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5:00 PM ET, February 10, 2012


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko:
Dear Patch: I was hyperlocal long before you  —  I really am a big fan of hyperlocal.  —  In fact, I was hyperlocal nearly two decades before you launched.  —  In 1992, I started a biweekly paper in Milwaukee called The Public Record.  The concept of the four-page publication was simple …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Street Fight
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Patch Would Like its Journalists to Let it Speak For Them  —  Patch's request to its hundreds of local editors not to comment on Jim Romenesko's reporting on Patch is just the latest example of a big media company trying, and failing, to control its people's participation in Internet conversation.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Where Does Arianna Fit Into AOL's New Patch Plans?
Discussion: Street Fight and Business Wire
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels' Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance  —  Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Business Makes Over Its Prime-Time Lineup  —  Updated |  The struggling Fox Business Network canceled its entire prime-time programming lineup in one stroke on Thursday.  —  In place of the political talk shows that are currently shown from 8 to 11 p.m., Fox Business will replay …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Guardian editor takes pay cut  —  Editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger reduces annual salary by 10% and asks company to halve its contribution to his pension  —  The Guardian's editor-in-chief is to take a voluntary pay cut of 10%, and ask the publisher of the newspaper to halve the annual contribution it makes to his pension.
Discussion: Free Press and The Wire
A Painterly World Press Photo Winner  —  A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqua-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall.  The expression on her face can't be seen.  But her body language - right arm wrapped tightly around his neck, left hand clinging to his arm - conveys everything her expression cannot.
Paul McNally /
EU privacy rulings: ‘huge consequences’ for UK press  —  European Court of Human Rights ‘recognises essential role played by press’ with two landmark rulings in favour of free speech  —  The court overturned a previous ruling that Princess Caroline of Monaco (pictured in 1998) had her privacy breached
Discussion: BuzzMachine
L.V. Anderson / Slate:
Does Time Magazine Think Americans Are Stupid? … - Obama Just Pulled a Fast One on Republicans With His Contraception Compromise  — Is One of the Most Influential Pastors in the U.S. Too Involved in His Flock's Sex Lives?  - Lithwick: Prop 8 Ruling Shows Gay Marriage Opponents Have No Legal or Empirical Case
Discussion: @tcarmody
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New revenue threat looms as newspapers' legal notice franchise comes under fresh pressure from cash-strapped states  —  State and local governments are almost as pressed as newspapers these days to shave expenses in the face of falling revenues.  —  That has given fresh impetus to efforts …
Ashwin Seshagiri / MediaShift:
Bay Citizen, Center for Investigative Reporting Plan to Merge.  Now What?  —  The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting, two non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area, announced formally Tuesday that they intend to merge.  —  Under terms of the agreement, Berkeley …
Discussion: Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Raymond Perelman ‘dismayed’ he was ‘excluded’ from bidding on Philly papers  —  Raymond Perelman, who bid two years ago to purchase the Philadelphia daily newspapers, says he was “excluded” from the sale process currently under way, according to information obtained by the Associated Press, which reports:
NY Daily News:
Ch. 5 anchor Greg Kelly back on TV after DA clears him of rape allegation  —  ‘It was a tough couple of weeks,’ he says  —  Greg Kelly heads to work at ‘Good Day New York’ on Friday.  —  News anchor Greg Kelly looked into the camera Friday and thanked his family, viewers and “Good Day New York” …
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Michael Wolff / GQ:
The end of James Murdoch
Discussion: Capital New York
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Erik Wemple:
ESPN's female commentator complaint form survives a decade
Discussion: Deadspin, Poynter and Mashable!
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Time Adds Editor-at-Large  —  Time has named Harry McCracken an Editor-at-Large.
Discussion: and Technologizer
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