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8:20 AM ET, July 7, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
The Murdoch Style, Under Pressure  —  Risk-taking and line-skirting have always been just one more cost of doing business for Rupert Murdoch.  —  But the widening voice-mail hacking scandal at the British tabloid News of the World threatens to stain the company's image in a way that other …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
NoW detective surveillance: what Brooks knew  —  Brooks summoned to meeting with Scotland Yard to be told her journalists had spied on behalf of murder suspects  —  As editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks was confronted with evidence that her paper's resources had been used on behalf …
Peter Oborne / Spectator:
What the papers won't say  —  The omertà of Britain's press and politicians on phone-hacking amounts to complicity in crime  —  Let's try a thought experiment.  Let's imagine that BP threw an extravagant party, with oysters and expensive champagne.
Hugh Grant: How I exposed hacking  —  The actor Hugh Grant has been speaking about how he recorded a conversation between himself and Paul McMullen, in which the journalist revealed details of phone hacking by the media.  —  Details of the exchange were then revealed by Mr Grant in the New Statesman.
Casey Anthony / The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Smart, Network Pundit?  —  Amid the Casey Anthony frenzy, ABC News is close to unveiling its latest contributor.  Howard Kurtz reports exclusively on the kidnap victim's new career.  —  Elizabeth Smart first came into our consciousness nearly a decade ago as a 14-year-old girl kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom.
Discussion: Gawker
Ben Popken / The Consumerist:
Magazine With Ad For “Zookeeper” Digitally Inserted Into “How I Met Your Mother” Rerun  —  For the past few years, networks have been digitally inserting ads and product placements for new products into old reruns.  Shannon just noticed one in a rerun of a 2007 episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Cancels ‘In the Arena’ With Eliot Spitzer  —  CNN on Thursday cancelled Eliot Spitzer's 8 p.m. political talk show, “In The Arena,” and said it would shift Anderson Cooper's 10 p.m. nightly newscast into the time slot.  —  The cable news channel also said that Erin Burnett …
Jon Steinberg:
The Coming Creative Revolution in Digital Advertising  —  There is a coming creative revolution in digital advertising.  Despite the DSPs and RTBs, most RFPs from major brand advertisers proclaim things like “what can you do custom, unique, and high impact!”
Discussion: Future of Journalism
‘Page One’ Excerpt: How The New York Times learned to stop worrying and love the blog  —  To coincide with the release of “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” NPR's David Folkenflik edited a book by leading thinkers about where media is headed.  In this essay, former New York Times reporter …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
What Facebook, Google video chat means for TV  —  As predicted by just about everyone, Facebook's “awesome” new product is video calling, powered by Skype.  Facebook rolled it out today — it's a quick plugin download — and you simple click a “call” button next to a user's profile and it rings them on the other end.
Discussion: AdAge
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Three-quarters of people who pay for apps would buy news apps  —  A new Nielsen survey of people who download apps on their smartphones finds that 39 percent had used a news app in the past 30 days.  It also found that 76 percent of people who paid for any kind of app are willing to pay for one focused on news.
Media Decoder:
Networks Joust for Interviews in Casey Anthony Case  —  Television networks jousted on Wednesday for interviews with the jurors and lawyers in the Casey Anthony case — while emphasizing that they would not pay for the interviews.  —  NBC was the first network to book Jeff Ashton, the lead prosecutor in the case.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, TVNewser, The Wire and
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Jack Essig Named to Lead Hearst's Men's Titles  —  Hearst Magazines' Michael Clinton had long been a fan of Men's Health publisher Jack Essig, but it took years to find the right offer to lure him over to the women's title-heavy Hearst.  —  The opportunity came with Hearst's purchase …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Wrap
Matti Friedman / Associated Press:
Reporters change an insular Jewish world  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — In the insular world of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, the fact that the news is being reported is itself important news.  —  A decade ago, brawling between two ultra-Orthodox factions over real estate in Jerusalem would almost certainly …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
5 ways to turn traffic spikes from major news stories into return visits  —  Many news sites have seen traffic spikes this year following major news events.  But as website editors are learning, just because readers come to a site once for news doesn't mean they're going to come back later.
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