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10:45 AM ET, March 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Australian Finance Review:
Federal police join News probe  —  The Australian Federal Police has revealed it is working with UK police investigating the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in a statement hours after The Australian Financial Review exposed News's role in high-tech piracy that sabotaged its pay TV rivals …
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik and Digital Spy
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Dick Fedorcio resigns after Met opens disciplinary action  —  Scotland Yard's head of communications, Dick Fedorcio, has resigned immediately after the force opened disciplinary proceedings against him.  An inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into Fedorcio's award …
Discussion: @dvnjr and @dvnjr
Dina Rickman / Huffington Post UK:
Leveson Inquiry: Kit Malthouse Reveals £40m Cost Of Phone Hacking Probe  —  The deputy mayor of London has defended his questioning of police spending on phone hacking, saying Scotland Yard already struggles to fund its fight against serious crime and spends less money per year tackling child abuse.
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch blasts ‘lies and libels’  —  Rupert Murdoch has launched a fightback on Twitter against what he described as “lies and libels” against News Corporation, attacking “enemies” including “old toffs and rightwingers”.  The media mogul tweeted three times in the early hours …
Discussion: The New York Observer and Guardian
Daily Mail made 1,728 potentially illegal requests to private detective
Discussion: Press Gazette
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Google Unveils New Revenue Option for Web Publishers  —  Google has long been accused of being a content stealer, and/or a value-destroyer in certain publishing circles.  Mark Cuban, the outspoken head of HD Network and the Dallas Mavericks, has referred to Google derisively as a “vampire” …
Discussion: paidContent
Dylan Byers / Politico:
WaPo names John Temple managing editor  —  The Washington Post has named John Temple, former editor and publisher of Rocky Mountain News, as managing editor, confirming Keach Hagey's report here yesterday.  —  From the Post's press release:
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
News Corp. Said to Plan U.S. Sports Network to Rival ESPN  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWSA) is taking steps to start a national U.S. sports network on cable television aimed at challenging Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Incorporates In Germany, Closest Sign Yet Of European Nook Launch  —  Just as Amazon is launching a new Kindle (but not the Fire tablet, yet) in Europe, one of its big competitors is taking one more step in its bid to enter the European market: Barnes & Noble has incorporated a new company …
Discussion: Betabeat, Softpedia News and Engadget
The Daily Texan:
Apology from The Daily Texan Editorial Board  —  Update: The cartoon was taken down from The Daily Texan website.  On Tuesday, a cartoon ran on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan that offended many readers, and we sincerely apologize for our decision to run it.
Discussion: Gawker
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Arne Rees to Head ESPN Intl.  Digital Efforts  —  Will work to expand digital media operations around the world  —  As part of an effort to expand the international reach of its digital media operations, ESPN has named Arne Rees as vice president, international digital media.
Lee Gardner / Baltimore City Paper:
What Is an Alt-Weekly?  —  We've been trying to figure that out for 35 years  —  Someone asked me that question recently, and I opened my mouth and started to talk.  It's a question that comes up enough that I have a couple of standard answers I can riff on.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The News at NBC  —  Ratings pinch gives Lauer power.  —  On March 15, NBC News hosted its annual upfront presentation, at which its executives make their pitches to ad buyers for the coming year.  NBC News has won its ratings races for more than a decade, so they didn't bother with a hard sell.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
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Lost journalists documentary hits $50k goal on Kickstarter
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M
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Orwell Prize 2012 Journalism and Blog longlists announced
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Erik Wemple:
Why did New York Times call George Zimmerman ‘white Hispanic’?
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Group Plans Protest of The Village Voice
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NY Times Guild members win their 35 hours
Discussion: The FJP and The Huffington Post
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Syria, citizen journalism and the capital “T,” truth
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The WaPo Ombudsman's Faulty Paywall Analysis
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Jeremy Lin meets with ex-ESPN headline writer
Jim Romenesko:
Another Wisconsin paper says staffers signed recall petitions
Discussion: and Poynter
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
Chicago Public Radio to examine what went wrong with ‘This American Life’ story on Apple
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
ESPN should find ways to cover the Trayvon Martin story rather than become part of it