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12:40 PM ET, February 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The logic of a Thomson Reuters takeover of the Financial Times  —  It makes sense: the two titans of business information, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, competing for a great news brand  —  Let me follow a rumor in real time ...  My lunch companion, a senior executive at Thomson Reuters …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
Reuters And Bloomberg Are Jockeying To Acquire The Financial Times — Michael Wolff  —  Two titans of international news, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, both would like to acquire pink British newspaper the Financial Times, according to Michael Wolff in The Guardian.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Piers Morgan and Trinity Mirror journalist implicated by Mills at Leveson  —  Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan and an un-named former Trinity Mirror journalist were implicated by evidence from Heather Mills to the hacking inquiry today.  —  The former wife of Paul McCartney revealed …
Discussion: and Guardian
Greg Farrell / Business Week:
Dinner at Rupert's  —  What happened on the fateful night last May when Rupert Murdoch decided how News Corp. would manage its phone-hacking scandal?  —  An artist's imagining of the dinner at Murdoch's townhouse based on multiple attendees' accounts  —  Photo illustration by Justin Metz
Discussion: The Corsair
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Edmondson: ‘bullying’ at NoW under Coulson and Myler  —  Former News of the World editor Colin Myler oversaw a culture of bullying at the newspaper, according to former news editor Ian Edmondson.  Edmondson, who is involved in an employment tribunal against his former employer News International …
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Leveson: NoW spied on lawyers to gain ‘leverage’
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
NightJack blogger to sue the Times
Discussion: Telegraph, The Independent and Guardian
NY Daily News:
‘Good Day’ co-anchor Greg Kelly to return to Channel 5 Friday morning  —  Had been off the air since Jan. 26 following rape allegations  —  Above, Greg Kelly seen Wednesday afternoon for the first time since a 28-year-old paralegal accused him of rape.  Kelly will return to ‘Good Day New York’ on Friday.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo Evasive on Important Buyout Question  —  What if WaPo doesn't reach the necessary maximum number of voluntary buyouts?  —  Some who attended the Town Hall style meetings yesterday at the newspaper found Exec. Editor Marcus Brauchli's comments too vague for comfort on this point.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
CNN's Roland Martin agrees to meet with GLAAD after homophobic tweets  —  Just hours after he was suspended from CNN for homophobic tweets sent during the Super Bowl, Roland Martin said he would meet with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which had been pushing for his firing since Sunday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN suspends Martin; not Loesch, Erickson
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Roland Martin suspended for homophobic tweets
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter  —  The world of journalism and Twitter is buzzing following Sky News's new policy on Twitter and the BBC's new guidance on breaking news.  —  Both organisations have told their journalists not to break news on Twitter.  Instead news should be first sent to the newsroom.
Discussion: Guy Fawkes' blog and Guardian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Sam Laird / Mashable!:
ESPN's ‘Complain About Women’ Option Exposed by Twitter User  —  Until Tuesday, ESPN had a special section on its website for viewers to complain specifically about announcers who happen to be female.  —  “Commentator — dislike female commentators,” read one option in a drop-down menu …
Discussion: Poynter, Deadspin and The Big Lead
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
GigaOM Acquires PaidContent: Interview With GigaOM CEO Paul Walborsky  —  GigaOM founder and executive editor Om Malik.  Photo by Pinar Ozger, courtesy GigaOM  — is one of the longest-running news organizations chronicling the rise of new media.
Discussion: 10,000 Words, PRWeb, eMedia Vitals and AdAge
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee to Begin Radio Show  —  Rush Limbaugh will soon have a new radio rival: Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago and thought about running again this year.  —  Instead, he will be running a radio show weekdays …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Cord Cutting And Internet TV Viewing On The Rise  —  According to a new report from Nielsen, the number of U.S. homes that have broadband Internet, but only free, broadcast TV, is on the rise.  Although representing less than 5% of TV households, the number has grown 22.8% over the past year.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising  —  News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter.  That's on top of a $91 million charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World in the previous quarter.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Q2 Profit Rises on Higher TV Fees
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. Reports 71 Percent Quarterly Profit Gain
Discussion: @benfenton and New York Magazine
New York Post:
Bradley Manning arraignment scheduled for Feb. 23  —  WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking confidential US diplomatic and military cables to WikiLeaks, will be arraigned Feb. 23, the military announced Thursday.  —  Manning has been charged with aiding the enemy …
Discussion: @edpilkington
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
WHYY: Philadelphia Media Network killed two stories about potential buyer of company
Discussion: Off Mic and
Jim Romenesko:
David Schlesinger to leave Thomson Reuters
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC director Stephen Abell departs
Discussion: Digital Spy and Press Gazette
Hugh Grant levels new accusations against the Daily Mail
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Santorum Fundraiser Bankrolls Daily Caller
Henry Clarke Price / @henrycp:
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Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune eyes price tag for online news
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reuters UK journalists will not strike
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Felix Dennis in treatment for throat cancer