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8:35 AM ET, January 20, 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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Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA  —  Apple just released iBooks Author, a free Mac app for creating digital books for the new version of iBooks.  I haven't played with it much, but so far it looks like a very good tool.  However, a curious thing happens when you go to export your work in iBooks format:
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Apple Introduces Tools to (Someday) Supplant Print Textbooks  —  Updated  —  Apple wants students to stop lugging around backpacks full of heavy textbooks and to switch to the iPad instead.  —  On Thursday the company introduced three free pieces of software revolving around education.
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
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: Gizmodo and rt.com, more at Techmeme »
Guardian:
How News Group hid phone-hacking scandal  —  Judge criticises Murdoch empire as it agrees aggravated damages for 37 victims of News of the World  —  A high court judge said the Murdoch-owned company behind the News of the World had made “an admission of sorts” that it engaged in a deliberate cover …
Discussion: Press Gazette and CJR
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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
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 …
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 …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Online Ad Spend Projected To Soar To Nearly $40B  —  In a watershed moment for the Web, researchers expect domestic online advertising to finally surpass print adverting in 2012.  According to eMarketer, U.S. online ad spending will grow an additional 23.3% to $39.5 billion this year.
Ananyo Bhattacharya / Guardian:
Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism  —  If reporters wrote stories the way some scientists seem to want, few people would read science coverage  —  Have you heard of Futurity?  How about The Conversation?  In different ways, these sites and others are bypassing …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Search Still Drives Google, but Display Ads Now a $5 Billion Business  —  Revenue Falls Short of Expectations but Still Up 25% in Q4  —  Citing a strong holiday season, Google reported a 25% increase in fourth-quarter revenue and a display advertising business that has doubled in the last two years.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsRight's potential: New content packages, niche audiences, and revenue  —  When NewsRight — the Associated Press spinoff formerly known as News Licensing Group (and originally announced by the AP as an unnamed “rights clearinghouse") — began to lift the veil a couple of weeks ago …
Hannah Sheehan / On The Media:
Photojournalism's Debt to Kodak  —  Having failed to adequately adapt to the digital age, Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.  Kodak had long been struggling: First, with the advent of digital cameras and then, with the emergence of smartphones that threatened to make even those devices obsolete.
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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Associated Press:
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Erik Wemple:
Memo to ABC: Just run Gingrich interview!
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
PolitiFact's art of interpretation
Julie Moos / Poynter:
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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters' branding push results in a luxury magazine that is, literally, for the Davos set
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Media Shaped Romney's ‘Inevitable’ Narrative
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lovefilm lands on LG, Roku up next
Discussion: The Next Web
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
‘PBS NewsHour’ to Make Election Coverage Accessible to Diverse Audiences
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO
 

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

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

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