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12:20 AM ET, January 30, 2012


 Top News: 
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its Life  —  IN March 2009, an eternity ago in Silicon Valley, a small team of engineers here was in a big hurry to rethink the future of books.  Not the paper-and-ink books that have been around since the days of Gutenberg …
David Carr / New York Times:
Twitter Gives Glimpse Into Rupert Murdoch's Mind  —  As American business has become more and more media savvy, its leaders have appeared in media less and less.  Business reporters have to work their way past background conversations with underlings, written statements that state nothing …
Discussion: Gawker, @carr2n and @romenesko
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Twitter uncloaks a year's worth of DMCA takedown notices, 4,410 in all  —  On almost any given day, Twitter receives a handful of requests to delete tweets that link to pirated versions of copyrighted content—and quickly complies by erasing the offending tweets from its site.
Reporters Without Borders:
Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey urging him not to cooperate with censors  —  Reporters Without Borders has written to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey voicing deep concern about yesterday's announcement that Twitter will introduce geolocated censorship …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Twitter isn't censoring you. Your government is.
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
ESPN Deems Mobile ‘First Screen’  —  As a pioneer in the mobile media space, ESPN has long seen the value of reaching fans on-the-go with sports scores, video highlights and specialized apps to feed their passion.  But rather than view mobile as the oft-described “third screen,” …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon's Hit Man  —  Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called  —  Larry Kirshbaum, Vice-President and Publisher, Amazon Publishing  —  In November 1997, on a night of pounding rain in midtown Manhattan, Rupert Murdoch threw a party for Jane Friedman …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
NBC News Asks Romney Campaign to Remove Ad  —  4:29 p.m. |  Updated TAMPA, Fla. - NBC News is asking that the Romney campaign remove from its ads any references to material from the network in response to a new commercial that consists almost entirely of old footage of its former news anchor …
Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Why is Media Criticism Dominated by White Men?  —  Yesterday, D.C.-based journalist Shani Hilton wondered in the Washington City Paper: “Where are the women and non-white media critics?”  Her quick brainstorm of those who've achieved prominence included The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz …
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times and Poynter
Aaron Ross / Mother Jones:
Interrogating The NY Times' Anthony Shadid  —  The two-time Pulitzer winner on sneaking into Syria, being kidnapped in Libya, and the high cost of getting the story in a war zone.  —  Anthony Shadid may have a hard time topping his last year's adventures.  The New York Times' Beirut bureau chief …
Tim Castle / Reuters:
UK police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff  —  (Reuters) - Police arrested four current and former staff of Rupert Murdoch's best-selling Sun tabloid and a policeman on Saturday in a probe into suspected payments by journalists to officers for information, police and the newspaper's publisher said.
David Skok / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Aggregation is deep in journalism's DNA  —  Below are a few quotes.  Can you guess when each was written, and to what they refer? … Sounds a bit like an online aggregator, doesn't it, pulling a few salient points from much longer work?  One more:
Discussion: Guardian, Media & Entertainment and Time, Thanks:@dskok
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter to Roll Out More Brand Pages for Advertisers Who've Committed $25K  —  New Pages Next Week Restricted to Those Buying Promoted Tweets, Trends  —  Twitter will start rolling out more brand pages next week for some brands and partners who have already committed to spending at least $25,000 …
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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Bloomberg Executive Is Said to Be in Talks to Lead Dow Jones
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Moneycontrol, Thanks:@beet_tv
Who next for BBC director general role?
Discussion: Guardian and
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
As Goodreads Ends Sourcing From Amazon, Users Fear Lost Books
Discussion: Future of Journalism and TeleRead
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Debate rages as Spotify, MOG, and Rdio kill / save the music industry
Steve Myers / Poynter:
In another election challenge to AP, Nevada GOP to release caucus results via Twitter, Google
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Why CNN's Digital Strength May Cause Problems For Fox
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
Reuters laments Marco Rubio ‘fiasco’