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10:45 AM ET, November 1, 2011

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Press Association:
Blair aide's phone ‘hacked by NotW’  —  A lifestyle consultant who worked with ex-Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie has said she was told by police that her mobile phone messages were hacked by a private investigator working for the News of the World.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
With Launch Of The Verge, SB Nation Parent Rebrands As Vox Media  —  As of Tuesday, SB Nation no longer stands alone.  The sports site, which has grown from a federation of sports blogs to a prominent network and sports hub, will joined by The Verge, a personal tech site from Joshua Topolsky …
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Dan Walker Smith / Adweek:
‘Engadget’ Alumni Launch ‘The Verge’  —  Former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky has unveiled The Verge, a new site dedicated to tech.  The site launched early on 1st November.  —  Topolsky says the new site will not just be “a stagnant, fixed entity, but an evolving, growing piece of technology.”
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Politico's Ken Vogel Refuses To Confirm Or Deny Cain Story Came From Rival Camp  —  As the fallout continues from last night's scandalous Herman Cain exposé, many trying to parse Cain's response to accusations of having had to settle a sexual harassment claim as head …
Discussion: CJR, Erik Wemple and Associated Press
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Stephen Engelberg / ProPublica:
Raising Cain: When is a Scoop Ready to be Published?
Joe Flint / Company Town:
DirecTV and News Corp. reach new deal  —  News Corp. has struck a new deal that will keep its powerful cable and broadcast channels on satellite broadcaster DirecTV.  —  The two sides had been bickering over a new contract and DirecTV was set to drop more than two dozen News Corp.-owned Fox cable networks …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
BBC set to expand Asian presence with new services in Thailand and Taiwan  —  The BBC is set to launch new channels across Taiwan, Indonesia and Taiwan continuing its expansion across Asia, according to a report from Media Newsline.  —  The corporation announced that it will introduce …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Aol's Patch Taps Ad Tech Startup PaperG To Boost Local Ad Sales In Over 100 Markets  —  Traditional publishers and fledgling digital publications alike are trying to find the best ways to monetize their content on the Web and take advantage of the benefits offered by hyperlocal content …
Mike Sauter / 24/7 Wall St.:
The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs In America - 2011  —  After years in the shadows of major media sites, blogs have come into their own.  They now compete directly with the most well-funded online content sites, many of which are owned by the largest media companies.
Discussion: Business Insider
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Book Publisher Files Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuit  —  Since early 2010 more than 200,000 people have been sued in the U.S. for sharing copyrighted works via BitTorrent.  Thus far these lawsuits have been the exclusive territory of independent and adult film studios, but today they are joined …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo's Brand Is Worth Way More Than AOL's, Study Shows  —  After AOL acquired the Huffington Post in February, CEO Tim Armstrong had some tough decisions to make regarding which of his company's brands to keep and which to discard in favor of the Huffpo versions.
Bloomberg:
Tribune Judge Rejects JPMorgan, Aurelius Reorganization Plans  —  Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) — Competing reorganization plans for Tribune Co. were rejected by a judge who threatened to put the biggest U.S. media company in bankruptcy under a trustee unless it improved its strategy for ending the case.
Discussion: Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
HarperCollins' Acquisition Of Thomas Nelson Is An Investment In Digital  —  HarperCollins is acquiring Christian publisher Thomas Nelson—publisher of the mega-bestselling Heaven Is For Real—for an undisclosed sum in a deal that will be finalized by the end of the year.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Adobe, Looking To Grab Rising Online Video Ad Dollars, Buys Auditude  —  Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) is continuing to build its advertising business through major acquisitions and this time, it's buying Auditude, which operates a platform for managing online video ads.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Ed Stych / Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
Star Tribune expects $4M in extra revenue from paywall  —  Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal by Ed Stych, Web Producer … The Star Tribune is joining The New York Times and other newspapers by asking readers to start paying for online content.  —  That content has been free for years …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Fast Company’ Launches Site on Innovation  —  Fast Company, the magazine that writes about entrepreneurs who are on the cutting edge, is putting that content through a “good” filter with a new website launching Nov. 1, at FastCoExist.com.  Fast Company says the spinoff will highlight world …
Paul Tash / St. Petersburg Times:
St. Petersburg Times changing its name to Tampa Bay Times  —  Since I started here as a reporter in 1978, I have answered my phone with some version of “St. Pete Times.”  I will need to learn a new habit.  —  Starting Jan. 1, this newspaper will become the Tampa Bay Times.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Revealed: Why Techmeme links to them instead of you!  —  Over time, nearly every major tech news publisher has asked us a variant of “Why do you always post them and not us?” or “Why did you pick them over us for that story when we posted first?”  So it's probably time to address this issue in a general way.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Biggest Advertiser on Kindle of Late?  Amazon  —  Early Adopting Marketers Like the Results, but Haven't Made Device a Regular Buy — Yet  —  Almost six months after the first Kindle with Special Offers arrived bearing on-screen ads for national brands such as Buick, Olay and Visa …
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
WaPo promotes Evans to ‘chief experience officer’  —  Laura Evans, the Washington Post's director of research analytics, has been promoted to a newly created position with a curious title: chief experience officer.  —  Publisher Katharine Weymouth's internal memo explaining the change is long …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New website builds dossiers on journalists, hopes transparency will lead to trust  —  Ira Stoll is 38.  He has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.  His phone number is (718) 499-2199 and his email is ira@futureofcapitalism.com.  He went to college at Harvard, has worked at the Los Angeles Times …
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
New Site to Help You Find Out Who's Behind Your News
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After Acquiring NAVTEQ Ad Group, Matchbin Becomes Radiate Media; Adds $22 Million In Financing  —  Matchbin, a company that creates CMS solutions and hosts websites for community newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations, announced today that it has acquired NAVTEQ Media Solution's Radio and Television Group.
Discussion: VatorNews
 
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Injunctions furore has calmed, editors tell select committee
Kerry Benefield / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
The Onion's fake story no laughing matter for Santa Rosa institute
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