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1:55 PM ET, December 14, 2011

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Aaron Gell / The New York Observer:
Peter Braunstein, WWD Writer Turned Tabloid Monster, Still Has Issues  —  Peter Braunstein.  (Illo: Phillip Burke)  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Say Media Eyes IPO, Buys ReadWriteWeb  —  Say Media might be the biggest web publisher you've never heard of.  That's probably going to change.  —  The San Francisco-based company is embarking on an aggressive program of expansion that ought to put an end to its under-the-radar period.
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  —  NBC News keeps its political reporting in lots of different places.  There's Chuck Todd on Twitter, in the evening with Brian Williams and the Nightly News Crew, online at MSNBC's First Read …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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’
BBC:
Leveson Inquiry: Prosecute NoW criminality, ex editor says  —  Mr Myler said he had worked in journalism for 40 years  —  The ex-News of the World editor says the full force of the law should be used against anyone who acted in an illegal way at the paper.
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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
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and LA Observed
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Christopher Goffard / Los Angeles Times:
Russ Stanton steps down as Times editor
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 court reporters: ‘Twitter as much 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 …
David Leigh / Guardian:
Leveson: Milly Dowler case is not the only reason for inquiry  —  Lord Justice Leveson says inquiry will investigate all aspects of tabloid misconduct, not just the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone  —  The judge running the Leveson inquiry into press behaviour dismissed claims on Wednesday …
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Guardian faces Fleet Street backlash over changing story on Milly Dowler message deletions
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Sun
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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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 …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Russian Journalists Fired After Tough Election Coverage  —  MOSCOW — A high-ranking editor and a top executive from one of Russia's most respected news publications were dismissed on Tuesday after an apparent conflict over coverage that appeared to highlight widespread anger with the results of parliamentary elections this month.
Bloomberg:
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
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Will Richmond / paidContent:
If Netflix Is In Play, Here's Some Companies That Would Be In The Hunt
Discussion: Fortune and VideoNuze
 
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