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10:00 AM ET, January 31, 2012


 Top News: 
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Fox News Channel set to make ratings milestone with 10 years atop the Nielsen charts  —  Shepard Smith says the station can stay No. 1 as long as it takes care of its product  —  Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith.  —  Amid the day-long coverage of the Florida primary vote Tuesday …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
BuzzFeed Bulks Up Again, With a Tech Section Run by Gizmodo's Matt Buchanan  —  Do we need more Web sites writing about tech?  Yes, yes we do.  —  Which is good, because here's another one: BuzzFeed, the online publishing start-up that's the toast of people who like to write …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society  —  Jonathan Franzen has launched a passionate defence of the printed book, warning that our desire for the instant gratification of e-books is damaging for society.  —  Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom, is being hailed as one of America's greatest novelists
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!:
Jonathan Franzen Is Wrong: Ebooks Are Good for Everyone
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
New Sunday newspaper on hold after Sun arrests  —  Plans for a new Sunday newspaper to replace the News of the World have been put on hold after the arrest of four senior journalists from its sister paper, The Sun, according to three senior insiders.  The plans, known as Project X …
Discussion: and Press Gazette
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Sun arrests show that News Corp is now at war with itself
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
BSkyB to Start Movie Service Rivaling Netflix  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc (BSY) will start an Internet-television service to gain new customers outside its traditional satellite offering after winning fewer TV clients in the second quarter than estimated.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
As Sky Growth Slows, Can Internet Defend It From Downturn And New Rivals?
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Amazon To Launch In India As  —  MediaNama has learned from multiple, reliable sources that Amazon is launching in India as  At the time of writing this report, doesn't load, but sources in at least two Amazon partners have confirmed the development.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is it good for journalism when sources go direct?  —  In a piece in the New York Times on the weekend, media writer David Carr took a look at News Corp. billionaire Rupert Murdoch's use of Twitter, and how the media mogul has used it as both a bully pulpit and a soapbox.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Three Founders Are Out At Demand Media  —  Demand Media is known for churning lots of content through its sites, but today it's notable for another churn, of the executive kind: three of the people who helped found and build up the company are leaving.  —  Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
All Change At Content Farm Demand Media: Three Of The Founders Are Out
Discussion: The Wrap
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Set To Relaunch OnePass, Halting French Papers' Kiosk  —  paidContent understands Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is set to make some big first-anniversary upgrades to its OnePass paid content system in the next few weeks, designed to increase slow take-up among publishers.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Sarah Maslin Nir / The Caucus:
Colbert's Super PAC Raises More Than $1 Million  —  Stephen Colbert's quasi-satirical presidential bid has raised serious cash — over $1 million, as of Tuesday morning, the comedian announced.  —  An announcement on the Web site of Mr. Colbert's political action committee said the “super PAC” …
Julian Assange to appear on The Simpsons  —  The WikiLeaks founder will play himself in the show's 500th episode, which airs on 19 February  —  Julian Assange will be a guest character and voice on The Simpsons, playing a neighbour of the family after they move from their home in fictional Springfield.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Former Cosmo editor gives $30 million to establish media innovation center at Stanford, Columbia  —  Stanford's engineering school and Columbia's journalism school will use the $30 million gift to establish the bi-coastal David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Clear Channel to Invest in Company Run by TV's ‘Idol’ Host  —  Ryan Seacrest, who already is a host, producer and spokesman for Clear Channel, will soon be an investment partner as well.  —  On Tuesday, the radio conglomerate is expected to announce its acquisition of a minority stake …
John McQuaid / Forbes:
The Yale Rhodes Scholarship Quarterback Story Is Not About Sexual Assault  —  There's been a backlash against the New York Times story on Yale quarterback Patrick Witt (which I wrote about last week).  Kathleen Parker denounced the Times, saying Witt has been unfairly indicted in the public eye …
Discussion: National Review
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Dara Kerr / CNET:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo talks censorship
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Goodreads Gave Up on Amazon
Discussion: and LA Observed
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Future of the Book Is the Stream
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Citing Concerns About, Film Forum Pulls Advertising from Village Voice
Jim Romenesko:
Tribune bankruptcy bill hits $231 million
Discussion: Chicago Business and LA Observed
Gavin Aronsen / Mother Jones:
Journalists—Myself Included—Swept Up in Mass Arrest at Occupy Oakland
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SnagFilms Grabs $7 Million to Share Indie Movies Online
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Slate Launches ‘MySlate’
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and MediaPost
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Senate cybersecurity bill sparking concerns about government control
Discussion: Washington Post and ReadWriteWeb
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC's Arnall moves to Bloomberg TV
Yahoo! News:
New York police spokesman comes under fire
Discussion: Capital New York