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1:15 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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New York Times:
Murdoch Veterans Portray an Engaged Boss  —  While seemingly distant and unfocused during the hacking hearings, Rupert Murdoch has never been a distant boss.
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Damien McCrystal / Guardian:
Phone hacking: the case for the defence |  Damien McCrystal  —  Celebrities encourage intrusion, and we have a right to know about anything that affects politicians' ability to do their jobs  —  The most extraordinary thing about the News International crisis is the way in which it has caused …
Paul McNamara / New York Times:
News of the World's Desperate Final Hours
Bloomberg:   BSkyB Directors Facing $4.2 Billion Payout Quandary After Murdoch Scandal
Financial Times:
Hacking fears prompt Trinity Mirror review
Discussion: Jon Slattery and Guy Fawkes' blog
The Daily Beast:
ABC Bans Paying News Subjects  —  After the embarrassment of giving Casey Anthony a huge payday, the network is effectively ending the practice.  Howard Kurtz on why ABC is breaking from the pack.  —  ABC News has quietly decided to get out of the business of paying news subjects in connection with exclusive interviews.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall is working  —  Back in April, I was very skeptical that the NYT would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000 paying digital subscribers, and I put my money where my mouth was, entering into a bet with John Gapper.  John wouldn't bet me that the NYT would get to 300,000 within a year …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Erin Burnett Debuts On CNN, Immediately Breaks News, Sends Twitter Aflutter  —  The former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett made her debut on CNN last night, appearing with Wolf Blitzer in the hour leading up to President Obama's speech to the nation on the debt ceiling impasse.
Discussion: The Wire, On Media's Blog, TVNewser and CNN
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies  —  We all knew that once Apple starting enforcing new rules for in-app purchases, it would change how media companies do business on the iPhone and iPad.  Now, we're beginning to see just what that looks …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Gawker-Christie Lawsuit Likely to Be Dropped  —  Yesterday we noted that Gawker and the ACLU were planning to sue New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to obtain records related to his communications with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.  Today, the ACLU says it is likely to drop the lawsuit.  Why?
Discussion: National Review and FishbowlNY
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John Cook / Gawker:
Gawker v. Christie [Updated]
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Report: We are a YouTube nation  —  Further evidence that we are all YouTube addicts comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project this morning: 71 percent of U.S. adults used video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo in May, according to a new Pew report, compared to 66 percent a year earlier.
Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood awaits how Peter Chernin will fare with new venture  —  The upcoming ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ film and ‘Terra Nova’ TV series form the foundation of the former News Corp. president and longtime Hollywood power broker's media company, Chernin Entertainment.
Discussion: Company Town
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Crunch Time at Thomson Reuters  —  CEO Glocer Is Under Pressure After Restructuring Backed by Controlling Family  —  The family that controls Thomson Reuters Corp. has grown impatient with the company's performance and pressed for a recent shake-up, putting pressure on Chief Executive Tom Glocer …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Plan to move cancelled ABC soaps to Web looks for union label  —  Moving television shows from the TV screen to the computer screen is not easy, as the folks who want to give new life to soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are learning.  —  Prospect Park, a company headed …
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
4 key pieces of audience engagement missing from Andy Rutledge's news redux  —  Andy Rutledge published a fascinating blog post last week looking at the design of digital news, and to illustrate his points he did a redux of the New York Times design.  —  This post isn't going to make much …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Live In the U.S.?  No Cool Netflix Facebook Integration for You.  —  Netflix has been talking up its plans for a big Facebook integration for some time now, and given that CEO Reed Hastings is now on the Facebook board, it ought to be here any day.  —  Right?  —  Nope.  I mean: Not if you live in the U.S.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Rolling Stone Web Editor Nick Catucci Exits as New Digital Content Chief Settles In  —  Almost one year after he was plucked from New York magazine to lead Rolling Stone's revamped web presence, Nick Catucci has left Wenner Media.  —  The Observer reached Mr. Catucci by e-mail on a bus, but he declined to comment.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NYTimes, TV stations among ‘most social’ companies  —  The New York Times is the most social company in the U.S., and local TV is the top industry on Twitter, finds a report by NetProspex (.pdf).  The report measures the number of employees with social media accounts (using a company email address) …
Discussion: Steve Rubel
 
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