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4:45 PM ET, June 23, 2011


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Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
I was duped by Jose Vargas, illegal immigrant  —  I was duped.  I once hired an illegal immigrant to be a reporter for the Chronicle.  —  “I don't think I'm a criminal,” Jose Antonio Vargas told me when we met last week, right before he announced his status to the world.  “Don't make me seem guiltier than I am.”
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Post responds to ex-reporter Vargas's revelation that he's an illegal immigrant  —  For almost 14 years, Jose Antonio Vargas carried a secret.  A journalist skilled in getting information from others, Vargas withheld some important news from his American employers: He is an undocumented immigrant.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
American Media Buys OK Magazine  —  Richard Desmond.  Image by Getty Images Europe via @daylife  —  Richard Desmond couldn't sell OK Magazine to Time Inc. Now he's found another buyer: American Media Inc., home to the National Enquirer and Star, is buying the money-losing entertainment title.
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
Top Magazine Money Makers in the iPad App Store  —  Maybe it is the new subscription model in the App Store?  Perhaps it is just Apple making nice with publishers after seeming to have dissed the media world for so long.  But whatever the motives or the reasons, even a cursory glance …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
When big data meets journalism  —  The Knight Foundation, a non-profit entity that is one of the biggest funders of media-related projects in the United States — including the new MIT Center for Civic Media, which we wrote about earlier — announced the winners of its annual $4.7-million News Challenge on Wednesday.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The News Challenge-winning PANDA Project aims to make research easier in the newsroom
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
J.K. Rowling Conjures Up Potter E-Books  —  LONDON—After years of refusing to release her boy-wizard books in electronic format, Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling is finally taking the digital plunge, launching an online store that will sell Harry Potter e-books directly to consumers …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
News and Opinion Get Cozy in NY Times's New Sunday Section  —  Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times  —  The New York Times is serious about keeping the chocolate of opinion out of the peanut butter of its objective reporting.  Readers, on the other hand, would often rather just have a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Discussion: New York Magazine
The New York Observer:
Joshua Hersh Leaves The Daily for The Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post has poached reporter Joshua Hersh from The Daily, spokesman Mario Ruiz told The Observer.  —  Mr. Hersh will be a staff reporter covering foreign policy and the State Department in the Washington, D.C. bureau.
Discussion: @aarongell
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Are Hulu's Owners Really Selling?  —  Yes, Hulu is for sale.  The video site hired bankers from Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners last week, people familiar with the company tell me.  They've just started asking potential buyers if they'd like to sign an NDA and take a look-see.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Fox renews Hulu licensing pact
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Is someone leaking Hulu news to jack up sales price?
Rosie Baker / New Media Age:
News International to enable PayPal payments for newspaper content  —  News International is to introduce PayPal's fast checkout system in a move that could bring micropayments for online content from UK titles a step closer.  —  Readers will be able to use PayPal to pay for The Times …
Discussion: Noted
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google eyeing further display ad acquisitions  —  Google will buy more companies to boost its presence in the booming online display ad sector in a challenge to Facebook, even as European regulators examine its dominant web search position.  —  Speaking to a small group of reporters …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
TouchPad-Only Magazine ‘Pivot’ To Debut With Tablet, Produced By HP Itself  —  HP (NYSE: HPQ) must be tiring of all the news about Apple's strength in the tablet market, and trying to get its own name out in front: to coincide with the launch of its own TouchPad tablet in July …
Jessica Roy / 10,000 Words:
Easily Manage A Digital Newsroom With Kapost  —  Even the most seasoned newsroom vet can have trouble handling an army of remote freelancers without the right software.  Kapost, a new digital newsroom service, is seeking to change all that.  —  Kapost is project management software …
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Phone hacking: police make fourth arrest  —  A woman was arrested this morning by officers investigating the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.  —  The 39-year-old woman, who has not been named by police, was arrested by officers from the Met's Operation Weeting on suspicion …
Discussion: Guardian and
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Village Voice Union Unanimously Authorizes Strike Vote  —  In a meeting at Cooper Union last night, Village Voice employees unanimously voted to give their union negotiating committee the right to call for a strike vote during contract negotiations, which reconvene today after a break.
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