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8:25 AM ET, July 29, 2011


 Top News: 
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Why Hyperlocals Are Making Anonymity Obsolete  —  I don't ordinarily read anonymous comments, but “patriotmommy” stopped my browsing eyes recently on Patch's Reston, Va., site.  I was reading an upbeat story about graduation at the high school where my two daughters were educated.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Hyperlocal sites tend to ban anonymous commenting  —  Many editors of news websites in small communities require that real names are attached to comments on their sites, Tom Grubisich reports.  Batavian publisher Howard Owens explains, “If you have people commenting in a public forum …
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?  —  Users of Netflix's digital movie-rental service have been up in arms about a sudden change to the company's pricing plans, which appears to be aimed at reducing demand for its DVD-by-mail service by jacking up prices.
News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne's mother  —  Exclusive: Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had personal details of murdered girl's mother  —  Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard …
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Tabloid's Lawyer Had a Ringside Seat
Discussion: The New York Observer
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Does Apple have any interest in buying Barnes & Noble?  —  We received a tip from an unproven source claiming to have knowledge of discussions within Apple to possibly purchase Barnes & Noble.  While this might seem like a strange move at first, it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Current TV's CEO Out Mark Rosenthal will be replaced by co-founder and former CEO Joel Hyatt By D.M. Levine  —  Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for Current TV  —  Adweek has confirmed that Mark Rosenthal is stepping down as CEO of Current TV.  Current co-founder Joel Hyatt, will take over for Rosenthal.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Former News of the World staff offered jobs in Siberia and Finland  —  Journalists who lost their jobs when News International closed the News of the World have been offered News Corp posts as far afield as Russia, South Africa, Siberia, Finland and Dubai  —  Former staff at the News …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Pruitt: ‘Feels like the 19th’ inning for McClatchy as it reports disappointing revenues again  —  With most newspaper companies now having reported results through the first half of the year, the basic story remains the same.  Print advertising revenues just keep declining.
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
The Economist Gives iPhones a Welcome Data Dump  —  If you are a policy wonk with a jones for statistics, then The Economist has the iPhone app for you.  The highly regarded international magazine of economics and policy has turned its franchise World in Figures book series into a highly usable …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Anatomy of a Twitter rumor: When a story's too juicy not to retweet  —  The latest example of ‘think before you retweet’ emerged today when a false rumor spread like wildfire that British journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan had been suspended from his position as a CNN talkshow host.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Daily Show episode yanked from UK TV because Brit law prohibits using Parliamentary footage in satire  —  Graham Linehan (co-creator of such beloved TV as Father Ted and The IT Crowd) asked Channel 4 why they hadn't aired the most recent Daily Show in the UK, given that the episode deals with the News of the World scandal.
Nieman Storyboard:
Memoir's truthy obligations: a handy how-to guide  —  How true does a memoir have to be?  That question has been the basis of an ongoing debate kicked off by the revelation, five years ago, that much of James Frey's bestselling “A Million Little Pieces” was made up.  —  Unfortunately, it has never been adequately answered.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
A defense of charging more for Web TV (Q&A)  —  So apparently we were just kidding ourselves and the Internet really isn't going to send us to some digital TV Shangri-La, where all the content was free of charge, available at our fingertips, and killed commercial breaks.
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Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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LA Times Layoffs Due To Movie Ad Falloffs
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why The Atlantic joined up with Pulse — and what the app's usage stats can tell data-hungry publishers
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Cision
Peter Horrocks / BBC:
BBC stringer killed in Afghanistan
Philip Bump / Mediaite:
The New Yorker Goes Digital - But Leaves Its Iconic Covers Behind
Discussion: Poynter
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Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
BSkyB directors back James Murdoch
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Justin D. Martin / CJR:
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