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8:25 AM ET, February 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp faces threat of US legal action  —  Fresh allegations increase likelihood of News Corp being prosecuted under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, experts say  —  Fresh allegations of a “culture of illegal payments” at the Sun newspaper have significantly increased the likelihood …
Discussion: Street Fight, Crikey and Press Gazette
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: six News of the World staff instructed Mulcaire, papers allege  —  Court documents submitted on behalf of hacking victims allege ‘conspiracy’ between private investigator and senior executives  —  Six journalists at the News of the World were involved in instructing private …
Discussion: This Is London, The Independent and BBC
Paul McNally /
Leveson: inquiry remains ‘committed to free press’
Discussion: Guardian and Big News
Goodbye Erick, Hello Eric  —  TechCrunch has been through a lot lately, and we need to focus on what truly matters: covering startups and innovation.  So, this post is going to be short.  —  But here is what's going on: Erick Schonfeld is leaving and Eric Eldon is replacing him as editor.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
AOL sees three more major talent departures  —  For some reason, tech/media company AOL usually experiences talent departures in waves.  Today for instance, people in three major positions announced that the were leaving the company for one reason or another.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: FT CEO Denies Sale And Braves Strike Ahead Of Social Launch  —  Financial Times CEO John Ridding rejects dinner-party chatter that the publisher may be sold to Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters.  —  Instead, he is pushing the group toward a digital subscription future that, he reveals, will soon incorporate social networks.
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Biz News
Syria: conflicting reports of journalists' rescue from Homs - live updates  —  • Journalist Paul Conroy reported safe in Lebanon  —  • Whereabouts of Edith Bouvier remain unclear  —  • Thousands of Syrian activists appear on regime ‘hit list’  —  • Elite fourth division armoured sent to Homs
Stephen Farrell / At War:
Conflict Reporting in the Post-Embed Era … BEIRUT, Lebanon — These are the words of William Howard Russell, writing in The Times of London newspaper in October 1854 about The Charge of the Light Brigade, the doomed assault by a few hundred British mounted cavalrymen against Russian artillery at Balaclava during the Crimean War.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Did Warren Buffett Just Bash the Washington Post's Strategy?  —  Warren Buffett is The Washington Post Co.'s biggest, most influential and most loyal outside shareholder.  Don Graham, the Post Co.'s chairman and head of its controlling family, regards Buffett with something close to awe …
Discussion: Forbes and Poynter
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does WikiLeaks still matter?  —  It has been some time since WikiLeaks stunned the world with classified video of U.S. military attacks on civilians in Iraq and thousands of secret diplomatic cables — revelations that triggered an all-out attack on founder Julian Assange by the U.S. government …
Quinn Norton / Wired:
Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm's Dirty Laundry
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Oscar Night Turns Into a Winning Night for Netflix, Too  —  Promotional photo for Best Picture winner The Artist, courtesy Weinstein Company  —  Sunday night's telecast of the Oscars showed an industry unusually infatuated with itself and its own history, even by the standards of awards shows.
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and GigaOM
Robert McMillan / Wired:
The Meta-Story: How Wired Published Its GitHub Story on GitHub  —  Wired took a trip with Octocat this week, publishing on GitHub.  Image: GitHub  —  Earlier this week, Wired published a story about GitHub, the “version control” site that's taking the internet by storm.  But it was more than just a story.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
National Cable Ad Sales Grew 7.8% to $22.1 Billion in 2011: CAB  —  Group Attributes Growth To Upfront, Scatter Gains, Proliferation of Original Programming  —  National cable ad sales surpassed the $22 billion plateau last year, according to Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau calculations.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
New Magazine Aims for ‘Luxury Customers’  —  Do you have a net worth of $5 million?  A house worth more than $1.5 million?  An average income of more than $250,000?  And an affinity for bargain hunting?  —  If you answered yes, then, aside from being extremely lucky, you're just the reader for Du Jour …
Discussion: Adweek and FishbowlNY
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR AOL: So, Did Patch Boss Warren Webster Really Not Write That Comment, Or Were You Just Saying That?
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Slight Rise in Oscar Ratings, but Not Among the Coveted Younger Viewers
Discussion: Inside TV and Mixed Media
Mary Murcko Named President-Sales for Gannett
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Journal Sentinel models metro papers' emerging strategy for paid content
Discussion: The Wall Blog
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Introducing Collaboration Central, a New Website From MediaShift
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Pinterest Becomes Top Traffic Driver for Women's Magazines
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Curbed National and Forbes
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