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Late this morning, the Wall Street Journal began streaming an interview with a haggard-looking David Axelrod to browsers and mobile devices across the land. The senior adviser to President Obama was appearing on the inaugural episode of “DC Bureau,” the latest addition to the Journal’s ever-expanding collection of live video offerings. Read more »

What do you get when you hire over-educated writers and ask them to make a muck-raking tabloid for professionals? In the case of Breaking Media, you get a lucrative audience of badly-behaved lawyers and bankers. Read more »

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Conservative media icon Matt Drudge has long had a regular cast of villains — from global warming to the Obama administration — that appear on his website. In the last year, Google appears to have joined the ranks of these in-house bugbears. Read more »

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Google said it has reached a deal with French authors and publishers to sell digital copies of out of print books. The deal ends a six year legal dispute and could make France the first country to implement a national strategy for digitizing its literary output. Read more »

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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Judge gives OK to authors, photographers to sue Google over book scanning (paidContent) …
On Facebook, ‘Likes’ Become Ads (New York Times) Read more »

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