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12:50 PM ET, January 6, 2012

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies  —  Want to watch a new movie just out on DVD from Warner Brothers?  You're going to have to buy it, or wait even longer to get it from Netflix or other disc renters.  —  A new deal between Time Warner's movie studio …
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)  —  WNYC's John Keefe decided to use Google's election results for his map tracking the results of Iowa's GOP caucus for three reasons:  — Google's data were easier to deal with than the files provided by the Associated Press.
Discussion: Free Press and WebProNews
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Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
New Lawsuit Means All Major Labels Are Suing Grooveshark  —  Grooveshark, a popular digital music service that is being sued for copyright infringement by three of the four major record companies, now has problems with the one big label that it has a licensing deal with.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Lovefilm Adding More ITV, BBC Worldwide Archive TV  —  Amazon's Lovefilm is extending existing deals with ITV (LSE: ITV) and BBC Worldwide to gain a larger catalogue of their shows for online streaming, as it begins to defend against Netflix's imminent UK arrival.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
ECU journalism profs support fired student newspaper adviser  —  East Carolina University journalism professor Cindy Elmore is standing by her former colleague, Paul Isom, who was fired this week after serving as an adviser for three years to the student newspaper.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Contently Raises $2 Million to Play Matchmaker for Journalists and Brands  —  Series A Led By Groupon Founders' Investment Firm  —  Contently, a New York City-based startup that runs an online marketplace for freelance writing and editing work, has closed a $2 million Series A round led by Lightbank.
Discussion: Betabeat
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
RTL to exit Greek TV market  —  Former owner of Channel 5 to sell controlling stake in local subsidiary Alpha Media Group  —  RTL, the former owner of Channel 5, is to exit the beleaguered Greek TV market selling the controlling stake in its local subsidiary Alpha Media Group.
Discussion: Media News
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
Digital music sales top physical sales  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The times they are a-changin'.  For the first time in history, digital music sales topped the physical sale of music.  —  According to a Nielsen and Billboard report, digital music purchases accounted for 50.3% of music sales in 2011.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current TV Source: Keith Olbermann Has Not Responded To Request To Cover New Hampshire  —  The plot of the bewildering, apparently one-sided dispute between Countdown host Keith Olbermann and Current TV is thinning as it thickens.  A source at the network tells Mediaite that …
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Keith Olbermann Has a Point Regarding the Quality of Current TV's Production Values
Michael Wolff / GQ:
Why I love Fox News  —  Forget the phone-hacking scandal, the real threat to News Corp comes from its enemy within - Fox News' president Roger Ailes has the power, profitability and political influence to bring the media empire to collapse  —  For more than a decade, the traditional media business …
Discussion: Company Town and Erik Wemple
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's former PA arrested  —  Woman arrested by detectives on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice understood to be Cheryl Carter  —  The long-serving personal assistant to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is understood to have been arrested …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Remember the beacon?  Newly formed NewsRight is the evolution of AP's News Registry  —  Twenty-nine major news organizations have signed on as investors in NewsRight, a newly launched company that aims to make it easier for publishers to license and track their content on the web.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Editors to face Leveson Inquiry next week  —  Fleet Street will be in the dock next week as a variety of leading national newspaper journalists, editors and publishers take the stand at the Leveson Inquiry.  —  On Monday the witness list comprises: Sun royal editor Duncan Larcombe …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Dominic Mohan and Kelvin MacKenzie to appear next week
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast-Disney Pact Signals More Deals Aimed at Fighting Netflix  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)'s rights agreement with Walt Disney Co. (DIS) may become the template for how pay-TV companies strike deals with programmers to defend their subscriber base against online rivals such as Netflix Inc.
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Will Richmond / paidContent:
Disney, Comcast And Why TV Everywhere Alone Is Not Enough
Discussion: VideoNuze and Comcast
 
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Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Acquires U.K. Shortform Video Producer ChannelFlip
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Future Launching TechRadar State-Side To Turn U.S. Fortunes
Discussion: Future PLC and MinOnline
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Kevin Convey, ousted “News” editor, in newsroom farewell; he was “blindsided,” even though …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Post
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BBC World Service To Run Ads On Some Websites And Radio Stations
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J. Hoberman departs the Village Voice
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Exclusive: AP Branches Out Its Digital Syndication, Adds Pulse To The Mix
Robert Bianco / USA Today:
PBS president punches back at Romney
Discussion: Speakeasy and Free Press
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Analyst: Netflix Now the 15th Most-Watched TV ‘Network’ in U.S.
Discussion: C21Media and Free Press
 

 
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Amazon apparently set to launch Square-competitor in August as it develops biometric payment solutions

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Facebook's privacy pivot: Mark Zuckerberg's plan to win back trust

Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users

 
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