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1:55 PM ET, January 24, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Is Julian Assange's Talk Show For Real?  —  Larry King...Charlie Rose...Julian Assange?  —  Well, maybe.  The voluble, volatile Wikileaks founder is getting his own talk show, or so he says.  Beginning in March, Assange will be “hosting a series of in-depth conversations with key political players …
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Julian Assange Is Getting His Own TV Show  —  Julian Assange has announced that he's going to have his own TV show, where he'll interview “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries”, and it's going to be hitting the screens in spring.  Is there anything this man won't do?
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
ABC News and Yahoo! Launch New Political Web Shows  —  ABC News's partnership with Yahoo! has resulted in several new web shows launching this week.  —  Two of the shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.  “George's Bottom Line” …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
How ABC News built a top social media presence with a small dedicated team  —  Upon his return to “This Week” earlier this month, George Stephanopoulos introduced a new feature that's expected to become a staple of the show.  “Your Voice This Week” uses Twitter and search trends to tell …
Discussion: and MediaPost
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
More questions for Mahmood to answer at his Leveson recall  —  Mazher Mahmood is due to to reappear before the Leveson inquiry tomorrow.  —  Guido Fawkes may well be correct in saying that the Fake Sheikh has been recalled because of my blog item, The real reason Mazher Mahmood left the Sunday Times under a cloud.
Joel Gunter /
John Kampfner: Westminster lobby coverage ‘extraordinarily pliant’
Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Gannett Goes Long With Acquisition Of Fantasy Sports Ventures  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) Co. has bought The Big Lead and a family of other sports blogs.  The company hopes the acquisition, when combined with its existing USA Today properties, will vault it into the major leagues of the online sports scene.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Jim Hopkins / Gannett Blog:
Memo: GCI to reveal new model for weak USCP; plan could be biggest news revamp in five years
Discussion: AllThingsD and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Jon Miller, News Corp.: It's All About Video For Us Right Now  —  Jon Miller, the chief digital officer for News Corporation (NSDQ: NWS), described his company's digital strategy today as very “focused on video”, with a view that even properties that come from a print tradition should be producing more video content than they are today.
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Epicenter and CJR
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Book Bummer: Growth Slower Than Thought—'Incremental, Not Exponential'  —  2011 is widely perceived as a year of outrageous e-book growth, but some new research suggests otherwise.  According to new data from Bowker and the Book Industry Study Group, the number of book buyers who also purchased …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:   Barnes & Noble: We're ‘Not Competing’ With Independent Bookstores
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
David Kenny Replacing Mike Kelly As CEO Of The Weather Channel Companies  —  In a surprise move, The Weather Channel Companies is swapping out CEOs.  David Kenny is replacing Mike Kelly as CEO effective immediately; the Akamai-Digitas vet also will be chairman of the company owned by a consortium …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   Yahoo Board Member David Kenny Is Going To Be CEO Of The Weather Channel
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Social TV Startup Bluefin Labs Lands $12 Million Investment  —  A Bet That Social Data Will Become Essential for TV Marketers  —  If there's any doubt that social TV is poised to become big business, Bluefin Labs is trying to put that to rest.  The Cambridge, Massachusetts social-analytics startup …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iBooks Author EULA restrictions invite antitrust concerns  —  Apple's end user license agreement for the iBooks Author app has generated extensive controversy among authors and publishers.  Namely, the agreement restricts paid distribution of “works” created with the software to the iBookstore only.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Deal Professor, the New York Times and M&A coverage  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Last year, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue was criticized for agreeing to make an appearance at a paid event for a public relations firm related to the tech industry.
Discussion: Poynter
New Yorker's ‘Obama Memos’: Why post-partisanship didn't pan out  —  The White House likes to describe them as “process” stories and is famously uncooperative with reporters trying to do them, so the tantalizing glimpse into President Barack Obama's decision making that appears in The New Yorker this week …
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Has blogging queen Huffington really failed in the UK?  —  It's been a long-running discussion among UK online journalism enthusiasts over why blogging didn't develop the same way it has in the US.  For all the Guido Fawkes and Mumsnets we have, there isn't much to match Gawker, Techcrunch …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Can HuffPo Pull Off A Double Whammy With A New Video News Service?
Discussion: New York Times
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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
George Lewis retiring from NBC after 42 years
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
News agency chief: Why Google News doesn't work
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: MPAA CEO Christopher Dodd should be fired
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
Surprise As ProPublica Image Posted On Facebook Goes Viral
Jim Romenesko:
Chicago Tribune will keep endorsing candidates
Discussion: Mediaite
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Polar Mobile Raises $6 Million For Magazine Apps, Cross-Platform Services
 Earlier Picks: 
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Meet Andrew Beaujon, the New Romenesko
Michael Bathon / Bloomberg:
Post-Dispatch Owner Lee Enterprises Wins Approval of Bankruptcy Exit Plan
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Gawker Is Egregiously Trolling for Traffic in an Open Experiment
Discussion: Gawker
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Steve Jobs family absent from Disney board despite stake
JTA News:
Atlanta Jewish Times publisher resigns over Obama assassination column
Discussion: Gawker