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2:00 PM ET, July 6, 2011


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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch Responds To Hacking Claims From Sun Valley  —  Rupert Murdoch is standing by News International head Rebekah Brooks in his first public statement on the new phone hacking accusations causing a firestorm for the News Corp (NSDQ: NWS).  UK publishing group—and a potential last-minute roadblock …
Discussion: BBC, Press Gazette and Reuters
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
New hacking allegation piles pressure on Murdoch
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.
New York Times:
Watching a Trial on TV, Discussing It on Twitter  —  As the lawyers for Casey Anthony gathered at a restaurant in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon, two hours after a jury found their client not guilty of killing her daughter, Caylee, the television host Nancy Grace was sequestered in a studio …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Casey Anthony attorney blasts TV ‘talking heads’ in verdict wake
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 …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Does Turnover Signal Tumult at The Huffington Post Business Desk?  [Update]  —  Since merging with AOL, the Huffington Post has been on an ostentatious hiring spree, luring editors away from The New York Times with big paychecks and grabbing young reporters while the ink on their diplomas is still wet.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media moguls focus on digital dollars at Sun Valley  —  (Reuters) - Media and technology moguls gather in Idaho this week to once more debate a shift to a digital world, but the talk this year will finally focus on how to make money off it.  —  Unlike in years past, this year's attendees …
Rebecca Meany /   Valley greets, but doesn't meet, heavy hitters
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
HuffPo UK 'We're The Only Independent Digital Destination For News'  —  Today, Arianna Huffington's online news phenomenon The Huffington Post is making its European debut, with the launch of Huffington Post UK, the third site in what AOL (NYSE: AOL) hopes will become a rapidly-growing franchise by the end of this year.
NPR Topics: World:
Al Jazeera Reporter Reflects on Detainment in Iran … Dorothy Parvaz was detained in Syria when she tried entering the country to cover uprisings.  She spent three days in Syrian detention, then was handed over to Iranian authorities.  Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Parvaz about her detainment in Syria and Iran.
The New York Observer:
New York Media Power Couples: The Varsity Lineup and the Incoming Class  —  Tina and Sir Harry, Ken and Binky, Nan and Gay — the long-standing Old Guard of media couples are well known.  But who else is at the top of the love-in-journalism field?  We've compiled a primer.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Koblin / WWD:
Memo Pad: Bieber's Vanity Fair Cover Bombs... New Men's Style Quarterly...
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Updated: Seeking Alpha On Track To Pay Its Bloggers $1.2 Million This Year  —  Financial analysis and earnings transcription site Seeking Alpha expects to pay its “premium bloggers” a collective $1.2 million by the end of this year, says CEO David Jackson.  While most of the site's 4,000 …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The MacGyver method: With News Challenge funding, The Public Lab is building up its civic media toolkit  —  Of all the projects that have won Knight News Challenge grants since 2007, The Public Laboratory is the only one that owes its funding, in some part, to balloons.
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times curbs Pogue's PR appearances  —  Journalists are accustomed to seeing public relations pitches in their inbox.  I was surprised, though, when I recently got one on June 8 touting tech columnist David Pogue's speech to PR professionals in which he credits PR with providing most of his ideas.
Discussion: Poynter and The Wire
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
NY Times: No Longer A Sell, Says UBS; Paywall Brightens  —  Prospects for The New York Times's (NYT) electronic paywall, introduced in May, are looking better, writes UBS's Jon Janedis, who today raised his rating on Times shares to Neutral from Sell, and raised his price target to $9 from $7.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
CEO Jason Kilar Is Contract-Less as Hulu Seeks Buyer  —  As bankers in Century City gathered to pitch Hulu to potential buyers on Tuesday, they more than likely disclosed this anomaly: CEO Jason Kilar is now without a contract.  —  Kilar's contract expired at the end of June, according to an individual close to the company.
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