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10:40 AM ET, December 6, 2012


 Top News: 
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?  —  “I don't know your personal life,” ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone.  “I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life.”  —  Earlier today, on Twitter, two different journalism students …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
John Walsh asserts a love triangle in Deadspin coverage of ESPN
Discussion: Daily Download
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Tim Cook hints that Apple plans to redefine the television set  —  Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has poured gasoline on the growing fire of speculation that his company plans to build a full-fledged television set in the near future, with comments disparaging current television sets as outdated pieces of technology.
John Nichols / The Nation:
FCC Must Not Give Rupert Murdoch More Control Over US Media  —  We now know that top players with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News channel plotted with General David Petraeus about the prospect of using the cable network as a platform for launching a “Petraeus for President” campaign.
Brian Lowry / Chicago Tribune:   Media-ownership rules need new look
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Times Should Have a Reporter at the Bradley Manning Hearing  —  In failing to send its own reporter to cover the fascinating and important pretrial testimony of Bradley Manning, The New York Times missed the boat.  —  Over the past several days, as compelling testimony over the harsh treatment …
Discussion: New York Times and Pressing Issues
Eliza Gray / The New Republic:
Bradley Manning Gets No Love From The New York Times
David Dishneau / Associated Press:   Bradley Manning Hearing On Confinement Resumes
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Victim's family 'couldn't sleep' after seeing ‘traumatic’ NY Post subway photo  —  The family of Ki-Suck Han, the man immortalized in a front-page New York Post photo of his impending death on a subway track, spoke publicly on Wednesday about the impact of the image.  —  The New York Times reports:
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
New editor for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism  —  The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BiJ) has a new managing editor - a former head of the Sunday Times's insight team, Christopher Hird.  —  He has been appointed by the BiJ's trustees in succession to Iain Overton …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon and Google both launch Brazilian ebookstores  —  Both Amazon and Google launched digital bookstores in Brazil this week.  The companies join Kobo in an attempt to get a piece of Brazil's nascent but quickly growing ebook market.  Eighteen percent of Brazilian adults with internet access …
Steven Jacobs / Street Fight:
Patch Adds COO as Leadership Change Continues  —  AOL's Patch network of hyperlocal news sites has made yet another significant change at the top, naming former Westwood One operations head Steve Kalin to the newly created position of president and COO.  Kalin will take responsibility …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Andrew Belonsky / T Magazine:
Oh Snap |  Instagram in Print  —  With the dawn of the Instagram age, the time it takes to create and distribute a photograph — what sometimes used to take days — has shrunk to, well, an instant.  We're now awash in a torrent of split-second events.  Here to impose some permanence …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks appear at Old Bailey  —  David Cameron's former comms director and ex-News International head appear on charges of payments to officials  —  David Cameron's former communications director, Andy Coulson, and the ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks …
Discussion: The Scotsman
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
Why journalists should explore the business side of news  —  Most of us still remember a time when revenue was enough of an incidental byproduct of journalism that journalists could ignore it almost completely.  We just did our jobs, and then — somehow — money happened.
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Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Can a ‘Spotify for books’ really work?
Discussion: Melville House Books
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
KT McFarland Pushes Back Against Ailes, Petraeus Story: ‘I Know Now That Roger Was Joking’
Discussion: Politico
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Deals for Apple Custom Radio Service ‘Nowhere Near to Being Completed’
Discussion: Business Insider and Electronista
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Reporters At Business Roundtable Event ‘Got Enough ... To Spin A Story’
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
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Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
The science of content subscriptions: Understanding lifetime customer value and price power
Discussion: GigaOM