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3:30 PM ET, December 14, 2011

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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Flipboard's Phone Flips Beating iPad 2:1  —  Flipboard's iPhone application has clocked up a million downloads in the week since it went live, the company tells paidContent.  Interestingly, while Flipboard's iPad app was previously seeing around 650 million “page” flips per month …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
ReadWriteWeb's Acquisition, as Seen By a Former Employee [UPDATED]  —  This morning AdWeek broke the news that ReadWriteWeb had been acquired by SAY Media (which also bought Dogster and Six Apart) and appointed Dan Frommer to the editor seat.  The price was not disclosed.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million  —  Tech blog ReadWriteWeb was acquired today by SAY Media, as was previously reported.  I've found out a few more details.  The price SAY paid out was under $5 million, after the assumption of ReadWriteWeb's liabilities, according to a source privy to the details.
Discussion: Poynter and Business Insider
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Say Media Eyes IPO, Buys ReadWriteWeb
Aaron Gell / The New York Observer:
Peter Braunstein, WWD Writer Turned Tabloid Monster, Still Has Issues  —  One day in October 2010, Peter Braunstein's monthly subscription copy of W magazine arrived right on time.  It was one of the first under the direction of a new editor, Stefano Tonchi, and the cover featured Ryan Gosling …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Chuck Todd: NBC's new politics site is for armchair viewers, political junkies  —  NBC has just launched a new politics site that provides readers with a place to track political news, dig deeper into polls and make their own predictions about the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and The Wrap
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kristen Welker Named NBC White House Correspondent; Network Sets 2012 Politics Coverage  —  After several months of covering the beat, this morning NBC News has named Kristen Welker White House correspondent.  The announcement comes as NBC announces their plans for covering the 2012 primaries …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A web-first politics site for NBC News: Vivian Schiller on the launch of NBCPolitics.com
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Mail: Dowler question was ‘perfectly legitimate inquiry’  —  The Leveson inquiry today heard that a journalist from the Daily Mail contacted the Dowler family's lawyer to ask if they will be ‘giving their money back’ following new police information about who may have caused her messages to be deleted
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David Leigh / Guardian:   Leveson: Milly Dowler case is not the only reason for inquiry
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Prosecute NoW criminality, ex editor says
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Guardian faces Fleet Street backlash over changing story on Milly Dowler message deletions
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Sun
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Huffington Post dominates Facebook's most-shared politics stories of 2011  —  On Facebook's list of the 40 most-shared political articles of 2011, the most frequently appearing sources are The Huffington Post (10), CNN (7), MSNBC (6) and Fox News (5).  The Washington Post had only one story on the list …
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
The Top Political Stories On Facebook In 2011 Were Sensationalized, Polarized And Mostly Mainstream  —  Facebook has released a list of the most popular US political news stories among its users over the past year.  It's a pretty depressing read if you're idealistic like me …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is James Murdoch Running Out of Denials?  —  In almost every Road Runner cartoon, Wile E. Coyote overshoots the edge of a cliff and finds his feet spinning in the air, frantically pawing for the terra firma that he has left behind.  Those of us watching know he is about to fall …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
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Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:   Tom Crone denies knowing Webb was private investigator
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
What James Murdoch said about the ‘for Neville’ email
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Christiane Amanpour proves to be wrong fit  —  The Arab Spring.  The killing of Osama bin Laden.  The WikiLeaks dump of U.S. embassy cables.  —  If there ever was a time to try injecting more international news into the tried-and-true, Washington-based Sunday public affairs talk show format, these last 18 months were it.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Company Town
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Brian Stelter accidentally tweets tip about Amanpour leaving ‘This Week’
Bloomberg:
Hollywood Said to Court Amazon in Bid for Online Film Sales  —  Hollywood studios, working to spur purchases of films and TV shows, are in talks to bring Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) back into their online system called UltraViolet, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Discussion: Deadline.com
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Judge tells reporters: tweet as you wish  —  Guidance from lord chief justice means journalists no longer have to make application to tweet, text or email from courts  —  Journalists no longer have to make an application to tweet, text or email from courts in England and Wales following guidance issued …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
L.A. Times Rocked by More Turmoil: Top Editor Quits With Cuts Looming (Updated)  —  The Los Angeles Times was rocked by more turmoil Tuesday when editor Russ Stanton resigned in advance of another round of cutbacks.  —  Stanton, whose last day is Dec. 23, has presided over a tumultuous period …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
$1.5M Knight grant to NPR will fund digital training at 70 local stations  —  The Knight Foundation is giving NPR $1.5 million to bolster the digital skills of local member stations and fulfill visions of a national-local collaborative news network.  —  The grant announced today builds upon …
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Media and Entertainment Companies Add Support to Proposed Antipiracy Legislation  —  Big media companies have ratcheted up the pressure on Washington to support legislation that would protect online content.  —  On Tuesday, dozens of entertainment, sports and media companies …
 
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