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10:05 PM ET, January 31, 2012


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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon: Big Kindle sales, but sales and outlook fall short  —  Summary: Amazon's fourth quarter sales and outlook fall short of expectations.  Kindle sales surge.  —  Amazon's fourth quarter sales missed projections, but earnings were ahead.  The big wild card was Kindle device sales, which tripled over the holidays.
Steven Mikulan / Frying Pan News:
LA Times: Layoffs, Sabotage and Suicides?  —  Ed Padgett was driving in the rain to a union meeting when the L.A. Times called to tell him he was fired.  The pressman, a third-generation Times employee, listened in shock last December to an HR woman's voice explain he was being dismissed for …
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
Suicides and Sabotage at the LA Times
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Neil Young and the Sound of Music  —  You know what the biggest problem with music today is?  —  Sound quality.  —  That's Neil Young's take on the issue, anyway.  For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking.
John Ellis / BuzzFeed:
Big Media Is About To Pull The Plug On Newt Gingrich  —  The suits are taking charge, and they're killing the travel budgets.  Sorry Newt, Rick, Zeke!  —  Gingrich is about to lose his pack.  —  It's January 31st and it's over.  Mitt Romney has blown away the field in the Florida primary …
Meena Hart Duerson / NY Daily News:
Facebook Subscribe exposes journalists to spam, pornography, some users complain  —  Some women say they are overwhelmed by inappropriate content  —  Journalists have begun to voice complaints about Facebook's Subscribe feature.  —  When the Travel Channel's Nisha Chittal launched …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Viacom's Philippe Dauman Says “Mob Mentality” Doomed SOPA and PIPA  —  The “mob mentality” and “unfortunate rhetoric” around the protest of SOPA and PIPA earlier this month unnecessarily polarized the copyright debate between the technology and entertainment industries, said Viacom President …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Hillicon Valley
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Fox News Channel set to make ratings milestone with 10 years atop the Nielsen charts  —  Shepard Smith says the station can stay No. 1 as long as it takes care of its product  —  Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith.  —  Amid the day-long coverage of the Florida primary vote Tuesday …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama finds virtual end-around to bypass the White House press  —  President Obama is finding ways to get his message to the public without going through the White House press corps.  —  Obama on Monday held his “first completely virtual interview” as part of an event hosted by Google+ …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
As Sky Growth Slows, Can Internet Defend It From Downturn And New Rivals?  —  BSkyB's financials are still improving, but the company is now flaunting a range of new internet upgrades to try containing subscriber growth slow-down and potential threats from newcomers.
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
BSkyB to Start Movie Service Rivaling Netflix
Discussion: paidContent and Online Video News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sorry Dick, but Twitter is definitely a media entity  —  At the Dive Into Media conference on Monday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said the company doesn't see itself as a media entity, although he admited it is in the media business.  It's not surprising Twitter wouldn't want to come right …
Discussion: The New Yorker Blog and Mashable!
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo talks censorship
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Patriot-News submits Sara Ganim's Penn State sex abuse reporting for Pulitzer  —  Daily News columnist John Baer reports that The Patriot-News has submitted Sara Ganim's stories about the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse allegations for a Pulitzer Prize.  (The deadline to enter was last week.)
Discussion: South Bend Tribune
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The New Yorker's David Remnick: Paper Magazines Are “Pretty Good Technology”  —  Quality long-form writing has a place in the Internet age, says the New Yorker editor David Remnick — and it's worth paying for.  —  Asked whether print magazines would last another 20 years, Remnick said …
Discussion: AdAge and The Wrap
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Interview: David Karp, founder of Tumblr, on realising his dream  —  The chief executive of one of the fastest-growing startups on the internet says he lied about his age and experience to woo clients  —  David Karp, the founder of the blogging platform Tumblr, was 17 when he decided to cut the apron strings and move to Tokyo.
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Amazon To Launch In India As  —  MediaNama has learned from multiple, reliable sources that Amazon is launching in India as  At the time of writing this report, doesn't load, but sources in at least two Amazon partners have confirmed the development.
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jason Kilar: Hulu's 2011 Revenues Of $420 Million Was Actually Above The “Board Plan”  —  Last year, Hulu brought in $420 million in revenues, with was 60 percent above the year before.  The news, however, was seen as a miss because Hulu earlier in the year suggested that it would make $500 million.
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” …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble Won't Sell Amazon's Imprints in Stores  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. said today that it has decided not to sell in its stores any titles published by Inc.'s various publishing imprints.  —  However, the nation's largest bookstore chain said that it will continue …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Goodreads Gave Up on Amazon
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A new iPad app that promises a future for long-form journalism
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Village Voice To Stop Suing Over ‘Best Of’ Lists
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
The Super Bowl Is Simultaneously Killing and Saving Television
Discussion: Multichannel
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Murdoch taps New York City education official as his chief of staff
Anthony De Rosa / @antderosa:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Study: As E-Readers Increase, So Does Resistance
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
One Of Demand Media's Founders Left With An Amusingly Slim Payout
Discussion: paidContent
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Barry Leibowitz / CBS News: targeted by Wash. lawmakers over escort ads, child sex trade
Discussion: The New York Observer
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Hollywood Copyright Dispute: The Skirmishing Resumes
Discussion: paidContent
Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: state regulation of the press “offensive”, says Sir Christopher Meyer
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Set To Relaunch OnePass, Halting French Papers' Kiosk
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Julian Assange to appear on The Simpsons
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Clear Channel to Invest in Company Run by TV's ‘Idol’ Host
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!:
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