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10:20 PM ET, July 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Bruce Orwall / Wall Street Journal:
In Interview, Murdoch Defends News Corp.  —  In his first significant public comments on the tabloid newspaper scandal that has engulfed his media empire, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch vigorously defended the company's handling of the crisis but said it would establish …
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
AP source: FBI reviews News Corp. 9/11 phone claim  —  The FBI has begun a preliminary inquiry based on concerns in Congress over a report that media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
Brian Braiker / Adweek:
The Murdoch Maelstrom Comes West  —  Editors at the New York Post pulled junior staffers into two closed-door meetings on Tuesday and told them, “We have to be on our P's and Q's and not engage in any kind of obvious, unethical journalistic things,” according to a source close to the Post.
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
AP source: FBI investigating News Corp.  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-07-14T18:18:48  —  NEW YORK — A law enforcement official says the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims.
New York Times:
Murdochs Now Say They Will Appear Before Parliament  —  LONDON — In an abrupt about-face, News Corporation said Tuesday afternoon that Rupert Murdoch and his son James would testify next week before a British parliamentary panel looking into phone hacking.  They will appear along with Rebekah Brooks …
Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch calls in PR firm Edelman  —  PR company will report directly to general manager of News International  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has called in PR and lobbying specialists Edelman to help the embattled company handle mounting public anger …
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
The Ben Bradlee of Phone Hacking  —  Rupert Murdoch has met his match.  —  For years now, the News Corp. head has seemed bulletproof, or at least Teflon-coated; scandal has seemingly slid right off him.  But suddenly the ongoing furor over phone hacking in the U.K. has put his media empire in real peril.
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The Myths of Murdoch: Real, Unreal and Surreal
Discussion: Time and Capital New York
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
GOPer wants FBI probe of Rupert Murdoch
Jxpaton / Digital First:
Our Next Big Step  —  Today we announced that the Journal Register Company has been bought by Alden Global Capital.  And that's terrific news for us.  —  Alden has been an investor in our Company for some time and they have had a courtside seat to the Journal Register Company's radical makeover following our Digital First strategy.
Journal Register Company:
Journal Register Company Acquired by Alden Global Capital  —  Yardley, PA - Journal Register Company, a leading multi-media company in local news and information, announced today that Alden Global Capital ("Alden") has purchased the Company.  —  “This is a great vote of confidence from Alden …
Discussion: Poynter and Deal Journal
Jonathan /
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does  —  Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.  In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information …
Discussion: TechCrunch and AllThingsD
Peter Apps / Reuters:
Analysis: Press barons lose information monopoly in Twitter era  —  (Reuters) - Britain's celebrities might no longer have to worry about the News of the World hacking phones or rifling their bins, but the manner of the paper's demise shows controlling information is getting much more difficult.
Ruth Brown / Willamette Week:
The Blogfather  —  MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey put the blog in blogosphere.  Now he looks to the future.  —  Thirty-five miles from Portland is the home of one of Oregon's hottest tech properties.  It's a long way from the “Silicon Forest” of local startups.
Discussion: Poynter
Sarah Marshall /
How to: create a Facebook page as a journalist  —  Why journalists should create a Facebook fan page, examples of best practice and tips on setting up a page  —  “Facebook is a rolodex of more than 750 million potential sources,” journalist programme manager at Facebook Vadim Lavrusik told
Discussion: Facebook, Poynter and
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent: Says It's In The Black, Two Years Ahead Of Schedule  —  BBC's push to make money from its overseas businesses, particularly online, had a good boost this morning, when the international site,, announced that it has reached profitability—two years ahead of schedule.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
MSNBC Chief on ‘Incredible’ Fox News, Life After Olbermann, More  —  This Friday is the 15th anniversary of the launch of MSNBC.  To mark the occasion, I spoke with Phil Griffin, the network's president and the guy whose job it is to put out the fire when one of his hot-blooded hosts …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
South Korea to regulate incentives given to bloggers
Discussion: Global Voices
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like it or not, aggregation is part of the future of media
Discussion: Slate and Daring Fireball
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