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1:50 PM ET, January 3, 2012

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Month's Apple Event To Focus On Publishing And iBooks  —  Apple will be holding a product event later this month in New York, Kara Swisher is reporting, and we've confirmed independently with a source.  —  According to the source the event will not involve any hardware at all and instead …
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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.
Gordon MacMillan / The Wall:
Is the Sun looking at charging for content again?  —  Is News International looking again at charging for content from The Sun?  I blogged last year that News International had ditched the idea of putting up a paywall for The Sun, but an archive website has now appeared offering access to historical Sun content for 50p an article.
Discussion: @leonwatson
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
The Verified Twitter Account for Rupert Murdoch's Wife Was Fake [Updated]  —  Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter last week.  So did his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch.  “Joining my husband @rupertmurdoch in our new digital adventure on Twitter,” reads her bio.  Cute, right?
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Josh Halliday / @joshhalliday:   Person behind @Wendi_Deng acct claims to me he is British male in London & was “completely utterly shocked” when Twitter verified
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Will The Real Wendi Deng Murdoch Please Stand Up?
Discussion: BBC and MediaFile
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
9/11 Relatives Who Suspect Hacking Await Answers  —  Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, relatives of some of the victims began suspecting that someone was eavesdropping on their telephones.  —  Some heard mysterious clicking sounds on their home and mobile phones.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Murdoch hacking warning admission won't lead to review by BSkyB board  —  Murdoch hacking warning won't lead to review by BSkyB board  —  The BSkyB board does not regard James Murdoch's admission that he was warned of the extent of phone hacking in 2008 as “material”, sources at the company have claimed.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Gotham: At Wall Street Protests, Clash of Reporting and Policing  —  In late November, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, ordered every precinct in his domain to read a statement.  Officers, the commissioner said, must “respect the public's right to know about these events and the media's right of access to report.”
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
The Long Goodbye: Mediaite Staff Toasts (And Roasts) Managing Editor Colby Hall  —  You may or may not have heard yet, but Mediaite is losing Colby Hall, the only Managing Editor it has ever known.  While Hall and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams have already had their say, the well-oiled cogs …
Discussion: The New York Observer
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Taking to Twitter, Murdoch Signals Support for Santorum  —  The media mogul Rupert Murdoch signaled his support for Rick Santorum on Monday evening, calling him the “only candidate with genuine big vision” for the United States.  —  His comments were significant not only because Mr. Murdoch …
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hearst U.S. Digital Biz ‘Solidly Profitable For The First Time’ In '11  —  In a New Year letter to employees, Hearst president David Carey reiterated that the company's target this year is to reach over 1 million paid digital subscribers per month.  —  The full letter:
Discussion: MinOnline, JIMROMENESKO.COM and Folio
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV  —  Tom Freston is Vice's growth guru and not-so-secret weapon.  Credit: Ben Baker/Redux  —  This story appeared in the 1/16/12 issue of FORBES.  —  Shane Smith is trying to order drinks.  It's not going well.
Discussion: Forbes and mediabistro.com
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper shares plunged 27% in 2011  —  In a year when the stock market flailed mightily to end up almost exactly where it started, the shares of the publicly traded newspaper companies plummeted an average of 27% in 2011.  —  Of the 11 publicly held newspaper companies, the stock of only one …
 
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Jim Romenesko:
San Diego Union-Tribune becomes U-T San Diego
David Carr / New York Times:
The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Forbes
Peter Preston / Guardian:
If you choose your own news, you'll be less well read
Sara-Ellen Amster / The Huffington Post:
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Paddy Manning / Sydney Morning Herald:
What if public-interest journalism had a white knight: a media start-up is born, packed with pedigree
Adam Smeltz / StateCollege.com:
Daily News' Response to Conlin Allegations Sets Bar for Penn Staters
Discussion: Erik Wemple
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Three trends from 2011 that will reshape digital news in 2012
Justin Peters / CJR:
Movement Man  —  Meet Chris Faraone, Occupy reporter for the Boston Phoenix
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
An annotated field guide to the Campaign 2012 press corps
Discussion: Salon, Wonkette and Erik Wemple
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Lots of Newspaper Deals, But Not Much Hope
Discussion: MediaPost
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Buzzfeed: The New Species at Iowa's Media Watering Hole
Discussion: CJR and New York Times