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3:20 PM ET, May 23, 2012

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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Andy Coulson voicemails allegedly hacked  —  Voicemails left by Andy Coulson for the aide to former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke are believed to be among those allegedly hacked while he was editor of the News of the World.  Coulson is one of a number of journalists whose messages …
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
Ex-UK editor Morgan accused again on hacking  —  May 23 (Reuters) - One of Britain's most respected journalists said on Wednesday that former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan showed him how to hack into phones 10 years ago, the latest twist in a scandal that has so far centred on Rupert Murdoch.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Justice Leveson discusses role of bloggers
Media Monkey / Guardian:   Michel expected to hold nerve at Leveson
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry: Hunt's permanent secretary to appear on Friday
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
It's official: Chicago Reader sold to Sun-Times parent  —  A memo from group publisher Alison Draper and CFO Tammy Bailey to Creative Loafing employees confirms the sale: … The likely sale to Wrapports was first reported about two weeks ago.  —  The Reader and Washington City Paper …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Wrapports buys the Reader  —  Wrapports LLC, the collection of high-flying investors who own the Sun-Times and Sun-Times Media, have added the Reader to their stable, buying this 41-year-old weekly-which the Wrapports news release chooses to call “iconic”—for slightly under $3 million.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Huffington Post Gets Its First Publisher Amid Broader AOL Changes  —  Janet Balis Takes Post While AOL Chief Revenue Officer Ned Brody Also Gets New Role  —  In his company's most recent earnings call, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he wanted to restructure the company in a way that made …
Jay Greene / CNET:
How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies  —  Amazon Studios is crowdsourcing movie-making, creating test movies, that fans can review, with storyboard art in the place of video, like this image from a possible upcoming release called “Touching Blue.”
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon Prime acquires access to Paramount films
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and TechCrunch
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Several people reportedly stabbed at Topeka TV station  —  Staffers at WIBW in Topeka, Kan., subdued a “disgruntled man” this morning at the TV station.  Morning news co-anchor Amanda Lanum tweeted events as they unfolded, as did other staffers.  Their tweets say the man had a knife and stabbed …
Discussion: WIBW-TV
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
If Video Sites Could Act Like Cable Companies  —  BOSTON — Most consumers have no idea what an M.V.P.D. is, but they mail a check to one every month.  What they call Comcast or Time Warner Cable or DirecTV, the government calls a “multichannel video programming distributor,” or M.V.P.D. for short.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Roku and Dish partner on new foreign TV streaming service  —  Dish Network has partnered with Roku to launch a new, streaming-only service that will be sold to customers across the U.S., regardless of whether they're subscribers of Dish's pay TV offering or not, both companies announced Wednesday morning.
Jim Romenesko:
McClatchy to begin ‘robust test’ of pay model  —  McClatchy vice president of news Anders Gyllenhaal tells employees that “after more than a year of experiments and analysis on pay models, McClatchy newspapers will begin a robust test of a pay plan that looks like the right balance for our websites.”
Reuters:
NBCUniversal plans 5,500 hours of Olympics TV coverage  —  NBCUniversal on Wednesday unveiled plans to air more than 5,500 hours of coverage of the upcoming London Olympic Games online and across its various television networks, including more than 270 hours on flagship broadcaster NBC.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Katharine Zaleski leaves Washington Post  —  Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli announced to staff today that Katharine Zaleski, the Washington Post's executive director of digital news, will be leaving the news organization to join Planet Daily, where she'll be managing editor.
 
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Erik Wemple:
Washington Times takes de Borchgrave's recent columns offline
Discussion: The Corsair and Washington Post
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hachette lets you read free chapters from upcoming books on Facebook
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Julian Assange extradition verdict due next week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Yahoo under Levinsohn seen shifting to content, advertising
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
Son of THR Founder Shares Some Memories
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
In Praise of ProPublica
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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Voice of San Diego:
Knight Grant Fuels New VOSD On-Demand Mag
Discussion: LA Observed
Michael Meyer / CJR:
The Ford Foundation's unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times
Discussion: Poynter
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
TV Everywhere's Counting Problem
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Gets a Haircut in Push For Profitability
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's Primetime Ratings Sink to 20-Year Low
Felix Salmon:
How Gawker wants to monetize comments