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10:25 AM 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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to be recalled to Leveson Inquiry  —  Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, will be recalled to the Leveson Inquiry later this week to be questioned further about his newspaper's spat with the actor Hugh Grant.  —  Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre gives evidence
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Press watchdog ‘made a scapegoat’
Wall Street Journal:
Disney's ABC, Univision Mull News-Channel Launch  —  Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. are in talks to create a new 24-hour cable-news channel that will broadcast in English, in an effort to keep pace with changing demographics among U.S. Hispanics and reach a new audience of English speakers …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The ABC News-Univision game change  —  The talks between Disney and Univision have set media tongues wagging in anticipation of a new 24-hour news network that would compete with CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, and would likely have major ramifications for the cable news industry and for the national political discourse.
Discussion: TVNewser
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
No Ads, No Madonna But NBC Calls Live Stream A Success  —  It had never been tried before: a live, legal Internet stream of television's biggest event, the Super Bowl.  —  Despite some complaints from users, NBC declared it to be a success on Monday and said it would report the total number of streams on Tuesday.
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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 Wall Street Journal
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
IAC Trying to Sell Vimeo, Seeking $300M Valuation  —  Barry Diller's IAC is testing the waters on a partial exit of Vimeo, according to two sources familiar with the situation.  The company is hoping to raise a $50 million round of funding in conjunction with a spin off of the hipster online video business.
Discussion: Betabeat
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Morning Brouhaha: Roland Responds  —  Late last night, CNN Analyst and Washington Watch Host Roland Martin issued a “Final Thoughts” statement on the Super Bowl controversy that has thrown a wet blanket over him for the past 48 hours.  In it, he explains that the LGBT community has accused him of supporting violence against gays.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
At CNN, is homophobia a ‘viewpoint’?
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
CNN Pundit Under Fire From Gay Rights Groups
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Bay Citizen appoints interim CEO while awaiting word on merger  —  Chief Technology Officer Brian C. Kelley takes over as CEO of the San Francisco-based nonprofit news site after the former CEO, interim editor-in-chief and founding editor-in-chief all resigned in the last five months.
Discussion: The Bay Citizen
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers  —  Whenever newspaper executives get together to bemoan the fate of their industry, someone inevitably brings up the so-called “original sin” of the online news business — namely, a failure to charge for content when the web was new.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@mathewi
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy reports higher quarterly profits as signs show revenue slump easing  —  The McClatchy Co. reported higher quarterly profits today amid signs that its lengthy revenue slump is easing.  —  Sacramento-based McClatchy, which owns The Bee, said income from continuing operations rose …
Antonia Senior / Guardian:
Ebook sales are being driven by downmarket genre fiction  —  Publishers face secrecy over sales and an absence of industry-wide data to help them plot strategy  —  Kindle-owning bibliophiles are furtive beasts.  Their shelves still boast classics and Booker winners.  But inside that plastic case, other things lurk.
Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader:
Amazon in the Process of Launching a Retail Store  —  Amazon sources close to the situation have told us that the company is planning on rolling out a retail store in Seattle within the next few months.  This project is a test to gauge the market and see if a chain of stores would be profitable.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Another Chain Says It Won't Carry Amazon Books, But Does It Matter?
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Paul Dacre: Bad journalists should be ‘struck off’  —  Britain's longest-serving national newspaper editor has outlined radical plans to create a register of journalists under a new press regulator that would also have the power to strike them off.  —  In evidence to the Leveson Inquiry this afternoon …
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BBC:   Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre ‘knew of use of detectives’
 
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