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3:45 PM ET, January 19, 2012

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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple unveils iBooks Author, a Mac app for easy interactive e-book authoring  —  Apple's Roger Rosner, VP of productivity software, showed off Apple's new iBooks Author on Thursday at Apple's special media event in NYC. iBooks Author is a Mac app that provides tools to help anyone publish …
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Apple Unveils App and Tools for Digital Textbooks  —  Updated Adding more details as the press conference progresses.  —  NEW YORK — Apple wants students to bid farewell to the days of lugging around backpacks of heavy textbooks, and to welcome the iPad tablet as their new all-in-one reading device.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The day the bookshelf shook: Four lessons for news orgs from today's Apple iBooks announcements
Reuters:
News Corp pays out over hacking claims, said to admit coverup  —  (Reuters) - The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has acknowledged to victims that executives covered up the scale of illegal activity by destroying evidence and lying to investigators, victims' lawyers said on Thursday.
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Ben Fenton / @benfenton:
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp. ‘Startling’ E-Mails Trigger New U.K. Computer Search
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
NoW illegally intercepted emails of Harold Shipman's son
Discussion: Guardian
Neville Thurlbeck:
News International's Crisis of Trust - The Staff
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Phone hacking settlements: full list of who got what
Discussion: paidContent and @michaelwolffnyc
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Media Shaped Romney's ‘Inevitable’ Narrative  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum, according to reports by every news organization on Jan. 4.  Now two weeks later, there's a different story: Santorum is ahead of Romney by 34 votes …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Internet sites on their SOPA-Strike may be conducting a blackout but Hollywood studios are conducting a boycott.  I've learned that Hollywood studio chiefs individually …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo Partners With L'Espresso For 'L'Huffington Post Italy'  —  The Huffington Post Media Group (NYSE: AOL) is partnering with Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso for the launch this year of an Italian edition, paidContent has learned.  The partnership, to be announced today …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Drudge Gets Exclusive, But When Will ABC Air Interview With Marianne Gingrich?  —  Earlier this evening, the Drudge Report teased an exclusive with the single most vague headline in modern journalism history: “Network Holds Bombshell Campaign Interview.”  Accompanied with the legendary …
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Associated Press:
Indictment Charges Megaupload Site With Piracy  —  McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia say they have shut down one of the world's largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.  —  An indictment accuses the company …
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Amazon Kindle Fire: More Profitable Than Expected?  —  The Amazon Kindle Fire might be a more profitable product than you think.  —  RBC Capital analyst Ross Sandler reached that conclusion in a research note this morning, after he assessed the results of a proprietary survey of 216 Kindle Fire owners.
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Why Amazon's Plagiarism Problem Is More Than A Public Relations Issue
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Atlantic Tries A Business Site Again; WSJ's Delaney Will Lead Editorial  —  Nearly two years after Atlantic Media Company suspended plans for a business site, the company is back at it with nothing less that what Justin Smith calls “our most important new launch since The Atlantic Monthly in 1857.”
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO  —  Publisher and broadcaster Hearst Corp. has hired its first-ever chief technology officer as it tries to expand its digital footprint.  Former Sony executive Philip R. Wiser will start in the new position Feb. 1.  —  Wiser was CTO of Sony Corp. of Americas from 2004 to 2006 …
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Discussion: Poynter
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Jack Shafer / Reuters:
WikiLeaks' 16th minute
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Haaretz:
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