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7:10 AM ET, January 31, 2012

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Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society  —  Jonathan Franzen has launched a passionate defence of the printed book, warning that our desire for the instant gratification of e-books is damaging for society.  —  Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom, is being hailed as one of America's greatest novelists
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Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!:
Jonathan Franzen Is Wrong: Ebooks Are Good for Everyone  —  Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.  —  I love books, especially old ones.  Recently I learned a simple dinner table trick from a 110-year-old magic book.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
BuzzFeed Bulks Up Again, With a Tech Section Run by Gizmodo's Matt Buchanan  —  Do we need more Web sites writing about tech?  Yes, yes we do.  —  Which is good, because here's another one: BuzzFeed, the online publishing start-up that's the toast of people who like to write …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Mysteries of Data Pool 3 give Rupert Murdoch a whole new headache  —  The arrest of four Sun journalists threatens to open a fresh phase of the scandal surrounding News International  —  On Saturday morning, the police arrested four journalists who have worked for Rupert Murdoch.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Sun arrests show that News Corp is now at war with itself
Discussion: Guardian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is it good for journalism when sources go direct?  —  In a piece in the New York Times on the weekend, media writer David Carr took a look at News Corp. billionaire Rupert Murdoch's use of Twitter, and how the media mogul has used it as both a bully pulpit and a soapbox.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Three Founders Are Out At Demand Media  —  Demand Media is known for churning lots of content through its sites, but today it's notable for another churn, of the executive kind: three of the people who helped found and build up the company are leaving.  —  Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez …
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
All Change At Content Farm Demand Media: Three Of The Founders Are Out
Discussion: The Wrap
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Former Cosmo editor gives $30 million to establish media innovation center at Stanford, Columbia  —  Stanford's engineering school and Columbia's journalism school will use the $30 million gift to establish the bi-coastal David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
John McQuaid / Forbes:
The Yale Rhodes Scholarship Quarterback Story Is Not About Sexual Assault  —  There's been a backlash against the New York Times story on Yale quarterback Patrick Witt (which I wrote about last week).  Kathleen Parker denounced the Times, saying Witt has been unfairly indicted in the public eye …
Discussion: National Review
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Jim Romenesko:
Tribune bankruptcy bill hits $231 million  —  Tribune's financial results appear to be improving.  The monthly operating report filed on Jan. 24 shows the Chicago-based company increased its cash balance to $2.05 billion as of Dec. 25 from $1.78 billion a year earlier.
Discussion: Chicago Business and LA Observed
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
As Anonymous protests, Internet drowns in inaccurate anti-ACTA arguments  —  After the Internet's decisive victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this month, online activists have been looking for their next target, and a growing number of them have chosen the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Goodreads Gave Up on Amazon  —  Goodreads, the social network for reading and reviewing books, had to make a change this month.  It moved away from its main source of book data, the Amazon Product Advertising API, citing its “many restrictions.”  It completed the transition …
Discussion: goodreads.com and LA Observed
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Future of the Book Is the Stream  —  Cloud storage is paving the way for books that are sold not by title, but by time.  —  So, digital books.  As innovative as they are form-wise and otherwise, it's striking, business-wise, how tightly they cling to tradition.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newt's promise: No reporters as moderators  —  Newt Gingrich lashed out at the media today during a rally in Pensacola, Florida, suggesting that all reporters are in the tank for President Obama: “As your nominee, I will not accept debates in the fall in which the reporters are the moderators …
Jim Romenesko:
Philly newspapers boss responds to NYP story  —  Philadelphia Media Network CEO Greg Osberg has responded to the New York Post story about Alden Global selling its stake in the Inquirer and Daily News.  “A single minority owner does not have the right to sell the entire company, only their percentage of ownership,” he writes.
Discussion: Poynter
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Mike Armstrong / Philly.com:
Inquirer, Daily News could be headed for sale
Discussion: New York Post and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Michael Brendan Dougherty / Business Insider:
Drudge Fights Back Against The Charge He Is In Romney's Pocket  —  On the top right corner of the Drudge Report, the master of the news-cycle links to a story from Politico in which former Senator Fred Thompson alleges Drudge is in Romney's pocket.  —  And just below that link …
Discussion: WebProNews and FishbowlDC
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David Weigel / Slate:   Drudge Winks  —  Before it's taken down, check out the joke Matt Drudge …
 
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Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Citing Concerns About Backpage.com, Film Forum Pulls Advertising from Village Voice
Gavin Aronsen / Mother Jones:
Journalists—Myself Included—Swept Up in Mass Arrest at Occupy Oakland
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SnagFilms Grabs $7 Million to Share Indie Movies Online
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Slate Launches ‘MySlate’
Discussion: MediaPost
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Senate cybersecurity bill sparking concerns about government control
Discussion: Washington Post and ReadWriteWeb
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC's Arnall moves to Bloomberg TV
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New York police spokesman comes under fire
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