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12:20 AM ET, January 20, 2012


 Top News: 
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 …
Apple Introduces Tools to (Someday) Supplant Print Textbooks  —  Updated  —  Apple wants students to stop lugging around backpacks full of heavy textbooks and to switch to the iPad instead.  —  On Thursday the company introduced three free pieces of software revolving around education.
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
iBooks Author Is Not Going To Hurt Publishers.  It Might Even Help Them  —  I'm a heavy reader.  Right now I have three print books on the go, and about half a dozen ebooks.  I'm also an author of a dozen books, before which I knew the pain of being an unpublished author.
Discussion: TeleRead, Jack Shafer and GigaOM
Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Media Shaped Romney's ‘Inevitable’ Narrative  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum, according to reports by every news organization on Jan. 4.  Now two weeks later, there's a different story: Santorum is ahead of Romney by 34 votes …
How News Group hid the 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 …
Discussion: CJR
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp. ‘Startling’ E-Mails Trigger New U.K. Computer Search
Neville Thurlbeck:
News International's Crisis of Trust - The Staff
Associated Press:
Indictment Charges Megaupload Site With Piracy  —  McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia say they have shut down one of the world's largest Internet file-sharing sites,, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.  —  An indictment accuses the company …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The Mega empire: details of the MegaUpload indictment  —  The FBI moved Thursday to shut down and arrest four of its executives including its founder Kim Schmitz.  The feds are alleging criminal copyright infringement and racketeering, and the full indictment has already been posted online.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Anonymous claims DOJ and record label site takedowns in response to MegaUpload suit
Discussion: and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, Inside Cable News and TVNewser
Nikki Finke /
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 …
Erik Wemple:
Memo to ABC: Just run Gingrich interview!  —  The Drudge Report last night blasted out the story that ABC had been sitting on its allegedly explosive interview with Marianne Gingrich.  Here are the specifics: … It's a curious decision regardless of how aggressively the network has been reporting on other candidates.
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and CNN
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.
Why Amazon's Plagiarism Problem Is More Than A Public Relations Issue
Discussion: Erik Wemple, TeleRead and Crikey
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.
Discussion: eMarketer, Forbes and
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Poll Says Fox News Most Trusted News Source...And Least Trusted  —  Public Policy Polling has just released its 3rd Annual TV News Trust Poll, and while the poll found PBS to be the outlet that the most people trust (for the second year in a row), Fox News was the outlet that more people said they trusted most.
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
PolitiFact's art of interpretation  —  Hating on PolitiFact has become something of a sport in political media circles, especially since the fact-checking shop (a Tampa Bay Times project) selected its controversial “Lie of the Year.”  But this new email exchange posted by one Tom Bruscino …
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Associated Press:
Oprah Winfrey bodyguards detained in India after getting into scuffle with local media
Julie Moos / Poynter:
International Herald Tribune names new managing editor
Discussion: New York Post
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
Hollywood Reporter Readies Russian Print and Web Editions
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Bloomberg jabs at Comcast on anniversary of NBC deal approval
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Keith Olbermann to Anchor Current's South Carolina Primary Coverage His Way
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters' branding push results in a luxury magazine that is, literally, for the Davos set
Discussion: Poynter
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lovefilm lands on LG, Roku up next
Discussion: The Next Web
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Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Discussion: The New York Observer
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals