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9:35 PM ET, March 12, 2012


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Twitter Blog:
Welcoming the Posterous team to the flock  —  Today we are welcoming a very talented group from Posterous to Twitter.  This team has built an innovative product that makes sharing across the web and mobile devices simple—a goal we share.  Posterous engineers, product managers and others …
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 …
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
In email to staff, Pete Cashmore says it “isn't true” that @Mashable “will be acquired this week.” (Doesn't deny NYT report of talks w/CNN.)
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Wall Street Journal:
The New Cable-TV Guy: Intel  —  Chip Maker Working on a Web-Based Video Service to Compete With Cable, Satellite Providers  —  Intel Corp. is developing an Internet-based television service that it hopes to sell to U.S. consumers, a strategic shift by the chip maker as it sets its sights on the crowded pay-TV business.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Netflix cable platform may be a long way off
Discussion: ReveNews
FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves  —  Limbaugh has long history of hate speech.  FCC should ask: Are stations carrying him are acting “in public interest,” writers say.  —  Editor's note: Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem are the Co-Founders of the Women's Media Center.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh  —  ThinkProgress has obtained an internal memo from Premiere Radio Networks listing 96 national companies that have “specifically asked” their advertisments not be played during the Rush Limbaugh Show.  Premiere is the distributor of Limbaugh's program.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: Amazon Has Sold Over Two Million Kindle Singles  —  When Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched the Kindle Singles program a little over a year ago, nobody knew whether there was a market for e-books that are shorter than full-length books but longer than most magazine articles.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make?
Discussion: The Awl
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun on Sunday and rivals share sales uplift  —  News International launch receives 2% to 3% boost in third week, as Sunday Mirror and People circulations stabilise  —  Sales for the Sun's Sunday edition edged upwards towards 2.7m last week, with most of its competitors also lifting sales …
Natalie Peck / Hacking inquiry:   Former Home Secretary rejected plans for full investigation into phone hacking, Leveson hears
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Leveson may not endorse Hunt's PCC reforms
Discussion: Guardian
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Leveson asked to publish Motorman files
Natalie Peck / Hacking inquiry:   Leveson opens door for barrister to argue in favour of Motorman files disclosure
London Evening Standard:   Boris deputy ‘pressured Met to limit phone hack inquiry’
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
IAC Chairman Diller Sees Aereo TV Service in Up to 100 Cities Within Year  —  Barry Diller, the billionaire chairman of IAC/InteractiveCorp.  (IACI), expects his Aereo Inc. Web- based television service to be in 75 to 100 cities within a year after making its debut this week in New York.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Aereo files countersuit against broadcasters
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
We Don't Need No Stinking Seal of Approval from the Blog Police  —  David Carr's column today is partly about a plan masterminded by Ad Age columnist Simon Dumenco to create, quote, a “Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation,” which will ostensibly serve as a sort of trade group or …
Discussion: WebProNews and @antderosa
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 …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Building a digital media empire: SB Nation and The Verge owner Vox Media raises $17 million  —  Online media publisher extraordinaire Vox Media, which owns and operates fast-growing tech news site The Verge, sports blog network SB Nation and an upcoming game industry news outlet tentatively named Vox Games …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:   Behind the Birth of a Sports-Media Bet for the YouTube Era
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor Jill Abramson Stays Humble at SXSW  —  Here's one way to gauge how big SXSW Interactive has gotten: The executive editor of The New York Times is taking three days off from overseeing All The News That's Fit To Print to come down to Austin, give a talk and take in a few panels — and maybe to catch a Jay-Z show.
Joanna Walters / Guardian:
Marie Colvin: mourners say farewell to ‘talented, compassionate’ war reporter  —  Rupert Murdoch among those at Long Island funeral for war correspondent who was killed trying to escape Homs shelling  —  Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times war correspondent whose reputation for covering difficult stories …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
As Marie Colvin is laid to rest, news organizations assess the dangers of reporting from inside Syria
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Netflix Quietly Launches TV Network-Branded Pages  —  Could Complicate Stance as Complementary to TV Distributors  —  Comcast, cablevision, cox and ... Netflix?  —  Netflix has been careful to describe itself as a complement to cable distributors, but as it quietly tests network-branded pages …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu Announces a Deal for Selling Its Original Shows Overseas  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Acting just like a television network, the online video Web site Hulu is joining with a third-party distributor to sell its original shows overseas.  —  The arrangement, announced Monday by Hulu …
Discussion: MediaPost
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