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1:30 PM ET, December 12, 2011

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
BuzzFeed Adds Politico Writer  —  BuzzFeed, a site where the editors and algorithms sift the Web in search of viral articles elsewhere, has decided that it needs articles of its own.  —  In a move that is sure to surprise the political and journalistic classes, the site is hiring Ben Smith …
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Politico's Ben Smith becomes BuzzFeed editor
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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David Leigh / Guardian:
Leveson launches spin-off inquiry into hacking of Milly Dowler's voicemail
Discussion: Press Gazette
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: Guardian's Nick Davies accuses bosses of ‘pecking’ at climb-down story
David Carr / New York Times:
When Truth Survives Free Speech  —  Last week, a story came across my desk that seemed to suggest that a blogger had been unfairly nailed with a $2.5 million defamation award after a judge refused to give her standing as a journalist.  A businessman who was the target of the blogger's inquiries brought the suit.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Huffington Post to launch a version in Spain, to be called El Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post has just signed a deal with Spanish newspaper El Pais to produce a new version of the caffeinated news brand Arianna Huffington has made famous in the United States.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Biography Is Amazon's Best-Selling Book Of The Year  —  Move over, Tina Fey — Amazon has just released the list of their ten best-selling books of the year, and Walter Isaacson's thoughtful biography of Steve Jobs has come out on top.  —  The biography's appearance at the top …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Ratings: ABC/Yahoo News Republican debate drew biggest audience of 2012 race so far  —  The ABC News/Yahoo News Republican presidential debate drew 7.58 million total viewers on Saturday night, making it the most-watched GOP debate of the 2012 campaign season so far.
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ story on homeless children in Florida spurs $1 million in donations  —  “60 Minutes” doesn't often do updates unless it re-airs an old story.  But it will this weekend because of the overwhelming response to its story on homeless kids living in vehicles in Florida.
Discussion: TVNewser
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
With Netflix For Nook Color, Barnes & Noble Fights Against Kindle Fire  —  Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is blurring the lines between the $199 Nook Color and $249 Nook Tablet with a major update for the Color, adding access to streaming video through Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX).
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Under Fire, Amazon Says Kindle Fire Is Getting An Update Within Two Weeks
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Spokesman Outs Candidate As Anonymous Source  —  The New Hampshire Union Leader recently quoted “a senior aide in the [Newt] Gingrich campaign” pushing hard, and at length, against criticism from former Governor John H. Sununu, an outspoken surrogate for Mitt Romney's campaign.
Discussion: New York Times, The Caucus and ABCNEWS
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Dylan Byers / Politico:   On ‘Gingrich aide,’ a heated no comment from McQuaid
Allegra Stratton / Guardian:
NI pays Tessa Jowell £200,000  —  Ex-Labour cabinet minister gets settlement after police said her phone had been hacked by News of the World  —  The former Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted a £200,000 settlement from Rupert Murdoch's News International over the hacking of her phone.
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Telegraph:   Phone Hacking: confirmed victims ‘total about 800’, says police inquiry chief
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Geraldo Rivera Gets Talk Deal on WABC Radio  —  Geraldo Rivera's been called a lot of names in his life.  Here's a new one: radio talk show host.  —  In a deal to be announced Monday, Mr. Rivera will host the 10 and 11 a.m. hours on WABC in Manhattan, one of the nation's biggest stations.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Pearson to sell FTSE stake for £450m  —  Financial Times and Penguin owner Pearson to sell 50% stake in FTSE International group in shift from financial data  —  Pearson is to sell its 50% stake in the FTSE International group to the London Stock Exchange for £450m in cash.
Discussion: Media Week
Voice of San Diego:
Changes at VOSD  —  Today was a difficult day of change for voiceofsandiego.org.  —  Last year, we raised more than $1.1 million and drew up a budget for 2011 at $1.2 million.  We're projecting lower revenue for the coming year and set the budget at $1 million.  —  There's no one cause for the change.
 
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Richard Mullins / Tampa Bay Online:
165 layoffs under way at Tampa Tribune, sister papers
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Guardian:
Met police chief's rediscovered diaries reveal meals with NoW executives
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