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12:05 PM ET, January 3, 2012

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Month's Apple Event To Focus On Publishing And iBooks  —  Apple will be holding a product event later this month in New York, Kara Swisher is reporting, and we've confirmed independently with a source.  —  According to the source the event will not involve any hardware at all and instead …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not the iPad 3 or New TV — But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month  —  According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important — but not large-scale — event to be held in New York at the end of this month that will focus on a media-related announcement.
Gordon MacMillan / The Wall:
Is the Sun looking at charging for content again?  —  Is News International looking again at charging for content from The Sun?  I blogged last year that News International had ditched the idea of putting up a paywall for The Sun, but an archive website has now appeared offering access to historical Sun content for 50p an article.
Discussion: @leonwatson
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
The Verified Twitter Account for Rupert Murdoch's Wife Was Fake [Updated]  —  Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter last week.  So did his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch.  “Joining my husband @rupertmurdoch in our new digital adventure on Twitter,” reads her bio.  Cute, right?
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Taking to Twitter, Murdoch Signals Support for Santorum  —  The media mogul Rupert Murdoch signaled his support for Rick Santorum on Monday evening, calling him the “only candidate with genuine big vision” for the United States.  —  His comments were significant not only because Mr. Murdoch …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Will The Real Wendi Deng Murdoch Please Stand Up?
Discussion: Deadline.com and BBC
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Gotham: At Wall Street Protests, Clash of Reporting and Policing  —  In late November, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, ordered every precinct in his domain to read a statement.  Officers, the commissioner said, must “respect the public's right to know about these events and the media's right of access to report.”
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV  —  Tom Freston is Vice's growth guru and not-so-secret weapon.  Credit: Ben Baker/Redux  —  This story appeared in the 1/16/12 issue of FORBES.  —  Shane Smith is trying to order drinks.  It's not going well.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
9/11 Relatives Who Suspect Hacking Await Answers  —  Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, relatives of some of the victims began suspecting that someone was eavesdropping on their telephones.  —  Some heard mysterious clicking sounds on their home and mobile phones.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Murdoch hacking warning admission won't lead to review by BSkyB board  —  Murdoch hacking warning won't lead to review by BSkyB board  —  The BSkyB board does not regard James Murdoch's admission that he was warned of the extent of phone hacking in 2008 as “material”, sources at the company have claimed.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hearst U.S. Digital Biz ‘Solidly Profitable For The First Time’ In '11  —  In a New Year letter to employees, Hearst president David Carey reiterated that the company's target this year is to reach over 1 million paid digital subscribers per month.  —  The full letter:
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Peter Preston / Guardian:
If you choose your own news, you'll be less well read  —  Digital news offers customers the choice of what they want to read.  But print offers something extra: stories that people didn't know they wanted to read until they had read them  —  Last year it was paywalls …
Adam Smeltz / StateCollege.com:
Daily News' Response to Conlin Allegations Sets Bar for Penn Staters  —  Immediately, the Pennsylvania newspaper's disgust and outrage were palpable.  —  No hint of hesitation.  No qualifications or excuses.  Just pure outrage and undiluted disgust.  —  Those are gut reactions you'd expect …
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Des Moines Marriott a ‘Star Wars’ bar scene for journalists covering Iowa Caucus  —  Everyone knows the media loves a horse race, so it's no surprise journalists covering the Iowa Caucus have gathered at the same starting gate in the derby for the White House.
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Buzzfeed: The New Species at Iowa's Media Watering Hole
Discussion: CJR and New York Times
 
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Jim Romenesko:
San Diego Union-Tribune becomes U-T San Diego
David Carr / New York Times:
The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Forbes
Sara-Ellen Amster / The Huffington Post:
Journalism Needs Plenty of Tintins to Invigorate Field
Paddy Manning / Sydney Morning Herald:
What if public-interest journalism had a white knight: a media start-up is born, packed with pedigree
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Three trends from 2011 that will reshape digital news in 2012
Justin Peters / CJR:
Movement Man  —  Meet Chris Faraone, Occupy reporter for the Boston Phoenix
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
An annotated field guide to the Campaign 2012 press corps
Discussion: Wonkette and Erik Wemple
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Lots of Newspaper Deals, But Not Much Hope
Discussion: MediaPost
statesmanjournal.com:
Post-apocalyptic journalism  —  Happy New Year's, everyone!
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tim Armstrong trumpets AOL successes, urges ‘kaizen’ spiritual-business approach on employees in New Year's Eve missive
Jim Romenesko:
No mention of WP editor Brauchli in publisher's letter
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacking group ShinyHunters, which claims to have stolen 560M users' data and is trying to sell the data for $500K

 
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