News wars: the race to Abbottabad. One cheeky Seven News mole couldn’t help taking a shot at Nine in covering the death of Osama bin Laden last night. While Seven’s roving reporter Adrian Brown was outside the front gate of the downtown Abbottabad compound where Osama drew his last breath, Nine’s Simon Bouda was caught on a dodgy line — his live cross eventually went to black — half a kilometre away.

Word is Bouda was caught at a police checkpoint and couldn’t get to the compound, telling viewers the area had been sealed off. Seven is not-so-quietly crowing over the fact it won the race to Pakistan (along with the ABC), beating Nine by a day and Ten which hasn’t dispatched a reporter. — Jason Whittaker

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“News Corporation and the Italian investment company Exor are in contact with a range of other potential investors to join their embryonic joint bid to take control of Formula One.” — The Guardian

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“‘Obama bin Laden’: The gaffe has been made so frequently by so many media outlets over the past few days (including Salon) that it has almost become an idiosyncrasy of the bin Laden death story. It is tempting to read too much into the conflation (are you calling the president a terror leader?) or to look past it entirely (the names sound similar, big deal). But we contacted linguists and speech pathologists to glean more about the mechanisms that might be behind the mix-up.” — Salon

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The death and rebirth of a Benghazi newspaper

“Once upon a time, al-Haqiqa, which was run by three brothers from the Elhouni family, was the largest newspaper in Libya.In 1971, two years after Qaddafi took power in a military coup, the ‘Guide of the Revolution,’ as he styled himself, ordered the newspaper closed.” — Foreign Policy

Australian ‘Orange prize’ to promote women writers’ status.

“A group of Australian women writers and publishers are working to set up an equivalent of the Orange prize in their country, to combat what they describe as “the systemic exclusion of women writers over several decades” from the country’s major literary awards.” — The Guardian

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