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5:30 AM ET, December 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Confirms E-Book Probe  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting an antitrust investigation into the pricing of electronic books, the latest antitrust watchdog to probe whether there was improper collusion by publishers and Apple Inc. to prevent discounting.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
James Murdoch's lawyers confirm Tom Watson was put under surveillance  —  News Corp lawyers say three NI staff were involved in setting up monitoring, but it is not appropriate to name them  —  James Murdoch's lawyers have confirmed that Labour MP Tom Watson was put under surveillance for a week in 2009 …
Guardian:   News Corporation's letter to MPs - full text
Know Your Mobile:
Exclusive: Amazon Kindle Fire coming to UK in January  —  Know Your Mobile has been told Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet will be getting a UK release date in January  —  Amazon will be bringing the Kindle Fire to the UK, a source close to the launch has informed us.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon's Kindle Fire Could Be Going International Sooner Rather Than Later
Discussion: AllThingsD
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Why news sites should add Facebook's new ‘Subscribe’ button  —  Facebook exec Joanna Shields just revealed at a conference that the social network is poised to roll out a “Subscribe” button that will allow users to subscribe to other users' updates.  Think of it as a Twitter “follow” button for Facebook, embeddable on any site.
Rachel McAthy /
Broadcasters call for action over signal interference  —  Five international broadcasters have issued a joint statement in response to ‘an increase in deliberate interference’ of their signals in the past year  —  A group of international broadcasters, including the BBC …
Bloomberg News Responds to Bernanke Criticism  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said in a letter to four senior lawmakers today that recent news articles about the central bank's emergency lending programs contained “egregious errors.”  —  While Bernanke's letter …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and News on News
Felix Salmon / Reuters:   Smackdown of the day: Bloomberg vs the Fed
Binyamin Appelbaum / Economix:
Fed Lashes Out at ‘Errors’ in Reporting
Tom Stites / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Taking stock of the state of web journalism  —  Editor's note: Tom Stites had a long career in newspapers, editing Pulitzer-winning projects and working at top newspapers like The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In recent years, he's shifted his emphasis …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
Drone journalism?  The idea could fly in the U.S.  —  This January, the FAA will be proposing new rules on the use of drones in American airspace — a possibility some see as positively Orwellian, but others, including some journalists, see as an opportunity.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo Building New York Studio … NEW YORK ­ About 5,000 square feet in an office building at the corner of Manhattan's 40th Street and Avenue of the Americas will become the city's next major studio space by mid-March.  —  But the company that is looking to transform …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
If we are all journalists, should we all be protected?  —  The bloggers vs. journalists debate may seem like something that's of interest only to media-industry insiders, but it has very real implications for society when it comes to protecting freedom of information, as the case of blogger Crystal Cox has highlighted this week.
Curtis Cartier / Seattle Weekly:
Unlike Oregon, Bloggers Are Journalists in Washington State, Do Qualify for Legal Protections
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The AP brings a quasi-competitor into the fold  —  In 2008, eight Ohio newspapers, upset with what they saw as high prices charged by the Associated Press, rebelled against the wire to form their own statewide news-sharing service, the Ohio News Organization.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Tom Bartlett / Washingtonian Magazine:
How Do You Explain Gene Weingarten?  —  He's juvenile and more than a little crazy.  Friends say he barely copes with day-to-day life.  He also happens to be one hell of a writer.  —  The son asks the father why he's not wearing a seat belt.  The father says it's because long ago the father's sister drowned.
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
Besser to Oz: “You Were Right”  —  Consumer Reports confirms arsenic-in-apple-juice investigation  —  After accusing Dr. Mehmet Oz of “fear mongering” for reporting that some brands of apple juice contained high levels of arsenic, ABC News's senior health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser …
Discussion: MediaShift and Editors Weblog
Newspaper companies put their money where the clicks are  —  (Reuters) - Media companies McClatchy Co and Media General Inc, which are seeing their focus on online content starting to pay off, are speeding up their investments in digital media.  —  Newspaper publishers in the United States …
Discussion: Poynter
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
PCC proposes wide-ranging shakeup  —  Press Complaints Commission hopes front page adjudications would help restore confidence after phone-hacking scandal  —  Newspapers would be obliged to trail brokered corrections on the front page as part of a wide-ranging shakeup of press self-regulation proposed …
Dan Trombetto / Folio:
Condé Nast Partners with AdMeld in Private Digital Ad Exchange  —  eBay and Macy's among participating clients.  —  In a major magazine publisher first, Condé Nast launched a private advertising exchange for select digital clientele.  Partnering with service provider AdMeld …
Alistair Foster / The Independent:
Bullied to death?  Channel 4 executive died of overdose ‘after abuse by bosses’  —  A Channel 4 executive took a fatal drugs overdose after being “systematically bullied” by her bosses, a coroner heard today.  Sarah Mulvey, 34, who made programmes such as Brat Camp and How To Look Good Naked …
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
‘WAR!’  How a stunned media broke the Pearl Harbor news.  —  For a time on Dec. 7, 1941, millions of Americans were getting their news about the attack on Pearl Harbor through a person named Ruthjane Rumelt.  —  She was an aide to White House Press secretary Stephen T. Early …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Amanda Seef / Eagle News Online:
From the epicenter of scandal: Daily Orange editors report on Syracuse situation  —  Managing Editor Amrita Mainthia, Editor in Chief Dara McBride and News Editor Meghin Delaney have been spending plenty of time in-house at The Daily Orange offices in the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal.
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 More News: 
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Gannett to expand paywalls across more properties
Discussion: Guardian and Gannett Blog
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ Editor: Our Competitors' Hacking Coverage Is ‘Abysmally Conflicted’
Discussion: Erik Wemple
New York Times:
A Moment in the Sun for Television
Discussion: CNBC
Kris Hammond / Just to Clarify:
Why 90% of news will be computer generated in 15 years
Leveson inquiry: NoW's Neville Thurlbeck to give evidence
Discussion: Crikey and Press Gazette
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Flipboard iPhone app launch takes down entire service (updated)
Discussion: TechCrunch, MediaPost and VentureBeat
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Telegraph completes £1m review of papers' payments
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 Earlier Picks: 
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Michelle Jaconi To Helm Breaking News Unit For CNN's Washington Bureau
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Steve Myers / Poynter:
No live tweeting or blogging from Jerry Sandusky preliminary hearing
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New York Times Reveal is the mirror of the future
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard CEO's new media mission: ‘crawl the social networks’
Sky News:
Sky Sources: Glenn Mulcaire Held Over Hacking
Discussion: Digital Spy and
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Netflix CEO Compares Company To Bank Of America And Oakland A's
Patrick Meighan / My Occupy LA Arrest,:
My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
The aggregator's dilemma: How do you fairly serve your readers & the sources you rely on?
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and AllThingsD