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6:15 AM ET, January 15, 2013


 Top News: 
Lindsey Turrentine / CNET:
The 2013 Best of CES Awards: CNET's story  —  The true story of what happened before last week's Best of CES Awards unveiling  —  Last week, about 40 members of the CNET editorial staff met in the CNET trailer in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center to vote on our official Best of CES winner.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: CBS forced CNET staff to recast vote after Hopper won ‘Best in Show’ at CES  —  The Dish Network's Hopper wasn't simply in the running: it had actually taken the top prize  —  On Friday, news broke that CNET had been forced by its parent company CBS to remove the Dish Network's Hopper set-top box …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
What's Next For CNET After The Dish Debacle?
Discussion: The Verge and Talking Biz News
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Lance Armstrong Interview Could Be Worth Millions to Oprah Winfrey Network  —  Oprah Winfrey: She gets it.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)  —  Considerable as it may be, Oprah Winfrey's personal celebrity isn't enough to build a cable network on, as the early struggles of OWN showed.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Armstrong and Winfrey: Familiar Names in a Time-Honored Ritual
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Times
Buzz Bissinger / The Daily Beast:
I Was Deluded to Believe Lance Armstrong When He Denied Doping
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Justice drops charges against Swartz after activist kills himself  —  The Justice Department dropped its charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz on Monday, citing his death.  —  Swartz, who was facing computer hacking charges, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.  He was 26.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:   Iranian Government Promotes Aaron Swartz Conspiracy Theories
Wall Street Journal:
Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
The Atlantic backtracks and removes controversial Scientology advertorial  —  The Atlantic has U-turned on its controversial paid-for feature article from the Church of Scientology.  The publication had sparked a debate on media ethics and business models after allowing the advertorial …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times shakeup: Rick Berke to leave masthead, head new video effort  —  New York Times assistant managing editor Rick Berke will be leaving the masthead to take on a leadership role in video content, POLITICO has learned.  —  Berke, a former Washington editor, will join video …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Joyce Wadler Takes NY Times Buyout
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
54% of U.S. kids have never read an ebook: New report  —  Scholastic, the world's largest children's publisher, released its biannual report on children and reading Monday morning.  The study, conducted in partnership with the Harrison Group in fall 2012, surveyed 1,048 U.S. children ages 6 …
Discussion: Scholastic Media Room
Leslie Kaufman / Media Decoder:
Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (With a Qualifier)  —  David Maxwell for The New York Times Alexis White, 7, a second grader in Green, Ohio, using an iPad during class.  The iPad is gaining popularity as a reading device.  —  Digital reading is rising fast among children ages 6 to 17 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘No pattern’ of crime related to Journal News maps, says police official  —  David Chong, the White Plains (N.Y.) public safety commissioner, tells the Erik Wemple Blog that there is “no pattern” of crime linked to the gun-permit-holder maps published last month by the Journal News.
Los Angeles Times:
Rupert Murdoch says Los Angeles Times purchase not a sure thing  —  Rupert Murdoch and Jim Gianopulos attend the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards cocktail party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  (Kevin Winter / Getty Images / January 13, 2013)
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
The problem with BuzzFeed's sponsored posts  —  BuzzFeed is not just upending conventional wisdom on how Internet publishers can make money with its innovative digital ads; the lists, quizzes and posts it creates with advertisers show brands they can “actually create something people will engage with …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In battle for listeners, switches to Audible's pay-by-the-book model  —  When launched last January, the company had high hopes for a cloud-based streaming service that would let users listen to unlimited audiobooks for a monthly charge of $24.95.
Discussion: CNET
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Al Jazeera America: Will they watch?  —  In a matter of weeks, a new television channel called Al Jazeera America will launch with the hopes of achieving the impossible: convincing Americans that they should break from their regularly scheduled programming to watch a 24-hour, global news network owned by a Middle Eastern government.
Chicago Tribune:
Part one: Zell's big gamble  —  In the summer of 2007, a complicated deal to buy Tribune Co. and take it private reflected all the dangers of an easy-money era when caution was pushed aside  —  Aside from the business suit he was wearing, which he joked was rented for the occasion …
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC World News goes upmarket with move to £1bn London headquarters
Discussion: BBC
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
John Witherow could be confirmed as Times editor this week
Hazel Sheffield / CJR:
Local California news site sues county sheriff
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Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Wins Control of German Unit After Failed BSkyB Bid
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Robin Roberts Plans February Return to ‘Good Morning America’
Laura June / The Verge:
America's first bookless public library will look ‘like an Apple Store’
Discussion: WebProNews, Mashable! and VentureBeat
Rachel McAthy /
New York Times to launch electronic corrections form
Discussion: Poynter and Kirk LaPointe's …