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3:35 PM ET, December 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
BuzzFeed Adds Politico Writer  —  BuzzFeed, a site where the editors and algorithms sift the Web in search of viral articles elsewhere, has decided that it needs articles of its own.  —  In a move that is sure to surprise the political and journalistic classes, the site is hiring Ben Smith …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Politico's Ben Smith becomes BuzzFeed editor
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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:
Leveson launches spin-off inquiry into hacking of Milly Dowler's voicemail
Discussion: Press Gazette
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Huffington Post to launch a version in Spain, to be called El Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post has just signed a deal with Spanish newspaper El Pais to produce a new version of the caffeinated news brand Arianna Huffington has made famous in the United States.
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 …
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
When Truth Survives Free Speech  —  Last week, a story came across my desk that seemed to suggest that a blogger had been unfairly nailed with a $2.5 million defamation award after a judge refused to give her standing as a journalist.  A businessman who was the target of the blogger's inquiries brought the suit.
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
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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: TVNewser
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Ratings: ABC/Yahoo News Republican debate drew biggest audience of 2012 race so far  —  The ABC News/Yahoo News Republican presidential debate drew 7.58 million total viewers on Saturday night, making it the most-watched GOP debate of the 2012 campaign season so far.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
Richard Mullins / Tampa Bay Online:
165 layoffs under way at Tampa Tribune, sister papers  —  TAMPA —  Layoffs that will total 165 people began today at The Tampa Tribune and its community and weekly publications — a reduction of 16 percent in the total workforce.  —  The layoffs also affect but not News Channel 8 …
Discussion: Poynter
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Geraldo Rivera Gets Talk Deal on WABC Radio  —  Geraldo Rivera's been called a lot of names in his life.  Here's a new one: radio talk show host.  —  In a deal to be announced Monday, Mr. Rivera will host the 10 and 11 a.m. hours on WABC in Manhattan, one of the nation's biggest stations.
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