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6:00 PM ET, January 2, 2012

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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.
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Cahal Milmo / The Independent:   Scale of email hacking is set to be this year's biggest story
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not the iPad 3 or New TV — But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month  —  According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important — but not large-scale — event to be held in New York at the end of this month that will focus on a media-related announcement.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tim Armstrong trumpets AOL successes, urges ‘kaizen’ spiritual-business approach on employees in New Year's Eve missive  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong closed out 2011 with a 2,000-word motivational memo emailed to his several thousand staffers around 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney's Huffington Post connection  —  Something The Huffington Post didn't mention when it published its exclusive interview with Mitt Romney last Thursday: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong gave $2,500 — the maximum campaign contribution — to Romney earlier this year, according to the Federal Election Commission.
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 …
Jim Romenesko:
No mention of WP editor Brauchli in publisher's letter  —  The person who forwarded this year-end memo from Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth points out: There are roughly one kajillion people acknowledged in this Weymouth note — including Zaleski and Narisetti on the digital side …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors  —  Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they've raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again.
Jim Romenesko:
San Diego Union-Tribune staff told told to dress up, work longer hours  —  “Employees will transition to a 40 hour work week effective January 2, 2012,” from the old 37.5-hour work week.  “Standard office hours will be, 8:30 - 5:30, with an hour for lunch,” says a memo to staff.  About the dress code:
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Erik Sass / MediaPost:   Lots of Newspaper Deals, But Not Much Hope
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Buzzfeed: The New Species at Iowa's Media Watering Hole  —  At the zoo that is the Iowa Caucus, the lobby bar in the downtown Des Moines Marriott is like a communal watering hole where roving packs of reporters, political hacks and even candidates assemble nightly to drain drinks and exchange political gossip.
Discussion: Poynter, New York Times, CJR and Vanity Fair
Sarah Kessler / Mashable:
Google Launches New Site With Resources for the 2012 Presidential Election  —  Google will officially announce its online information hub for political elections on Monday, a day before the Iowa Caucuses.  It is the first website Google has dedicated exclusively to elections.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
An annotated field guide to the Campaign 2012 press corps  —  According to the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, there are some 1,500 of what they call “media visitors” in Iowa right now, attracted by the run-up to the Iowa caucuses beginning formally tomorrow.
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable: MSG Offered No ‘Credible Explanation’ For License Fee Hike  —  MSO Offers Subscribers January Freeview of Sports Package, As Two RSNs Are In Dark  —  Time Warner Cable, maintaining that a deal had been in reach before the programmer demanded a “whopping” …
statesmanjournal.com:
Post-apocalyptic journalism  —  Happy New Year's, everyone!  Hope you're enjoying yourselves because apparently we only have 355 days left until the world ends.  Make the most of them, gang.  —  Juuuust kidding.  Even I, the kind of person who interprets getting someone's voicemail …
 
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