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1:50 PM ET, July 9, 2011


 Top News: 
James Murdoch ‘could face prosecution’ over his role in phone hacking scandal  —  James Murdoch, the chairman of News International, could be prosecuted over the telephone hacking scandal, a former home secretary said yesterday.  —  David Cameron also piled the pressure on Mr Murdoch …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Catastrophic ‘News of the World’: Some salvage jobs are impossible, even for Rupert Murdoch  —  News of the sudden closure of Rupert Murdoch's most successful British paper, the Sunday tabloid News of the World, has riveted the upper end of British and American media alike.
Discussion: Gawker, Guardian and New York Times
Ken Auletta / News Desk:
What Murdoch Made  —  During the first full day of the Allen …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Another Digital Twist to the NWS Drama: A Tell-All Blog By Ex-NOTW Journos  —  News International is taking down its online paywall for the last edition of The News of the World on Sunday, July 10.  But the scandal-ridden newspaper might just get scooped by one of its own.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week  —  The Twitterverse was in a flurry this week, as early adopters and tech enthusiasts excitedly dissected Google's brand new social network, Google+.  —  According to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's …
KOMU-TV Puts Google+ Hangout Video Chat on the Air  —  As a reporter and anchor for KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., and the broadcast lab for the Missouri School of Journalism, I already chat with viewers via Facebook and Twitter on our “Livestream” behind-the-scenes webcam mounted on the news set.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Thomson Reuters employees OK new contract  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The three-year contract, which passed 252 to 68, includes a guaranteed 1.5 percent increase in each of its three years.  The company had previously insisted that most or all raises be awarded solely at its discretion.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
TechCrunch to fold CrunchGear, MobileCrunch into its main domain  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington just announced that his technology blog will be rolling out significant enhancements to the site next week including a new design, new logo and new content from its sister sites CrunchGear …
New York Post:
AMI's secret OK! backer is Hudson News' Cohen  —  Ever since American Media and its financial backers emerged as the surprise acquirers of the US edition of OK!, speculation has swirled that AMI CEO David Pecker had found a secret new strategic partner to help him seal the deal.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
WATCH: Why Frank Rich Left The New York Times  —  NEW YORK - Previously on The Backstory, Frank Rich spoke about this week's New York magazine cover story “Obama's Original Sin” and why he's been disappointed with the president over Wall Street accountability and gay marriage.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Salon Founder Talbot Steps In Once Again As Interim CEO  —  Salon founder David Talbot is taking the CEO reins once again as CEO on an interim basis, according to an 8-K filing yesterday (via David Weir on Media).  The return of Talbot, the one-time editor-in-chief and chairman has remained …
Discussion: The Wrap
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Harry Smith Leaving CBS News for NBC News  —  First on TVNewser: Harry Smith, who has been with CBS News for 25 years, is leaving the network, we've 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 …
Joy Mayer /
Highlights from the 2011 journalists engagement survey  —  While editors at U.S. daily newspapers overwhelmingly say they think audience engagement has become an important part of practicing journalism, they're often not sure what that means or how to go about it.
Discussion: Poynter
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Economist, Poynter and Editors Weblog, Thanks:mathewi
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How to verify - and when to publish - news accounts posted on social media
Discussion: The Buttry Diary and