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11:15 AM ET, February 15, 2012


 Top News: 
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sun staff line up human rights challenge to News Corp inquiry team  —  Journalists approach NUJ with view to hiring leading lawyer to question legality of internal investigation  —  Senior journalists at the Sun are preparing to launch a legal challenge to the News Corporation unit …
Discussion: Financial Times
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
U.S. litigation against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. may not be imminent; but it's still all bad news for him  —  News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch is all lawyered up and bound for London tomorrow on a crisis management mission.  —  And with the trip, a fresh wave of speculation has gripped …
Discussion: CJR and The Lede
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sun journalists must fight for their rights - Geoffrey Robertson  —  Column in Times by high-profile lawyer also questions decision by News Corp investigation unit to name sources to police  —  Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson has called on journalists at News International …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:   James Murdoch name tied to News Corp scandal
BBC:   Glenn Mulcaire granted evidence appeal
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   News International staff demand openness over internal investigation unit
Financial Times:
Murdoch puts top lawyer on Sun case
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wemple:
Fox News and the art of media-timing  —  Given their profession, the people at Fox News Channel have developed an appreciation for the ferocity of the modern news cycle.  The trick, they've learned, is to get out in front of it.  —  Case In Point No. 1: In the summer of 2004, a filmmaker releases …
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress  —  Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining the Media Matters For America's tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned.  Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern …
Jack Shafer:
Media Madders  —  The “investigative series” that the conservative Daily Caller commenced this week about the liberal media watchdog outfit Media Matters for America and its founder David Brock accomplishes the impossible: It makes me sympathize with Media Matters and Brock.
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan  —  Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users' entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Did the AP just declare war on news aggregators?  —  Like virtually every other traditional news entity, the Associated Press newswire has been under pressure for some time from digital media — but this disruption has been even worse for AP and its ilk because they are primarily distributors …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping
Discussion: The FJP, Media News and MediaPost
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Interviews: Meltwater Appeals UK Web News Fees As Both Sides Claim Victory
Discussion: Guardian, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Puzzazz brings ebook handwriting recognition to the Kindle Touch  —  Redmond-based startup Puzzazz is bringing handwriting recognition to Amazon's Kindle Touch device.  The company's TouchWrite technology recognizes handwriting and converts it into numbers and letters on the Kindle.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Times and Sunday Times digital sales power ahead  —  The Times now has 119,255 digital subscribers, with the Sunday Times claiming 113,818 - according to figures issued by News International last night.  —  The figures show that there has been continual digital subscriber growth at The Times …
Discussion: Guardian
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact responds to Rachel Maddow  —  Rachel Maddow made yet another stinging attack on PolitiFact last night, calling the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking project “a disaster” (see video).  —  Via email, PolitiFact editor and Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair responds to the criticism:
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @politifact
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Netflix Said to Produce Second Original Series in Growing Challenge to HBO  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX), ratcheting up competition with HBO, will produce 13 episodes of a new comedy series, “Orange Is the New Black,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: CNET and Online Video News
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast's Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions  —  A slowing decline in the number of customers cancelling their cable service coupled with a boost in high-speed Internet subscriptions contributed to a 26.4 percent increase in net income at Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Multichannel
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
NBCU Taps Google To Create Cross-Platform Audience Metric For 2012 Olympics  —  NBCUniversal (NSDQ: CMCSA) will once again use its Olympics coverage to search for what it calls the “holy grail” of audience measurement.  The media conglomerate has commissioned Google (NSDQ: GOOG) …
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
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Keach Hagey / Politico:
Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some
Discussion: TVNewser
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ethan Bronner out as NYT Jerusalem chief
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Huffington Post
Sean O'Neill / @timescrime:
Have confirmed that senior Met officers have “reviewed” their arrest strategy in Weeting and Elveden. Dawn raids will now be the norm...
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Politico reporter to write tell-all novel
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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