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9:25 AM ET, January 17, 2012

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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to announce tools, platform to “digitally destroy” textbook publishing  —  Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19.  While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks …
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Shara Tibken / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Give a Lesson About Textbooks  —  Apple Inc. fans should have something new to cheer this week, but it's not likely to be the latest iPad or a TV.  —  While the notoriously secretive Apple remains mum about its education announcement Thursday at New York's Guggenheim museum, observers aren't expecting a new gadget.
Guardian:
James Harding gives Leveson evidence  —  • Times editor: it should have covered hacking ‘harder, earlier’  —  • Statutory regulation would open door to political interference  —  • He confirms the Times rejected MPs' expenses data in 2009  —  • NI finance boss: cash payments have ‘gone down considerably’
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Jon Slattery
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The Times:
The Future of the Press  —  The report of Lord Justice Leveson's …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Wikipedia founder defends blackout  —  Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, has defended the decision to blackout the website around the world tomorrow, despite other American technology companies refusing to follow suit.  —  The digital encyclopaedia will voluntarily shut …
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against SOPA  —  Today, founder of the non-profit behind information archive Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, announced that the site will go dark for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix Hit With Class-Action Suit By Angry Investors  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has been hit with a class-action suit by a group of disgruntled investors who claim the online movie-rental chain withheld information from them prior to its steep stock-price plunge over the late summer and fall.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Texas Tribune Ropes in Funds And Readers  —  When The Texas Tribune launched in November 2009 as a nonprofit online news organization, it had one mission: to provide comprehensive reporting on politics, public policy and state government—increasingly critical coverage as local papers closed …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Tech Industry Buys Itself a Mouthpiece  —  How did Silicon Valleys bigwigs react when their favorite trade publication adopted strict new conflicts of interest policies?  They banded together to pay someone else to cover them.  —  Former TechCrunch reporter Sarah Lacy today launched PandoDaily …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Hollywood Techniques at Play in Politics  —  Hollywood came early to the 2012 presidential race in the unlikely form of “When Mitt Romney Came to Town,” the 28-minute documentary-style attack film that opens with the word “capitalism” and comes to an end with chants of “Wall Street greed.”
Discussion: The Caucus and The Wrap
Nick Denys / The Kernel:
Why The Huffington Post UK Failed  —  The Huffington Post's UK operation has not been a rousing success.  Nick Denys investigates why, concluding that a lack of editorial leadership and mediocre hires may be to blame.  —  On the day that AOL purchased the Huffington Post, for a reported $315 million …
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Sports Opens Site to App Makers  —  CBS Corp., in a move aimed at boosting its share of the nearly billion-dollar fantasy-sports business, is opening up its CBS Sports website so outside developers can create apps geared toward fantasy enthusiasts.  —  Fantasy sports, where participants …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts  —  Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
As demand for e-books soars, libraries struggle to stock their virtual shelves  —  Kindles, Nooks and iPads can do many amazing things, but they can't bump you ahead in line at the Reston Regional Library.  In fact, if you want to borrow a book, it may be quicker to put down your sleek new device and head into the stacks.
Discussion: TeleRead
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Trinity Mirror's Sly Bailey: ‘No evidence our journalists hacked phones’  —  Chief executive of Trinity Mirror Sly Bailey tells Leveson inquiry there is ‘no evidence’ to support allegations of phone hacking, as she stood by her decision not to investigate the matter internally
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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