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12:15 PM ET, January 23, 2012


 Top News: 
David Leigh / Guardian:
Phone hacking: News of the World journalists lied to Milly Dowler police  —  Surrey police report released by MPs reveals reporters interfered with investigation as well as hacking missing girl's phone  —  • Surrey police letter on the Milly Dowler investigation
Shane Croucher / International Business Times:
Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Sun Set for April Launch  —  Rupert Murdoch is due to launch the Sunday Sun - the News of the World's (NotW) replacement - in April, according to an MP.  Tom Watson, who sits on the culture, media and sport select committee that grilled News Corporation chief Murdoch …
Discussion: @tom_watson
Joel Gunter /
Tom Watson calls on Met to investigate Times email hacking
Press Gazette:
BBC spent £310,000 on private detectives in six years
Discussion: Guardian and Sky News
Facebook registers ‘newsroom’ domains, is a social news website on the way?  —  Facebook has had a busy week with domain names.  —  On January 18, the company registered a slew of domains with “FB Origin” in the name.  It followed up those purchases with “timeline movie maker” domains.
Discussion: Fast Company and
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Tom Curley, Associated Press President And CEO, To Retire  —  NEW YORK — Tom Curley, the top executive at the Associated Press, told staff Monday that the “moment has come for AP to begin a transition to a new leader.”  Curley, who holds the titles of president and CEO …
Discussion: and paidContent
Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World:
NBCUniversal Launches Book Publishing Arm, NBC Publishing  —  By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid  —  NBCUniversal is launching a book publishing arm to capitalize on growth in e-reader and tablet adoption, the decreasing cost of e-book production and a backlog …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Nearly a Third of Americans Now Own an E-Reader or Tablet  —  A new Pew study sees a sales surge in digital reading devices.  Here's why we should be wary.  —  Pew has a report out this morning examining the sales performance of tablets and e-readers over the holidays.
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Tablet and E-Reader Sales Soar  —  There was no must-have toy of Christmas 2011 — for youngsters, anyway.  —  For adults, tablet computers and e-readers were the gifts of choice, judging by a new report that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Tumblr Blows Past 15 Billion Pageviews Per Month, Thumbing Nose At Old Media Thinking As It Goes  —  The latest social-media phenomenon, Tumblr, continues to post astounding traffic metrics.  —  Founder and CEO David Karp spoke at the DLD conference in Munich this morning, where he reiterated some of the company's recent milestones:
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
How sharing disrupts media  —  I'm at DLD in Munich, where David Karp of Tumblr and Samir Arora of Glam Media helped me understand the way that media and publishing are evolving these days, and the way in which creating, editing, and publishing are increasingly separate things which interact …
Joe Flint / LA Times:
Fox and RCN team up on Spanish-language broadcast network  —  News Corp.'s Fox International Channels and RCN Television Group, a Colombian broadcaster, are teaming up to launch a Latino broadcast network in the United States.  —  The new channel, dubbed MundoFox, will launch in the fall of this year.
Discussion: The Wrap
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
350,000 Textbooks Downloaded From Apple's iBooks in Three Days  —  Though nascent and unproven, Apple's new textbook initiative appears to be gaining lots of momentum — and quickly, too.  Within days of its debut, Apple's iBooks textbook store had already racked up a significant number of downloads.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Publisher Terry McGraw on Steve Jobs and Digital Textbooks: “This Was His Vision”
Daniel Victor / ProPublica:
False Joe Paterno Death Report Relied on Faulty Sourcing  —  This story was co-published with Poynter.  —  The Onward State tweet that erroneously reported Joe Paterno's death Saturday night and led to an avalanche of false reports in other outlets was based on the work of two student reporters …
Discussion: Poynter, New York Times and
Jim Romenesko:
Devon Edwards will remain on Onward State staff
Discussion: Onward State, Charles Apple and Poynter
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Brisbane: ‘I ended up as a pinata on this one’  —  Public Editor Arthur Brisbane is following up the controversy over his previous statements about fact-checking with an appearance on “Reliable Sources.”  “Of course the Times should check facts and claims about politics,” Brisbane told Howard Kurtz.
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Keeping Them Honest  —  AS election season rhetoric heats up …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
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