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7:30 AM ET, December 19, 2011


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Its TV Assault  —  Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.  —  In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies …
‘Sean Hoare worked with individuals at Sun and NI where hacking was daily routine’  —  • Phone hacking ‘started at the Sun and was brought to the News of the World’, Sean Hoare told his brother  —  • Sean Hoare ‘named eight people’ who hacked phones on NoW
Discussion: Press Gazette
Phone hacking was ‘routine’ at Sun and NoW, Sean Hoare allegedly told brother  —  Stuart Hoare tells Leveson inquiry his brother Sean, a former News of the World journalist, regularly talked about hacking  —  Phone hacking was “routine” at the Sun and News of the World, the late Sean Hoare …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
As Clashes Continue in Egypt, a Media War Breaks Out  —  CAIRO — On the third day of clashes between security forces and protesters in the center of the capital, a new battle broke out Sunday between Egypt's state-run and independent media over whom to blame for the violence.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hungarian TV journalists on hunger strike  —  Four Hungarian journalists are on hunger strike in protest at government influence over the country's media.  —  They began their fast four days ago and one of them, Balazs Nagy Navarro, said: “We are going to stay until things change, even if we risk hospital.”
The Huffington Post:
Piers Morgan To Face Tough Questions About Phone Hacking  —  LONDON — CNN star Piers Morgan may be known to Americans as an empathetic English interviewer, but it's his past at the heart of Britain's troubled tabloid newspaper world that is being trotted out before the cameras this week.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Mediaite
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Publishers still missing the point on e-book prices  —  When the major book publishing firms signed an agreement with Apple that allowed them to control the prices for their e-books — unlike the deal they had with Amazon, which gave the online retailer the right to cut prices if it wanted to …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon Doesn't Care About Your Local Bookstore  —  True Colors Feminist Co-Op Bookstore in Minneapolis, formerly Amazon Bookstore.  —  Photo by Ed Kohler; Used Gratefully under a Creative Commons License  —  Here are two surprising holiday shopping season success stories.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC stations partner with Instagram for viewer photos  —  Several NBC owned-and-operated stations have teamed up with to solicit viewer photos to use on-air and online.  While the station sites have their own photo upload capability, the new partnership taps a thriving community …
Wall Street Journal:
Digital Strategy Undid New York Times CEO  —  For Janet Robinson, Growing Impatience Over Company's Future Course; Controlling Sulzberger Family Looked for a Change  —  This week's resignation of New York Times Co. chief executive Janet Robinson caught even senior executives by surprise.
Sarah Marshall /
Tony Maddox, CNN: ‘2011 is the most demanding year we can remember’  —  Executive vice president and managing director of CNN on how the broadcaster coped during an extraordinary year for news  —  CNN correspondent David McKenzie in Somalia  —  It has been an extraordinary year for news.
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