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3:50 PM ET, July 18, 2011

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Guardian:
NoW whistleblower found dead  —  Death of Sean Hoare - who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking - not being treated as suspicious  —  Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware …
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Bloomberg:
Murdoch Struggles for Control as Scandal Grows  —  News Corp. (NWS)'s Rupert Murdoch is struggling to control the destiny of the company he began building six decades ago after a trusted deputy was arrested and Scotland Yard's top official quit over ties to a suspect in the phone-hacking probe.
Wall Street Journal:
News and Its Critics  —  A tabloid's excesses don't tarnish thousands of other journalists.  —  When News Corp. and CEO Rupert Murdoch secured enough shares to buy Dow Jones & Co. four years ago, these columns welcomed our new owner and promised to stand by the same standards and principles we always had.
David Carr / New York Times:
Troubles That Money Can't Dispel  —  “Bury your mistakes,” Rupert Murdoch is fond of saying.  But some mistakes don't stay buried, no matter how much money you throw at them.  —  Time and again in the United States and elsewhere, Mr. Murdoch's News Corporation has used blunt force spending …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What's next for News Corp. and its worlds  —  There's no telling how the News Corp. saga will turn out, but I'll try.  Here's a scenario that leads to the breakup of News Corp., the Murdochs out of power, the deflation of institutional journalism, a break in the too-cozy media-government complex …
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
A Rupert Murdoch Peer: He's ‘Dead Money’  —  Now more engulfed than ever in a virulent phone-hacking scandal, it appears that Rupert Murdoch's days amid the upper echelons of media moguldom are numbered.  —  With resignations and arrests occurring daily among News Corp.'s top newspaper executives …
Newsweek:
How We Broke the Murdoch Scandal  —  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on his dogged reporter, a U.S. ally—and a gamble that finally paid off.  —  Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian.  Inset: Cover of The Guardian after the scandal.  —  Every so often—perhaps once every 18 months …
New York Times:
Murdoch Aides Long Tried to Blunt Scandal Over Hacking  —  LONDON — Two days before it emerged that The News of the World had hacked the cellphone of a murdered schoolgirl, igniting a scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch's media empire, his son James told friends that he thought the worst of the troubles were behind him.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
New News Corp Strategy: Become an Even More American Company  —  We'd all be ready to shell out pay-per-view prices (those for boxing, not a simple movie) to peek in on the House of Commons' questioning of Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks Tuesday.
Discussion: Guardian
Channel 4:
Bernstein: phone-hacking culture created by Murdoch
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WSJ To News Corp. Critics: STFU
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
How Sir Paul Stephenson's £12,000 spa break triggered downfall
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN, HLN to Stream on Web  —  Time Warner Networks Make Internet Simulcasts Available to Pay-TV Subscribers  —  Time Warner Inc. is increasing the number of TV channels and programs it pipes over the Internet to people who have conventional pay-TV subscriptions, as the television business …
Wall Street Journal:
Reader's Digest Seeks Buyer  —  Reader's Digest Association Inc., the magazine and Web site publisher that emerged from bankruptcy protection in early 2010, has put itself up for sale and hopes to fetch around $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Alden Global Capital drops a shoe: Is the Journal Register acquisition prelude to more consolidation?  —  On Thursday, Journal Register Company announced that it had been acquired by Alden Global Capital, a secretive hedge fund that specializes in “distressed opportunities,” …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Hearst-Owned Magazines Launching Daily Deals With Group Commerce  —  Hearst-owned magazines are treading on Groupon's territory with the launch of group-buying discounts, starting off with Road & Track and Car and Driver.  —  Hearst will be using a platform built for big media publishers by Group Commerce …
Virginia Heffernan / Opinionator:
The Price of Typos  —  Some readers like to see portraits of authors they admire, study their personal histories or hear them read aloud.  I like to know whether an author can spell.  Nabokov spelled beautifully.  Fitzgerald was crummy at spelling, bedeviled by entry-level traps like “definate.”
Discussion: TeleRead
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Newspapers Win Suit Against Google, Get Their Wish To Be Delisted, Then Complain  —  For years, we've been following the bizarre legal attack in Belgium of a bunch of newspapers against Google for daring to link to them without paying.  It kicked off in 2006 with a lawsuit.
Discussion: Hyper OM
 
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