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4:50 AM ET, December 19, 2011

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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 …
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: 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 …
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:mathewi
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.
Thanks:tcarmody
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC stations partner with Instagram for viewer photos  —  Several NBC owned-and-operated stations have teamed up with Instagr.am 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 …
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
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.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
There Is Something Fundamentally Wrong With AOL's Media Business  —  This note is from BI Research, a new tech-industry intelligence service.  The service is currently in beta and free.  To learn more and sign up, please click here.  —  Everyone piles on AOL all day, and we certainly don't mean to add to that.
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.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Lessons From Serial Fabulist Stephen Glass On How Not To Reboot A Career  —  The writer who made up stories for The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Harper's and others (then tried to lie his way out) is fighting to become a lawyer in California.  To the journalist who busted his original lies, Glass's tactics sound eerily familiar.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Defining journalism is a lot easier said than done  —  The ripples continue to spread from a recent Oregon court ruling involving a blogger who was sued for defamation, and argued she should be covered by the state's “media shield” law.  The judge decided that she didn't qualify as a journalist …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Getting Detained and Gassed  —  Nothing like getting pulled into a police car to glimpse, through a haze of tear gas, hints of a police state.  —  The royal family in this American ally of Bahrain deserves immense credit for turning a desert island in the Persian Gulf into a modern banking center.
 
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