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8:30 PM ET, January 15, 2013

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Jack Shafer:
When advertorial bites back  —  At about noon today, the Atlantic put on a very snug hair shirt, issuing a statement of apology and regret for having posted on its website Church of Scientology “Sponsor Content” yesterday.  —  The Scientology advertisement, composed by tone-deaf propagandists unable …
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Atlantic On That Scientology Advertorial: ‘We Screwed Up’  —  Advertising's easy when the world loves you.  When the pitchforks are out — when you're BP after the Deepwater Horizon spill, say, or Coca-Cola amid the sugary drinks backlash - that's where it gets tricky.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
The Atlantic backtracks and removes controversial Scientology advertorial
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
N.Y.'s tough new gun law also prohibits disclosure of gun owners' names  —  The New York state Assembly will vote Tuesday on gun legislation that would broaden the definition of assault weapons and require mental health professionals to report anyone they thought may become dangerous.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   How the New York Times scored its Journal News interviews
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Journal News deploys Fifth Avenue firm to reject interview requests
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
James O'Keefe tries to get reporters to advertise their gun-free homes
Discussion: Twitchy
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Andrew Miller / Lean Back 2.0:
Why the Guardian is launching a digital edition in Australia
Discussion: pressgazette.co.uk
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Former Yahoo Boss Ross Levinsohn Has a New Gig, and a Digital M&A War Chest  —  Ross Levinsohn, who wanted to run Yahoo but didn't get the gig, has a new perch.  He's heading up a new digital media company backed by Guggenheim Partners.  —  Guggenheim already controlled several media trade titles …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Bill Press on future of Current TV hosts  —  As Current TV vanishes, the progressive media talking heads that called the network home are left with one major question: What's next?  —  What's next for each host professionally once Al Jazeera America takes the place of Current in millions of homes across the country?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Dylan Byers / Politico:   Al Jazeera America: Will they watch?
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
News outlets improperly used photos posted to Twitter: judge  —  (Reuters) - A judge has found that two news organizations improperly used images that a photojournalist had posted to Twitter in one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media.
Discussion: CNET, Mashable! and Poynter
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Picturehouse, Small Film Distributor, Is Returning  —  LOS ANGELES — Picturehouse is back.  —  The small, feisty distributor of some daring indie films, including “Pan's Labyrinth” and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” is being rebuilt — independently of its former owner …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine, /Film and The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
WSJ to Bow New Magazine  —  Whether it's taking stock of one's own wealth or gawking at others,' people's interest in money seems limitless.  So says The Wall Street Journal, which is giving personal finance the glossy treatment with a new magazine insert, WSJ. … Money is a spinoff of WSJ.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Billfold
Deadspin:
Hot Stove: Deadspin, Gawker Swap Managing Editors  —  Deadspin has traded managing editor Tom Scocca to Gawker for managing editor Emma Carmichael.  The sign-and-trade deal makes Scocca the deputy editor at Gawker, second in command to new editor John Cook, and it returns Carmichael …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Layoffs occurring at Reuters  —  An undetermined number of Reuters employees are currently being laid off, a company representative confirmed to Talking Biz News.  —  Those layoffs include editorial staffers.  —  “Yes, I can confirm there have been layoffs across Thomson Reuters today …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN President Jeff Zucker backs Piers Morgan's gun control campaign  —  CNN president Jeff Zucker told CNN New York staff today that he supported Piers Morgan's decision to speak in favor of gun control, sources at the network tell POLITICO.  —  During a town-hall meeting with staff …
Discussion: Mediaite and Deadline.com
Vadim Lavrusik / Facebook:
How Journalists Can Use Facebook Graph Search for Reporting  —  Today we're announcing Graph Search, a new way for people to navigate their connections to people and content on Facebook.  It launches today with a limited beta.  To sign up for the waiting list, see the bottom of the Graph Search about page.
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy: Warning signs before the buyout  —  As pressure built to make a deal, an army of bankers and Tribune Co.'s top executives saw red flags but forged ahead — with huge fees and other payments as incentives  —  When Bank of America credit officer Dan Petrik and his team sat …
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC boosts Britain's economy by £8bn, new report claims
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Jim Romenesko:
Reporter fired by Houston Chronicle for stripping lands at San Antonio Express-News
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google ordered to reveal identity of anonymous bloggers in Australian defamation suit
Discussion: Herald Sun
Adam Popescu / ReadWrite:
Why Write Your Own Book When An Algorithm Can Do It For You?
Jim Romenesko:
Dick Stevenson is named New York Times chief Washington correspondent
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
CBS's Censorship Of CNET May Undermine A Different CBS Lawsuit
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jim Impoco to leave Reuters as the company readies new digital strategy
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper audience aged severely since 2010
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Press Gazette:
As MEP is jailed thanks to Sunday Times Insight sting - police investigate intimidation claim
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In battle for listeners, Audiobooks.com switches to Audible's pay-by-the-book model
Discussion: CNET
Los Angeles Times:
Rupert Murdoch says Los Angeles Times purchase not a sure thing
Discussion: LA Observed
 

 
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Bloomberg:
Google Said to Plan Separating Photo Service From Google+

Adi Robertson / The Verge:
As of today, Americans can legally unlock their phones again

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Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung

 
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