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7:25 AM ET, January 5, 2012

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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Current says Keith Olbermann refused to anchor Iowa caucus coverage  —  Analyses of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses are the top of most news sites right now—including Current TV's homepage, which features images of Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich above a video featuring former U.S. vice president …
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Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Olbermann Attorney: 'Keith's Lawyers and Current's Lawyers Are Communicating'  —  The lead attorney for Keith Olbermann tells The Hollywood Reporter that the disgruntled Current newsman is negotiating his next moves with his employer in the wake of a falling out over his participation in coverage of the Republican primaries.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Keith Olbermann's Days on Current Are Numbered
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Keith Olbermann Blasts Current TV; Internal Memo Reveals Tension Over GOP Primary
Discussion: Hot Air, Inside Cable News and Mediaite
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Mort Zuckerman changes editors, again: Kevin Convey's out, former News Corp. guy Colin Myler is in  —  In the Daily News newsroom this afternoon, a memo announcing that editor-in-chief Kevin Convey was being replaced was met with “shock” and “amazement,” according to newsroom sources.
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Colin Myler: the great survivor  —  Former News of the World editor is back - as editor-in-chief at Mort Zuckerman's New York Daily News  —  The man who was editing the News of the World when it was closed by Rupert Murdoch, and whose editorship of the Sunday Mirror ended after his paper collapsed a trial …
Discussion: Gawker
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At ‘Daily News,’ a culture of using ‘permalancers’ gets shaken up  —  Editorial staff at the Daily News endured a fair amount of turbulence during the last months of 2011, including a masthead shakeup and a round of layoffs that claimed nearly 20 editorial positions.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Case of the Unfortunate Underscore: How Twitter Verified the Fake Wendi Over the Real Wendi  —  I went all Encyclopedia Brown yesterday after I and many others had been led astray by an account — @wendi_deng — that Twitter had verified with its famous blue check mark over the holiday weekend …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Should CBS also disclose its ties to Romney's Bain Capital?  —  Last week MSNBC and NBC News starting disclosing that its parent company, NBCU is a partner in the Weather Channel with Bain Capital, of which Mitt Romney is a partner.  Now Fortune reports CBS News, at least Radio, might want to start disclosing this:
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT Buys Its Web App Maker; CEO Ridding's Memo  —  The Financial Times has acquired London-based web and application developer Assanka, which made the web app on which the publisher has based its independence from iTunes.  —  More to follow...
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Financial Times raises cover price to £2.50
Discussion: Press Gazette
Clay Shirky:
Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users  —  This may be the year where newspapers finally drop the idea of treating all news as a product, and all readers as customers.  —  One early sign of this shift was the 2010 launch of paywalls for the London Times and Sunday Times.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newspaper Guild Sends Letter to Sulzberger Packed with 560 Signatures  —  On December 23, the Newspaper Guild of New York posted an open letter criticizing Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for freezing pensions — while giving departed CEO Janet Robinson hers early — and for not budging in negotiations.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Disney and Comcast Link Up for Another 10 Years  —  Comcast has re-upped its distribution deal with Disney, which means the country's largest cable company will continue to pipe programming from ABC, ESPN and other channels into its subscribers' homes for another 10 years.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Lockheed Martin goes to bat for oppressive regime  —  A top executive for the military contractor worked with lobbyists for Bahrain to publish Op-Ed defending the regime  —  A top executive at Lockheed Martin recently worked with lobbyists for Bahrain to place an Op-Ed defending …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Yahoo Announces PayPal President Scott Thompson As Its New CEO  —  The search is over.  Yahoo just named Scott Thompson as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 9, 2012.  It's been four long months for Yahoo after ousting Carol Bartz in September.
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Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
Filkin report: Police should record all contact with press  —  Report into the relationship between the police and the press recommends records kept of all contact and warns police against reporters flirting and using alcohol to get information  —  Metropolitan police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe …
Discussion: Guardian, @dansabbagh and Poynter
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
WSJ Cleared Over Europe Sales Fixing, Now Finger Points At ABC  —  The Audit Bureau of Circulation in the UK will not take action against Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) Europe for a circulation-boosting programme associated with the resignation of WSJ's Europe publisher and EMEA managing director Andrew Langhoff recently.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
ABC's ‘thorough review’ into Wall Street Journal sales scandal is a whitewash
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Premier League Rights: Google And Apple Unlikely To Bid  —  News reports (Mail Online, Telegraph.co.uk) that Apple and Google may bid for 2013-16 Premier League live broadcast rights are almost certainly wide of the post.  —  Although the pair retail, rent and show a growing array of content like music …
Discussion: paidContent:UK and GigaOM
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Jonathan Peters / The Nation:
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Fox News Leads in coverage from Iowa; Peaks with 3.1 Million at 10pm
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Film critic J. Hoberman is out at ‘The Village Voice’
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Electronista:
Nintendo rumored encouraging iOS to Wii U ports, e-reading
Discussion: Forget The Box
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
The Guys Behind The Verge Just Went On Another Huge Talent Raid For A New Gaming Site
Discussion: The Verge
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
NYC Official Demands Time Warner Cable Reimburses Customers for Lost Games
Discussion: Bloomberg
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Stephen Lawrence's parents thank Daily Mail for ‘going out on a limb’
Discussion: Press Gazette and Editor's Blog