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2:40 PM ET, January 27, 2013

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Truth, Money, Right, Wrong  —  Yesterday I wrote about the ongoing CNET editorial independence issue.  I said that the editors and journalists at CNET were part of the problem, and suggested that they either publish their (assumed) dissent, or resign, or both.
Discussion: @arrington, @brianstelter and @tcarmody
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“We Are Supposed To Be Truth Tellers”  —  A couple of weeks ago CNET was put into an absurd situation - they could not favorably cover a technology product because the company behind that product was in litigation with CNET's parent company, CBS.  —  I wasn't all that interested in the story at the time.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
CNET forbidden from reviewing Aereo following CBS-Dish controversy
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Obama: ‘One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates’  —  In an interview with The New Republic's Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes, President Obama “asked us in granular detail about the health of the media business.”  Specifically, he “wanted to know if The New Yorker …
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Lessons from The New York Times' app graveyard: When an app has an expiration date  —  The election is over.  Even the inauguration is over.  So it makes sense, perhaps, that The New York Times this week discontinued its Elections 2012 mobile app.  —  The Times launched the app some 13 months ago …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rupert Murdoch endorses Piers Morgan … Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, pro-Piers Morgan.  —  News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has issued an endorsement of Piers Morgan, the CNN host who has spent the last six weeks advocating for increased gun control, a cause Murdoch supports.
Matt Smith / Reuters:
Twitter launches advertising services in Middle East  —  Twitter Inc launched advertising services in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday as the social media firm seeks to exploit a tripling of its regional subscriber base following its widespread use during the Arab Spring protests.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Why It's Hard for Trump — or Anyone — to Buy the N.Y. Times  —  Ridicule of Donald Trump has become an almost daily occurrence.  This week, the mockery came after he was revealed to be the latest billionaire interested in owning the New York Times.  Again, and again, and again.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Buyout Situation Still Unclear
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Poynter
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Says Its 3-Year Relationship With Palin Is Over  —  “Sarah, where are you?” one of Sarah Palin's 3.4 million Facebook fans wrote on her wall last week.  “Has your contract with Fox ended?” another fan asked the day before.  —  Fox News has indeed parted ways with Ms. Palin …
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
Amid Algeria Siege, 2 Mauritanian News Agencies Get Scoops  —  PARIS — There were no reporters on hand when Islamist militants emerged from the sands of eastern Algeria last week to storm a gas facility full of international workers, and Algerian security forces cordoned off the site during …
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Kathy E. Gill / MediaShift:
Who Really Owns Your Photos in Social Media?  (Updated 2013 Edition)  —  A recent U.S. court decision clarified that media organizations cannot assume that photos shared via Twitter are rights-free, to be used as though they were in the public domain.  In the case of Agence France-Presse …
Steve Davis / Think Like an Editor:
The new newsroom  —  We have a media lab of the future right here in Syracuse, where the Syracuse Post-Standard is evolving into a “new newsroom,” where staffers have no desks or workspaces of their own and carry their own mini-newsroom on their backs.  It's a story worth following …
Discussion: @ksablan
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda  —  Two days after a group of Somali islamist militants vowed to execute Kenyan hostages, and tweeted a video of a captive pleading for the Kenyan government to help free them, the Al-Shabaab Twitter account @HSMPress was suspended.
 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

 
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