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1:20 PM ET, December 20, 2011

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The Independent:
Piers Morgan ‘unaware of phone hacking’  —  Former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan today told an inquiry into press standards that he was unaware of any phone hacking when in charge at the Daily Mirror.  And Mr Morgan said he had not been “directly involved” in the use of private investigators at the Daily Mirror.
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The Sydney Morning Herald:
Piers Morgan quiet on McCartney voicemail  —  CNN star interviewer Piers Morgan has refused to disclose details about the most damning links between himself and Britain's phone hacking scandal - his acknowledgment that he once listened to a phone message left by Paul McCartney for his then-wife Heather Mills.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
News of the World publisher settles seven phone-hacking claims  —  Claims by Mark Oaten, Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss, Michelle Milburn, Paul Dadge, James Hewitt and Calum Best settled  —  News International said it had settled seven privacy claims against News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the now-defunct News of the World.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp., Gascoigne Close to Settling Phone-Hacking Lawsuit
Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
The Times Shell Game  —  The New York Observer's Foster Kamer has a dispatch about how the New York Times has “bought out” several of its veteran employees, while retaining them as “contractors” to do the same jobs they were doing before.  It quotes an email from Times staffer-turned-contractor Diana B. Henriques:
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Joel Simon / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists killed: Inside the numbers  —  CPJ today released its annual tally of the journalists killed around the world.  This is always a somber occasion for us as we chronicle the grim toll, remember friends who have been lost, and recommit ourselves to justice.
Discussion: The Next Web, WebProNews and Guardian
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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:   Record number of journalists killed on ‘dangerous assignments’
Nadira Isayeva / Guardian:   Khadzhimurad Kamalov: a death foreseen
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Netflix signs up BBC for UK launch  —  Auntie on board for streaming fun  —  Netflix has snapped up a digital licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide ahead of its arrival in the United Kingdom and Ireland, meaning access to the wealth of Beeb goodies.  —  The deal means shows such as Spooks …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Publishing Insider Tipped Law Firms About E-Book Price Fixing Conspiracy  —  The decision by major publishers to strike a pricing deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has been the source of speculation and several antitrust investigations.  Now, a new court filing suggests someone inside the industry …
Discussion: TeleRead
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Millennial Media Says Kindle Fire Impressions Growing 19 Percent Each Day  —  We still don't have any exact figures from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) for how many Kindle Fire tablets it has sold, but the latest figures out from mobile ad network Millennial Media are the latest to suggest that it is selling very well …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
On Word of Kim's Death, a Varied Response on Cable News  —  Rarely are the contrasts between CNN, the Fox News Channel and MSNBC as visible as they are on nights like Sunday, when the death of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was reported.  —  CNN, which is best known for its news credentials …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Newspapers in Europe cover death of Vaclav Havel, not Kim Jong-Il
Discussion: Inside
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sale of New York Times regional newspapers a sign of increased dealmaking in industry  —  The New York Times Co.'s clutch of 16 midsized and small newspapers was a relic of the prosperous pre-digital days of the 1980s and 1990s.  Back then, the very comfortable margins at these properties …
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
PBS Nabs Roll Call's Bellantoni for Politics Editor  —  Christina Bellantoni, a Harvard fellow and Roll Call's Associate Politics Editor, is leaving the publication for PBS to be the new Politics Editor for NewsHour.  She will continue writing an occasional column for Roll Call.
Richard Sandomir / The Fifth Down:
NBC Will Stream Super Bowl  —  Updated NBC announced Tuesday that it will stream Super Bowl XLVI live on Feb. 5 from Indianapolis, as well as its two wild card playoff games on Jan. 7 and the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29.  —  This is the first time the Super Bowl has been streamed.
Discussion: New York Times
Financial Times:
Vevo sounds upbeat note on cable channel  —  The record industry is looking to create its own destination for music videos on television, 30 years after a generation said: “I want my MTV!”  Vevo, the online music video venture of Sony Music, Vivendi's Universal Music and Abu Dhabi Media Company …
Brian Beutler / TPM:
Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If Politifact Rates That As A Lie  —  Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If PolitiFact Rates That As A Lie  —  Here's a long, sad story about how Democrats' basically true claim that House Republicans voted to end Medicare ended up “winning” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Forbes and Forbes
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Forensic Examiner Found No Match of Cables on Manning's Laptop to WikiLeaks'  —  FT. MEADE, Maryland — A day after a government forensic expert testified that he'd found thousands of diplomatic cables on the Army computer of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, he was forced …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Jolt in WikiLeaks Case: Feds Found Manning-Assange Chat Logs on Laptop
Discussion: PBS
Washington Post:
Soldier's gender identity issues raised in WikiLeaks case
Discussion: The Week and Guardian
 
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