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9:55 AM ET, January 30, 2012

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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its Life  —  IN March 2009, an eternity ago in Silicon Valley, a small team of engineers here was in a big hurry to rethink the future of books.  Not the paper-and-ink books that have been around since the days of Gutenberg …
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Reports: Barnes & Noble Partnership With Waterstones; New Nook  —  Two separate reports published this weekend suggest that Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is close to a partnership with UK bookstore chain Waterstones and, perhaps separately, will release a new Nook this spring.  —  The first article is from Bloomberg.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Bookseller news
David Carr / New York Times:
Twitter Gives Glimpse Into Rupert Murdoch's Mind  —  As American business has become more and more media savvy, its leaders have appeared in media less and less.  Business reporters have to work their way past background conversations with underlings, written statements that state nothing …
Discussion: Gawker, @carr2n and @romenesko
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
For ProPublica, More E-Books  —  ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization known for its investigative journalism, is about to expand its e-book efforts.  —  Following in the digital footsteps of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Politico, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan …
Sarah Shearman / Brand Republic:
News International turns to Facebook for Fabulous ‘social media magazine’  —  News International (NI) is trialling a new publishing model with the launch of its first “social media magazine” on Facebook for its Fabulous magazine.  —  Tomorrow (1 February) NI launches its Fabulous for Facebook app …
Discussion: Noted
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
ESPN Deems Mobile ‘First Screen’  —  As a pioneer in the mobile media space, ESPN has long seen the value of reaching fans on-the-go with sports scores, video highlights and specialized apps to feed their passion.  But rather than view mobile as the oft-described “third screen,” …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Thailand is the world's first government to endorse Twitter's censorship feature  —  Twitter's controversial move towards enabling the censorsing of tweets has gained the backing of its first international government, after authorities in Thailand publicly endorsed the introduction.
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Reporters Without Borders:
Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey urging him not to cooperate with censors
Steven Waldman / CJR:
Local TV Stations Rally to Oppose Media Transparency  —  What exactly are their “public interest obligations”?  —  Local television stations have now rallied against the key elements of the Federal Communications Commission's media transparency proposal, which would require broadcasters to move their …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Where's the Fire?  Kindle Sales Pushing Six Million for the Quarter.  —  Has anyone seen one of Amazon's new Kindle Fires in the wild?  I haven't.  But evidently they're everywhere.  You just need to know where to look to find them — like Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan.
Discussion: CNET
Mike Armstrong / Philly.com:
Inquirer, Daily News could be headed for sale  —  A minority shareholder of the parent company of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News is looking to sell its 30 percent stake, according to a story in the New York Post.  —  Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund that holds interests …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Online Ambitions, and a Dash of Real Estate, Drive Newspaper Deals  —  IF the future of media is digital, who would want to buy a newspaper?  Many people, it turns out.  —  Investors acquired the newspapers in several major American cities in the second half of 2011, including The San Diego Union-Tribune …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Poynter
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon's Hit Man  —  Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called  —  Larry Kirshbaum, Vice-President and Publisher, Amazon Publishing  —  In November 1997, on a night of pounding rain in midtown Manhattan, Rupert Murdoch threw a party for Jane Friedman …
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Newsdesk live: the next phase of our open commissioning project  —  Join the Guardian's national news editing team to help us shape the news agenda and pursue stories as they develop through the day  —  • Read our first Newsdesk live blogpost  —  In October, we launched the first phase …
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