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4:15 PM ET, January 2, 2012


 Top News: 
The Independent:
Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails ‘hacked’  —  Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:   Scale of email hacking is set to be this year's biggest story
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tim Armstrong trumpets AOL successes, urges ‘kaizen’ spiritual-business approach on employees in New Year's Eve missive  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong closed out 2011 with a 2,000-word motivational memo emailed to his several thousand staffers around 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney's Huffington Post connection  —  Something The Huffington Post didn't mention when it published its exclusive interview with Mitt Romney last Thursday: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong gave $2,500 — the maximum campaign contribution — to Romney earlier this year, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast  —  “Either @rupertmurdoch is genuinely now on Twitter, or some disgruntled ex-NOTW journo just won the hacking Olympics.”  —  Less than two days after joining Twitter, media mogul Rupert Murdoch appears to have had his first brush …
Anthony De Rosa / @antderosa:
Looks like @rupertmurdoch joined Twitter and he's verified.
Jim Romenesko:
No mention of WP editor Brauchli in publisher's letter  —  The person who forwarded this year-end memo from Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth points out: There are roughly one kajillion people acknowledged in this Weymouth note — including Zaleski and Narisetti on the digital side …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors  —  Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they've raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Buzzfeed: The New Species at Iowa's Media Watering Hole  —  At the zoo that is the Iowa Caucus, the lobby bar in the downtown Des Moines Marriott is like a communal watering hole where roving packs of reporters, political hacks and even candidates assemble nightly to drain drinks and exchange political gossip.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable: MSG Offered No ‘Credible Explanation’ For License Fee Hike  —  MSO Offers Subscribers January Freeview of Sports Package, As Two RSNs Are In Dark  —  Time Warner Cable, maintaining that a deal had been in reach before the programmer demanded a “whopping” …
Matt Jarzemsky / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner, MSG Fail to Reach Agreement Ahead of Deadline
Discussion: Reuters and Gothamist
Sarah Kessler / Mashable:
Google Launches New Site With Resources for the 2012 Presidential Election  —  Google will officially announce its online information hub for political elections on Monday, a day before the Iowa Caucuses.  It is the first website Google has dedicated exclusively to elections.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
PBS Takes On the Premium Channels  —  In an effort to freshen its image and lift revenue, the Public Broadcasting Service is trying to be more like HBO — without the monthly cable bill.  —  Emboldened by the success of the British period drama “Downton Abbey,” one of the most critically acclaimed shows …
Post-apocalyptic journalism  —  Happy New Year's, everyone!  Hope you're enjoying yourselves because apparently we only have 355 days left until the world ends.  Make the most of them, gang.  —  Juuuust kidding.  Even I, the kind of person who interprets getting someone's voicemail …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Shifting reading habits boost Read It Later in 2011  —  Nate Weiner is one of those accidental entrepreneurs who make Silicon Valley somewhat of a magical place.  Back in 2007, when he was working at a design shop in Minnesota, he was so busy that he didn't have time to read or see videos that he came across the web.
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