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2:40 PM ET, January 20, 2012

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload  —  The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on “cyberlocker” site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom.
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Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?  —  #OpMegaUpload: like watching “War Games” play out, but with cyber-bombs.  —  In the aftermath of the Jan. 18 SOPA/PIPA blackout protests, the Internet community had amassed quite a bit of goodwill, flexed its muscles in a friendly, humorous …
Ben Sisario / The New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host  —  Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  While the sources said the discussions are very preliminary …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
BuzzFeed Makes Another Splashy Hire, This One From Rolling Stone  —  BuzzFeed, the social Web site that made a splash last month by hiring the blogger Ben Smith away from Politico, will signal its expansion plans on Friday by announcing that it has hired Doree Shafrir of Rolling Stone to oversee culture coverage.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Leaders In House And Senate Postpone Anti-Piracy Efforts  —  The push for controversial legislation known as SOPA and PIPA appears to have unraveled completely after leaders in both the House and Senate put the bills on ice.  —  In a press release this morning, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx) …
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New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — When Jack Valenti walked the halls of Congress, friends by the dozen gripped, grinned and took note of what was worrying the movie industry's dapper chief lobbyist.  —  Christopher J. Dodd now fills Mr. Valenti's shoes.
Telegraph:
News International faces FBI phone hacking probe  —  Rupert Murdoch's is facing an FBI investigation into phone hacking in America after News International admitted intercepting voicemails of Jude Law, the actor, while it is thought he was in the United States.  —  Jude Law
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Raju Narisetti leaving Washington Post to return to WSJ  —  After three years at The Washington Post, managing editor Raju Narisetti is returning to The Wall Street Journal as managing editor of the Journal's Digital Network.  Narisetti worked at the Journal for 13 years before stints at Mint and the Post …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Iran's Press TV loses UK licence  —  Ofcom revokes English-language channel's licence for breaching the Communications Act  —  Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster's English-language outlet, has been forced off the air in the UK after Ofcom revoked its licence for breaching the Communications Act.
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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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Politico:
CNN's John King puts himself on firing line  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Newt Gingrich's heated exchange with moderator John King at Thursday's CNN debate may help determine the fate of Gingrich's campaign for president and could also be a defining moment for King, whose image as a serious reporter …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Search Still Drives Google, but Display Ads 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.
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 …
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