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4:55 AM ET, January 11, 2012

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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Losing Key Editor and Top Tech Wizard  —  Nico Pitney, center, in the White House briefing room, asking a question that the gentleman on the left seems to approve of.  —  It's a familiar story: Hot company gets acquired; then, one by one, many of the talented people …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Nico Pitney to leave The Huffington Post  —  Nico Pitney, executive editor at The Huffington Post and one of Arianna Huffington's top lieutenants, is leaving the website, Capital has learned.  —  The news was announced in a staff meeting earlier today.  —  According to a source …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Former HuffPo CTO Paul Berry Building New Startup and Incubator With Lerer Ventures
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Confirmed: Halifax noncompete will not apply to New York Times Regional employees  —  At a staff meeting at the Lakeland Ledger Tuesday afternoon, employees were told to tear up the controversial noncompete agreement because it would not apply to them.  The Florida paper's publisher told …
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Jim Romenesko:   Halifax waives non-compete clause for NYT Regional Media Group employees
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Lawyer: Where's the journalist who leaves Halifax supposed to get a job?
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Adam Sherk:
News Organizations on Google+: Which Pages Get the Most Engagement?  —  News organizations (along with businesses of all kinds) have been able to create official Google+ pages for a couple months now so I thought I'd check in and see how their pages are doing.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why media outlets team up in an election year  —  We've reached the point in journalism where we barely bat an eye when two news organizations say they're joining forces.  Anything less than a merger is just not an earth mover these days, when egos, brands, unique audiences — all of the guarded …
Wall Street Journal:
Sale Explored for New Republic  —  The owners of the New Republic, a fixture of political journalism, are exploring a possible sale of the magazine and have hired a financial adviser, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Adviser Blackstone Group is expected to reach out to various media companies …
Press Gazette:
Former Met officer arrested in phone-hack leaks probe  —  A former Scotland Yard officer was arrested today over allegations of unauthorised leaks to a journalist.  The 52-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of misconduct in public office after being detained at his Berkshire home …
Discussion: Guardian and Journalism.co.uk
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Pat Buchanan Denies Being Suspended By MSNBC, Says He's On Medical Leave  —  Pat Buchanan is disputing reports he was suspended from MSNBC and contends that he was instead on medical leave.  “Well, you know I've had some medical issues at the end of the year which were pretty problematic …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
The Economist Tries A Flipboard-Like Election App All In HTML  —  The Economist has given HTML web apps another shot in the arm by packaging its U.S. presidential election material in to a new Flipboard-like tablet content offering that works entirely in the web browser.
Suzanna Andrews / Vanity Fair:
The Mystery Woman Behind the Murdoch Mess  —  Rebekah Brooks was running the News of the World at 31, and Rupert Murdoch's entire British newspaper empire at 41.  A virtual member of the Murdoch family, close to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, and Cameron, she relished her power—until the phone-hacking scandal took her down.
David D. Burstein / Fast Company:
The New York Times's Nick Kristof On Journalism In A Digital World And The Age Of Activism  —  Nicholas Kristof has been writing for The New York Times for more than a quarter century and has appeared on that paper's op-ed page since 2001, often penning articles about the struggles of people in distant parts of the world.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court To Consider FCC Indecency Case … Dirty words return to the usually staid Supreme Court Tuesday.  For a second time in three years, the justices are hearing arguments about a Federal Communications Commission regulation adopted during the Bush administration that allows …
Discussion: @jbflint and Free Press
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Even on smartphones, your news is more likely to be found through social media  —  The average person looking at a smartphone screen right now is more likely to come across news from your organization through a Facebook or Twitter app than through your own news app.
David Hirschman / Street Fight:
Patch Triples Traffic Year-Over-Year, Claims Growth Across Network ‘Consistent’  —  Aol has been taking heat in recent months for its sizable investment in its Patch network of hyperlocal sites.  The company, which was built around a play for local banner advertising, reportedly cost …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
‘The Daily’: No Longer Just For iPads (But Not For All Androids, Either)  —  The Daily is finally available in Android, sort of.  The News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) tablet tabloid, which has been iPad only since birth, is not being offered in the Android Marketplace but instead will start life …
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Bloomberg TV's Trish Regan: ‘Unprecedented’ Level Of Interest In Business News  —  On her second day at Bloomberg TV, anchor Trish Regan already has a vision for “Street Smart.”  —  Regan sees the two-hour show — which airs from 3pm-5pmET, encompassing the daily closing bell — as a …
Discussion: News on News
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Cracking the Paywall  —  (This version corrects an error in the percentage for the price increase of the FT)  —  Every newspaper, magazine or website is working on a paywall of sorts and closely monitoring what everyone else is doing.  In almost every news company, execs …
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
 
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Stephen Glover / The Independent:
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Bill McClellan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
Eric Carvin's social media goal: ‘To get to every last journalist at AP’
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
John Solomon to Leave NewsBeast Editor to devote himself to startup By Lucia Moses
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Magazine Ad Pages Fell 3.1% in 2011, With a Weak End to the Year
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Too Much Innovation at the Washington Post? My Q & A with the Post's Ombudsman
Discussion: Poynter and Strange Attractor
 Earlier Picks: 
Felicia Pride / FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg Hires New Global Head of Web
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jim Romenesko:
Courant hires ad director it skewered in its news pages
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why the Future of TV Won't Be Here Soon
Discussion: The Snitch and PC Magazine
Press Gazette:
Times journalist was disciplined for computer hacking
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Netflix’s Hastings Aims To Challenge BSkyB
Discussion: Home Media Magazine