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8:40 AM ET, February 15, 2012

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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress  —  Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining the Media Matters For America's tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned.  Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern …
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Jack Shafer:
Media Madders  —  The “investigative series” that the conservative Daily Caller commenced this week about the liberal media watchdog outfit Media Matters for America and its founder David Brock accomplishes the impossible: It makes me sympathize with Media Matters and Brock.
Erik Wemple:
Fox News and the art of media-timing
BBC:
Glenn Mulcaire granted evidence appeal  —  Glenn Mulcaire was jailed in 2007 for six months for phone hacking  —  The Supreme Court has ruled it will decide whether private investigator Glenn Mulcaire must reveal which journalists asked him to hack phones.
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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
James Murdoch name tied to News Corp scandal  —  James Murdoch's name is “inextricably linked” with News Corporation's failure to deal properly with phone hacking at News International, an influential shareholder group has claimed, adding that the arrests at the Sun signalled a “new phase” in the growing scandal.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   News International staff demand openness over internal investigation unit
Financial Times:
Murdoch puts top lawyer on Sun case
Discussion: Politico
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
News Corp. Without Newspapers Would Be Addition by Subtraction
Discussion: CJR
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Puzzazz brings ebook handwriting recognition to the Kindle Touch  —  Redmond-based startup Puzzazz is bringing handwriting recognition to Amazon's Kindle Touch device.  The company's TouchWrite technology recognizes handwriting and converts it into numbers and letters on the Kindle.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Did the AP just declare war on news aggregators?  —  Like virtually every other traditional news entity, the Associated Press newswire has been under pressure for some time from digital media — but this disruption has been even worse for AP and its ilk because they are primarily distributors …
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interviews: Meltwater Appeals UK Web News Fees As Both Sides Claim Victory
Discussion: Guardian, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some  —  As a white, male, middle-aged conservative talk radio host from Virginia, John Fredericks is something close to the Platonic ideal of a Fox News fan.  —  And until last year, he was one.  But then Fox's treatment of the Republican primary race …
Discussion: TVNewser
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Times and Sunday Times digital sales power ahead  —  The Times now has 119,255 digital subscribers, with the Sunday Times claiming 113,818 - according to figures issued by News International last night.  —  The figures show that there has been continual digital subscriber growth at The Times …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
UK Seize Popular Music Blog, Arrest Operators and Threaten Readers  —  Founded in 2008, RnBXclusive.com quickly became one of the most popular R&B / hip hop blogs.  With over a quarter million fans on Facebook it was the go-to destination for many music fans.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Dan Loeb Recruits Former NBC Boss Jeff Zucker for His Raid on Yahoo  —  Here's Dan Loeb's formal declaration of war against the old guard at Yahoo, along with his list of allies.  —  The activist shareholder wants four of Yahoo's board seats, one of which he wants to occupy himself.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Some best-guesses about what BuzzFeed is up to, and why it is in fact about Arianna, a little  —  In all the conversation about BuzzFeed, two questions and answers get repeated over and over again.  But I don't think the answers have been quite right—for a mixture of reasons, probably.
Discussion: Gawker and BuzzFeed
Brad Wolverton / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The NCAA Wades Into a War of Words  —  Stung by an outspoken critic, the association dishes back—and it's gotten personal  —  “Last week, I described the NCAA as a cartel.  Turns out, it's a Star Chamber, too,” the columnist Joe Nocera has written in “The New York Times.”
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
PBS lets iOS users see new documentary before it airs on TV  —  The Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) has decided to rip a page out of HBO's book by giving iPad and iPhone owners early access to its exclusive video content before it debuts to the rest of the world.
Discussion: The Verge
 
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
NBCU Taps Google To Create Cross-Platform Audience Metric For 2012 Olympics
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Near-Record Ratings for the Grammys. CBS Credits the Web.
Discussion: AdAge and Forbes
Felix Salmon:
Journalism's welcome longevity
Discussion: @mathewi
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
One more executive leaves LoveFilm amid rumors of Amazon's new streaming service
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ethan Bronner out as NYT Jerusalem chief
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Huffington Post
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Sean O'Neill / @timescrime:
Have confirmed that senior Met officers have “reviewed” their arrest strategy in Weeting and Elveden. Dawn raids will now be the norm...
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Politico reporter to write tell-all novel
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations in New York
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Offer Video-Makers Can't Refuse: We're Putting All Your Stuff Everywhere
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Wolff / @michaelwolffnyc:
I'm hearing: Trevor Kavanagh spoke to Murdoch on Sunday. So...Murdoch signing off on rebellion at Sun, while helping police?
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Free Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform—From Inkling, Not Apple
Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Does it matter if journalists don't get the top jobs at cable newschannels?
Discussion: Poynter and The Maynard Institute