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12:40 PM ET, July 20, 2011


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The New York Observer:
Murdoch and His Critics  —  Regarding the scandal that has roiled Rupert Murdoch's global media empire, a few things seem clear.  The phone-hacking scandal in London is deplorable.  Journalists have violated the privacy of ordinary citizens and, it is alleged, the law of the land in the United Kingdom.
Glenn Mulcaire legal payments terminated by News International  —  Private investigator at centre of News of the World phone-hacking scandal was still having certain legal fees paid  —  News International has terminated “with immediate effect” its arrangement to pay the legal fees of Glenn Mulcaire …
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Piers Morgan Emerges as A Staunch Defender of Murdoch  —  Rupert Murdoch has an increasingly outspoken defender on TV: Piers Morgan.  After a week of relative silence on the subject of the ballooning hacking scandal, the CNN primetime host and one-time Murdoch tabloid editor has taken …
Jay Rosen / Guardian:
Phone hacking row shows News Corp is no ordinary news company  —  Rupert Murdoch's news organisations are not in the news business.  What they crave is influence  —  Watching the phone hacking crisis crack wide open over the last few weeks has left me puzzled about its ultimate causes …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jon Stewart on Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng, and The Pie.  And, of Course, Fox News (Video).  —  Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems as if Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have gone quite ... easy on News Corp.'s PhoneGate scandal, which seems like a story tailor made for them.
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter, Guardian and The Snitch
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Journal Staffers Push Back: We're Not ‘Fox-ified’  —  NEW YORK — While Rupert Murdoch and his son, James Murdoch, faced tough questions from members of Parliament Tuesday over the phone hacking scandal, Wall Street Journal staffers were watching — whether on newsroom televisions or computer screens at their desks.
Phone hacking: Cameron's ‘regret’ over hiring Coulson  —  David Cameron has told MPs that “with hindsight” he would not have hired ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson.  —  In the closest he has come to an apology, the PM said: “Of course I regret, and I am extremely sorry, about the furore it has caused.”
Farrah Bostic / Mediaite:   An American Watches The NewsCorp Hearings In London
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Scandal Stirs U.S. Debate on Big Media  —  Progressive activists and public interest groups that have long blasted Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation for political biases now have a new and much more tangible reason to call for the revocation of his TV licenses and the breakup of his company.
Microsoft Said to Drop Out of Hulu Auction  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is dropping out of the bidding for Hulu LLC, the online video service put up for sale by its media-company owners, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Lands CBS Licensing Deal To Stream TV Shows To Instant Video Offering  —  Amazon has just announced a deal with CBS to allow Amazon Prime customers to stream television shows from CBS's library of content.  Financial terms of the non-exclusive deal were not disclosed.
Paul Ford / New York Magazine:
Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?  —  I do not enjoy Facebook — I find it cloying and impossible — but I am there every day.  Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends.  She broadcast her news with caution …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Topic [B]?  The Daily Beast Prepares for Chat Shows and Cable Spots  —  Tina Brown is planning to launch an online talk show for The Daily Beast, according to former Newsweek staffers apprised of the company's plans.  The Newsweek Daily Beast company recently hired several network television producers …
Brainstorm Tech video: Katzenberg on the future of movie watching  —  Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg sat down with Fortune's Andy Serwer to discuss 3D technology, joining the Zynga board, and why movies suck this summer.  —  Below is an unedited transcript  —  ANDY SERWER: Good afternoon, again.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Reinventing the Tablet  —  Tablet, the online Jewish general interest magazine, is undergoing a redesign, set to launch in late August or September, editor in chief Alana Newhouse told Off the Record.  —  The redesign will make room for former New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg's “Goldblog” which will move from The Atlantic to Tablet.
Lewis DVorkin /
5 Posts + 34 Comments + Imagination = 1 Forbes Magazine Article  —  I often talk about how we're building a scalable content-creation engine that feeds our digital and print products.  —  I also talk about how we're treating comments as content and integrating audience voice throughout and FORBES magazine.
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