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4:05 PM ET, March 8, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers  —  Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing  —  The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:   The U.S. Threat To Sue Apple And Publishers: What It Means
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:   Apple Downplays Role Of “Kindle Threat” In Alleged e-Book Conspiracy
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
PCC to close in wake of hacking scandal  —  Media watchdog will be replaced by transitional body until replacement is set up after Leveson inquiry  —  The Press Complaints Commission is to be shut down after 21 years, closing one of the most controversial chapters in the history of self regulation of the UK newspaper industry.
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Financial Times:
Challenge to Murdoch grip on BSkyB  —  Rupert Murdoch is facing a fresh challenge to his UK media business as it emerged that Britain's communications regulator has escalated its probe into whether British Sky Broadcasting is a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcasting licence.
Stephen Parkinson / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: can these journalists really get a fair trial?
Discussion: Guardian
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Sun and NoW publisher had ‘enthusiastic involvement’ with police
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Trinity Mirror staff may be hack victims
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:   WikiLeaks claims it submitted a 100-page dossier to UK Leveson Inquiry on media corruption
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer: Rendell relinquishes lead in Philly papers purchase, as his group gets exclusive consideration  —  The group of local leaders interested in buying the Philadelphia papers is now being led by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who was asked to take over by former governor Ed Rendell, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Discussion: Philly.com
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Dave Davies / newsworks:   Would the Philadelphia Daily News show cartoonist Signe Wilkinson the door?
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
Simmons' $5M salary, ‘antics’ led to WNBC ditching her: sources  —  There were 5 million reasons to oust Sue Simmons — and they were all in her paycheck.  —  WNBC/Channel 4 refused to renew the nightly news anchor's contract because she makes a whopping $5 million annual salary …
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Save Sue Simmons: The Internet Campaign Begins
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
PRX hires Silicon Valley journopreneur Corey Ford to run the Public Media Accelerator  —  Corey Ford, a former Frontline documentarian who left public media to reinvent it in Silicon Valley, has been named director of the Public Media Accelerator, a $2.5 million incubator launched by PRX and funded by the Knight Foundation.
Discussion: TechCrunch and blogs.ft.com
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Time Names Editor-At-Large  —  Time has named Bobby Ghosh an Editor-at-Large.  Ghosh has been with Time since 1997, and most recently served as Deputy International Editor.  Prior to that Ghosh was Time's Baghdad Bureau Chief for five years.  —  As an Editor-at-Large Ghosh will be a …
Discussion: GalleyCat, @amywicks01 and @amywicks01
Alyson Raletz / Kansas City Business Journal:
Missouri approves Google's request to set up video services in Kansas City … has the go-ahead to provide video services in Kansas City.  —  The Missouri Public Service Commission has granted Google Fiber Missouri LLC the authority to build a video service network along public rights of way, according to a March 1 order.
Vivienne Walt / Time:
Out of Syria's Carnage: A Survivor's Testimony of Bab Amr's Last Stand  —  Late on Feb. 21 a message arrived at TIME's Photo department in New York.  It was from French photographer William Daniels, saying he had smuggled himself into the epicenter of Syria's yearlong revolt — the besieged neighborhood of Bab Amr, in the city of Homs.
Discussion: Poynter
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A Scoop, Really?  BuzzFeed, Breitbart.com Spar For Credit On Obama Video  —  Last night a bewildering debate broke out on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight over video posted online yesterday of a young Barack Obama speaking at a student protest at Harvard Law School more than two decades ago.
Discussion: PBS, Wonkette and Online NewsHour
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Verne Gay / Newsday:
Matt Lauer getting $25 million to stay on ‘Today,’ source says  —  Matt Lauer getting $25 million to stay on ‘Today,’ source says  —  I am reliably told that NBC and Matt Lauer are closing in on a deal that will pay him an estimated $25 million per year over the course of a multiyear deal …
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How Al Jazeera wants to bring Twitter to the world  —  Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera launched an educational campaign this month that aims to teach viewers in Turkey, Bosnia and elsewhere in the world with how to use Twitter and Facebook.  The videos are being distributed on a new …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
BreakingNews adds verticals on Twitter, website  —  BreakingNews is expanding this week with a new Twitter vertical on politics, while BreakingNews.com is also adding topical navigation.  @Breakingpol joins @breakingstorm (started during Hurricane Irene) and a UK feed to become …
Discussion: Inside
Heather Murphy / Slate:
In Defense of Instagram: Why News Photography Goes Well With Vintage-Filtered Cat Pics  —  The left half of this photo has been placed through an Instagram filter.  The right half has not. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.  —  If its critics are to be believed, Instagram is one of the best deals in the world.
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Jim Romenesko:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK broadcaster Channel 4 to launch a new catch-up channel based on what's being discussed online
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Stewart: White House Press Corps practices ‘instigative journalism’
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Plans iTunes Competitor With Download Fees For New And Old Shows
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: ex-Times legal boss gives evidence on NightJack court bid
Summer Harlow / JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS:
UNESCO launches Women Make the News 2012 initiative to highlight rural women's access to information
Discussion: 10,000 Words
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Ghosts in the Newsroom  —  Despite The Washington Post's history …
Discussion: The Corsair
Peter Lee / CounterPunch:
In Syria, al Jazeera's Credibility Implodes
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In Major Digitization Effort, Scholastic Launches E-Reading App For Kids
Discussion: TeleRead, Engadget and The Loop
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Copy Cats: The Secret Art Cabal Inside The New York Times
Discussion: Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
For Apple TV, subscription video service still missing
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Draws the Most ‘Super Tuesday’ Viewers
Michael Hinkelman / Philly.com:
Strange bedfellows: Maher jumps to defense of Limbaugh
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Forbes