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8:50 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
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Scott Martin / USA Today:
Apple television gamble the talk of CES  —  Apple is the only company that consistently gets big buzz out of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — without even attending.  —  This year will be no different.  —  Connected TVs — TVs that connect to and can access content …
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:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Where Did Nine Million Cable Subscribers Go?  —  New year, new chance to talk about cord-cutting/shaving/avoiding.  Which is either a big deal that's going to get bigger, or basically imaginary, depending on who you like to listen to.  —  If you're in the big deal camp …
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.  —  Assanka launched the HTML5 web app with the paper's in-house product team …
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.
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 …
ap.org:
AP names Eric Carvin social media editor  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Carvin, an AP Nerve Center news producer and former National Desk editor, has been named the organization's social media editor, based at headquarters in New York.  —  Carvin will lead the AP's ongoing social media efforts …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson: 'We'll Be Back to Innovation'  —  Scott Thompson.  Image via CrunchBase  —  Who will own Yahoo a year from now?  Will its workforce be dramatically smaller?  Scott Thompson didn't answer these questions in his first conference call as CEO of the online media giant …
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Yahoo Announces PayPal President Scott Thompson As Its New CEO
 
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Jonathan Peters / The Nation:
FAQ: What Are the Rights of Reporters Covering Protests?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Financial Times raises cover price to £2.50
Discussion: Press Gazette
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: Medacity and The Verge
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Disney and Comcast Link Up for Another 10 Years
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
NYC Official Demands Time Warner Cable Reimburses Customers for Lost Games
Discussion: Bloomberg
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Premier League Rights: Google And Apple Unlikely To Bid
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newspaper Guild Sends Letter to Sulzberger Packed with 560 Signatures
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Stephen Lawrence's parents thank Daily Mail for ‘going out on a limb’
Discussion: Press Gazette and Editor's Blog
 

 
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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

 
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