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5:45 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: Press Gazette
Paul McNally /
Leveson: inquiry remains ‘committed to free press’  —  Lord Justice Leveson responds to critics, saying inquiry ‘is doing no more than doing its mandated terms of reference’  —  Lord Justice Leveson has responded to critics of his wide-ranging inquiry into press standards and insists he remains committed …
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.
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.
Inti Landauro / Wall Street Journal:
France Working on Plan to Evacuate Reporters in Syria
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Steve Huff / Betabeat:
[UPDATED] Anonymous Teams With Wikileaks To Publish Confidential Stratfor Emails in ‘The Global Intelligence Files’
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
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Washington Post steps into paid content with iPad app for politics news
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
Sonya Hubbard /
Details about the Gray Lady's $25,000-per-hour consultant...  When the New York Times' (NYT) and its president and former chief executive, Janet L. Robinson, announced a few months ago that Robinson would step down at the end of the year - even though no successor had been identified - the news caught many off guard.
Robert McMillan / Wired Enterprise:
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pearson Sees Digital Income Beating Print Publishing In 2012  —  Pearson's digital revenue grew 18 percent to £2 ($3.17) billion (a third of the total) through 2011, as its book publisher Penguin's e-book sales rose 106 percent and the group reached 43 million students through digital learning services.
Discussion: Pearson, Personanondata and Media Week
David Carr / New York Times:
White House Uses Espionage Act to Pursue Leak Cases  —  Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration's press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.
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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
Discussion: MediaShift and @niemanreports
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Pinterest Becomes Top Traffic Driver for Women's Magazines
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Curbed National and Forbes
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Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
NPR Tries to Get its Pressthink Right
Discussion: The Rural Blog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
With Book, Buchanan Set His Fate
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT Digital Subscriptions Surpass Print In U.S. As Sign-Ups Slow
Felix Salmon:
Why journalists need to link
Discussion: The Buttry Diary
Paul McNally /
Murdoch claims three million sale for Sun on Sunday launch