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6:00 AM ET, January 2, 2013

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Simon McGarr / McGarr Solicitors:
2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web  —  This is not a joke.  I have started with that clarification, because as you read this you will find yourself asking “Is this some kind of a joke?”  I thought I would be helpful and put the answer right up at the start, so you can refer back to it as often as you require.
Discussion: Guardian and @georgeprof
Myles Tanzer / Gawker:
The Newspaper That Published Personal Information of Local Gun Owners Now Has Armed Guards  —  The saga of the Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in Rockland County now has another chapter.  —  Earlier this week, the competing Rockland Timeswent ahead …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
‘Journal News’ advertisers face boycott over gun map  —  The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits.
New York Times:
Times Reporter in China Is Forced to Leave Over Visa Issue  —  BEIJING — A correspondent for The New York Times was forced to leave mainland China on Monday after the authorities declined to issue him a visa for 2013 by year's end.  —  Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian who has worked …
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John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
China expels journalist after Wen revelations  —  AN AUSTRALIAN journalist with The New York Times has been expelled from China in an apparent act of retaliation for a news report about the family wealth of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.  After 15 years in China, including 12 as a reporter …
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
Reuters:
Tribune, out of Chapter 11, set to begin makeover as TV company  —  (Reuters) - Tribune Co, which started by publishing the Chicago Tribune on a hand press in 1847, sees a future in broadcasting, one not likely to include the major newspapers that made it a force in the news business.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple reportedly expanding Japanese iBookstore in January after finally striking deals  —  According to a report at Nikkei, Apple will finally begin selling Japanese ebooks in the iBookstore soon.  Although it launched iBooks in Japan alongside the iPad in 2010, it hadn't secured agreements …
Discussion: Bookseller news
Bill Maurer / Seeking Alpha:
Netflix Gives Reed Hastings Huge Raise: Why?  —  After the bell on Friday, Netflix (NFLX) announced that it was giving CEO Reed Hastings a huge raise.  Mr. Hastings will get a $2 million salary along with $2 million of compensation through stock options, the ultimate value of which depends on how Netflix's shares perform.
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Associated Press:
Netflix CEO pay: Hastings' gets 100 percent raise  —  Netflix CEO pay will double after he took a 43 percent pay cut this past year for management missteps.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will be paid $4 million in salary and stock options for the coming year.  —  LOS ANGELES
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now  —  I am about to commit an act of meta-journalism.  I'm sorry.  I hate meta-journalism.  I unfollowed GigaOm's Mathew Ingram (a fine writer) on Twitter some time ago because I could not muster any more interest in articles about articles and blog posts about blogging.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's make-or-break venture: the new News Corp  —  As the octogenarian mogul marshals his ailing newspaper group, he faces the sternest test of his business acumen to date  —  In my world, one of the great sports of the New Year is going to be watching Rupert Murdoch de-hitch his newspapers from his entertainment companies.
Discussion: @tom_watson
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Among Top News Stories, a War Is Missing  —  Look closely at the end-of-the-year lists of 2012's top news stories.  What's missing?  The 11-year-old war in Afghanistan and American-led counterterrorism efforts around the world.  —  The Pew Research Center's weekly polling on the public's interest …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and Gawker
 
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