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9:00 AM ET, December 4, 2012


 Top News: 
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why ‘The Daily’ Failed  —  Jeff Sonderman, writing for Poynter: With the benefit of hindsight, there seem to be at least two other major lessons from The Daily's failure: Audience clarity.  It was difficult to grasp who exactly was the intended audience of The Daily.
Jack Shafer:
The Daily didn't fail-Rupert gave up  —  When you're as wealthy as Rupert Murdoch ($9.4 billion) and you control a company as resource-rich as News Corp (market cap $58.1 billion), shuttering a 22-month-old business like The Daily doesn't signify failure as much as it does surrender.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
3 Theses About The Daily's Demise  —  The only way to even *know* what readers might like is to allow them to read and share on the open Internet.  —  Knowing what it's like inside a media company, let me state up front that there are epistemological problems in deciding from the outside why The Daily failed.
Discussion: New York Magazine, GigaOM and Poynter
Jim Romenesko:
Why The Daily Failed  —  Trevor Butterworth, who wrote about tech …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Nine Questions on the News Corp Split: The Rise of Twenty-First Century Fox and The Daily's Demise
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Fox News chief's failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate  —  Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus.  —  So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed …
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
Roger Ailes Tried to Convince David Petraeus to Run for President in 2011, Said Rupert Murdoch Would “Bankroll” It  —  It appears as though the Petraeus affair isn't quite over, after all.  In today's Washington Post, Bob Woodward broke the news that in spring of 2011, Fox News head Roger Ailes attempted …
Cameron: clock ticking for newspapers to clean up act  —  (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron demanded newspaper editors come up with an effective system of self-regulation urgently on Tuesday following a damning inquiry into the reporting practices of Britain's scandal-hungry press.
Discussion: Guardian
Guido Fawkes:
Who Has Been Naughty and Nice This Year?  MPs on Each Side of the Leveson Debate  —  It's that time of year again: Guido has drawn up his Christmas naughty and nice list.  The naughty column of MPs who will be lucky to receive any seasonal goodwill are made up of those who signed George …
John McAfee / Who is McAfee?:
Another Apology.  —  I openly apologize to Vice Magazine for manipulating their recently published photo.  I have been ferocioously put my place by Mr. Rocco for “interfering” with the objectivity of their reporting.  I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone …
Jeremy A. Kaplan / Fox News:
Magazine editors helped John McAfee flee Belize  —  John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus company that still bears his name, seen in his hacienda in Belize.JEFF WISE  —  Former tech pioneer John McAfee says he has fled Belize, where he is wanted by police in connection with a murder — and two magazine editors have helped him run.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Vice leaves metadata in photo of John McAfee, pinpointing him to a location in Guatemala
Discussion: Gizmodo, @katz and Guardian
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Forecast: Internet ad spend will outstrip all print in 2015  —  2015 is the year when internet advertising spend will overtake combined newspaper and magazine ad spend globally, according to ad group ZenithOptimedia's latest forecast.  —  That mark has already been passed in some countries, but not on a worldwide basis.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
BuzzFeed's latest: Is this the future of magazines?  —  What happens if you cross the editorial precision of a magazine with the latest bells and whistles of web publishing?  Viral site BuzzFeed hopes the answer looks like the long-form feature it published last week on the history of video games.
Tony Silber / Folio:
Hearst: Making Headway on Mobile but Still Bullish on Print  —  Company likely to test new print mag in 2013, despite 800,000 paid mobile subs.  —  Hearst Magazines has 800,000 paying app customers, and 80 percent of them are new to Hearst brands, making mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Mashable!
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
30 More Buyouts Coming to the New York Times  —  The New York Times, like the rest of the newspaper industry, went through a painful series of buyouts after the 2008 financial collapse exacerbated the already ongoing collapse of the newspaper industry.  In 2009, they cut 100 positions.
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: bizjournals
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Met Police ignored “vociferous” phone hacking warnings from own detectives
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Longform journalism morphs in print as it finds a new home online
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
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Felix Salmon / CJR:
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
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Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
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