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3:25 AM ET, December 13, 2011


 Top News: 
Nick Davies / Guardian:
What the police now know about Milly Dowler hacking  —  Operation Weeting investigation confirms most of original phone hacking story, but it is no longer clear what prompted initial deletion that gave Dowler family false hope Milly was still alive  —  A week ago, I discovered that the police …
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: Guardian's Nick Davies accuses bosses of ‘pecking’ at climb-down story
David Leigh / Guardian:
New inquiry into Milly Dowler hacking launched
Discussion: FleetStreetBlues and Press Gazette
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Ailes on Ailes: Fox News Chief Is Writing an Autobiography  —  Roger Ailes.  —  Several GOP candidates have treated this primary season as a book tour, just as much as a presidential campaign.  Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin have all hustled around the country selling books …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Is Roger Ailes Penning an Autobiography? Fox News Responds
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Wikipedia Mulls Total Blackout to Oppose SOPA  —  Later this week, the Senate's House Judiciary Committee will vote on the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).  —  Supporters of the bill say it's needed to safeguard the interests of rightsholders who claim their businesses are threatened by online piracy.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Universal: Artists didn't consent to Megaupload video  —  The brouhaha around Megaupload's viral music video continues this week, with Universal Music (UMG) now claiming that several of its artists didn't consent to being used in the video.  Megaupload is disputing these claims in a lawsuit it filed in federal court today.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Megaupload is suing Universal for unjustly yanking its commercial off YouTube  —  In an interesting reversal on usual Internet copyright disputes, file-sharing site Megaupload is taking Universal Music Group to court.  —  UPDATE: The filing is now official; you can read the whole thing online as a PDF.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In video, confrontation between a ‘Times’ photographer and the NYPD at Occupy Wall Street protest downtown  —  It still seems like not all New York Police Department officers got that memo from their boss a few weeks ago warning them not to interfere with members of the media during police actions …
Jim Romenesko:
Michael Duffy promoted to Time executive editor  —  Time editor-in-chief John Huey and managing editor Rick Stengel tell their employees: It's hard to describe what Michael Duffy does at TIME because he does so much and he does it so discreetly.  He presides over Washington and our political coverage …
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
The Mystery Team That Recruited Ben Smith to Buzzfeed  —  Buzzfeed co-founder Jonah Peretti played it pretty coy when we tracked him down to ask about how he lured veteran blogger Ben Smith startled to lead a new team of scoop-hungry journalists at fun-machine BuzzFeed.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Politico's Ben Smith becomes BuzzFeed editor
David Lieberman /
Netflix Shares Soaring On Report Of Sale Talks With Verizon  —  The video rental company's shares have spiked 6.8% in midday trading — an eye-popping standout on a day when the market's down about 2%.  The reason: website DealReporter says that Verizon is considering buying Netflix to get into the video streaming business.
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ story on homeless children in Florida spurs $1 million in donations  —  “60 Minutes” doesn't often do updates unless it re-airs an old story.  But it will this weekend because of the overwhelming response to its story on homeless kids living in vehicles in Florida.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and TVNewser
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban Wants To Get You Laid, Invests In Men's Advice Site Brotips  —  Being a man in the modern world is no easy task.  Should I friend her on Facebook?  When is it alright to ignore a text message?  Men's advice site Brotips can help, and Mark Cuban wants to make sure you've heard of it.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Biography Is Amazon's Best-Selling Book Of The Year  —  Move over, Tina Fey — Amazon has just released the list of their ten best-selling books of the year, and Walter Isaacson's thoughtful biography of Steve Jobs has come out on top.  —  The biography's appearance at the top …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Judge allows journalists to tweet, live-blog from Sandusky preliminary hearing  —  Senior Judge John M. Cleland has loosened his rules for Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Jerry Sandusky.  The amendment states that portions of the order “are amended to permit reporters credentialed under …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Spokesman Outs Candidate As Anonymous Source  —  The New Hampshire Union Leader recently quoted “a senior aide in the [Newt] Gingrich campaign” pushing hard, and at length, against criticism from former Governor John H. Sununu, an outspoken surrogate for Mitt Romney's campaign.
Dylan Byers / Politico:   On ‘Gingrich aide,’ a heated no comment from McQuaid
Allegra Stratton / Guardian:
NI pays Tessa Jowell £200,000  —  Ex-Labour cabinet minister gets settlement after police said her phone had been hacked by News of the World  —  The former Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted a £200,000 settlement from Rupert Murdoch's News International over the hacking of her phone.
Met police chief's rediscovered diaries reveal meals with NoW executives
Discussion: Guardian
Telegraph:   Phone Hacking: confirmed victims ‘total about 800’, says police inquiry chief
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
With Netflix For Nook Color, Barnes & Noble Fights Against Kindle Fire  —  Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is blurring the lines between the $199 Nook Color and $249 Nook Tablet with a major update for the Color, adding access to streaming video through Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX).
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Under Fire, Amazon Says Kindle Fire Is Getting An Update Within Two Weeks
Discussion: USA Today, AllThingsD and CNET News
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Richard Mullins / Tampa Bay Online:
165 layoffs under way at Tampa Tribune, sister papers
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Did HuffPo Just Get ‘Sex-Squatted’?
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Time Warner Revises $1.3 Billion Bid for Endemol to All-Cash Offer
Discussion: Company Town and New York Post
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Andrew Critchlow / Wall Street Journal:
Chief Operating Officer Peter Macourt To Leave News Ltd
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Pearson to sell FTSE stake for £450m
Discussion: Media Week