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7:45 AM ET, March 12, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators  —  As words and articles became digitized over the last 15 years, they began to float, there for the plucking and replication elsewhere.  Words like “curation” and “aggregation” became the language of the realm, sometimes used as substitutes for describing the actual creation of content.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN in Talks to Acquire Mashable, Sources Say  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — CNN, a unit of Time Warner, and Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to an acquisition of the social news Web site, three people with knowledge of the talks said.  —  Mashable, which specializes in stories about technology …
Discussion: The Wall Blog and The Next Web
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CNN Mashing Up With Mashable?  Not So Fast  —  CNN might yet end up as the owner of Mashable but it's not imminent despite a single-source report from Felix Salmon at Reuters.  —  Salmon reported late Sunday that CNN is buying Mashable, the consumer social media news site that has been branching …
Discussion: Reuters, eMedia Vitals and VentureBeat
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers  —  Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks' ‘offensive’ programs.  Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.  —  Rush Limbaugh made the right …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Why Rush Limbaugh's Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed  —  Commentators often talk their way out of trouble these days.  But Limbaugh couldn't convince the media he was sincerely sorry for calling Sandra Fluke a ‘slut.’ Howard Kurtz explains why.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Gawker Founder Nick Denton Plans To Revamp Site's Comment Strategy  —  Once upon a time, in the early days of blogging, Gawker founder Nick Denton said, publishers hoped that the Web would help them “capture the intelligence of the readership.”  —  But now?  “That's a joke,” he said.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
New Internet TV Network to Feature Larry King  —  Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire, is financing an Internet television network called that will feature Larry King, the former CNN interviewer, in a return to the interviewer's chair.  —  The network, to be announced on Monday …
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Chris Hughes friends the New Republic  —  Chris Hughes joins the pantheon of vanity press moguls with the announcement today of his purchase of a majority interest in the New Republic.  The 28-year-old Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, commands a net worth that Forbes put “in the $700 million range” last year.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post: and the Obama footage: Showmanship prevails  —  Who could have fathomed the comedy show that Andrew Breitbart kicked off at his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month?  Before a supportive audience, the Internet entrepreneur made a grand promise.
Discussion: Erik Wemple, Mother Jones and Forbes, Thanks:@erikwemple
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
‘Kony 2012’: Two sides to being a digital media sensation  —  ‘Kony 2012’ is a YouTube success, but Invisible Children finds that digital media attention can be a double-edged sword as its detractors rise.  —  Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, during a meeting with a delegation …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Visualized: Incorrect information travels farther, faster on Twitter than corrections  —  Many times on Twitter I've witnessed what I call The Law of Incorrect Tweets: … The goal should be to make the correction as viral as the mistake.  But that's a challenge, and Tuesday at Harvard's Truthiness …
Daniel Denvir / The Atlantic Cities:
The Case for Saving the Metro Editorial Board  —  Until fairly recently, local editorial pages held something close to a monopoly on publicly stated opinion in metropolitan areas.  —  “There weren't a lot of other places where people were saying this is a good candidate, this is a bad candidate …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Obama did in fact enjoy a ‘media honeymoon’ with New York Times, says study
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Politico Planning Big Slate of Web Video Shows
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Thanks:@beet_tv
 Earlier Picks: 
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times CEO Robinson's Exit Compensation Package Tops $23 Million
Discussion: Reuters, and Media Decoder
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vevo redesigns to become MTV for the online generation
Discussion: MediaFile and VEVO
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo Eyes More TV Partners as Layoffs Loom
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Billboard Publisher, Editor Out, Other Top Staffers Follow