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9:40 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
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
New Sunday newspaper on hold after Sun arrests  —  Plans for a new Sunday newspaper to replace the News of the World have been put on hold after the arrest of four senior journalists from its sister paper, The Sun, according to three senior insiders.  The plans, known as Project X …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Press Gazette
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Sun arrests show that News Corp is now at war with itself
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
BSkyB to Start Movie Service Rivaling Netflix  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc (BSY) will start an Internet-television service to gain new customers outside its traditional satellite offering after winning fewer TV clients in the second quarter than estimated.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
As Sky Growth Slows, Can Internet Defend It From Downturn And New Rivals?
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.
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Amazon To Launch In India As Junglee.com  —  MediaNama has learned from multiple, reliable sources that Amazon is launching in India as Junglee.com.  At the time of writing this report, Junglee.com doesn't load, but sources in at least two Amazon partners have confirmed the development.
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
Sarah Maslin Nir / The Caucus:
Colbert's Super PAC Raises More Than $1 Million  —  Stephen Colbert's quasi-satirical presidential bid has raised serious cash — over $1 million, as of Tuesday morning, the comedian announced.  —  An announcement on the Web site of Mr. Colbert's political action committee said the “super PAC” …
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.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Set To Relaunch OnePass, Halting French Papers' Kiosk  —  paidContent understands Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is set to make some big first-anniversary upgrades to its OnePass paid content system in the next few weeks, designed to increase slow take-up among publishers.
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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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Clear Channel to Invest in Company Run by TV's ‘Idol’ Host  —  Ryan Seacrest, who already is a host, producer and spokesman for Clear Channel, will soon be an investment partner as well.  —  On Tuesday, the radio conglomerate is expected to announce its acquisition of a minority stake …
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
Guardian:
Julian Assange to appear on The Simpsons  —  The WikiLeaks founder will play himself in the show's 500th episode, which airs on 19 February  —  Julian Assange will be a guest character and voice on The Simpsons, playing a neighbour of the family after they move from their home in fictional Springfield.
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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Dara Kerr / CNET:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo talks censorship
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Goodreads Gave Up on Amazon
Discussion: goodreads.com and LA Observed
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Future of the Book Is the Stream
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newt's promise: No reporters as moderators
Jim Romenesko:
Philly newspapers boss responds to NYP story
Discussion: Poynter, New York Post and Philly.com
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SnagFilms Grabs $7 Million to Share Indie Movies Online
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Slate Launches ‘MySlate’
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and 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
Yahoo! News:
New York police spokesman comes under fire
Discussion: Capital New York
The Telegraph:
Norway convicts two men over al-Qaeda plot on Danish newspaper
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Online Ambitions, and a Dash of Real Estate, Drive Newspaper Deals
 

 
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