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3:15 PM ET, February 15, 2012


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Met probes claims that Sun paid some public officials more than £10k a year  —  Source familiar with News Corp internal inquiry says it has found ‘serious suspected criminality over a sustained period’  —  The Scotland Yard investigation into alleged illegal payments by Sun journalists …
Discussion: ProPublica
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 …
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 …
Robert Hutton / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Hacking Report Delayed by Debate  —  U.K. lawmakers probing whether News Corp. covered up phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid are at least two months behind schedule with their report, as they debate how critical they can be of Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch.
Discussion: Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sun journalists must fight for their rights - Geoffrey Robertson
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:   James Murdoch name tied to News Corp scandal
BBC:   Glenn Mulcaire granted evidence appeal
Victor Fiorillo / The Philly Post:
Mass Layoffs Imminent at Inquirer, Daily News?  —  This afternoon at 4 p.m., members of the Newspaper Guild labor union will meet with Philadelphia Media Network, the company that owns the Inquirer, Daily News, and, at least until Ed Rendell takes over.
Discussion: Poynter
Erik Wemple:
Inquirer's top editor speaks  —  Those who value a strong and independent media in and around Philadelphia have been walking around in a funk in recent weeks.  That's because the journalism of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News appears to be under siege.  —  The culprit?
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Sale of Philly papers will test whether local owners can stay out of the newsroom
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
Erik Wemple:
Fox News and the art of media-timing
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
James Rainey, Brian Stetler Get the Bill O'Reilly Treatment
Discussion: TVNewser and FishbowlDC
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: AdAge, paidContent, AllThingsD and ZDNet
Meg James / Company Town:
Comcast fourth-quarter profit jumps 26%; NBC and film lag
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Fact from fiction: PolitiFact draws ire for checking ‘Glee’  —  Has the Great Fact Checking Explosion reached a new level of strangeness so soon into the election year?  —  Or to put it the way some did Tuesday: Has PolitFact jumped the shark?  —  These questions are cropping up thanks …
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.
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.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Is Politico Looking to Revive Politico TV?  —  Way back in 2008, the political newspaper and website Politico announced that it was getting into the TV news business with Politico TV.  —  As our sister blog FishbowlDC noted at the time, the idea was to re-brand an existing program on WJLA …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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: and Guardian
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Sarah Kessler / Mashable:
Online Store Kno Sues Publisher for Pulling Its Digital Textbooks [EXCLUSIVE]
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
PBS lets iOS users see new documentary before it airs on TV
Discussion: The Verge
Brad Wolverton / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The NCAA Wades Into a War of Words
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
NBCU Taps Google To Create Cross-Platform Audience Metric For 2012 Olympics
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Discussion: AdAge and Forbes
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

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The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

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