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7:55 AM ET, December 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Sam Kennedy / Morning Call:
Warren Buffett eyeing Allentown Morning Call?  —  Ownership of Lehigh Valley newspaper in question, and one of the world's richest men has something to say about it.  Tribune Co.'s imminent emergence from an epic bankruptcy has fueled a flurry of speculation about the future …
Discussion: Guardian, JIMROMENESKO.COM and Poynter
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Buffett Is Latest Billionaire to Struggle With Newspaper Revival  —  Warren Buffett, the investor famous for betting on aging industries like railroads and insurance, is now trying to pull off something other billionaires have tried and failed to do: save the newspaper business.
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
The rise and #fail of the Guardian Facebook app  —  This week the Guardian has announced they are changing the way that they integrate with Facebook, by closing the app that I helped design and launch.  It is the perfect moment to reflect on what did and didn't work, and why the app was designed as it was.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guardian kills its Facebook social reader, regains control over its content  —  A little over a year ago, a big topic of discussion in the newspaper business — apart from the ongoing cataclysmic decline in print advertising revenue, of course — was how to leverage Facebook as a platform for content …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
DealBook Conference Was Impressive, Lucrative and Chummy  —  There was a lot happening at the inaugural DealBook conference on Wednesday — and much of it was undeniably impressive.  —  Here is what the invitation-only conference had going for it: Big Wall Street names, flashy graphics …
Rebecca Theim / Cleveland Scene:
8 Things Cleveland Can Expect from The Plain Dealer's “Press-Ageddon”  —  When former journalists and alumni of the New Orleans Times-Picayune heard the news about the imminent changes at The Plain Dealer, our hearts broke for Cleveland.  —  Both newspapers are owned by New York-based Advanced Publications …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune says circulation is up since it cut staff, print frequency
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Phone-hacking: 22 victims ‘reach court settlement’  —  Twenty-two civil damages cases brought over the News of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal have been settled, London's High Court has heard.  —  They include DJ Jamie Theakston, the ex-wife of golfer Colin Montgomerie - Eimear Cook …
Discussion: Financial Times and
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Bloom is off the rose for Time Inc. CEO Lang  —  The honeymoon appears to be over for Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang.  —  As employees await a new round of cuts that seems all but certain to shake the nation's largest publisher in mid-January, morale is plunging.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Who will be the next editor of the Times?  Our runners and riders  —  Sunday Times editor John Witherow is tipped to take the hot seat but some other names are emerging  —  John Witherow, the long-standing Sunday Times editor, is being touted as contender to take over as editor …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
“Mobile Video” Means “Video You Watch at Home”  —  Yes, you can use your iPhone to watch movie clips and music videos while you're in a car or on your way to work.  —  But you're probably using it watch stuff when you're sitting on your couch or in your bed.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
I am so tired of the paywall argument  —  I truly meant it more than three years ago when I said in this blog that I wanted to move on from the paywall argument.  This issue and the attention it commands are perhaps the most consistent sign I see that the newspaper industry is stuck in the past.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Paywall illogic  —  Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NY Times Describes ‘Torture’ More Under Obama  —  The New York Times, which tied itself in linguistic knots during the Bush years to avoid describing waterboarding as torture, splashed this headline on Thursday's front page: “Portrayal of C.I.A. Torture in Bin Laden Film Reopens a Debate.”
Kira Bindrim / Reuters:
The New York Times and print pressures  —  In a moment of dubious etiquette, venture capitalist and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen said at a New York Times conference this week that the company should dismantle its print operations not in ten years, or five, but “as soon as possible.”
Discussion: Reuters
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
BBC boss unaware of Newsnight's McAlpine report problems for 24 hours  —  Former director general George Entwistle contacted BBC Trust chair Lord Patten the day after Guardian article was published  —  Former BBC director general George Entwistle told the BBC Trust at the critical meeting …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Entwistle resignation meeting minutes barely mention plan to pay £450,000
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Discussion: Media Week
Jim Romenesko:
AP intern Armando Montano's death still under investigation
Discussion: Metro Weekly
Publishers Weekly:
New York Times Launches E-Book Programs
Mark Sweney / Guardian: to move desktop radio service behind paywall in UK, US and Germany
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Alison Langley / CJR:
Europe's newspapers are dying too
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Amazon launches Kindle store in China, could pave way for Kindle
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Google reaches deal with Belgian publishers, avoids paying ‘link tax’
Discussion: paidContent, Bloomberg and Reuters