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11:20 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple unveils iBooks Author, a Mac app for easy interactive e-book authoring  —  Apple's Roger Rosner, VP of productivity software, showed off Apple's new iBooks Author on Thursday at Apple's special media event in NYC. iBooks author is a Mac app that provides tools to help anyone publish …
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Bits:
Apple Unveils App and Tools for Digital Textbooks  —  Updated Adding more details as the press conference progresses.  —  NEW YORK — Apple wants students to bid farewell to the days of lugging around backpacks of heavy textbooks, and to welcome the iPad tablet as their new all-in-one reading device.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2  —  Today at Apple's education event, the company introduced iBooks 2, a textbook platform that effectively transforms $200 textbooks into iPad apps at a much more reasonable price.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: News International settles with victims - live  —  News of the World publisher is close to settling many of the high-profile cases brought against it, say victims' lawyers  —  12.00pm: A statement on behalf of Dennis MacShane MP is now being read before court.
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Reuters:
Victims say News Corp has admitted hacking coverup  —  The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has acknowledged to victims that executives covered up the scale of illegal activity by destroying evidence and lying to investigators, victims' lawyers said on Thursday.
Discussion: Guardian
Neville Thurlbeck:
News International's Crisis of Trust - The Staff
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Phone hacking settlements: full list of who got what
Discussion: @michaelwolffnyc
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Drudge Gets Exclusive, But When Will ABC Air Interview With Marianne Gingrich?  —  Earlier this evening, the Drudge Report teased an exclusive with the single most vague headline in modern journalism history: “Network Holds Bombshell Campaign Interview.”  Accompanied with the legendary …
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Al Tompkins / Poynter:
ABC to air interview tonight with Gingrich's ex-wife, but why?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo Partners With L'Espresso For 'L'Huffington Post Italy'  —  The Huffington Post Media Group (NYSE: AOL) is partnering with Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso for the launch this year of an Italian edition, paidContent has learned.  The partnership, to be announced today …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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Haaretz:
Netanyahu denies calling Haaretz and New York Times Israel's ‘main enemies’  —  According to statement released by PMO, Jerusalem Post editor Steve Linde's remarks to a conference in Tel Aviv were a misrepresentation of the meeting with Netanyahu.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Amazon Kindle Fire: More Profitable Than Expected?  —  The Amazon Kindle Fire might be a more profitable product than you think.  —  RBC Capital analyst Ross Sandler reached that conclusion in a research note this morning, after he assessed the results of a proprietary survey of 216 Kindle Fire owners.
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Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO  —  Publisher and broadcaster Hearst Corp. has hired its first-ever chief technology officer as it tries to expand its digital footprint.  Former Sony executive Philip R. Wiser will start in the new position Feb. 1.  —  Wiser was CTO of Sony Corp. of Americas from 2004 to 2006 …
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Discussion: Poynter
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Jack Shafer / Reuters:   WikiLeaks' 16th minute
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Bits Blog Gets a Billboard  —  Competition in the technoblogoverse just got a little fiercer!  The New York Times Bits technology blog now has its very own billboard on Highway 101.  —  Specifically, the billboard is on 101 southbound in South San Francisco, just north of SFO.
Discussion: Forbes
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Atlantic Tries A Business Site Again; WSJ's Delaney Will Lead Editorial  —  Nearly two years after Atlantic Media Company suspended plans for a business site, the company is back at it with nothing less that what Justin Smith calls “our most important new launch since The Atlantic Monthly in 1857.”
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Talking Biz News
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
No More New Penguin Digital Audiobooks For Libraries, Either  —  Hoping to skirt Penguin's library e-book restrictions by checking out a hot new title as a digital audiobook instead?  Sorry, that strategy will no longer work as Penguin changed its library policies again today.
TJ Raphael / Folio:
SOPA and Magazine Media  —  How will the new proposal affect the glossy magazine industry?  —  In an attempt to protect copyrighted material, the U.S. Congress has been mulling a proposal to curb access to websites, search engine results and domain names, among other things …
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Arianna Huffington / @ariannahuff:
There's one Wikipedia page that isn't blacked out today: #SOPA http://t.co/8KYmwFA2
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent:UK
 
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Discussion: Global Voices
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 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
On TV, Antipiracy Coverage May Include a Disclosure
Discussion: The New York Observer and TVNewser
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Time.com Launches Business Vertical
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
When a Web Community Becomes a Book Publisher
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How CNBC corrected its incorrect correction about Bain & Company
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Story Behind Rupert Murdoch's Rants About Google and SOPA
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Media Aiming High in City
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At Atlantic digital, a series of new hires
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