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1:20 PM ET, July 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Rebekah Brooks's resignation letter  —  How News International's chief executive informed staff she was stepping down  —  Rebekah Brooks resigns over phone-hacking scandal  —  At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons.  Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Rebekah Brooks Quits as News International Chief in Phone-Hacking Scandal  —  Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive officer of News Corp. (NWS)'s News International U.K. publishing unit, has stepped down amid a phone-hacking scandal that resulted in the closure of the News of the World tabloid she once edited.
Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks resignation statement  —  Rebekah Brooks has resigned as chief executive of News International following the phone hacking scandal.  Here is the internal memo that was sent to NI staff:  —  Rebekah Brooks resigns in wake of NOTW phone-hacking scandal
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Murdoch Scandal Roils WSJ  —  Faced with sleazy corporate cousins, reporters at the august Wall Street Journal are grappling with how to cover their boss's scandal—and their own survival.  By Nick Summers.  —  On Tuesday, July 5, bureau chiefs and editors at The Wall Street Journal dialed …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Down with Murdoch: Rebekah Brooks is gone, but now it's Parliament that's in trouble  —  Via World Economic Forum.  —  In an interview with The Wall Street Journal yesterday, Rupert Murdoch was hanging tough.  —  He said that in the massive phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled British Parliament …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Tom Mockridge: profile of News International's new chief executive  —  Rebekah Brooks's replacement started as a print journalist down under before moving to run pay-TV channel Sky Italia  —  Tom Mockridge started his career as a national newspaper journalist working for the chief rival to Rupert Murdoch's interests in Australia.
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Seize the chance for media reform  —  Intimidated children rounding on the playground bully - that is the spectacle in the UK since the News of the World phone-hacking scandal exploded.  As one who has long believed that the influence of Rupert Murdoch on UK public life was quite intolerable …
Sam Marsden / The Independent:   Murdoch to apologise in national newspapers
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Phone-hacking scandal highlights the differences in British, U.S. media
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
For Murdoch Loyalist, Another Stint in the Spotlight
Discussion: Guardian
Brian Braiker / Adweek:
The Murdoch Maelstrom Comes West
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
AP source: FBI reviews News Corp. 9/11 phone claim
Natasha Mohanty / Google News Blog:
Shareable Google News badges for your favorite topics  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  On Google News, the average reader of political news has read 20 articles about politics in the last six months.  Where do you stand?  —  Starting today, in the U.S. edition of Google News …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Facebook Working with Top News Brands on ‘Facebook Editions’  —  If you're a leading news brand, this guy wants to be your friend.  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  Facebook has a war on its hands, and Mark Zuckerberg knows it.  Practically overnight, Google+ has gone from a rumor …
Discussion: Poynter
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
CNN Keeping Mum About Piers Morgan Hacking Allegations  —  CNN hasn't been shy about covering the phone hacking related woes of News Corp., parent of rival news network Fox News.  It's devoted more than 100 segments to the scandal, according to liberal press watchdog Media Matters.
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 …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Andrew Ross Sorkin Joins CNBC as Co-Anchor of ‘Squawk Box’  —  First on TVNewser: CNBC has hired New York Times scribe and DealBook founder Andrew Ross Sorkin to be the new co-anchor of the signature morning program “Squawk Box,” TVNewser has learned.  —  Sorkin, who has been a contributor on CNBC …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Guardian apologises to the Sun over Gordon Brown story  —  Gordon Brown questioned how the Sun came about information on his son's medical condition  —  The Guardian has apologised to the Sun for reporting that it accessed Gordon Brown's son's medical records.
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.
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