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8:50 PM ET, February 13, 2012


 Top News: 
The Independent:
Murdoch hit by threat of new legal fight in US  —  Rupert Murdoch's global empire is set to face new legal action in the US over alleged illegal practices by News Corp journalists.  The lawyer at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal in the UK, Mark Lewis, who was instrumental in exposing …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News Corp team ‘boasting’ over help to police  —  War of words at publisher intensifies as paper's associate editor tells of ‘unease’ at role of internal inquiry  —  Parts of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation have been boasting about handing information to police that has led to the arrests …
Discussion: and Press Gazette
Trevor Kavanagh / The Sun:
The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh: Witch-hunt puts us behind ex-Soviet states on Press freedom
Dan Hodges / Total Politics:
We should all be worried about the Sun journos' arrest
Guardian:   Met police statement on Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta
Murdoch facing battle with staff in Sun showdown
Discussion: CJR
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Police investigation sparks civil war at NI
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
UK's ITV denies warning Apple away from iTV name  —  ITV has denied that there is any truth in reports that it has approached Apple to warn it off using the ITV name.  The Telegraph this morning suggested that British television network ITV's CEO Adam Crozier had written a letter to Apple regarding …
Discussion: The Next Web, 9to5Mac and TUAW
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
ITV warns Apple not to brand smart television ‘iTV’  —  ITV has written to Apple to warn the Silicon Valley technology giant off using its three-letter name for its long-awaited, “iTV” smart television.  —  ITV insiders fear Apple may ignore past assurances that it would not muscle into its territory with its new smart television.
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations  —  This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters For America.  Daily Caller reporters Alex Pappas and Will Rahn contributed to this report.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: Online advertising passing by news organizations  —  News organizations are doing a crummy job of capitalizing on online advertising's growth.  The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism studied the websites of 11 newspapers, several TV networks, and Yahoo and the Huffington Post …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Depressing: News Sites Are Their Own Biggest Advertisers
Discussion: TVNewser and
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives At CPAC Search For The Right's Woodward And Bernstein  —  WASHINGTON — While Republican candidates score points slamming the media from the stump, prominent conservatives, gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, were busy encouraging young attendees to pursue journalism.
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   At CPAC, plenty of lefty media, but campaign finance reporters left out
Heloise Wood / Press Gazette:
Hugh Grant stands by ‘inference’ MoS hacked his phone  —  Actor Hugh Grant has refused Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre's invitation to retract his allegation that the Mail titles have been involved in phone-hacking.  —  Dacre made his offer last week when he, in turn, refused to retract …
Discussion: Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Kindle To Japan And Brazil This Year?  —  Kindle may launch in Japan and Brazil in 2012, according to reports published in the last week.  —  First up, Japan: Kindle could launch there as soon as April, Reuters (NYSE: TRI) reports.  Amazon has been been in discussions with Japanese publishers since last year.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Joe Scarborough Gets a Politico Blog  —  Joe Scarborough can now yell and scream via a blog, thanks to Politico.  Scarborough's blog launched after midnight last night, and here is how Scarborough introduced himself: … Nicely done.  Scarborough added that he'd be reporting on …
Discussion: Politico
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah Apologizes for Tweet Encouraging Nielsen Viewers to Tune In  —  Oprah Winfrey apologized on Monday for publishing a message to Twitter that encouraged people counted in Nielsen ratings to watch her cable channel, potentially influencing the ratings.  —  “Every 1 who can please turn …
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Music industry warms to digital streaming
Doug Gross / CNN:
Myspace gains 1 million users, touts more music than Spotify
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
In Amanda Knox Tale, a Delicate Bet for Publishers
Discussion: Personanondata
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
HuffPo Blog Formerly Known As Parentlode Will Now Be Called ‘Parentry’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Awl
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Aided by Silicon Valley, U.S. government ferrets out journalists' confidential sources
Discussion: Scripting News and New York Times
Dylan Byers / Politico:
After remarks, CNN stopped booking Loesch
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
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Discussion: News Works
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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Discussion: GigaOM and Strange Attractor