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12:20 PM ET, July 7, 2011


 Top News: 
News of the World to close on Sunday - live coverage  —  • News International closes paper in wake of scandal  —  • Government announcement on BSkyB will take several weeks  —  • News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers
This sunday will be last issue of News of the World  —  News International will close the News of the World after this weekend's issue, bringing an end to its 168 year history.  —  Full statement from News International:  —  News International today announces that this Sunday, 10 July 2011 …
News of the World to close amid hacking scandal  —  This Sunday's issue of the News of the World will be the last edition of the paper, News International chairman James Murdoch has said.  —  In the past few days, claims have been made that the paper authorised hacking into the mobile phones …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Murdoch Folds NOTW Over Phone Hacking  —  This Sunday's News Of The World will be the last ever issue of the tabloid, News International chairman James Murdoch has announced.  He said this newspaper would not run any commercial adverts this weekend, adding the advertising space would be donated to causes and charities.
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.
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
Discussion: The Wire
Nick Davies / Guardian:
NoW detective surveillance: what Brooks knew
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
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: Fast Company, and AdAge
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.”
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.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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.
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
Utne Reader Launches Social Media Curated Magazine  —  Alt Wire acts as real-time reflector of influential alternative sources.  —  Utne Reader, a magazine that highlights the best of independent and alternative presses, has launched Alt Wire, a socially curated digital magazine.
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