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2:45 PM ET, January 4, 2012

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Tight Race Catches TV Anchors by Surprise  —  From their respective television studios in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, the liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and the conservative Fox News commentator Karl Rove looked to Iowa and saw the same thing: a Republican race that was “tight as a tick.”
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David Zurawik / The Baltimore Sun:
CNN the TV place to be for coverage of amazing, super-tight Iowa race
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus 2012: Political Reporters Caught In Their Own Media Crush
Discussion: Jack Shafer and Pressthink
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Yahoo Announces PayPal President Scott Thompson As Its New CEO  —  The search is over.  Yahoo just named Scott Thompson as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 9, 2012.  It's been four long months for Yahoo after ousting Carol Bartz in September.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson: 'We'll Be Back to Innovation'
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
Filkin report: Police should record all contact with press  —  Report into the relationship between the police and the press recommends records kept of all contact and warns police against reporters flirting and using alcohol to get information  —  Metropolitan police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe …
Discussion: Guardian, Poynter and @dansabbagh
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Met police warned over drinking with journalists  —  Report warns of risks of ‘flirty reporters’ and calls for an end to traditional chats between police and reporters in pubs  —  Metropolitan police officers have been ordered to avoid “flirting” with and accepting alcohol from journalists.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Should CBS also disclose its ties to Romney's Bain Capital?  —  Last week MSNBC and NBC News starting disclosing that its parent company, NBCU is a partner in the Weather Channel with Bain Capital, of which Mitt Romney is a partner.  Now Fortune reports CBS News, at least Radio, might want to start disclosing this:
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newspaper Guild Sends Letter to Sulzberger Packed with 560 Signatures  —  On December 23, the Newspaper Guild of New York posted an open letter criticizing Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for freezing pensions — while giving departed CEO Janet Robinson hers early — and for not budging in negotiations.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Case of the Unfortunate Underscore: How Twitter Verified the Fake Wendi Over the Real Wendi  —  I went all Encyclopedia Brown yesterday after I and many others had been led astray by an account — @wendi_deng — that Twitter had verified with its famous blue check mark over the holiday weekend …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
WSJ Cleared Over Europe Sales Fixing, Now Finger Points At ABC  —  The Audit Bureau of Circulation in the UK will not take action against Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) Europe for a circulation-boosting programme associated with the resignation of WSJ's Europe publisher and EMEA managing director Andrew Langhoff recently.
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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
On Yacht, Murdoch Catches the Twitter Wave  —  Some people sunbathe and drink daiquiris on their Caribbean vacations.  Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of the News Corporation, joined Twitter.  —  On Dec. 31 the media mogul, on board his 184-foot yacht, Rosehearty …
Andrew Laughlin / Digital Spy:
Apple in running for Premier League TV rights, says report  —  Apple is interested in joining the billion pound battle to win the next round of bidding for Premier League TV rights, as part of plans to boost its Apple TV service.  —  Charles Sale over at The Daily Mail claims that the US company …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Premier League Rights: Google And Apple Unlikely To Bid
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Stephen Lawrence's parents thank Daily Mail for ‘going out on a limb’  —  Newspaper's ‘Murderers’ headline in 1997 put the case at heart of public consciousness, say David Cameron and Ed Miliband  —  The parents of Stephen Lawrence have praised the Daily Mail for “going out on a limb” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Disney and Comcast Link Up For Another 10 Years  —  Comcast has re-upped its distribution deal with Disney, which means the country's largest cable company will continue to pipe programming from ABC, ESPN and other channels into its subscribers' homes for another ten years.
 
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