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8:40 AM ET, March 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed …
Associated Press:
Encyclopaedia Britannica to stop publishing print editions, will continue digital versions  —  CHICAGO — Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said Tuesday that it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.
Rachel McAthy /
Police release six arrested by Operation Weeting on bail  —  All six people arrested by Operation Weeting on Tuesday, reported to include Rebekah Brooks and her husband, have now been released on bail  —  Metropolitan police said all six have been bailed ‘to return pending further inquiries’ in April
Rebekah Brooks and husband arrested in new twist in phone-hacking inquiry  —  Pair released after facing day of questioning by detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice  —  Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's long-time confidante and a personal friend of David Cameron …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch says Sun investigation is almost over
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Private investigators posed as journalists for NoW, says lawyer
Paul McNally /
Met police ‘did not believe’ vetting Neil Wallis was necessary
Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:   Leveson Inquiry: Dick Fedorcio let NOTW reporter write story on Met computer
BBC suffers cyber-attack following Iran campaign  —  (Reuters) - The BBC has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack following a campaign by Iranian authorities against its Persian service, director-general Mark Thompson said on Wednesday.  —  Thompson also reported attempts to jam satellite feeds …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Gizmodo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB probe to include Netflix and LoveFilm  —  Competition Commission extends deadline for final report until July to to take into account changes in the movie market  —  BSkyB's battle to retain its stranglehold on Hollywood films on pay-TV has been given a potential boost …
Exclusive: Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels — It's Official  — is going legit, with licensing agreements with all four of the major labels now in place.  The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by founder Billy Chasen …
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Declares Newspaper Excerpt on Online Forum is a Non-Infringing Fair Use  —  Late Friday, the federal district court in Nevada issued a declaratory judgment that makes is harder for copyright holders to file lawsuits over excerpts of material and burden online forums and their users with nuisance lawsuits.
Discussion: Wired and Righthaven Victims
Rachel McAthy /
Syrian citizen journalists win Netizen prize  —  The media centre of the Local Coordinating Committees of Syria was recognised for working to ‘keep the world abreast of the violence wracking the country’  —  Anti-government protests in the besieged city of Homs  —  Copyright: by FreedomHouse on Flickr.
Rachel McAthy /
Al Jazeera to broadcast Syria documentary filmed entirely on iPhone
Discussion: The Huffington Post and AJE
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo!-ABC News Tie-up Dominates Online Video News by Wide Margins, comScore  —  For the first time since the collaboration of ABC News and Yahoo! was announced in October, comScore has reported online traffic for the joint effort and finds it has served over 400 million views in February …
Richard O'Dwyer case: TVShack creator's US extradition approved  —  Mr O'Dwyer could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison if found guilty in the US  —  Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition to the US of a student accused of copyright infringement.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Kony2012: new media success story or cautionary tale?  —  If it isn't the most viral social media effort in recent memory, the Kony2012 campaign — launched last week by Invisible Children to spotlight atrocities by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony — has to be a close second: According to one estimate …
Discussion: Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Gawker, Thanks:@mathewi
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Paper Con Man Ravages the Internet  —  A response to Harper's publisher John MacArthur's lengthy screed against the enterprise of online journalism  —  This is the Internet, basically, according to Harper's publisher. flickr/wheatfields.  —  Long before I wrote stories for magazines, I read a magazine called Harper's.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Billboard Gets Digital Update  —  Trade Magazine's Hot 100 List Will Now Include Data From Music Services Like Spotify, Rdio  —  Billboard magazine's Hot 100 songs chart is getting a digital makeover, though readers might not notice much of a difference when the weekly list is released on Wednesday.
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
Collier's Attempts Comeback  —  Relaunch issue brings in up to 20,000 subscribers.  —  Despite a perilous publishing environment, John Elduff purchased shuttered print property Collier's Magazine at an auction two years ago for a reported $2,000. 55 years after Collier's final issue printed in January 1957 …
Discussion: and @romenesko
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Huffington Post refutes ‘thesis of aggregators as pickpockets’  —  David Carr's New York Times piece about proposed standards for aggregation landed with a thud at Huffington Post's offices.  A statement from the Internet behemoth says that had Carr “followed the journalistic tradition …
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and Erik Wemple
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