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1:10 PM ET, July 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive  —  • ‘Massive quantities’ of archive allegedly deleted  —  • Emails believed to be between News of the World editors  —  Police are investigating evidence that a News International executive may have deleted millions …
Ken Auletta / News Desk:
What Murdoch Made  —  During the first full day of the Allen & Co. Conference in Sun Valley, Rupert Murdoch was almost invisible.  He was not spotted at the morning panels or at the outdoor lunch where he usually arrives early and holds court.  Presumably, he was holed up strategizing …
Discussion: Guardian and Poynter
News of the World to close: Andy Coulson arrested at police station  —  Andy Coulson, the former communications chief for David Cameron, has been arrested by detectives investigating alleged phone hacking and illegal payments to police during his tenure as News of the World editor.
Discussion: BBC,, ABCNEWS and Reuters
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
At the Paper: Shock, Anger and a Retreat to the Pub  —  LONDON — Thursday afternoon, when the News Corporation executive Rebekah Brooks walked on to the floor of the News of the World newsroom and began speaking, many of the paper's 200 or so employees thought she would be announcing …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
James Murdoch Takes Stage With Tabloid Closing
Discussion: Adweek, The Huffington Post, Reuters and CJR
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Voicemail hacking: How easy is it?
Discussion: AllThingsD and
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
News Of The World's Closure Brings Abrupt End To One Murdoch Paywall
The Independent:
Jemima Khan: 'I'm a member of the hacked club'
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and MarketBeat
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
News of the World closes - live coverage
Bulletins from the future  —  The internet has turned the news industry upside down, making it more participatory, social, diverse and partisan—as it used to be before the arrival of the mass media, says Tom Standage  —  EVEN IF YOU are not a news junkie, you will have noticed that your daily news has undergone a transformation.
Back to the coffee house  —  The internet is taking the news industry back to the conversational culture of the era before mass media  —  THREE hundred years ago news travelled by word of mouth or letter, and circulated in taverns and coffee houses in the form of pamphlets, newsletters and broadsides.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Harry Smith Leaving CBS News  —  Harry Smith, who has been with CBS News for 25 years, is leaving the network, TVNewser has learned.  In a note to the staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News president David Rhodes writes, “Harry Smith has been a fixture here at CBS News for a generation …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
AP warns staff about expressing opinions on social networks  —  Associated Press journalists have tweeted opinions about the Casey Anthony trial and the New York Senate vote on gay marriage, says Tom Kent, AP Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Big Soup: Anthony De Rosa on becoming Reuters social media editor and the ambient wire for news  —  It was a surprise that wasn't so surprising.  When it was announced Anthony De Rosa would become social media editor for, it was hard to avoid thinking: Yeah, that makes sense.
Discussion: Cision, Editors Weblog and paidContent
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Court tosses FCC's relaxed media ownership rule  —  A federal court rejected a rule change from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that would have made it easier for a single company to own both a newspaper and broadcast TV station in the same local market on technical grounds.
Reinventing the newspaper  —  New business models are proliferating as news organisations search for novel sources of revenue  —  ON THE MORNING of September 3rd 1833 a new kind of newspaper went on sale on the streets of New York.  With its mix of crime reports and human-interest stories …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
The ProPublica Nerd Blog:
Facebook for News Apps: How We Harnessed The Social Network for ‘The Opportunity Gap’  —  Last week we published The Opportunity Gap, a news application that lets readers find out how equally their state provides poor and wealthier schools access to advanced classes that researchers say will help students later in life.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Radhika Jones promoted to Time executive editor  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Radhika Jones joined Time from Paris Review three years ago today.  As an assistant managing editor, she edited the last two TIME 100 issues and the Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” issue.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Rebecca Meany / Idaho Mountain Express & Guide:
Moguls mix, but stay mostly mum  —  Media, tech magnates convene in annual Sun Valley retreat  —  Secrecy and buzz endured in equal measure this week, as media and technology giants converged upon Allen & Co.'s annual retreat in Sun Valley.  —  Although the agenda and guest list are never made public …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How to verify - and when to publish - news accounts posted on social media  —  A July 4 fireworks show in downtown Philadelphia was marred by a shooting that sent crowds scattering, according to hundreds of tweets sent that night.  But when reporters at the Philadelphia Daily News followed up with police …
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Discussion: Gawker and The Hairpin