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2:30 PM ET, December 6, 2011

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James Rainey / LA Times:
NBC stations will use content from nonprofit news outlets  —  Ten NBC-owned television stations across the nation will team with nonprofit news outlets in an attempt to beef up their enterprise and analytical reporting, the network announced Monday.  —  NBC affiliates in Los Angeles …
Discussion: TVWeek.com and AllAccess.com
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Local NBC Stations, Collaborative Journalism  —  In a sign of increasing collaboration between journalism groups, NBC on Tuesday will announce a series of partnerships between its television stations and nonprofit news organizations.  —  Effectively immediately, NBC's station in Chicago …
Discussion: LA Observed and Deadline.com
Bloomberg:
Apple, E-Book Publishers Probed by EU Agency  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world's biggest technology company, and five e-book publishers are being investigated by European Union antitrust regulators over deals that may restrict sales across the region.  —  The probe targets the iPad-maker's deals …
Discussion: BGR, MacRumors and Jacket Copy
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why Europe's trustbusters targeted Apple's e-book ‘cartel’  —  The antitrust probe dates back to a deal Steve Jobs cut with five publishers in Jan. 2010  —  The language of the European Commission's press release Tuesday announcing the start of a formal antitrust investigation of Apple …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Europe Probing Apple And Publishers For E-book Price ‘Cartel’  —  After carrying out unannounced inspections at the companies back in March, the European Commission is now starting a formal antitrust investigation into whether Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and book publishers are limiting e-book competition with their “agency” pricing model.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Angry About Your Cable Bill?  Blame the Cable Industry, Not the NFL  —  Have you heard yet about how your favorite team is trying to screw you over?  Don't worry.  You will soon.  —  Trapped in a headlock of a negotiation with the NFL over broadcasting rights, the television industry …
Discussion: New York Post
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Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
NFL Near Major Media Deals  —  TV Networks in Talks to Extend Pacts for About $3.2 Billion a Year Through 2021  —  The National Football League is close to inking an eight-year extension of three media-rights deals that should earn it a total of about $3.2 billion a year from its broadcast partners …
Wall Street Journal:
Cable-TV Honchos Cry Foul Over Soaring Cost of ESPN
Discussion: Company Town and Deadline.com
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Broadcasters Press Supreme Court to Overturn TV, Radio and Newspaper Ownership Rules  —  Broadcasters are urging the Supreme Court to loosen restrictions that prevent companies from owning newspapers, radio stations and television stations in the same market.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Copps submits notice to resign from FCC
Discussion: rbr.com and Multichannel
Julia Angwin / The Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks Associates Seek Injunction on Twitter Data  —  Three WikiLeaks associates are appealing a court order that would force Twitter Inc. to hand over information from their accounts without a search warrant.  —  The WikiLeaks associates - Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, and Birgitta Jonsdottir …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Buyouts offered at The Gazette, Washington Post's community newspapers in Maryland  —  The buyouts were mentioned at the bottom of a story announcing that Chuck Lyons is moving from CEO to chairman of Post-Newsweek Media, the business division that includes The Gazette: “In an unrelated development …
New York Times:
Xbox Live Challenges the Cable Box  —  The old-fashioned cable television set-top box — long the hub of living-room entertainment for most people — is about to become less relevant.  —  Beginning on Tuesday and continuing through the month, Microsoft will give a face-lift …
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Jeanine Poggi / The Street:   LoveFilm Gives Netflix a Heartache
James Cusick / The Independent:
Watchdog chief faces grilling over failure to act on press's dirty tricks  —  The Information Commissioner who presided over a massive investigation into newspapers' illegal use of a private investigator may have to explain this week why he told MPs no legal action was necessary despite …
Discussion: Guardian
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James Robinson / Guardian:   Guardian journalist justifies hacking if in the public interest
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Financial Times Launches Dedicated Android App  —  With mobile readers proving to be very avid readers of the Financial Times, the newspaper has launched a new version of its native Android app that it hopes will bring in more users on the platform on both smartphones and tablets.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia Merge to Create CNBC International  —  TVNewser has learned CNBC president Mark Hoffman sent out a memo this morning announcing that CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia have merged to form CNBC International.  —  Mick Buckley, who headed CNBC Europe, is leaving the company after eight years.
Jim Romenesko:
Anyone remember ‘The Newsroom’?  —  “Ken Finkleman should sue @AaronSorkin for stealing Newsroom name then make a new George Findlay series.”
Discussion: TVNewser
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kindle Fire Offers ‘Disappointingly Poor’ Experience; ‘Miserable’ Magazines  —  Will the projected 3.9 million Kindle Fire buyers this quarter end up disappointed with their new tablets?  User-experience guru Jakob Nielsen's new usability report finds the Fire's 7-inch screen troublesome …
 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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