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3:10 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 …
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:   Reuters And Bloomberg Are Jockeying To Acquire The Financial Times — Michael Wolff
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Caution on Thomson Reuters' FT acquisition
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: Guardian and
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Edmondson: ‘bullying’ at NoW under Coulson and Myler
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Leveson: NoW spied on lawyers to gain ‘leverage’
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
NightJack blogger to sue the Times
Discussion: Telegraph, The Independent and Guardian
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.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Why Has The New York Post Been So Extremely Nice to Greg Kelly?
Discussion: New York Post
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
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
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
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.
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: The Week and NetNewsCheck Latest
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: Poynter, Deadspin and The Big Lead
Julie Moos / Poynter:
CNN's Roland Martin agrees to meet with GLAAD after homophobic tweets  —  Just hours after he was suspended from CNN for homophobic tweets sent during the Super Bowl, Roland Martin said he would meet with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which had been pushing for his firing since Sunday.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee to Begin Radio Show  —  Rush Limbaugh will soon have a new radio rival: Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago and thought about running again this year.  —  Instead, he will be running a radio show weekdays …
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter  —  The world of journalism and Twitter is buzzing following Sky News's new policy on Twitter and the BBC's new guidance on breaking news.  —  Both organisations have told their journalists not to break news on Twitter.  Instead news should be first sent to the newsroom.
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Guardian
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.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and MediaPost
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. Reports 71 Percent Quarterly Profit Gain  —  Movies and television make up for weak publishing results at the media conglomerate.  —  The publishing segment dented the overall performance at News Corp., though the conglomerate managed a 2 percent quarterly revenue gain led by television and film.
Discussion: @benfenton and New York Magazine
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Q2 Profit Rises on Higher TV Fees
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising
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Monica Horten /
UK Minister says website blocking proposals “imminent”
Discussion: The Next Web
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
ABC News Digital Hits 100 Million Video Starts
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Rescued dog bites NBC anchor in the face during feel-good segment gone wrong
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC director Stephen Abell departs
Discussion: Digital Spy and Press Gazette
Hugh Grant levels new accusations against the Daily Mail
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Hi Bill Keller. The New York Times just stole our column. Should we sue?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Forbes executive editor steps down