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1:50 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Tabloid's Lawyer Had a Ringside Seat  —  LONDON—Tom Crone had insight into how the dirt was dug—and defended—at the News of the World, the now-closed tabloid at the center of the U.K. phone-hacking scandal.  —  Now he may be on a collision course with James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer of News Corp.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Ian Katz / Guardian:   The Coulson affair: Guardian questions to Downing Street
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.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
James Murdoch back to chair BSkyB board meeting  —  Broadcaster claims ‘back to business as usual’ but pressure continues to mount on James Murdoch  —  James Murdoch will on Thursday chair a full board meeting of BSkyB for the first time since his family firm dropped its bid for full control of the satellite business.
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
BSkyB directors back James Murdoch  —  James Murdoch has won the unanimous support of BSkyB directors to remain as chairman, a person familiar with the situation said on Thursday.  —  He will remain chairman of the satellite broadcaster for the foreseeable future, directors decided …
Wall Street Journal:
BSkyB Likely to Buy Back Shares
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
Justin D. Martin / CJR:
Apparently, Global News Orgs Don't Commit Online Errors  —  Is that why so many of them lack coherent corrections policies?  —  Far too many modern news organizations do not have public corrections policies or prominent corrections pages, something that has been well-stated at CJR.
Discussion: FishbowlLA
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.
Discussion: TVNewser, Guardian, BBC and National Review
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