Morning report: Bloomberg eyes FT; OC Register hires LAT alums; and more

* Michael Bloomberg considers buying The Financial Times Group, which includes the paper and half interest in The Economist. ( | (
* Will Bloomberg buy the New York Times? (
* “The era of free news is rapidly coming to a close,” writes Howard Kurtz. (
* Union Square Ventures didn’t like that BuzzFeed uses editors. “A lot of people [not just USV] were pro-tech, anti-human,” says BuzzFeed’s CEO. (
* Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News to split from (
* There’s more fun and less housekeeping in the redesigned Good Housekeeping. (
* Chicago Tribune’s Notre Dame beat writer felt uneasy about casting a Heisman ballot this year. (
* “What we’re doing is marketing as journalism,” says Storyboard’s editor. (
* G4 cable channel might become the Esquire Channel. (
* “‘Funny’ is a fair description of Twitter grammar.” (
* An update from Roger Ebert on his hip fracture. (
* Some of the journalists covering the McAfee saga have had enough. (
* Orange County Register’s latest hires include Los Angeles Times alums. ( | (
* BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti is named’s Person of the Year. (
* What a magazine editor can’t learn from the world’s greatest sushi chef. (