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8:50 AM ET, July 8, 2011

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Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
News of the World closes - live coverage  —  The News of the World is to close, James Murdoch has announced.  It follows a series of revelations that the paper illegally hacked into phones, and amid calls for Rebekah Brooks to resign.  The News International chief executive is said to retain the support of Rupert Murdoch
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brandrepublic.com:
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 …
Alison Frankel / MediaFile:
Is Murdoch free to destroy tabloid's records?  —  The views expressed are her own.  —  Here's some News of the World news to spin the heads of American lawyers.  According to British media law star Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent (whom The Times of London has dubbed “Mr Media") …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
News Of The World's Closure Brings Abrupt End To One Murdoch Paywall  —  When the News of the World disappears from print this Sunday, its digital assets will be going right out the door with it.  Or will they?  NOTW had been one of the country's most popular newspapers …
Discussion: Gawker and New Media Age
Felix Salmon:
Brand and crisis management, Murdoch style  —  For a man who's spent his entire life in the media business and understands it as well as anybody who's ever lived, Rupert Murdoch is quite astonishingly inept at crisis management.  —  The News of the World hacking scandal was broken by the Guardian …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Wire
The Independent:
Jemima Khan: 'I'm a member of the hacked club'  —  For victims of the News of the World hacking scandal, not knowing the full extent of the invasion of their privacy is horrible.  They include Jemima Khan, who details the long, painful process of trying to find out the truth
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Telegraph:
News of the World to close: Andy Coulson arrested at police station
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
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.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Economist:
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.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Huffington Post to relaunch ‘OffTheBus’ citizen journalism initiative  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  OffTheBus, which made news in 2008 with blogger Mayhill Fowler's reporting on Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, is back with a new advisory board that will create a guide to the best citizen journalism practices.
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 …
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Voicemail hacking: How easy is it?  —  Fresh phone-hacking allegations against UK newspaper News of the World claim that the voicemail messages of murder and terrorism victims were intercepted by the paper, in addition to the celebrity phone-hackings admitted previously.
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
BreakingNews.com finds that Google+ is great for viral sharing  —  Cory Bergman of msnbc.com's Breaking News shares observations from using the new Google+ social network to distribute news.  Among the lessons: People love to reshare posts to their friends, even more than they like to comment on them.
 
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