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8:55 PM ET, February 7, 2012

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Reuters:
U.S. authorities looking into Murdoch foreign payments  —  (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch's media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police …
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Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Times admits and apologises for NightJack email hacking  —  Editor James Harding says he was not told about how 2009 story revealing identity of police officer had been obtained  —  James Harding: reporting was highly intrusive  —  The Times has apologised for hacking into a police officer's email account …
Bloomberg:   Times Editor Apologizes for Misleading U.K. Court
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:   Dominic Mohan, Sun Editor, Says Page 3 Girls Are ‘Healthy Role Models’
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Press watchdog ‘made a scapegoat’
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:   Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to be recalled to Leveson Inquiry
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sky News clamps down on Twitter use  —  Reporters banned from reposting non-company tweets and told to check with the news desk before breaking news stories  —  Sky News has told its journalists not to repost information from any Twitter users who are not an employee of the broadcaster.
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Fleet Street Blues:   Sky News opts for old-fashioned content creation over curation with Twitter clampdown
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In latest report, circulation is up for ‘New York,’ ‘New Yorker’  —  During a six month period in which the magazine industry continued to see decreases in subscriptions and newsstand sales, New York's hometown glossies still eked out small circulation gains.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Magazine Newsstand Sales Still In Freefall  —  Did you forget to stop by the newsstand a few times last year?  Don't worry; so did a lot of your fellow Americans.  The ongoing decline in magazine single-copy sales accelerated in the second half of 2011, with the losses falling just short of double-digits …
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
New York Observer Publisher Jared Kushner Might Buy The Dodgers  —  Jared Kushner — owner and publisher of the New York Observer, son-in-law of Donald Trump — is in the running to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reports.  —  If his bid went through, he would become the youngest owner in the MLB.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
GOP Primary Show: Non-Stop News And Noise In The Age Of Twitter  —  Last week, Jon Ralston, a veteran Las Vegas Sun columnist, dared reporters to ignore Donald Trump's unveiling of his presidential endorsement — with low expectations about how that might play out.
Discussion: Poynter
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Pew: Cable tops local TV news as source of campaign, election information  —  New research from the Pew Center for the People & the Press shows fewer Americans are closely following the 2012 election than in 2008, with significant drops in the percent of people — especially older adults …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Why a Univision-ABC Partnership Might Make Sense  —  A long-brewing business plan between Univision and the Walt Disney Company's ABC News division to start an English-language cable news channel has been made public.  Though no announcement appears to be imminent, the television-news industry is now abuzz over the possibilities.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The ABC News-Univision game change
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Video easy: HBO takes a $10m investment in Quickflix  —  THE US television company HBO is investing $10 million in the Australian entertainment market, taking out a 16 per cent stake in the video subscription service Quickflix.  HBO will receive 83.3 million preference shares at 12¢ …
Discussion: Crikey and VentureBeat
Technology Review:
How to Predict The Spread of News on Twitter  —  Computer scientists have discovered the four factors that make news stories popular on Twitter  —  Twitter has revolutionised the way millions of people receive news and the type of news they get.  So it's no surprise that there is huge interest …
Discussion: The FJP
Erik Wemple:
Four reasons why Ross Douthat's media-bias argument is bunk  —  In his piece in the New York Times's Sunday Review, op-ed columnist Ross Douthat is careful to establish his credibility in citing liberal media bias: … But not in this case! proclaims Douthat.
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Media Research Center blasts networks for not covering Obama's ‘attack on religious freedom’
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
2.1 Million Streamed the Super Bowl, NBC Says  —  More than 2.1 million people turned on the live Internet stream of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, NBC said on Tuesday, citing data from two measurement firms, Omniture and mDialog.  —  NBC said in a news release that the live stream represented the …
Discussion: Forbes and Forbes
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Jim Romenesko:
Editorial cartoonists insulted by NYT solicitation  —  Hello -  —  The Sunday Review section is bringing back editorial cartoons!  Each week a single-panel cartoon will run on page 2, facing our weekly comics by Brian McFadden.  —  Please email your submissions to sundayreviewcartoons@nytimes.com
Discussion: CJR and Gawker
Kerry Lauerman / Open Salon:
Hit Record  —  There's a terrible stereotype about Web editors, that we just care about traffic.  Page views, unique visitors, clicks, hits, eyeballs, drivebys, furtive peeks, longing glances and everything in between.  —  And it's true!  —  Except I'm here to tell you that there's no easy trick …
Discussion: @alexismadrigal
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
McClatchy Beats Earnings Forecasts, Touts Digital Investments  —  McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) Company's fourth quarter operating earnings beat analysts' predictions, while the newspaper chain also reported an overall boost from investments in online properties like Cars.com and Apartments.com.
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Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:   McClatchy reports higher quarterly profits as signs show revenue slump easing
 
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Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
In the New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg Is Lucky, Men Are Good
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Anticipation and expectation: Did Esquire's story trailer work?
Discussion: Esquire, GQ and FishbowlNY
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Koch Brothers Are Advertising Their Anti-Journalism Site on Pro-Journalism Sites
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Will Netflix Kill Ratings For Pay Cable?
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The BBC confronts an Internet troll on national TV
Discussion: Guardian
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@mathewi