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2:25 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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Media Decoder:
New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media  —  The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  Mr. Hughes's purchase of a majority stake …
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The New Republic:
Home News: A Letter to TNR Readers from Chris Hughes  —  To the Readers of The New Republic:  —  Nearly 100 years ago, the founding editors of The New Republic wrote these words to introduce their inaugural issue: … A century later, people are once again skeptical that quality journalism can flourish.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Alan Grayson pitches TNR subscribers  —  Alan Grayson, the former Democratic Representative from Florida's 8th, is back on the campaign trail and soliciting support from subscribers of The New Republic, the century-old liberal magazine that — as of today — is owned and published by 28-year-old Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
I Think It Would Be Fun to Run the New Republic: Chris Hughes as Charles Foster Kane
Discussion: Media Decoder
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter's Secret History As the World's Worst Tech or Media Business  —  Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately.  The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It's a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Ad Sales Are Booming, Says Gawker
Discussion: Business Insider
Press Gazette:
First official figures give The Sun Sunday 3.2m circ  —  ABC today released the first official figures for The Sun Sunday - showing a launch circulation of 3,213,613 for the new title.  In its final month before it was closed the News of the World had an average monthly circulation of 2,667,428.
Discussion: Guardian
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: nearly £2m spent on press investigation since last summer  —  Almost £100,000 a month of taxpayers' money is being used to fund a handful of barristers, including Robert Jay  —  The Leveson inquiry has spent almost £2m since it was set up last summer …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday: £45m a year down versus the News of the World?
Guardian:
Ofcom steps up test of James Murdoch's fitness to keep BSkyB role
Discussion: Company Town and Reuters
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Injunction threat over Will Lewis security blog post
Discussion: Neville Thurlbeck
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Alleged to Hack Family Priest's Line
Stephen Parkinson / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: can these journalists really get a fair trial?
Discussion: CJR, Jon Slattery and Guardian
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
The New York Times joins Mozilla and Knight Foundation to drive open innovation in news  —  The New York Times and three other leading global news organizations are joining “Knight-Mozilla OpenNews,” a partnership aimed at driving open source innovation in news.
Discussion: Dan Sinker and The Next Web
Bonnie Kavoussi / The Huffington Post:
Felix Salmon At Columbia Journalism School: Don't Blame Journalists For Failing To Prevent Financial Crisis  —  Some business reporters have a message for critics who say they did not try hard enough to expose banks' misdeeds before the financial crisis: Don't blame us.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Newspapers Are The Fastest Shrinking Industry In The U.S.  —  If you want to be a journalist, think online.  —  Newspapers have shed a greater percentage of jobs since 2007 than any other industry in the United States, according to data published today by LinkedIn.
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Could a Netflix-cable alliance spur HBO to go rogue?  —  A potential alliance between online video streaming company Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> and cable companies could spur cable television's biggest premium player HBO to consider its options beyond the set-top box and go directly to customers on the Web.
Discussion: CNET, NetNewsCheck Latest and Mashable!
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
TV Power NBC Universal Joins Web Video ‘Upfront’  —  Owner of TV Networks to Display Digital Content Alongside YouTube, Yahoo and Hulu  —  The confederation of internet companies planning two weeks of “upfront” presentations for advertisers this spring are getting an unexpected new member: NBC Universal.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
For tablet computer visionary Roger Fidler, a lot of what-ifs  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Roger Fidler, in jeans and a black turtleneck, is watching Steve Jobs, in jeans and a black turtleneck, introduce the iPad.  Fidler is sitting in his stark white office — the late Apple co-founder adored white's simplicity …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Germany Wants To Charge Search Engines To Use News Excerpts  —  Germany's government wants search engines and news aggregators to pay news publishers for using pieces of their material.  —  Its coalition committee has resolved that a collecting society should charge royalties to re-publishers of news material.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Register
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Yahoo Sets Out to ‘Remake’ Yahoo News  —  Remake America is a new weekly series that will trace six middle-class families as they struggle to deal with a still-recovering U.S. economy.  The documentary-styled show will run through the remainder of the year, examining how these families cope …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Virality Uber Alles: What the Fetishization of Social Media Is Costing Us All  —  Going viral has gone viral.  Social media have become the obsession of the media.  It's all about social now: What are the latest social tools?  How can a company increase its social reach?  Are reporters devoting enough time to social?
 
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How Al Jazeera wants to bring Twitter to the world
Alyson Raletz / Kansas City Business Journal:
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Verne Gay / Newsday:
Matt Lauer getting $25 million to stay on ‘Today,’ source says