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12:30 PM ET, July 20, 2012

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Julie Moos / Poynter:
How news spread of the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting  —  An overnight shooting has left 14 people in Colorado dead, and dozens more injured.  Here's how the news spread, including eyewitness reports from people at the theatre to see Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” to the media who arrived to cover the shooting's aftermath:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News apologizes for ‘incorrect’ Tea party report  —  ABC News and Brian Ross are apologizing for an “incorrect” report that James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting, may have had connections to the Tea Party.  “An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes …
Rebecca Leffler / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Dark Knight Rises’ Paris Premiere Cancelled Due to Colorado Shootings  —  Christopher Nolan and cast members Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman also scrapped press interviews after learning of the Denver movie theater attack.  —  Plans for The Dark Knight Rises have fallen through …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Reddit covers the Colorado movie theater shooting  —  In the early morning hours Friday, “Peener13″ started a thread on Reddit called “Someone came into our theater at the midnight release of Dark Knight Rises and began opening fire.  Who here on Reddit can help me calm my nerves?
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Jessica Ghawi, ‘aspiring sportscaster,’ dies in Aurora shooting
Bloomberg:
Viacom Is Said To Get Over $600 Million A Year From DirecTV  —  Viacom Inc. (VIAB) will get more than $600 million a year from DirecTV (DTV) in programming fees under their new seven-year agreement, up at least 20 percent from the previous terms, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.
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Associated Press:
Viacom, DirecTV Dispute Settled: Customers Can Welcome Sponge Bob Back
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
“Yes, Keep Moving”: Marissa Mayer's First Memo to Yahoos (Natch!)  —  While I might abandon my internal memo-quest at Yahoo at some point soon, I wanted to make sure to post the very first one from newly installed — and extraordinarily well-paid — CEO Marissa Mayer.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer to Get Close to $60 Million (And Maybe More) in Overall Compensation for Yahoo's Top Job
Tim Burrowes / mUmBRELLA:
Why paywall journalism is changing how journalists write  —  The introduction of online paywalls is changing the way journalists write and this means an audience adjustment says Tim Burrowes.  —  I was taught that the perfect length for an intro was 24 words - anything between 18 and 32 was acceptable, but 24 the ideal.
Billboard:
Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal  —  Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times.
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Economist:   The music business: Universal's gamble
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Killing of Fauquier reporter remains a mystery  —  UPPERVILLE, VA. — Before she went to bed two Sundays ago, Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh popped a final message up on her Facebook page.  She said she was going to sleep with her windows open and would rest peacefully as long as “crazy boy left me alone.”
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What the Instagram backlash says about the future of media  —  For a simple service that lets people share their photos with others from a mobile device, Instagram gets a lot of criticism, bordering on hate.  And it's not just because the tiny startup is being acquired by Facebook recently for $1 billion …
Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Digital First Announces Curation Team  —  Digital First Media announced today that it is creating a national curation team as part of its centralized news operation.  That operation, called Thunderdome, will be produced by Digital First's MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Expands iTunes Movies in the Cloud to Over 35 New Countries [Updated]  —  In addition to today's iTunes Match expansion to Hungary and Poland, Apple has also undertaken a significant expansion of its iTunes in the Cloud feature, adding movies to the list of eligible items in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
The Embattled Editor  —  Jim Amoss, who has spent his life in the city and his career at the paper, has been a target of much criticism over the changes planned for New Orleans' Times-Picayune.  He says he understands the concern, but he says the digitally focused, three-day-a-week print future …
Discussion: CJR and Cision
 
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