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6:20 AM ET, July 26, 2011


 Top News: 
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
British Journalist Sells Book on Hacking Scandal  —  The hacking scandal in Britain has caught the attention of the publishing industry.  —  Nick Davies, a journalist who has covered the story extensively for The Guardian, sold a book about the scandal at News International to Faber & Faber …
Paul McNamara / New York Times:
News of the World's Desperate Final Hours  —  As day broke over Libya a few weeks ago, so did reports that News of the World hacked the phones of a murdered teenager, the victims of the 7/7 London bombings and possibly soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Murdoch Newspaper Veterans Portray a Fully Engaged Boss  —  LONDON — It was the political scoop of the year, a damning, serialized exposé in The Daily Telegraph about how British politicians were abusing their parliamentary expense accounts to pay for things like moat-cleaning and wisteria-trimming.
Discussion: paidContent and Guardian
Financial Times:
Hacking fears prompt Trinity Mirror review  —  Trinity Mirror, the Daily Mirror publisher, has launched a review of its editorial controls amid investor anxiety that phone-hacking allegations could spread
Discussion: Jon Slattery and Guy Fawkes' blog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu, Billed as Tomorrow's TV, Looks Boxed In  —  PICTURE this: TV anyway, anywhere.  —  Every sitcom.  Every drama, documentary, reality show.  —  All of it — everything — Right Here Now.  —  This is the radical potential of the Internet.  And this is the implicit promise of Hulu …
Lauren Rabaino / 10,000 Words:
Problems with AP's new “linking” policy  —  If anything, the AP's decision to start linking to original sources is a hindrance.  Because now, in addition to news outlets everywhere reproducing the same exact stories, they will all include unlinked URLs.  —  Trust me, I'm all for hyperlinking.
Discussion: eBookNewser and FishbowlNY
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.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
FCC study: Cross-ownership may increase some local news  —  New studies commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission suggest media consolidation has not harmed local news; in some cases, cross-ownership may help.  The studies are part of the FCC's mandate to review media ownership rules.
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 …
Vadim Lavrusik / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Five key building blocks to incorporate as we're rethinking the structure of stories  —  Editor's Note: Vadim Lavrusik is Facebook's first Journalist Program Manager, where he is responsible for, among other things, helping journalists to create new ways to tell stories.  (You may remember him from his work at Mashable.)
John Cook / Gawker:
Gawker v. Christie [Updated]  —  Today, with the help of the New Jersey ACLU, Gawker filed a civil complaint against the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie under the state's Open Records Act.  We're seeking records of Christie's communications with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
The Awl:
Please Welcome....  The Awl is pleased to announce the hiring of John Shankman as publisher of The Awl, The Hairpin and Splitsider.  —  Shankman will begin next week.  He is departing his position as account director at the Huffington Post.  Prior, from 2007 to early 2010, he was a regional sales manager at Federated Media.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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