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2:05 PM ET, January 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)  —  WNYC's John Keefe decided to use Google's election results for his map tracking the results of Iowa's GOP caucus for three reasons:  — Google's data were easier to deal with than the files provided by the Associated Press.
Discussion: Free Press and WebProNews
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies  —  Want to watch a new movie just out on DVD from Warner Brothers?  You're going to have to buy it, or wait even longer to get it from Netflix or other disc renters.  —  A new deal between Time Warner's movie studio …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
New Lawsuit Means All Major Labels Are Suing Grooveshark  —  Grooveshark, a popular digital music service that is being sued for copyright infringement by three of the four major record companies, now has problems with the one big label that it has a licensing deal with.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's former PA arrested  —  Woman arrested by detectives on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice understood to be Cheryl Carter  —  The long-serving personal assistant to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is understood to have been arrested …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Lovefilm Adding More ITV, BBC Worldwide Archive TV  —  Amazon's Lovefilm is extending existing deals with ITV (LSE: ITV) and BBC Worldwide to gain a larger catalogue of their shows for online streaming, as it begins to defend against Netflix's imminent UK arrival.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Contently Raises $2 Million to Play Matchmaker for Journalists and Brands  —  Series A Led By Groupon Founders' Investment Firm  —  Contently, a New York City-based startup that runs an online marketplace for freelance writing and editing work, has closed a $2 million Series A round led by Lightbank.
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Julie Moos / Poynter:
ECU journalism profs support fired student newspaper adviser  —  East Carolina University journalism professor Cindy Elmore is standing by her former colleague, Paul Isom, who was fired this week after serving as an adviser for three years to the student newspaper.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Dick Cheney's Daughter Liz Joins Fox News  —  So it isn't just NBC making a run on political daughters.  —  Fox News has hired Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, as a contributor for the 2012 election cycle.  —  Cheney is a former State Department official under …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
RTL to exit Greek TV market  —  Former owner of Channel 5 to sell controlling stake in local subsidiary Alpha Media Group  —  RTL, the former owner of Channel 5, is to exit the beleaguered Greek TV market selling the controlling stake in its local subsidiary Alpha Media Group.
Discussion: Media News
Laurie Segall /
Digital music sales top physical sales  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The times they are a-changin'.  For the first time in history, digital music sales topped the physical sale of music.  —  According to a Nielsen and Billboard report, digital music purchases accounted for 50.3% of music sales in 2011.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL Strikes Ad-Sales Deal With Bonnier's Parenting Group to Deliver More Moms to Advertisers  —  Companies to Share Revenue From Combined Campaigns  —  In a new type of partnership with a publisher, AOL has formed an ad-sales alliance with Bonnier's Parenting Group to help sell reserved ad inventory …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current TV Source: Keith Olbermann Has Not Responded To Request To Cover New Hampshire  —  The plot of the bewildering, apparently one-sided dispute between Countdown host Keith Olbermann and Current TV is thinning as it thickens.  A source at the network tells Mediaite that …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Keith Olbermann Has a Point Regarding the Quality of Current TV's Production Values
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast-Disney Pact Signals More Deals Aimed at Fighting Netflix  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)'s rights agreement with Walt Disney Co. (DIS) may become the template for how pay-TV companies strike deals with programmers to defend their subscriber base against online rivals such as Netflix Inc.
Will Richmond / paidContent:
Disney, Comcast And Why TV Everywhere Alone Is Not Enough
Discussion: VideoNuze and Comcast
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Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Acquires U.K. Shortform Video Producer ChannelFlip
Discussion: Televisual, paidContent and Guardian
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Future Launching TechRadar State-Side To Turn U.S. Fortunes
Discussion: Future PLC and MinOnline
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Kevin Convey, ousted “News” editor, in newsroom farewell; he was “blindsided,” even though …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Post
Mark Sweney / paidContent:
BBC World Service To Run Ads On Some Websites And Radio Stations
Erik Wemple:
J. Hoberman departs the Village Voice
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Wolff / GQ:
Why I love Fox News
Discussion: Company Town and Erik Wemple
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Remember the beacon? Newly formed NewsRight is the evolution of AP's News Registry
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Exclusive: AP Branches Out, Adds Pulse To Its Digital Mix