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12:45 PM ET, July 22, 2011


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry  —  The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.
Guardian:   James Murdoch: groomed for the top but now looking down the barrel
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
News Corp.'s The Sun Fires Editor Over Phone-Hacking Connections
Discussion: Press Gazette, Guardian and Adweek
James Murdoch misled MPs, say former News of the World editor and lawyer
James Murdoch denies misleading panel
Discussion: New York Magazine and Adweek
Business Week:
Will the Scandal Tame Murdoch?
Discussion: Company Town and Washington Post
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
David Leonhardt next NYT Washington bureau chief?  —  The New York Times newsrooms in Washington and New York have been buzzing with the rumor that David Leonhardt will soon be named the paper's next Washington bureau chief.  —  Filling the slot is Executive Editor Jill Abramson's …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Times Names David Leonhardt Washington Bureau Chief  —  The New York Times has named David Leonhardt, this year's Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary and the paper's Economic Scene columnist, as its next Washington bureau chief.  —  His appointment is the first major staffing decision …
Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
State DOL cancels driver's license of ex-reporter in country illegally  —  The state of Washington has canceled the driver's license of a journalist who, in a New York Times Magazine article last month, revealed that for 14 years he kept a secret from his U.S. employers: He is an illegal immigrant.
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Explores Hulu Bid  —  Apple Inc. is in the early stages of examining Hulu LLC, a video-streaming pioneer that is being considered for sale by its owners.  —  Apple, which sits on $76.2 billion in cash and investments, is in the preliminary stages of looking at the site …
Discussion: Forbes and Future of Journalism
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Don't Hold Your Breath on That Apple Hulu Deal  —  If you stop by a Subaru dealer and end up kicking the tires on a new Outback, are you in early talks to consider a bid on a new Outback?  —  Well, sure.  But if you drive off the lot in your old Civic and never come back, no one's going to be shocked.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
‘The Daily’ Launches A New Version; Hopes For Assist From Spotify  —  Another News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). tabloid is making news today and this time it has nothing to do with Parliament or police.  The Daily is out with a new edition that erases some of the biggest complaints about the iPad tab …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Demand Media's Lawyers Go After Critical Blog as Stock Sags  —  There's something perversely flattering about having an entire website devoted to your supposed terribleness.  But Demand Media is evidently not enjoying the attention from Demand Studios Sucks, a blog maintained by refugees …
Discussion: Demand Studios Sucks
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News orgs: Post to Facebook at noon for peak engagement  —  After analyzing the keys to engagement on journalists' Facebook pages, the social network has analyzed the number of comments and likes on sampled news organization pages to determine best practices for engaging with readers.
Discussion: Facebook and Future of Journalism
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of U.S. media concentration  —  The rise and potential fall of Rupert Murdoch is a hell of a story.  It is, though, closer to the Guardian's Simon Jenkins' description Tuesday, “not a Berlin Wall moment, just daft hysteria.”  Facing only the meager competition of the slow …
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
Yahoo's Ad-Sales Mess  —  Yahoo's sales mess is even worse than CEO Carol Bartz let on.  —  Conversations with numerous digital media buyers reveal that the embattled CEO has either failed to ensure that Yahoo's basic needs are met when it comes to ads sales or is in denial about how deep Yahoo's problems are.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Phone Hacking: emails next scandal, says Tom Watson  —  Tom Watson, the Labour MP who helped expose phone hacking, has warned that the illegal interception of emails will be the next big scandal to emerge.  —  In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Watson said he believed the illegal practices …
Discussion: Guardian
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Khoi Vinh: Publishers Should Be Developing for the Mobile Web Instead of Making Replica Apps  —  Mr. Subtraction himself.  —  For this week's cover story about Condé Nast's struggle developing for the iPad, Betabeat had the opportunity to talk to Khoi Vinh, former Design Director for
Discussion: The Business Insider
Michael Miner / News & Features, Chicago Reader:
The elusive definition of “journalist”  —  News used to be dispensed by an identifiable priesthood.  Welcome to the reformation.  —  What the hell is a journalist anyway, and why should we need to define one?  A journalist, says one of my daughters, making me swallow hard, is someone you can believe is trying to tell you the truth.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
CNN, Piers Morgan, and the Hacking Scandal  —  It would be rather ironic if Fox News enemy CNN turns out to have a hacking-scandal-by-association problem on its hands, brought on by News Corp.'s woes and CNN's decision to hire a former British tabloid editor to anchor an hour of primetime.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Instapaper, Read It Later, Byliner: Platform founders on the pageview economics of time-shifted reading  —  When launched last month, there was plenty of enthusiasm about their new “Pandora of narrative non-fiction” from fans of long-form journalism.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NYT's Nisenholtz: 'We're Not Naive About Google'  —  A revealing bit of conversation at the end of the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) earnings call between an analyst, digital head Martin Nisenholtz and CEO Janet Robinson about Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and the response to the change in search algorithms that hit About, among others.
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YouTube Starts to Look Like a TV Network
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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Discussion: Economist and Guardian
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Discussion: Media Buyer Planner, Thanks:beet_tv