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6:20 PM ET, April 25, 2012

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Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Rupert Murdoch: Thatcher meeting over Times was ‘quite appropriate’  —  News Corporation chairman tells the Leveson inquiry: 'I didn't expect help from her, nor did I ask for any'  —  A secret meeting between Rupert Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher about his bid for the Times was “quite appropriate” …
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Rupert Murdoch: Former PM Gordon Brown ‘Declared War’ on News Corp.  —  Rupert Murdoch, testifying at the Leveson Inquiry  —  News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch's ostensible reason for appearing before a British government hearing Wednesday morning was to answer questions about whether …
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Who cares if Murdoch lobbied?  —  Pummel Rupert Murdoch and his minions all you want for News Corp.'s phone-hacking of celebrities and crime victims, its computer-hacking, its blagging, its bribing of police, its payments of hush money, its obstruction of justice, and its operation …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Gordon Brown: Rupert Murdoch wrong to claim I declared war on News Corp
Discussion: Guardian
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Jeremy Hunt: ‘The idea I was backing BSkyB bid is laughable’  —  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said accusations that he backed News Corporation's bid for BSkyB are “laughable” and “categorically” denied allegations of a “back channel” giving News Corporation the ability to influence decisions.
Discussion: Forbes
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Guardian:
Jeremy Hunt visited News Corp in US as Murdochs considered BSkyB bid  —  James Murdoch told David Cameron News Corp would support Tories soon after Hunt's US trip in 2009, documents reveal  —  Jeremy Hunt spent five days in the US holding meetings with News Corp at the same point Rupert …
Iain Martin / The Telegraph:
The night I saw Jeremy Hunt hide behind a tree before dinner with James Murdoch
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Fox News mole Joe Muto served with search warrant, Gawker doesn't expect to be served  —  In a series of tweets, the Gawker blogger who worked at Fox News until he was outed as a mole announces this morning that News Corp.'s legal threats were not just talk.
Trevor Butterworth / The Awl:
The Latest Sad Fate of an Aggregation Serf  —  What's new, you might ask, in another tale of careless youth broken on the galley of journalism?  Well, someone in power finally stood up—sort of—for the little guy.  In a column on the resignation of 20-something Elizabeth Flock after charges of …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NBC Miami reporter fired for edited Zimmerman tape  —  WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired Friday after being involved in editing a tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call before he shot Trayvon Martin.  Burnside, who has been with the NBC owned and operated Miami station for 13 years, still has a bio page on its website.
Guardian:
Bradley Manning defence motion to drop charges denied at pretrial hearing  —  Defence had asked that 22 criminal charges against Manning be dropped over prosecution's slow speed in sharing documents  —  A military judge has refused to throw out the charges against US army private Bradley Manning …
Discussion: Reuters
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Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Bradley Manning trial: US government ordered to release WikiLeaks damage assessments
Discussion: Reuters
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
ABC News, Yahoo Partner on New Online News Show With Katie Couric  —  Katie Couric has an official ABC News show, but it's not on television.  Instead, the former Today and CBS Evening News anchor will host a digital program, Katie's Take, on Yahoo, which partnered with ABC News last year.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?  —  Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company's Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The Daily News has lost its executive editor for digital, Scott Cohen, who's headed to a news startup called Vocativ in another few weeks, Capital has learned.  —  Cohen is a well-liked though somewhat divisive figure at the paper, which he joined in 2008 following a stint at ABC News.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Brian Thomas Gallagher / The New York Observer:
The Story of Etan Patz: Reporters Remember the Quest to Cover (and Find) Soho's Missing Boy  —  Julie Patz, on the Today show, two years after her son Etan's disappearance.  —  On May 25, 1979—the first day his mother allowed him to walk to the bus stop alone—6-year-old Etan Patz went missing just blocks from his parents' Soho loft.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Worldcrunch wants to be the Internet's Rosetta Stone for news  —  As the translation-based news service Worldcrunch approaches the one-year anniversary of its launch, it's also tweaking its business approach in three key ways that co-founders Jeff Israely and Irène Toporkoff hope will help it thrive.
 
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