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3:40 PM ET, March 9, 2012


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Media Decoder:
New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media  —  The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  Mr. Hughes's purchase of a majority stake …
The New Republic:
Home News: A Letter to TNR Readers from Chris Hughes  —  To the Readers of The New Republic:  —  Nearly 100 years ago, the founding editors of The New Republic wrote these words to introduce their inaugural issue: … A century later, people are once again skeptical that quality journalism can flourish.
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Alan Grayson pitches TNR subscribers
Tim Carmody / Wired:
I Think It Would Be Fun to Run the New Republic: Chris Hughes as Charles Foster Kane
Discussion: Media Decoder
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter's Secret History As the World's Worst Tech or Media Business  —  Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately.  The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It's a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Ad Sales Are Booming, Says Gawker
Discussion: Business Insider
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
The New York Times joins Mozilla and Knight Foundation to drive open innovation in news  —  The New York Times and three other leading global news organizations are joining “Knight-Mozilla OpenNews,” a partnership aimed at driving open source innovation in news.
Discussion: Dan Sinker and The Next Web
Press Gazette:
First official figures give The Sun Sunday 3.2m circ  —  ABC today released the first official figures for The Sun Sunday - showing a launch circulation of 3,213,613 for the new title.  In its final month before it was closed the News of the World had an average monthly circulation of 2,667,428.
Discussion: Guardian
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: nearly £2m spent on press investigation since last summer  —  Almost £100,000 a month of taxpayers' money is being used to fund a handful of barristers, including Robert Jay  —  The Leveson inquiry has spent almost £2m since it was set up last summer …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday: £45m a year down versus the News of the World?
Bonnie Kavoussi / The Huffington Post:
Felix Salmon At Columbia Journalism School: Don't Blame Journalists For Failing To Prevent Financial Crisis  —  Some business reporters have a message for critics who say they did not try hard enough to expose banks' misdeeds before the financial crisis: Don't blame us.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo Eyes More TV Partners as Layoffs Loom  —  A Content Deal With ABC News as a Model for Others  —  Amid a swirl of speculation about layoffs that could run as high as 1,000, Yahoo is pushing further into original video programming and discussing possible partnerships with TV networks beyond its current deal with ABC News.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
For tablet computer visionary Roger Fidler, a lot of what-ifs  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Roger Fidler, in jeans and a black turtleneck, is watching Steve Jobs, in jeans and a black turtleneck, introduce the iPad.  Fidler is sitting in his stark white office — the late Apple co-founder adored white's simplicity …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Newspapers Are The Fastest Shrinking Industry In The U.S.  —  If you want to be a journalist, think online.  —  Newspapers have shed a greater percentage of jobs since 2007 than any other industry in the United States, according to data published today by LinkedIn.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Billboard Publisher, Editor Out, Other Top Staffers Follow  —  Billboard Magazine is bleeding top talent, with publisher Lisa Ryan Howard and editor-in-chief Danyel Smith handing in their walking papers, TheWrap has learned.  —  In addition, deputy editor Lou Hau and other high-level staffers …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Injunction threat over Will Lewis security blog post  —  Lawyers acting for News International general manager Will Lewis threatened blogger and former News of the World journalist Neville Thurlbeck with an injunction on Wednesday.  —  Mishcon re Reya wrote to Thurlbeck onafter he published …
Discussion: Neville Thurlbeck
Ofcom steps up test of James Murdoch's fitness to keep BSkyB role
Discussion: Company Town and Reuters
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Alleged to Hack Family Priest's Line
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph, Guardian and Guardian
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
TV Power NBC Universal Joins Web Video ‘Upfront’  —  Owner of TV Networks to Display Digital Content Alongside YouTube, Yahoo and Hulu  —  The confederation of internet companies planning two weeks of “upfront” presentations for advertisers this spring are getting an unexpected new member: NBC Universal.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Germany Wants To Charge Search Engines To Use News Excerpts  —  Germany's government wants search engines and news aggregators to pay news publishers for using pieces of their material.  —  Its coalition committee has resolved that a collecting society should charge royalties to re-publishers of news material.
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Could a Netflix-cable alliance spur HBO to go rogue?  —  A potential alliance between online video streaming company Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> and cable companies could spur cable television's biggest premium player HBO to consider its options beyond the set-top box and go directly to customers on the Web.
Discussion: Mashable!, CNET and NetNewsCheck Latest
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