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7:05 AM ET, February 29, 2012

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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Job As Editor Of TechCrunch  —  I rarely get writers block, but I've aborted multiple attempts to write about the leadership change at TechCrunch yesterday.  So I'm going to keep it simple.  —  I'm exceptionally bummed that so many people have left TechCrunch.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Erick Schonfeld
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
As Staff Flees, TechCrunch's Traffic Plummets  —  TechCrunch, the long-time darling of the digerati, is smashed to bits and all of AOL's horses and men will be hard-pressed to put it together again.  The site has lost almost every one of its top writers and traffic has fallen sharply, dropping by 35 percent from a year ago.
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Syrian activists killed in Paul Conroy rescue mission  —  Up to 13 activists died smuggling the Sunday Times photographer out of the country, it has emerged  —  Paul Conroy, the Sunday Times photographer wounded in the leg in an attack in the besieged city of Homs, has been smuggled …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World ‘may have paid £850,000’ to Glenn Mulcaire  —  Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes submits table which he says shows phone-hacking investigator's earnings  —  The private investigator who allegedly conducted “industrial scale” phone hacking on behalf of the News …
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Telegraph:
Crimewatch presenter: NotW spied on me because of its links to Daniel Morgan murder case
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NYC Newspapers Defend Spying On Muslims  —  NEW YORK — Bob McManus, editorial page editor of the New York Post, blasted the Associated Press on Tuesday, suggesting that the news organization cares more about winning a Pulitzer Prize than the threat of terrorism.  —  “It will win its prizes, or not,” McManus wrote.
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
“Twitter Is Not Your Personal Playground,” ESPN Reminds Its Employees  —  A mole sends along the following email, which was spammed out to ESPN talent on Monday: … Going unmentioned is the brow-mopping and relief in Bristol that controversies over childish Twitter fights over attribution …
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Jim Romenesko:
The Daily threatens to sue reporter for tweeting objection to story  —  Earlier this month, Luke Kummer tweeted this objection to the handling of his reporting, then resigned from The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad publication.  He then received this warning from the HR manager for The Daily and New York Post:
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Daily-Deal Sites Offer Dose of Growth for Magazine Circulation  —  Responses to Subscription Offers on Groupon, LivingSocial and Fab.com Have Been Positive, but Will Strong Renewal Rates Follow?  —  For the past two years, there's been a healthy amount of debate — and maybe a bit of praying …
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Stan Diel / Business News from The Birmingham News:
Birmingham Weekly to be published every 10 days  —  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Birmingham Weekly, the alternative newspaper, will publish every 10 days rather than every seven, beginning immediately, owner Stephen Humphreys said today.  —  There are no plans to change the name of the publication …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Google and the News, Part 2,389: The Company Is Co-Hosting a Conference on Investigative Reporting and Tech  —  An investigative reporter might spend weeks (or months, or years) working on a single story, guided by her sense that the facts she's uncovering will expose injustice and illuminate wrongs …
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Michael Mann Brings ‘Witness,’ Documentary Series About War Journalists, to HBO  —  Having taken a deep dive into the world of hardened gamblers for the HBO drama “Luck,” the director Michael Mann is reteaming with that cable channel to create a documentary series about the lives of combat photographers.
Crispin J. Burke / At War:
As Social Media Expands, Military Bloggers Find More Outlets  —  This month, the editors of The Thunder Run published a two-part lament on the decline of the milblog, echoing a post by Tom Ricks of Foreign Policy from January of last year.  But milblogging is far from dead.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Warren Buffett is wrong about newspaper paywalls  —  Warren Buffett, one of the world's wealthiest men, got that way by making smart investments in companies like Gillette and Coca-Cola Co., and now he has acquired a newspaper: the Omaha World-Herald, which he bought recently for $150 million.
 
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Barb Palser / American Journalism Review:
The Twitter Death Epidemic
Discussion: @mathewi
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Former Top News Corp. Spokeswoman Teri Everett Joins Time Inc.
Discussion: Adweek
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Julian Assange claims ‘intellectual property’
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jennifer Granholm joins POLITICO
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Mark J. Perry / CARPE DIEM:
Newspaper Ad Revenues Fall to 60-Yr. Low in 2011
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Shows
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Battling Sudan's Bombs With Videos
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Steven Musil / CNET:
Yahoo picks patent fight with Facebook
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: FT CEO Denies Sale And Braves Strike Ahead Of Social Launch