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11:30 PM ET, July 18, 2011


 Top News: 
News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead  —  Death of Sean Hoare - who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking - not being treated as suspicious  —  • Sean Hoare profile: A courageous and distinguished reporter
News Corp. Said to Consider Chase Carey as CEO  —  News Corp. is considering elevating Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey to chief executive officer to succeed Rupert Murdoch, people with knowledge of the situation said.  —  A decision hasn't been made and a move depends in part …
Murdoch Struggles for Control as Scandal Grows  —  News Corp. (NWS)'s Rupert Murdoch is struggling to control the destiny of the company he began building six decades ago after a trusted deputy was arrested and Scotland Yard's top official quit over ties to a suspect in the phone-hacking probe.
New York Times:
Murdoch Aides Long Tried to Blunt Scandal Over Hacking  —  LONDON — Two days before it emerged that The News of the World had hacked the cellphone of a murdered schoolgirl, igniting a scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch's media empire, his son James told friends that he thought the worst of the troubles were behind him.
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
A Rupert Murdoch Peer: He's ‘Dead Money’  —  Now more engulfed than ever in a virulent phone-hacking scandal, it appears that Rupert Murdoch's days amid the upper echelons of media moguldom are numbered.  —  With resignations and arrests occurring daily among News Corp.'s top newspaper executives …
Felix Salmon:
Could News Corp end up in play?  —  The increasingly-fragile nature of Rupert Murdoch's hold on News Corp has refocused attention on its dual-class share structure.  As John Gapper noted last week, such structures aren't particularly good for minority shareholders like you or me.
Discussion: It's All Trivial …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Can Hands-on Boss Rupert Murdoch Plausibly Deny Knowledge of Hacking at the News of the World?  —  Hand on heart: Rupert Murdoch on Friday.  —  When Rupert Murdoch appears before British Parliament tomorrow, he'll face questions for the first time about the unfolding hacking scandal …
Discussion: MediaFile, Guardian and Newsonomics
Wall Street Journal:
Showdown Time for Murdoch  —  Reputations at Stake as News Corp. CEO Testifies Before U.K. Panel on Tabloid-Hacking Scandal  —  News Corp. is embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal that threatens the legacy of CEO Rupert Murdoch, left, shown with son James in 2010.
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
New News Corp Strategy: Become an Even More American Company
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What's next for News Corp. and its worlds
David Carr / New York Times:
Troubles That Money Can't Dispel
Channel 4:
Bernstein: phone-hacking culture created by Murdoch
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
How Sir Paul Stephenson's £12,000 spa break triggered downfall
Discussion: New York Magazine and News Desk
New York Magazine:
21 New Media Innovators  —  While the dark days of journalism have receded a bit — it was only three years ago that layoffs were a weekly occurrence, and serious people discussed the closure of the New York Times — the business is still very much in a state of chaotic flux.
Phillip Mendonça-Vieira:
The nytimes they are a-changin'  —  Due to an errant cron task that ran twice an hour from September 2010 to July 2011, I accidentally collected about 12,000 screenshots of the front page of the (best viewed fullscreen at 720p).  —  Working on this video was fascinating …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Gannett: Focus Is On Growning Digital Business, Not Margins  —  With Gannett's digital revenues reliably growing by double digits for the past year, analysts on the company's Q2 earnings call noted that the segment's operating margins are around 25 percent.  But with digital making …
Discussion: Poynter, The Wrap and Gannett Blog, Thanks:beet_tv
David Kaplan / paidContent:UK:
Yahoo Helps Boost Digital At Local Gannett Papers; USAT Digital Revs Jump
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Wall Street Journal:
Reader's Digest Seeks Buyer  —  Reader's Digest Association Inc., the magazine and Web site publisher that emerged from bankruptcy protection in early 2010, has put itself up for sale and hopes to fetch around $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Alden Global Capital drops a shoe: Is the Journal Register acquisition prelude to more consolidation?  —  On Thursday, Journal Register Company announced that it had been acquired by Alden Global Capital, a secretive hedge fund that specializes in “distressed opportunities,” …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Confessions Of A Patch Advertiser: It Hasn't Helped Business Yet, But I'm Hopeful  —  AOL still makes most of the money from its dial-up business - the one you remember from the 1990s.  —  It's trying to change that by investing the revenues from that still huge, but slowing business …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Newspapers Win Suit Against Google, Get Their Wish To Be Delisted, Then Complain  —  For years, we've been following the bizarre legal attack in Belgium of a bunch of newspapers against Google for daring to link to them without paying.  It kicked off in 2006 with a lawsuit.
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