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10:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent: Gets Another ‘New Look’, Starting With Homepage  —  Less than two years after got a major overhaul to make it more “consumer-facing”, the site is getting another revamp that reflects the changes being put in place by Stephen Adler and Chrystia Freeland, the head of the Reuters …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
De Rosa named social media editor
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and FishbowlNY
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
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.”
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
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 …
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.
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
‘Social Journalism’: News You Can Take to the Bottom Line  —  The LJ World in Lawrence, Kan., has long been a fount of innovation in local digital journalism — especially in how to build and foster more and deeper community connections.  Jane Stevens, the site's director of media strategies, is herself a nonstop innovator.
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 …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Righthaven Must Reimburse Defense Attorneys  —  Copyright enforcement outfit Righthaven, which once touted itself as a champion of the newspaper industry, suffered the latest in a string of defeats.  A judge ordered the company to reimburse an opponent's legal team.
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