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1:40 PM ET, January 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Daily Mail:
Popular TV host and son of New York City police commissioner accused of ‘raping young woman in her office’  —  A popular television host whose father is the New York City Police Commissioner is under investigation for alleged rape.  —  Greg Kelly, son of Ray Kelly, denies any wrongdoing and says he is co-operating with officials.
Discussion: Gawker
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Dan Abrams On Rape Allegation Against Greg Kelly: DA Knows Very Well That ‘The World Is Watching’  —  ABC legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams spoke to Good Morning America about the rape allegation against Greg Kelly, host of Good Day New York and son of New York police commissioner Ray Kelly.
Discussion: New York Times
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Gingrich admits ABC claim was false  —  After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN's John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich's claim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network's interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true.
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson inquiry: Google asked to remove dozens of web pages for national security  —  Google received 65 requests from the Government to remove web pages from its database in the first half of last year, the Leveson Inquiry has heard.  National security was “the single biggest category” …
Press Gazette:   Google removed hundreds of Max Mosley web pages
Joel Gunter /
ICO: Notifying Whittamore victims would be ‘phenomenal undertaking’
Discussion: Guardian and Hacking inquiry
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Facebook ‘protected by own users’
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Former Liberian dictator threatens to sue Boston Globe  —  Days before the Boston Globe published a withering editor's note essentially retracting its Jan. 17 story about former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor's alleged ties to the CIA, African news sources were reporting that Taylor was threatening to sue the Globe for libel.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple in China: The New York Times goes for the Pulitzer  —  Its investigative series about how our electronic gadgets are made could be a contender  —  Aftermath of an explosion at an iPad factory in Chengdu, China  —  When monologist Mike Daisey flew to China to find out why the workers …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon: Early Data Shows Kindle Owners' Lending Library Increases Sales  —  Amazon's early data from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which allows Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) prime members who are also Kindle owners to borrow one free e-book per month, “suggests the possibility of an increase …
Right Launches Giant Campaign Against Media  —  A conservative media watchdog says it's launching a $5 million assault on the mainstream media today to beat back “an onslaught of character assassination against anyone who dares to challenge Obama.”  Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell …
Discussion: @cjr
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
A Decline in Viewers for State of the Union Address  —  There were an estimated 37.8 million television viewers of President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the lowest total in his presidency.  —  The State of the Union address Tuesday night was seen by 37.8 million television viewers …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
State of the Union: FNC #1, MSNBC #2, CNN #3
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
James O'Keefe Asked Me to Help Him Sue Liberal Media Outlets  —  Laughably lame right-wing filmmaker James O'Keefe III is thinking about suing (broke) liberal website Salon “for their false and malicious reporting.”  I know this because he asked me, an employee at a liberal website he considers his enemy, for advice.
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Unmasking A Digital Pirate On Amazon  —  A Kuwaiti national using fake names and selling others' copyrighted stories in the Kindle Store sheds light on black hat hacker forums—and the theft, taboo sex, and swindles festering in the recesses of Amazon.  —  Editor's Note  —  Want more on digital piracy?
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Netflix deal with Warner Bros. includes delay in queues  —  Under a new deal between the two companies, Netflix users won't just have to wait 56 days to rent Warner Bros. movies on DVD.  They'll have to wait 28 days to add the movies to their queues.  —  As part of the Warner's continuing effort …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Bounces Back With a Q4 Beat, but Says Amazon Is Coming
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Guardian pins digital future on citizen journalism  —  The Guardian is on a “mission” to be able to stand alone as a digital-only publication, and is mixing its stable of traditional journalists with enthusiastic laypeople, one of its most senior executives has claimed.
Discussion: Forbes
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