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9:40 AM ET, January 20, 2012

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Ben Sisario / The New York Times:
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site  —  McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia say they have shut down one of the world's largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload  —  The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on “cyberlocker” site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom.
Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?  —  #OpMegaUpload: like watching “War Games” play out, but with cyber-bombs.  —  In the aftermath of the Jan. 18 SOPA/PIPA blackout protests, the Internet community had amassed quite a bit of goodwill, flexed its muscles in a friendly, humorous …
Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA  —  Apple just released iBooks Author, a free Mac app for creating digital books for the new version of iBooks.  I haven't played with it much, but so far it looks like a very good tool.  However, a curious thing happens when you go to export your work in iBooks format:
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple unveils iBooks Author, a Mac app for easy interactive e-book authoring
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, Pearson First Textbook Publishing Partners For Apple's iBooks 2
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The day the bookshelf shook: Four lessons for news orgs from today's Apple iBooks announcements
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Iran's Press TV loses UK licence  —  Ofcom revokes English-language channel's licence for breaching the broadcasting code  —  Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster's English-language outlet, has been forced off the air in the UK after Ofcom revoked its licence for breaching the broadcasting code.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Media Network
Guardian:
How News Group hid 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 in a deliberate cover …
Discussion: Press Gazette and CJR
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp. ‘Startling’ E-Mails Trigger New U.K. Computer Search
Neville Thurlbeck:
News International's Crisis of Trust - The Staff
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host  —  Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  While the sources said the discussions are very preliminary …
Politico:
CNN's John King puts himself on firing line  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Newt Gingrich's heated exchange with moderator John King at Thursday's CNN debate may help determine the fate of Gingrich's campaign for president and could also be a defining moment for King, whose image as a serious reporter …
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.
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
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 …
Ananyo Bhattacharya / Guardian:
Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism  —  If reporters wrote stories the way some scientists seem to want, few people would read science coverage  —  Have you heard of Futurity?  How about The Conversation?  In different ways, these sites and others are bypassing …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Search Still Drives Google, but Display Ads Now a $5 Billion Business  —  Revenue Falls Short of Expectations but Still Up 25% in Q4  —  Citing a strong holiday season, Google reported a 25% increase in fourth-quarter revenue and a display advertising business that has doubled in the last two years.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsRight's potential: New content packages, niche audiences, and revenue  —  When NewsRight — the Associated Press spinoff formerly known as News Licensing Group (and originally announced by the AP as an unnamed “rights clearinghouse") — began to lift the veil a couple of weeks ago …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Daily News and Post Feel Same Way About Upcoming Giants Game  —  Well, this is embarrassing.  As you can see, The New York Daily News and The New York Post are expecting the exact same thing when the Giants visit the 49ers for the NFC Conference Championship game this Sunday night.
Discussion: 10,000 Words and TVNewser
Hannah Sheehan / On The Media:
Photojournalism's Debt to Kodak  —  Having failed to adequately adapt to the digital age, Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.  Kodak had long been struggling: First, with the advent of digital cameras and then, with the emergence of smartphones that threatened to make even those devices obsolete.
 
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Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Media Shaped Romney's ‘Inevitable’ Narrative
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires, Shuts Down Social News Startup Summify
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lovefilm lands on LG, Roku up next
Discussion: The Next Web
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
‘PBS NewsHour’ to Make Election Coverage Accessible to Diverse Audiences
Haaretz:
Netanyahu denies calling Haaretz and New York Times Israel's ‘main enemies’
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Hearst Names First-Ever CTO