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. (nytimes.com) | (theatlanticwire.com)
* Will Bloomberg buy the New York Times? (247wallst.com)
* “The era of free news is rapidly coming to a close,” writes Howard Kurtz. (daily-download.com)
* 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. (businessinsider.com)
* Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News to split from Philly.com. (netnewscheck.com)
* There’s more fun and less housekeeping in the redesigned Good Housekeeping. (adweek.com)
* Chicago Tribune’s Notre Dame beat writer felt uneasy about casting a Heisman ballot this year. (shermanreport.com)
* “What we’re doing is marketing as journalism,” says Storyboard’s editor. (capitalnewyork.com)
* G4 cable channel might become the Esquire Channel. (deadline.com)
* “‘Funny’ is a fair description of Twitter grammar.” (washingtonpost.com)
* An update from Roger Ebert on his hip fracture. (suntimes.com)
* Some of the journalists covering the McAfee saga have had enough. (nytimes.com)
* Orange County Register’s latest hires include Los Angeles Times alums. (mediabistro.com) | (npr.org)
* BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti is named IWantMedia.com’s Person of the Year. (iwantmedia.com)
* What a magazine editor can’t learn from the world’s greatest sushi chef. (jacklimpert.com)

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