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1:00 AM ET, May 2, 2012

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Jim Romenesko:
Murdoch's letter to Dow Jones employees  —  In a memo to employees, Rupert Murdoch says of the UK Parliament panel's phone hacking report: “I recognize that for all of us - myself in particular - it is difficult to read many of the report's findings.  But we have done the most difficult part …
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Barry Diller Backs Rupert Murdoch as ‘Honorable,’ ‘Morally Fit’  —  Barry Diller at Allen & Co.'s annual media get-together in Sun Valley, Idaho.  Rupert Murdoch was there, too.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)  —  To the six members of British Parliament's culture committee …
Paul Hoskins / Reuters:
BSkyB hopes results can outshine hacking headlines  —  LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - Probes into phone hacking and the legacy of a failed bid by Rupert Murdoch to seize full control look likely to overshadow a resilient set of results from satellite broadcaster BSKyB on Wednesday.
Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch ‘not fit’ to lead major international company, MPs conclude  —  Select committee also says James Murdoch showed ‘wilful ignorance’ of extent of phone hacking at News of the World  —  Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to exercise stewardship of a major international company …
Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's Fox broadcast licences targeted by US ethics group  —  FCC called on to revoke licences in wake of British parliamentary report as phone hacking scandal widens abroad  —  A Washington-based ethics watchdog is calling on federal regulators to revoke News Corporation's 27 Fox …
Discussion: CREW and Tech Daily Dose
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
‘Les Hinton was complicit in cover-up at News Int’  —  Ex-News International chief executive Les Hinton sanctioned a series of “extraordinary” payments to former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman after his phone-hacking conviction in a bid to buy his silence …
News Corp:
News Corporation Statement of UK's Parliamentary Select Committee of Culture, Media and Sport's News of the World Report
Discussion: Crikey
Zeke Miller / Buzzfeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.  The surprise trip was a closely guarded secret …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
ABC: Newspaper circulation rose in last six months, 5% on Sundays  —  Newspapers across the country gained readers in the last six months, compared to the same period a year ago.  Nationally, daily circulation was up .68 percent for digital and print at the 618 papers reporting …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times rising, WaPo struggling
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Is An ESPN Columnist Scamming People On The Internet?  [UPDATE]  —  A few weeks ago, ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips concluded her weekly “Junk Mail” column with a question from an unnamed reader: … Phillips responded: … Is Sarah Phillips for real?  Thirteen months ago …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Soon you'll be able to use your Nook to buy books in Barnes & Noble stores  —  On the heels of yesterday's news that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's Nook and college businesses, B&N CEO William Lynch says that the company plans to embed NFC (near field communication) chips into Nooks.
Discussion: Fortune, Betabeat, PC Magazine and CNET
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
A brief history of Microsoft's e-reader efforts
Discussion: CNET, Digital Book World and Wired
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
A Radio Merger in New York Reflects a Shifting Industry  —  On its surface, the merger last week of WRKS and WBLS, longtime rivals in the R&B radio format in New York, was business as usual for the broadcast industry.  Two struggling competitors combined operations, and a deep-pocketed third party …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Web journey complete, FT switching off iOS app  —  The Financial Times is preparing to kill off its iPad and iPhone app for good, signalling its final conversion from executable-app to web-app publishing.  —  The news publisher launched a HTML5 web app and pulled its iOS app off iTunes Store …
Discussion: MacRumors
 
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Journal, News Corp. Receive Suspicious White Powder Letters
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