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12:55 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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Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Current: Olbermann declined offer to anchor Iowa coverage  —  Keith Olbermann was noteably absent from Current TV's coverage of tonight's Iowa caucus results, setting off some speculation that the channel wanted to keep him off the air.  This evening, Olbermann himself tweeted …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus 2012: Political Reporters Caught In Their Own Media Crush  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Following days of saturation caucus coverage, Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz was reminded Monday of a fortune cookie he recently cracked open.  “Analyze only when necessary,” the cookie advised.
Discussion: Jack Shafer and Pressthink
David Zurawik / The Baltimore Sun:
CNN the TV place to be for coverage of amazing, super-tight Iowa race
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 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 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.
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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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
Discussion: Telegraph and GigaOM
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” …
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 …
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Emily Bell:
What Would Rupert Do?* The Lessons of a Tweeting Murdoch.
Discussion: Digiday, Storyful and msnbc.com
Guardian:
Wendi Deng Twitter account is a fake
Josh Halliday / @joshhalliday:
Person behind @Wendi_Deng acct claims to me he is British male in London & was “completely utterly shocked” when Twitter verified
Discussion: Naked Security and CNET
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Blames Paid Link Policy Violation On Agency Unruly, Which Blames Sponsored Blogger  —  A blogger paid to publish a Chrome video is responsible for violating Google policy, not Google or its ad agency Unruly Media that sponsored the post.  However, Google says it never authorized Unruly …
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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Google Chrome's ‘sponsored posts’ explained
 
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