia's Arab Spring  —  The new face of the Russian opposition is a young whistle-blowing, shareholder activist, muckraking blogger by the name of Alexei Navalny.  At 2:15 p.m. on Monday, he called his huge internet following to a 7 p.m. demonstration at the Chistye Prudy park …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
It's online!  Zombie ‘New York Press’ looks for recruits; owner wants it to be Bloomberg's ‘homepage’  —  Three months after shutting down the 23-year-old newspaper New York Press, the paper's publisher, Manhattan Media, is gearing up for a relaunch of the late alternative weekly's website.
Discussion: Gawker
David Brauer / MinnPost:
Boogaard's brain: How the New York Times got that story  —  Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard, right, punching Calgary Flames forward Brian McGrattan in their fight during a December 2009 game.  —  John Branch isn't completely sure, but he thinks “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” …
Discussion: Poynter
Caitlin Johnston / American Journalism Review:
The Naked Retweet Dilemma  —  If journalists retweet information and links without providing any lead-in or context, does that suggest that they endorse it?  —  Caitlin Johnston (cljohnst@gmail.com) is a graduate student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kids On Kindle: Amazon Starts Publishing Children's Books  —  With the release of its color-screened, picture-book-friendly Kindle Fire, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is expanding into publishing books for a new audience: Kids.  To start, the company's publishing division is acquiring …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
MediaNews Group's ‘Digital-First’ Mondays Bring Some Paywalls Down  —  In the hopes of saving money while avoiding consolidation, MediaNews Group is introducing “digital-first Mondays” at six of its California newspapers.  Of those papers, the three that have paywalls will make all web content free …
Buzz Bissinger / The Daily Beast:
How Jerry Sandusky Played The New York Times in His Interview  —  The New York Times gave the ex-Penn State coach free rein to mount a pathetic defense against sexual abuse charges.  Buzz Bissinger on how the paper royally botched the story—which should never have been printed.  —  Why did Joe Amendola do it?
Bloomberg:
Apple, E-Book Publishers Probed by EU Agency  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world's biggest technology company, and five e-book publishers are being investigated by European Union antitrust regulators over deals that may restrict sales across the region.  —  The probe targets the iPad-maker's deals …
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James Robinson / Guardian:
Guardian journalist justifies hacking if in the public interest  —  Guardian investigations editor David Leigh says a ‘certain amount of guile’ can be needed to find evidence of corruption  —  The Guardian's investigations editor, David Leigh, has told the Leveson inquiry into press standards …
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James Cusick / The Independent:
Watchdog chief faces grilling over failure to act on press's dirty tricks
Discussion: Big News Network.com and Guardian
 
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Campaigns Take Ad War to TV After Months of Holding Fire
Discussion: The Caucus, Guardian and Daily Dot
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Netflix's Chief Sees HBO as Its Main Rival
Rene Rodriguez / Miami Herald:
Fincher on David Denby, film critics and embargoes
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Star Tribune's paywall is bringing in more money than it's costing in ad revenue
Discussion: MinnPost and @carr2n
Carolyn Kellogg / LA Times:
Has book blogging hit the wall? William Morrow's blogger notice
Discussion: Melville House Books and Guardian
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Barbara Walters To Interview Syria's Al-Assad
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John Cook / Gawker:
Chris Matthews' Brother Arrested on Perjury Charges
Discussion: Philly.com and The Raw Story
Jeanine Poggi / The Street:
LoveFilm Gives Netflix a Heartache
Discussion: New York Times
Julia Angwin / The Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks Associates Seek Injunction on Twitter Data
Discussion: AllTwitter
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Buyouts offered at The Gazette, Washington Post's community newspapers in Maryland
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia Merge to Create CNBC International