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8:45 PM ET, July 27, 2011


 Top News: 
2011 Knight-Batten Award Winners  —  Storify Wins $10,000 Knight-Batten Award  —  Data, Open-Source, Social Media Projects Prevail  —  Washington, D.C. - Storify, the social media publishing platform that lets users create stories by dragging and dropping elements from such social networks as Twitter …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Fox Kicks Off the Great Web Video Piracy Boom of 2011  —  It's perfectly logical for the TV networks to try to lock up their shows online.  —  Except for the part about it not working.  —  On Aug. 15, Fox will stop distributing its shows on Hulu and a day after they air …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
James Murdoch likely to remain BSkyB head after winning key backer  —  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 …
Wall Street Journal:   BSkyB Likely to Buy Back Shares
Nielsen Wire:
What Netflix and Hulu Users are Watching... and How  —  Streaming video online is on the rise in the U.S., and how consumers tune in differs greatly across services.  According to a recent Nielsen survey, the majority of Netflix users report watching on a TV screen.
New York Post:
Afghan book by Rolling Stone's Hastings goes MIA  —  Little, Brown has apparently canceled a much-anticipated book about the war in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, based on “The Runaway General,” last summer's explosive Rolling Stone article on Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
If your news site isn't social, great design won't matter  —  There's been a lot of sound and fury in the media sphere recently, sparked by a blog post from web designer Andy Rutledge that tore apart the New York Times website for being ugly and cluttered.  This caused a firestorm of sorts on Twitter …
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
Stinger: James O'Keefe's Greatest Hits  —  The temperature was hovering near 90 degrees on the afternoon of Memorial Day when James O'Keefe III emerged from the woods and ambled over to my car.  He was tall and thin, with pale skin and matted reddish hair.  When his mug shot ran in the papers …
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.
CNN's Piers Morgan ‘told interviewer stories were published based on phone tapping’
David Kaplan / paidContent:
IAC's Diller: Daily Beast/Newsweek Losses Are More Than Tolerable  —  IAC's media businesses—The Daily Beast/Newsweek, digital entertainment studio Electus and video site College Humor—don't often get a lot of attention during the company's earnings calls, since they're fairly small compared …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Staff Recommends turns book suggestions and advertorials into a potential business model  —  For many journalists there's something halting to the phrase, let alone the idea, of an “advertorial publication.”  After all, advertorials are something of a boogeyman (but a boogeyman with a checkbook …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Darts and Laurels  —  Meet Brian Condra, the media's favorite “everyman”  —  In late 2008, as the world financial system went into collapse, a shocking self-dealing scandal toppled the Anglo Irish Bank.  As Ireland slid into recession, the government nationalized the Anglo Irish Bank …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Who is investor Randall Smith and why is he buying up newspaper companies?  —  Even in the close-mouthed world of hedge fund investment, Randall Smith, the principal of Alden Global Capital, gives new meaning to the euphemism “low profile.”  —  Smith's Alden bought out fellow hedge funds earlier …
Azi Paybarah / PolitickerNY:
Rupert's Post Game: His Royal Pie-ness Story on Page SShhh  —  LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive officer of News Corp., is driven from his apartment on July 12, 2011 in London, England.  Allegations emerged yesterday that private investigators working for The Sun …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Times editor agrees NI's handling of phone hacking was ‘catastrophic’  —  James Harding says some readers cancelled subscriptions in wake of revelations about News of the World's alleged activities  —  The editor of the Times, James Harding, has admitted that News International's handling …
Deborah Mackay / The Next Web:
Social media and the new wave of journalism  —  The launch of Google+ has us all asking: can it beat Twitter and Facebook as a tool for journalists?  Social media is invaluable when it comes to news gathering, but what I want to know is with all this news curation on the web what's the future for traditional journalism?
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