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7:10 PM ET, February 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The logic of a Thomson Reuters takeover of the Financial Times  —  It makes sense: the two titans of business information, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, competing for a great news brand  —  Let me follow a rumor in real time ...  My lunch companion, a senior executive at Thomson Reuters …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Caution on Thomson Reuters' FT acquisition
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:   Reuters And Bloomberg Are Jockeying To Acquire The Financial Times — Michael Wolff
Greg Farrell / Business Week:
Dinner at Rupert's  —  What happened on the fateful night last May when Rupert Murdoch decided how News Corp. would manage its phone-hacking scandal?  —  An artist's imagining of the dinner at Murdoch's townhouse based on multiple attendees' accounts  —  Photo illustration by Justin Metz
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Piers Morgan and Trinity Mirror journalist implicated by Mills at Leveson  —  Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan and an un-named former Trinity Mirror journalist were implicated by evidence from Heather Mills to the hacking inquiry today.  —  The former wife of Paul McCartney revealed …
Discussion: and Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Edmondson: ‘bullying’ at NoW under Coulson and Myler
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Leveson: NoW spied on lawyers to gain ‘leverage’
New York Post:
Bradley Manning arraignment scheduled for Feb. 23  —  WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking confidential US diplomatic and military cables to WikiLeaks, will be arraigned Feb. 23, the military announced Thursday.  —  Manning has been charged with aiding the enemy …
Discussion: @edpilkington
NY Daily News:
‘Good Day’ co-anchor Greg Kelly to return to Channel 5 Friday morning  —  Had been off the air since Jan. 26 following rape allegations  —  Above, Greg Kelly seen Wednesday afternoon for the first time since a 28-year-old paralegal accused him of rape.  Kelly will return to ‘Good Day New York’ on Friday.
Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Kelly accuser's memory of ‘rape’ but not of sex killed her case: sources
Discussion: Capital New York and Chickaboomer
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:   Ch. 5 anchor Greg Kelly to make on-air statement about the scandal that kept him off TV
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Indie Booksellers All Yanking Amazon Titles?  Not Exactly  —  It would be dramatic to say that independent booksellers nationwide are boycotting Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Publishing titles en masse—and hey, it could still happen.  But a new decision from the American Booksellers Association's IndieCommerce …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The anti-Amazon revolt continues as the ABA boycotts its books
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo Evasive on Important Buyout Question  —  What if WaPo doesn't reach the necessary maximum number of voluntary buyouts?  —  Some who attended the Town Hall style meetings yesterday at the newspaper found Exec. Editor Marcus Brauchli's comments too vague for comfort on this point.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Developing Home Entertainment System  —  Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  —  The effort marks the Internet company's …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Cord Cutting And Internet TV Viewing On The Rise  —  According to a new report from Nielsen, the number of U.S. homes that have broadband Internet, but only free, broadcast TV, is on the rise.  Although representing less than 5% of TV households, the number has grown 22.8% over the past year.
Jim Romenesko:
Gannett offers early retirement package to 665 employees  —  FR: U.S. Community Publishing President Bob Dickey  —  RE: Voluntary Early Retirement Opportunity Program  —  Dear colleagues:  —  Today we are offering a voluntary Early Retirement Opportunity Program to 665 eligible U.S …
Discussion: Poynter and Gannett Blog
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Amazon: No plans to launch a standalone video service soon  —  Amazon has aggressively grown its Prime Instant Videos service over the past year, more than tripling the amount of content available to subscribers since launch.  And as Amazon continues to add more content to Prime Instant Video …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and The Week
Sam Laird / Mashable!:
ESPN's ‘Complain About Women’ Option Exposed by Twitter User  —  Until Tuesday, ESPN had a special section on its website for viewers to complain specifically about announcers who happen to be female.  —  “Commentator — dislike female commentators,” read one option in a drop-down menu …
Discussion: Deadspin, Poynter and The Big Lead
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Kudos to BBC News for thinking about how Twitter fits into breaking news coverage  —  Every so often a major news outlet like the AP or BBC News issues new guidelines about how to break news on Twitter, and media blogs erupt with a simultaneous “Of course you should!”  —  Let's move past the should/shouldn't debate.
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Fox Business Scraps Entire Primetime Lineup  —  Fox Business Network announced a drastic shakeup of its programming on Thursday, cancelling all of its primetime shows and replacing them with reruns.  —  The network has long trailed its major business news rival, CNBC, in the ratings …
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Discussion: paidContent
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: The Next Web
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
ABC News Digital Hits 100 Million Video Starts
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Rescued dog bites NBC anchor in the face during feel-good segment gone wrong
 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Myers / Poynter:
WHYY: Philadelphia Media Network killed two stories about potential buyer of company
Discussion:, Off Mic and
Jim Romenesko:
David Schlesinger to leave Thomson Reuters
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC director Stephen Abell departs
Discussion: Digital Spy and Press Gazette
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee to Begin Radio Show