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8:20 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.
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
iBooks Author Is Not Going To Hurt Publishers. It Might Even Help Them
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The day the bookshelf shook: Four lessons for news orgs from today's Apple iBooks announcements
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNET
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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Press Gazette:
37 phone-hacking settlements confirmed at High Court  —  Nineteen more civil damages claims brought over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal have been settled, the High Court heard today.  —  Actor Jude Law, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and Labour MP Chris Bryant …
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
NoW illegally intercepted emails of Harold Shipman's son
Discussion: Guardian
Guardian:   How News Group hid the phone-hacking scandal
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp. ‘Startling’ E-Mails Trigger New U.K. Computer Search
Neville Thurlbeck:
News International's Crisis of Trust - The Staff
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
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 …
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 …
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The Mega empire: details of the MegaUpload indictment  —  The FBI moved Thursday to shut down MegUpload.com and arrest four of its executives including its founder Kim Schmitz.  The feds are alleging criminal copyright infringement and racketeering, and the full indictment has already been posted online.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Anonymous claims DOJ and record label site takedowns in response to MegaUpload suit
Discussion: rt.com and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
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 …
Jim Romenesko:
Dealing with the Fox News PR machine  —  “Much as I like Gabe Sherman's work, I disagree with him in this instance,” Times media editor Bruce Headlam told me Tuesday night.  “Covering a person or organization doesn't mean you are carrying water for them.  If it did, our homepage right …
Discussion: TVNewser, Gawker and Inside Cable News
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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paidContent:
Why Amazon's Plagiarism Problem Is More Than A Public Relations Issue
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Crikey
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Poll Says Fox News Most Trusted News Source...And Least Trusted  —  Public Policy Polling has just released its 3rd Annual TV News Trust Poll, and while the poll found PBS to be the outlet that the most people trust (for the second year in a row), Fox News was the outlet that more people said they trusted most.
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.”
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters' branding push results in a luxury magazine that is, literally, for the Davos set  —  Over the past few years, Reuters has been adding an impressive array of magazine stars and other marquee reporters to its massive stable of journalists, in the hopes of becoming a more public-facing news and information brand.
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
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