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The Morning Lowdown 1-31-12

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»  As Sky growth slows, can Internet defend it from downturn and rivals? (paidContent)

»  Facebook widens its lead over Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) in online display ads — now holds 28 percent of market (WSJ)

»  BuzzFeed bulks up again, with a tech section written by Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan (All Things Digital)

»  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) picks Dixons Group CEO John Browett as retail SVP (paidContent)

»  Hollywood isn’t ruining DVD rentals on its own: Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is happy to help (ReadWriteWeb)

»  Content curation no substitute for content creation (Forrester)

»  Former Cosmo editor gives $30 million to establish media innovation center at Stanford, Columbia (Poynter.)

»  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) to launch in India as (MediaNama)

»  WalmartLabs brings “two pizza teams,” startup culture to Walmart empire (Fast Company)

»  The direct-to-consumer checklist (FutureBook)