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3:45 PM ET, July 28, 2011


 Top News: 
NoW targeted Sarah Payne's mother's phone  —  Evidence found in private detective's notes believed to relate to phone Rebekah Brooks gave to Sara Payne  —  Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard that they have found evidence …
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Tabloid's Lawyer Had a Ringside Seat
Discussion: The New York Observer
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:   BSkyB directors back James Murdoch
Ian Katz / Guardian:   The Coulson affair: Guardian questions to Downing Street
Wall Street Journal:
BSkyB Likely to Buy Back Shares
Discussion: Guardian
David Gelles / Financial Times:   Friend of the Murdochs to lead internal probe into NoW
Katie Benner / Fortune:
The Forbes family's big deal causes big trouble  —  After default, emergency restructuring was needed to satisfy lenders.  —  Malcolm's sons (from left): Timothy, Christopher, Robert, and Steve in 1993  —  FORTUNE — The Forbes family has poked itself in the eye with its “capitalist tool.”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's What Steve Forbes Is Telling His Staff About That Brutal Fortune Article  —  Fortune depantsed longtime rival Forbes today with a story detailing the business magazine's finances, which have been terrible.  —  Don't worry about it, Forbes chairman Steve Forbes tells his staff, via an internal memo which you can read below.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Is for Movies, Hulu Is for TV Shows. Neither Is for Your iPad or Your iPhone.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Netflix and the digital shift  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he is surprised that customers …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can news publishers learn anything from Netflix?
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer goes global with iPad app launch in 11 countries  —  Western Europe first for subscription-based service, with US to follow later in 2011  —  BBC Worldwide is launching its global iPlayer service on Thursday, via an iPad app that will be made available in 11 countries in Western Europe.
Back in Action and Back on Page 1  —  “He will be missed until — as I have no doubt he will — he returns to action, cameras blazing.”  —  Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, offered this brave prognosis to the staff in October, hours after the photographer Joao Silva lost …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sharpton's Push for Comcast Raises Issues About Possible MSNBC Job  —  Last year, Comcast was lining up the Rev. Al Sharpton to lobby for its bid for NBCUniversal.  This year, the cable news channel owned by NBCUniversal, MSNBC, is weighing whether to make him a daily television host.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why The Atlantic joined up with Pulse — and what the app's usage stats can tell data-hungry publishers  —  Just last week Pulse struck a new partnership agreement, adding The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, and The National Journal to its list of featured content providers.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Cision
Philip Bump / Mediaite:
The New Yorker Goes Digital - But Leaves Its Iconic Covers Behind  —  An issue of the New Yorker may be long and densely packed, but at least one only comes every seven days.  It's possible that the incarcerated manage to read every issue.  I am skeptical of anyone else who makes that claim.
Discussion: Poynter
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jon Stewart Points Out the Downside of TV's Twitter-Love  —  Excellent twofer from “The Daily Show” last night: Deflating Twitter and TV news in one three-minute segment.  —  The Daily Show  —  Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook
Nikki Finke /
LA Times Layoffs Due To Movie Ad Falloffs  —  The Los Angeles Times began another round of buyouts and layoffs extending into August.  And all because of what internal sources say is a dramatic shortfall in movie advertising revenue.  “Film advertising is down -25% under the projections for this time of year.
Alison Kitchens / American Journalism Review:
Putting More New in the Newseum  —  The Washington museum gets a new chief and a heightened emphasis on new media.  Wed.  July 27, 2011  —  Alison Kitchens ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  As incoming president and CEO of the Freedom Forum …
Scrivs / Drawar:
Redesigning And Re-Thinking The News  —  Whenever someone does an aesthetically pleasing redesign of a popular site it draws the attention of the industry.  Andy Rutledge had a crack at The New York Times and it seems to be the buzz.  Whenever a redesign like this occurs though it is important …
Discussion: digiday:DAILY and PSFK
Peter Horrocks / BBC:
BBC stringer killed in Afghanistan  —  This morning we received the extremely sad news that the BBC's stringer in Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, had been killed.  He died in the city of Tarin Kowt during a prolonged assault involving suicide attackers.
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