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9:20 AM ET, January 20, 2012

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Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA  —  Apple just released iBooks Author, a free Mac app for creating digital books for the new version of iBooks.  I haven't played with it much, but so far it looks like a very good tool.  However, a curious thing happens when you go to export your work in iBooks format:
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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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2
Ben Sisario / The New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site  —  McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia say they have shut down one of the world's largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload  —  The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on “cyberlocker” site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom.
Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?  —  #OpMegaUpload: like watching “War Games” play out, but with cyber-bombs.  —  In the aftermath of the Jan. 18 SOPA/PIPA blackout protests, the Internet community had amassed quite a bit of goodwill, flexed its muscles in a friendly, humorous …
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Erik Wemple:
Memo to ABC: Just run Gingrich interview!
Discussion: CNN, Telegraph, Washington Post and Poynter
Guardian:
How News Group hid phone-hacking scandal  —  Judge criticises Murdoch empire as it agrees aggravated damages for 37 victims of News of the World  —  A high court judge said the Murdoch-owned company behind the News of the World had made “an admission of sorts” that it engaged in a deliberate cover …
Discussion: Press Gazette and CJR
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp. ‘Startling’ E-Mails Trigger New U.K. Computer Search
Jim Romenesko:
Dealing with the Fox News PR machine  —  “Much as I like Gabe Sherman's work, I disagree with him in this instance,” Times media editor Bruce Headlam told me Tuesday night.  “Covering a person or organization doesn't mean you are carrying water for them.  If it did, our homepage right …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Iran's Press TV loses UK licence  —  Ofcom revokes English-language channel's licence for multiple breaches of the broadcasting code  —  Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster's English-language outlet, has been forced off the air in the UK after Ofcom revoked its licence for multiple breaches of the broadcasting code.
Discussion: Media Network
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Online Ad Spend Projected To Soar To Nearly $40B  —  In a watershed moment for the Web, researchers expect domestic online advertising to finally surpass print adverting in 2012.  According to eMarketer, U.S. online ad spending will grow an additional 23.3% to $39.5 billion this year.
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President's Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Internet sites on their SOPA-Strike may be conducting a blackout but Hollywood studios are conducting a boycott.  I've learned that Hollywood studio chiefs individually …
Ananyo Bhattacharya / Guardian:
Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism  —  If reporters wrote stories the way some scientists seem to want, few people would read science coverage  —  Have you heard of Futurity?  How about The Conversation?  In different ways, these sites and others are bypassing …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Search Still Drives Google, but Display Ads Now a $5 Billion Business  —  Revenue Falls Short of Expectations but Still Up 25% in Q4  —  Citing a strong holiday season, Google reported a 25% increase in fourth-quarter revenue and a display advertising business that has doubled in the last two years.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsRight's potential: New content packages, niche audiences, and revenue  —  When NewsRight — the Associated Press spinoff formerly known as News Licensing Group (and originally announced by the AP as an unnamed “rights clearinghouse") — began to lift the veil a couple of weeks ago …
Hannah Sheehan / On The Media:
Photojournalism's Debt to Kodak  —  Having failed to adequately adapt to the digital age, Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.  Kodak had long been struggling: First, with the advent of digital cameras and then, with the emergence of smartphones that threatened to make even those devices obsolete.
Pelin Turgut / Time:
The Murder of Hrant Dink: A Turkish Court Denies a Wider Conspiracy  —  He was killed in 2007 Burak Kara / Getty Images  —  The journalist Hrant Dink was no stranger to sinister e-mails and anonymous death threats.  Turkish of Armenian descent, he was a well-known and outspoken advocate …
 
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
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Associated Press:
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
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Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Bloomberg jabs at Comcast on anniversary of NBC deal approval
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
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Discussion: The New Yorker Blog
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters' branding push results in a luxury magazine that is, literally, for the Davos set
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Media Shaped Romney's ‘Inevitable’ Narrative
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires, Shuts Down Social News Startup Summify
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lovefilm lands on LG, Roku up next
Discussion: The Next Web
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
‘PBS NewsHour’ to Make Election Coverage Accessible to Diverse Audiences
Haaretz:
Netanyahu denies calling Haaretz and New York Times Israel's ‘main enemies’
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO