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10:15 AM ET, February 12, 2015

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CBS News:
Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, 73, dies in car crash in New York City  —  CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015  —  NEW YORK — Bob Simon, the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Behind NBC's decision to suspend TV anchor Brian Williams, after an internal probe into his tales of facing danger in Iraq and New Orleans  —  Brian Williams Scandal Prompts Frantic Efforts at NBC to Curb Rising Damage  —  Hours before Brian Williams took the anchor's chair for the nightly newscast …
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Washington Post:
Within NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams  —  (Stephanie Klein-Davis/Roanoke Times via AP)  —  Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during …
Discussion: NPR
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Lester Holt seen as heir apparent to Brian Williams at ‘Nightly News’  —  In the hallways at NBC headquarters here, the walls are adorned with photos of “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams covering stories around the world, underscored by snippets from a recent ad campaign: “He's been there.
Andrew Tyndall / Tyndall Report:
Unlike on cable, network news anchors are dispensable and separable from their shows
Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information declined in 2/3 of the 180 countries surveyed for World Press Freedom Index  —  World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts  —  The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Insider view of Jeff Bezos' involvement in product development for the Washington Post's Kindle Fire app  —  How involved has Jeff Bezos been at The Washington Post?  Here's one data point  —  One question that's been asked a lot since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post is how involved he is in the newspaper's evolution.
BBC:
Al Jazeera trial: Egypt court frees journalists on bail  —  A court in Egypt has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists, at the start of their retrial on the charge of spreading false news to help a terrorist group.  —  Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were imprisoned …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jon Stewart served as an irreverent media critic for a generation turned off by broadcast news  —  Why the media will miss Jon Stewart  —  The fake newsman gave viewers what many legacy outlets could not  —  I was a sophomore at Northwestern University in 2010 when The Daily Show's Jon Stewart …
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David Dawson / The Diplomat:
Chinese Authorities Snuff out Last Online Remnants of the New York Times  —  The paper's last social media account vanished from Sina Weibo this week.  —  Likes  —  On Monday the Chinese authorities played one of the last cards in their war against the New York Times in Chinese cyberspace.
Will Steacy / Popular Mechanics:
How The New York Times Works  —  This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015  —  Ernie Booth, the operations manager of the main printing plant of The New York Times, is walking the floor.  The plant is a 515,000-square-foot building in Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway, half a mile from LaGuardia Airport.
Melody Kramer / Medium:
64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage  —  Last September, I went to Chicago for a conference.  On the third day of the conference, I slipped away to my friend Max's apartment on a mission.  The mission was to gather together a lot of very smart people who don't work in news—and ask them to design a new news homepage.
Discussion: @mattliddy and @amylangfield
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Rocco Castoro out as Vice Magazine editor in chief, replaced by Ellis Jones; Alex Miller now global head of content  —  Vice E.I.C. Rocco Castoro out at Vice  —  Rocco Castoro is no longer the editor in chief of Vice magazine, he announced during an event at the University of Chicago on Wednesday evening.
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and @nbj914
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Major news organizations to reveal new freelancer safety guidelines … A coalition of prominent news outlets and journalism advocacy groups Thursday will release a set of guidelines at Columbia Journalism School for the protection of freelancers.  —  The recommendations …
Discussion: dartcenter.org, Thanks:@benmullin
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube experimenting with personalized radio feature, based on YouTube Mix video playlists  —  YouTube Radio  —  YouTube has a feature called YouTube Mix, which automatically creates a playlist with many videos related to the video that's currently playing.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Napster still exists, and it has millions of streaming subscribers  —  Napster was the original online music startup.  —  For a brief, glorious period in the late 90s and early oughts, the service was being used by many high-school and college students to share and download media files, mainly MP3s.
 
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Guardian:
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Toronto Star:
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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Sirius will take pre-1972 state copyright case straight to appeals court
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Gigaom
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
PolitiFact California to launch this summer on more than 30 radio stations
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter to pay about $30M for Niche, and possibly up to $60M with earnouts and employment contracts included
Los Angeles Times:
John Malone joins Lionsgate board in Starz stock swap
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BitTorrent partners with Rapid Eye Studios for shows exclusive to BitTorrent Bundle for 30 to 60 days
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
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Discussion: @ruthie89 and @mathewi