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7:05 AM ET, December 11, 2012

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 Top News: 
Jeff Wise / New York Times:
In Pursuit of McAfee, Media Are Part of Story  —  Late last month, the editor in chief of Vice magazine, Rocco Castoro, joined by a photographer, Robert King, managed to secure a plum exclusive: an invitation to travel along with the fugitive tech millionaire John McAfee.
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Detained John McAfee Sells Life Rights for Movie, TV  —  Montreal-based Impact Future Media says it has secured the exclusive IP rights to the embattled anti-virus pioneer, now wanted in Belize over the death of his neighbor.  —  TORONTO - U.S. anti-virus pioneer John McAfee …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Can Jeff Zucker fix what ails CNN?  —  CNN is struggling, and doesn't understand the job in hand.  But new president Jeff Zucker could be just what it needs  —  People who have worked with Jeff Zucker, the just-appointed president of CNN, are said to adore him and to be incredibly loyal to him.
Discussion: New York Post
James Ball / Guardian:
Washington Post appears to be a dinosaur - but has already evolved  —  Its core, influential - and paying - print audience in the US capital is backed up by a forward-thinking online presence  —  British journalists have a bit of a habit of sneering at our American counterparts.
Discussion: Garcia Media
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Blogging with Medium, the odd new product from Twitter's founders  —  Can Ev Williams and Biz Stone build a better blog?  —  Blogging was once heralded as a great equalizer, seizing power from big media gatekeepers and redistributing it to the common internet user.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
DirecTV adds local sports surcharge for some new subscribers  —  DirecTV is trying a new way to sell regional sports networks (Dan Krauss / December 10, 2012)  —  This post has been updated — see below for details.  —  Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has quietly added a surcharge …
Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
The end of Trib's bankruptcy means new legal pain for shareholders  —  Tribune Co. will exit the mire of its four-year bankruptcy within weeks, but thousands of former employees and shareholders likely will remain stuck in litigation with the company's creditors for years.
Brian Alvey / TechCrunch:
What The Daily Got Right From Day One  —  Editor's note: Brian Alvey is Chief Scientist and founder of Ceros.  Brian is obsessed with the “brand publishing” phenomenon and talks about it endlessly on Twitter and in-person at companies around the world.  —  “Everything you read online …
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Magazines ramp up publishing in 2012  —  Magazine publishers are still tightening their belts three years after the nightmare of the advertising recession shook the industry to its toes.  But the itch to launch new magazines shows no sign of going away.  In 2012, veteran publishers …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Tablet Video Startup Watchup Raises $500K From Knight Foundation, News Vets, Others  —  Watchup, a StartX-incubated video iPad app that allows users to build their own news playlists, has raised a $500,000 angel round of funding.  —  It's an impressive list of investors, including Digital News Ventures …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves  —  Earlier this year, the film “Zero Dark Thirty”, which purports to dramatize the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, generated substantial political controversy.  It was discovered that CIA and White House officials had met …
Discussion: Wired, The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
Felix Salmon:
Why Bloomberg is interested in LinkedIn  —  As Henry Blodget realizes, the most interesting part of the latest speculation about Bloomberg buying the FT is buried en passant: … As Blodget also notes, this isn't really an either/or choice: the price tag for LinkedIn would be so gargantuan …
BBC:
Labour reveals its Leveson plan  —  Opinion is divided over how to proceed with the findings of Lord Justice Leveson  —  Labour has published details of how it would like to see the press regulated in the wake of Lord Justice Leveson's report on press standards.
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Press Association:
Tories dismiss Labour plans for Leveson law
Discussion: Guardian
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MediaMonkey / Guardian:
Les Hinton back with a vengeance on Twitter
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
HBO appoints Xbox co-founder and HBO GO developer Otto Berkes as CTO
Discussion: Cable Television News
Amrita Tripathi / OPEN Magazine:
Inside The New Yorker  —  The office feels like a bubble.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Wasserman named dean of Berkeley's j-school
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fake study says Fox News viewers have low IQs
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
No sleep till: Technically Media's next expansion stop is Brooklyn
Discussion: Technically Philly
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Barnes & Noble signs deals with HBO, Sony and others to launch Nook Video service for tablets in the UK
Discussion: CNET
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Costa named National Review D.C. editor
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Simon & Schuster signs new ebook retailer contracts post-DOJ settlement
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In “Seismic Shift,” New COO De Castro Planning to Move Yahoo Ad Sales to Category Model (Backed Up by “Marissa Halo")
Discussion: AdExchanger and VentureBeat
 

 
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Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Politico:
Some in Silicon Valley hope Kamala Harris could provide a chance for a reset, after years of bipartisan criticism in Washington, DC, toward Big Tech companies

Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Meta says it will allow developers to use the outputs from Llama models, including Llama 3.1 405B, to improve other models for the first time

 
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