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4:55 AM ET, December 15, 2011

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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
ReadWriteWeb's Acquisition, as Seen By a Former Employee [UPDATED]  —  This morning AdWeek broke the news that ReadWriteWeb had been acquired by SAY Media (which also bought Dogster and Six Apart) and appointed Dan Frommer to the editor seat.  The price was not disclosed.
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
My new job at ReadWriteWeb, and what it means for SplatF  —  If you follow me on Twitter, or follow tech news in general, you may have seen the announcement this morning that I'll be joining ReadWriteWeb as Editor At Large starting in January.  —  SAY Media, my business-side partner for SplatF, just acquired RWW.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million  —  Tech blog ReadWriteWeb was acquired today by SAY Media, as was previously reported.  I've found out a few more details.  The price SAY paid out was under $5 million, after the assumption of ReadWriteWeb's liabilities, according to a source privy to the details.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Say Media Eyes IPO, Buys ReadWriteWeb
Discussion: CNET News, Forbes and TechCrunch
Aaron Gell / The New York Observer:
Peter Braunstein, WWD Writer Turned Tabloid Monster, Still Has Issues  —  One day in October 2010, Peter Braunstein's monthly subscription copy of W magazine arrived right on time.  It was one of the first under the direction of a new editor, Stefano Tonchi, and the cover featured Ryan Gosling …
Discussion: Spiersblr
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Mail: Dowler question was ‘perfectly legitimate inquiry’  —  The Leveson inquiry today heard that a journalist from the Daily Mail contacted the Dowler family's lawyer to ask if they will be ‘giving their money back’ following new police information about who may have caused her messages to be deleted
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is James Murdoch Running Out of Denials?
Discussion: CJR, Guardian and Bloomberg
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Prosecute NoW criminality, ex editor says
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
What James Murdoch said about the ‘for Neville’ email
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
David Leigh / Guardian:
Leveson: Milly Dowler case is not the only reason for inquiry
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Huffington Post dominates Facebook's most-shared politics stories of 2011  —  On Facebook's list of the 40 most-shared political articles of 2011, the most frequently appearing sources are The Huffington Post (10), CNN (7), MSNBC (6) and Fox News (5).  The Washington Post had only one story on the list …
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Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Live Nation Buys BigChampagne, Analyzer of Consumer Data  —  In a bid to expand its ability to analyze large amounts of consumer data, Live Nation Entertainment, the music giant that includes Ticketmaster, is buying BigChampagne, a small but influential company that monitors online media consumption.
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NPR's StateImpact project explores regional topics through focused, data-driven journalism  —  Scott Detrow heard a rumor, and like any good reporter, he set out to determine whether it was true.  Detrow, who has spent several years covering state politics and government …
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
$1.5M Knight grant to NPR will fund digital training at 70 local stations
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What Louis CK knows that most media companies don't  —  Until recently, comedian Louis CK was known mostly for a hilarious clip about how “everything is amazing but no one is happy,” which lampooned our inability to recognize our own good fortune and led to a TV show.
Felix Salmon:
The value of finding content to link to  —  I'm convinced there's real value in driving readers to great content — and clearly I'm not alone: Outbrain has just raised another $35 million.  —  What's Outbrain?  Well, if you look at the All Things D story announcing the new round …
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J. David Goodman / Media Decoder:
Times of London Cancels Comedy Podcast That Mocked Murdoch  —  BUGLE NEWS ALERT: The Bugle will be leaving Times Online in the near future.  We will do everything we can to keep The Bugle going...  The Bugle  —  hellobuglers  —  The Times of London, the British daily owned …
Discussion: New York Times
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic:
Why We Should Stop Asking Whether Bloggers Are Journalists  —  In the rush to defend blogs as a medium of journalism, we ask the wrong questions about what press freedom seeks to protect  —  Last week, a federal judge ruled that Crystal Cox, a blogger in Montana, owed $2.5 million …
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Pulitzer Prize-winning photog John Kaplan turns camera on his own battle with cancer  —  WNET Documentary ‘Not As I Pictured’ recounts struggle to beat disease  —  After two surgeries and an unexpected lymphoma diagnosis, John Kaplan says his film project began by accident when he took a self-portrait in his bathroom mirror.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix expands international support for iOS, Apple TV  —  Netflix is giving its subscribers in Latin America new ways to access its library of streaming video titles, by expanding availability of its app on iOS products in that region.  Starting Wednesday, Netflix subscribers …
Amanda DeMarco / paidContent:
New Site Will Offer Groupon-Style Deals On E-Books  —  Andrew Rhomberg thinks discovering new books online isn't much fun.  It's great if you already know what you're looking for, but if you're hoping for the well-curated serendipity of a bookstore to lead you to something unique and unexpected …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Digital Content Vet David Eun Joins Samsung To Lead Global Media  —  Samsung makes TVs, tablets, smartphones, music players, even refrigerators with connected displays.  Now it wants to have a bigger say about the content that drives the sales and use of consumer electronics and is bringing on former Google …
Bloomberg:
Hollywood Said to Court Amazon in Bid for Online Film Sales  —  Hollywood studios, working to spur purchases of films and TV shows, are in talks to bring Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) back into their online system called UltraViolet, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Universal has ‘Tech News Today’ episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video  —  We're still not sure what to make of the strange war that's erupted between file sharing service MegaUpload and Universal Media Group after MegaUpload posted a promo video that appears …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Chuck Todd: NBC's new politics site is for armchair viewers, political junkies  —  NBC has just launched a new politics site that provides readers with a place to track political news, dig deeper into polls and make their own predictions about the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Discussion: Mashable! and NetNewsCheck Latest
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A web-first politics site for NBC News: Vivian Schiller on the launch of NBCPolitics.com
 
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Glam Media Plans IPO Filing by End of Q2
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Ioanna Opidee / Folio:
Magazine Launches Up 23.8 Percent in 2011
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
In Surprise Reversal, Judge Says Bloomberg Can Record Earnings Calls
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Judge tells reporters: tweet as you wish
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