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2:05 PM ET, July 13, 2011

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BBC:
News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB  —  WATCH: Robert Peston says it will have been ‘incredibly painful’ decision for Murdoch  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has announced that it is dropping its planned bid to take full ownership of BSkyB.  —  The announcement came as the House …
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Hollywood Reporter:
Confessions of a News of the World Reporter (Exclusive) … My first assignment was cake.  I tagged along with a features reporter to interview Baywatch actress Traci Bingham because she was on the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother (or Big Bruv, as they call it) that season.  Nothing unusual.
Discussion: The Wire
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
In the Murdoch Hacking Scandal, Roger Ailes Stands to Gain  —  Roger Ailes  —  As the metastasizing phone-hacking scandal engulfs the senior-most reaches of News Corp., the Murdoch family, and the British government, a winner may yet emerge from the corporate wreckage: Roger Ailes.
Discussion: TVNewser
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Phone-hacking scandal reaches US  —  US senator Jay Rockefeller warns of ‘serious consequences’ if Rupert Murdoch's journalists have targeted American citizens  —  A key US senator has called for an investigation into whether any of News Corporation's organisations in the country have hacked US citizens.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
James Murdoch To Stay On As BSkyB Chair After News Corp Abandons Bid  —  News Corp today walked away from its bid to buy out all shares in UK broadcaster BSkyB (NYSE: BSY), but one of its most senior executives will continue to have a role there.  Sources at BSkyB say that James Murdoch …
Reuters:
Legal head of News International leaves company: source
Discussion: Guardian and FOXBusiness.com
Gabe Rivera:
Let's call rewriters “rewriters”, not “aggregators”.  Also: why Techmeme is wonderful.  —  Something bothered me about Simon Dumenco's piece about Huffington Post yesterday.  Not the substance of his column, which was valid and well-argued, nor the favorable comparison to Techmeme, which was, well, favorable to Techmeme.
Discussion: Poynter
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Yahoo! News:
HuffPo controversy highlights cavalier online editorial culture
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Let's Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them  —  There was exciting news last month among the Twitterati.  Brian Stelter, The New York Times prodigy and master of social media, announced to his 64,373 followers that he is going to write a book.  The obvious question: What's up with that?
John Cook / Gawker:
In Defense of Sleazy Journalism  —  As delightful as it's been to watch Rupert Murdoch's British fiefdom slowly drown in a foul swamp of wickedness and criminality, it's worth remembering that all good reporters are amoral monsters and that without a lot of highly questionable behavior …
Discussion: CBS News, BBC and New York Magazine
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Times Company to Repay Carlos Slim Early  —  Updated The New York Times Company said Wednesday that it would pay back the $250 million loan from Carlos Slim Helú, a Mexican telecommunications billionaire, on Aug. 15, freeing itself from one of its larger financial obligations.
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Oprah to Take Bigger Role at Her Struggling Network  —  The queen of daytime television is moving into the corner office.  —  Oprah Winfrey is poised to become chief executive of her cable channel, OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, starting sometime in the fall, according to people close to the venture.
Discussion: Gawker and Company Town
Steve Myers / Poynter:
U.S. has same number of newspapers now as in 1890s  —  Stanford has used data from the Library of Congress to illustrate the spread of all kinds of newspapers across the U.S. from 1690 to 2011.  Users can see which cities had multiple papers and click on them to learn more about them.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NYT On The ‘Psychology Of Sharing’: E-Mail Still Rules  —  When the New York Times first began talking about creating a metered paywall for its website last year, the company was quick to note that social media links would be exempt in order to keep the traffic flowing.
Discussion: ANA
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Prepares New Web Ad Push  —  People are spending less time on Yahoo Inc.'s websites.  So in a bid to reverse its waning influence, the Internet company is working on a way to get more of its content and advertising on others' websites instead.  —  As part of a network it expects …
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
Expanding EveryBlock  —  The hyperlocal Web site's new president sees a much bigger footprint in its future.  Wed.  July 13, 2011  —  Andrew Damstedt (adamstedt@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  When Revamping the Web site earlier this year to allow visitors to start discussions …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Vogue Casts 1,000 ‘Influencers’ for Network  —  It's not enough that a brand like Vogue can sway people to buy certain products by virtue of its clout.  Brands today want to use the magazine's readers to spread the word about their products.  —  To that end, the Condé Nast fashion bible …
Discussion: The Wire
AdAge:
The Surprising (Content) Future of Google+  —  It seems that there is a path that Google+ is headed down, with, or without our complicity: a media-sharing and discovery powerhouse.
Aaron Gell / The New York Observer:
Bin Laden Hunter ‘CIA John’ Identified  —  The Man in the Yellow Tie, with Clinton and Panetta, and in a college yearbook photo.  —  Anyone who's ever logged in to a social network while in a jubilant, possibly intoxicated, frame of mind knows the dangers.
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Gawker Tries to Reveal Identity of CIA Agent Behind Bin Laden Kill
Discussion: The Wire
 
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Discussion: The Wire