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10:15 AM ET, January 2, 2012


 Top News: 
The Independent:
Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails ‘hacked’  —  Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
Scale of email hacking is set to be this year's biggest story  —  If 2011 was the year when the words “Operation Weeting” entered the popular lexicon, 2012 is likely to see “Operation Tuleta” added to the list of game-changing police investigations everybody is talking about.
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast  —  “Either @rupertmurdoch is genuinely now on Twitter, or some disgruntled ex-NOTW journo just won the hacking Olympics.”  —  Less than two days after joining Twitter, media mogul Rupert Murdoch appears to have had his first brush …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, says it has raised $20 million from more than a million donors, breaking a record once again.  —  The organization says donations has risen every year since …
Dave Lee:
The Verge and The Kernel: Technology journalism's refreshing new face  —  “Hello humans,” he says, looking almost surprised that anyone has bothered to turn up.  —  “This is our first show.  We have a million planned, literally.”  —  The scene resembles something from the mid-nineties …
Discussion: @mikepilarz
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
PBS Takes On the Premium Channels  —  In an effort to freshen its image and lift revenue, the Public Broadcasting Service is trying to be more like HBO — without the monthly cable bill.  —  Emboldened by the success of the British period drama “Downton Abbey,” one of the most critically acclaimed shows …
Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal:
Books That Are Never Done Being Written  —  Digital text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse  —  I recently got a glimpse into the future of books.  A few months ago, I dug out a handful of old essays I'd written about innovation …
Steven Waldman / CJR:
This News Story Is Brought to You By...  Shouldn't TV news outlets admit that they offer pay-for-play?  —  One of the most disturbing trends in local TV news is the persistence of “pay for play”—when local TV newscasts allow sponsors to dictate content.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Ombuds pick their notable corrections of 2011  —  At newspapers and other media organizations, it's often the ombudsman — aka public editor, aka readers' editor — who's charged with the (mostly) thankless task of receiving error reports from the public and staff, and writing any resulting corrections.
Discussion: On the Media
Nat Ives / AdAge:
We Didn't Name Rihanna's Armani Ad the Sexiest of the Year, Did We?  —  Pickup From The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Hindustan Times. ...  But No Links to Ad Age  —  Ad Age is getting lots of attention for running an ad-world poll that crowned Rihanna's campaign for Armani the sexiest ads of 2011.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM, Thanks:delrey
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
The Great Digitization Or The Great Betrayal?  —  One of the great tasks facing humanity today is digitizing the world's books and liberating the huge stores of knowledge they contain.  The technology is there - scanners are now relatively fast and cheap - but the legal framework is struggling to keep up.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and TeleRead
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Russian newspaper ‘being persecuted’
Matt Jarzemsky / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner, MSG Fail to Reach Agreement Ahead of Deadline
Discussion: Reuters, Gothamist and NY Daily News
Seth Godin / The Domino Project:
How the long tail cripples bonus content/multimedia
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Here is the news - newspaper organisations defy the digital revolution
Jillian Berman / The Huffington Post:
Cable TV Bills Have Nearly Tripled In The Past 10 Years
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
The Death of the Foreign Correspondent? Not So Much
Discussion: eBookNewser and FishbowlNY
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Was 2011 the year of the great paywall? Not exactly
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sunni leader denies NY Times byline
Discussion: Agence France Presse

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Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App

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