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1:50 AM ET, January 10, 2012

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Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
Mirror hacking jibe ‘purely a joke’, Mohan tells Leveson inquiry  —  Sun editor admits that 2002 comment in which he thanked 'Vodafone's lack of security' for the Mirror's showbusiness coverage was about hacking, but claims it was just a joke  —  Dominic Mohan, the editor of the Sun …
Discussion: Guardian and Journalism.co.uk
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Guardian:
Kelvin MacKenzie: News International should be fined for ‘lying’ to PCC
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
BuzzFeed Raises $15.5 M Series C and Reunites HuffPo Dream Team  —  Cute, LOL, Fail...Politics?  —  Just a few weeks after poaching star political reporter Ben Smith from Politico and scooping CNN at the Repulican Primaries, Buzzfeed announced a big new round of funding to build out their operation.
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Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti: We Raised A Whopping $15 Million To Build A ‘Pure Social Site’  —  Find out more out the future of disruptive technology and companies like Facebook, Google, Zynga, Disney, NBC and more at IGNITION West!  —  After raising a $15.5 million Series C round …
Discussion: Medacity and Soup
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Netflix is about to discover that Britain bites back  —  It's been a tough few months for Reed Hastings.  —  Since announcing an unpopular price hike in October, the Netflix (s NFLX) CEO has presided over a grim cascade of events that has seen the company's prospects plummet.
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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:   Netflix launch in UK starts price war
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Dear WaPo: Innovating too quickly is not the problem  —  In a column about the launch of some recent digital projects from the Washington Post, the newspaper's ombudsman expressed concern there might be too much innovation going on at the paper, and all this change might be happening too quickly for some …
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Blackmon and Stecklow Join the Exit of Veterans From The Journal
Discussion: Maya Baratz
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Technorati's invite to a conflict of interest  —  Technorati.com, which bills itself as “the leading blog search engine and directory,” wants to pay political bloggers to produce content that benefits their clients.  From the email, sent by publisher Jill Asher:
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
News Corporation Hires New General Counsel  —  News Corporation has hired a new general counsel, filling a permanent position that has been vacant since June.  —  Gerson Zweifach, a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP with experience litigating media and first-amendment cases …
The Daily Beast:
NBC News and Newsweek / Daily Beast Team Up on 2012 Election Campaign Coverage  —  NBC News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast today announced a joint digital initiative that will focus on 2012 election campaign coverage.  Under the agreement, the magazine and Web site will have access …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How People Watch TV Online And Off  —  At this point, video is just a regular part of the web.  But how is it gaining on regular TV watching.  Just in terms of audience reach, Nielsen estimates that almost 145 million people watch video online in the U.S., compared to about 290 million who watch traditional TV.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Nielsen: One-third of mobile users downloaded news apps in past month  —  One-third of tablet and smartphone owners in a Nielsen survey said they had downloaded a news app within the past 30 days, and 19 percent had paid for one.  The chart below shows survey results for news and other categories.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Halifax requires former NYT regional employees to sign noncompete agreements  —  Employees at the 16 papers now owned by Halifax Media Group have until tomorrow to decide whether to sign an agreement that allows the company to fire them anytime but prevents them from working for media companies in any other city with a Halifax property.
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
New CBS This Morning offers brisk, substantive and businesslike debut  —  Is it a bad sign when your new morning anchor looks like he could use a few more hours sleep on the first day?  —  As the newly-retooled CBS This Morning debuted today, noting anchor Charlie Rose's seemingly red-rimmed eyes might not be entirely fair.
Discussion: TVNewser
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Erin Carlson / Hollywood Reporter:
‘CBS This Morning’ Premiere Draws Mixed Reactions From Media Critics
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Was NYT CEO's Golden Parachute Really That Excessive?  —  Janet Robinson.  Image via Wikipedia  —  The unionized employees of The New York Times feel “profound dismay” at the thought of their company paying outgoing CEO Janet Robinson more than $15 million in severance at a time when the paper …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Is Dish Punching the Networks With Its Supersized DVR?  —  Yup.  It's a ginormous DVR.  —  Per earlier reports, Dish Networks's big rollout at the Consumer Electronics Show today is focused on “The Hopper,” a supersized video recorder that lets users store two terabytes of data.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A test for AOL's Patch proposition in primary states, as hyperlocal network dispatches little green truck  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—Residents of New Hampshire are by now accustomed to all the giant buses and satellite vans bearing the big, splashy logos of the bigger cable and broadcast news brands trawling through their streets.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Myspace — Yes, Myspace — Says It's Going to Sell You Web TV  —  Lots of folks are waiting for Google, or Apple, or Verizon or someone to offer a Web video subscription service that would rival cable TV.  —  None of those guys have announced their plans for that, yet.
 
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Jon Bruner / Datanaut:
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Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
AP grows fact checking beyond politics to breaking news, beat reporting
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Colin Myler v the Murdochs: battle begins in New York
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Netflix bows out of studios' UltraViolet group
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Benno Muchler / New York Times:
In a Fledgling Country, Perils for the Press
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
As journalists file fewer lawsuits, citizens fight for open records
Discussion: The Rural Blog
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB Buys Stake In Social TV Start-Up Zeebox
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