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9:05 AM ET, July 27, 2011


 Top News: 
CNN's Piers Morgan ‘told interviewer stories were published based on phone tapping’  —  Piers Morgan, the CNN broadcaster, has said that newspaper articles based on the findings of people paid to tap phones and rake through bins were published during his time as a tabloid newspaper editor, it can be disclosed.
Jeff Bercovici /
That Piers Morgan Smoking Gun?  Not So Smoky.  —  Earlier, I reported the claim of British blogger Paul Staines, a/k/a Guido Fawkes, to be in possession of a recording that supposedly showed CNN host Piers Morgan was lying when he denied ever authorizing or countenancing illegal phone hacking as editor of the Daily Mirror.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeff Bercovici /
Claim: Smoking Gun Recording Links Piers Morgan to Hacking  —  CNN host Piers Morgan was editor of a British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, at a time when many British tabloid reporters were committing illegal hacking of voicemails.  Morgan has vociferously denied personal involvement in or knowledge …
The Brads:
The Brads - This is Why Your Newspaper is Dying  —  Quick note: The first panel is taken from the Denver Post, not the New York Times.  I didn't notice the byline in there.  The story's author actually does a very good job of linking out to other sites
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Designing a big news site is about more than beauty  —  It appears to be Pick On News Web Designers Day today.  This comic — poking at news sites' unwillingness to link, misuse of thumbnails, and addictions to share buttons, among other things — made the rounds of Twitter, to the point of crashing cartoonist Brad Colbow's site.
Discussion: and The Wall Blog
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Fox TV Shows Get Pay Wall  —  Broadcaster to Delay Online Viewing for Eight Days Except for Subscribers  —  Fox Broadcasting plans to make its recently-aired TV episodes available on the Web only to paying subscribers, a new step as major broadcast TV networks consider reining in free Web offerings …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
The Remains of The Daily  —  One News Corp. property that has flown under the radar throughout company's recent melodramas is The Daily—the tablet newspaper launched to great fanfare in the basement of the Guggenheim in February.  —  Nobody thinks the staff at the iPad app is doing any phone-hacking.
Discussion: Poynter and Press Gazette
Sue Fondrie /
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2011 Results  —  Cheryl's mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.  —  Oshkosh, WI  —  The winner of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is Sue Fondrie …
Discussion: Guardian, GalleyCat and Omnivoracious
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast, NBCU Bring Dynamic Ads to VOD  —  Kraft, Chrysler are initial sponsors  —  In a bit of synergy between its cable business and its networks, Comcast and NBCUniversal say they are working together to use dynamic ad insertion in On Demand programming.
Discussion: Multichannel News, MediaPost, and The Wrap, Thanks:beet_tv
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
James Murdoch ‘likely’ to remain BSkyB head  —  Sky deputy chairman Nicholas Ferguson understood to have given his backing after ‘long conversation’ in private meeting  —  James Murdoch is likely to remain chairman of satellite company BSkyB after winning the support of the leading independent director ahead …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsTrust dives into the fact-check business with expanded Truthsquad  —  Just in time for the 2012 elections, the cottage industry of media fact-checking is ramping up.  That latest addition is Truthsquad, which began last year as a pilot project of NewsTrust.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring  —  You never read tech news, do you?  Good.  Somehow, the story of the accidental early release of a Facebook iPad app everyone was expecting is threatening to turn into a week-long saga.  Make it stop!  This is the most boring s**t ever.
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
NOOK for iPad To Offer More Than 175 Digital Magazines  —  Esquire, Maxim, Popular Science and Food Network are among the titles included.  —  In an attempt to be everywhere readers are, Barnes & Noble is updating its NOOK for iPad app to offer digital periodicals to consumers.
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crime reporter believed probing boss's death killed in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY — A Mexican crime reporter said to have been looking into the recent execution slaying of her editor was found dead Tuesday.  —  The body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was dumped on a street in the city of Veracruz …
David Kaplan / paidContent: Vet Darline Jean Promoted To CEO; Will Report To Nisenholtz  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is making some personnel shifts at its About Group unit once again with the promotion of CFO Darline Jean to CEO.  In addition, About is also making some adjustments to its executive sales team.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
On Drudge, everybody knows your last name
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NYTimes, TV stations among ‘most social’ companies
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Rolling Stone Web Editor Nick Catucci Exits as New Digital Content Chief Settles In
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Erin Burnett Debuts On CNN, Immediately Breaks News, Sends Twitter Aflutter
Discussion: The Wire, On Media's Blog, TVNewser and CNN
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall is working
Discussion: Liberal Conspiracy