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8:20 PM ET, February 8, 2012


 Top News: 
The Independent:
Sunday Mirror chief authorised hacking, says blogger Guido Fawkes  —  Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver personally authorised hacking and blagging, political blogger Paul Staines told the inquiry into press standards today.  Mr Staines, who blogs as Guido Fawkes, told the Leveson Inquiry he had heard the claims from two journalists.
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
News International scandal: police paid £100,000 under false names  —  Police officers were paid more than £100,000 by News International journalists who hid their true identities in company records, it is claimed.  —  Contacts are alleged to have been paid under £1,000 …
Discussion: The Independent
Henry Clarke Price / @henrycp:
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   News Corp team accused of risking journalist sources
Guardian:   NI faces more than 50 new damages claims
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.  We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited.  And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal, except that we are buying the entire group of properties — …
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
GigaOm Acquires PaidContent  —  Hot of the press release presses: tech blog GigaOm has acquired PaidContent, as was first reported by Peter Kafka at AllThingsD.
Discussion: @tcarmody and AdAge
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nice Guy, Finishing Last: How Don Graham Fumbled the Washington Post Co.  —  In the next few months Facebook will go public at a rumored valuation of up to $100 billion, one of the most keenly anticipated business events ever.  The instant that trading opens, Mark Zuckerberg and a handful …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Washington Post Will Further Reduce Staff
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Brauchli to Washington Post staff: More with less!
Jim Romenesko:
Notes from the Washington Post newsroom meeting
Discussion: City Desk
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Roland Martin suspended for homophobic tweets  —  On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin of CNN issued some homophobic tweets that got him in trouble with gay organizations and this blog.  CNN stayed silent on the matter, until just moments ago, when it issued this statement:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN suspends Martin; not Loesch, Erickson  —  With its decision to suspend political contributor Roland Martin today for controversial statements he made on Twitter, CNN seems to have suggested that controversial comments made recently by other contributors — namely Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson — do not warrant the same punishment.
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune eyes price tag for online news  —  (Crain's) — The Chicago Tribune will begin charging online readers for access to content and is considering a “creative way” to do that, said Gerould Kern, the paper's editor.  —  “I think we will begin to charge in a selective way,” …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising  —  News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter.  That's on top of a $91 million charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World in the previous quarter.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Q2 Profit Rises on Higher TV Fees
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
AOL hires chief content officer for troubled Patch  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc, which has been investing heavily in content to make up for declining revenue from dial-up Internet access, has hired an executive for the newly created position of chief content officer at its struggling Patch hyperlocal news network.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch to reduce staff, change editorial focus
Jim Romenesko:   ‘There are no layoffs planned,’ says Patch
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Amazon Prime subscribers will get access to Viacom TV shows  —  Amazon has closed a deal with the media conglomerate Viacom that will let its Prime subscribers stream new TV shows, the company announced today.  —  This announcement doesn't come as a surprise, and confirms recent rumors …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Don't break stories on Twitter, BBC staff told  —  As Sky News clamps down on staff Twitter updates, corporation tells reporters to file copy before tweeting it  —  BBC journalists have been told not to break news stories on Twitter before they tell their newsroom colleagues.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
End of Lance Armstrong probe raises questions about media's reporting  —  With little fanfare, federal prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong, nearly two years after it began.  After convening a grand jury, summoning dozens of witnesses and involving several federal agencies …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Never Mind The Numbers: Mail Online And New York Times Are Chalk And Cheese  —  Mail Online may have overtaken The New York Times' website for global audience, according to comScore (NSDQ: SCOR) - but, in reality, the two are still an ocean apart.  —  The macho, competitive ethos …
Discussion: New York Times
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Mail Online Income Quickening After U.S. Expansion
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Felix Dennis in treatment for throat cancer  —  The private office of Felix Dennis, the eccentric 65-year-old British publishing magnate who imported Maxim and The Week to the U.S., announced today that Dennis has cancer.  —  “Felix has been diagnosed with cancer of the pharynx (throat),” reads a statement posted on his website.
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