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6:30 PM ET, August 3, 2011


 Top News: 
John Harris / Guardian:
Tom Watson: 'Phone hacking is only the start.  There's a lot more to come out'  —  The Labour MP has won the admiration of fellow politicians for doggedly investigating the phone-hacking scandal.  What has the experience taught him, how has it changed his life - and what revelations are still to come?
Matt Chaban / The New York Observer:
Telephonies, or Have You Been Phone Hacked?  —  Call me.  (Sox First  —  If you live Uptown, odds are, you have not been phone hacked.  The scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., half of Britain and CNN star Piers Morgan has yet to have much of an impact in New York …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
EXCLUSIVE: Halperin Reinstated at MSNBC  —  Will return to network this week  —  MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin will be returning to the network this week, according to an MSNBC spokesperson, saying it had been a one-month suspension.  —  Halperin was suspended …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
The TV Column: MSNBC still undecided on plans for guest-host Sharpton  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — No decision has been made on whether to give MSNBC's 6 p.m. time slot to the Rev. Al Sharpton.  —  He was lobbied by Comcast and had given his blessing when Comcast was trying to buy MSNBC parent NBC Universal.
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Mediaite
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How USA Today Slips $82 Million a Year Onto Your Hotel Bill  —  People checking out of a hotel are usually in a hurry, whether on their way to catch a plane, return a rental car or get back to their families.  Certainly they're too busy to notice or care about a measly extra charge for 75 cents for an unrequested newspaper.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How AOL's Editions iPad app seeks to master the digital magazine experience  —  AOL unveiled a centerpiece of its mobile content strategy this week — a new iPad app called Editions that blends some of the most-successful features of other popular news-browsing apps with its own new ideas.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Forthcoming HuffPost High Taps Precocious Politics Reporter Myles Miller  —  Is Myles Miller about to become New York's youngest editor?  —  The precocious politics beat reporter was recently named associate editor at the Huffington Post, to work on a not-yet-announced HuffPost vertical produced for and by high schoolers.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
Rating the Newbies: The World Is Flat  —  Photo By Courtesy Photo Photo By Courtesy Photo Photo By Courtesy Photo  —  Over the last year, a bunch of new editors in chief have moved into big magazine jobs.  There have been redesigns, overhauled staffs, office relocations and bold brand campaigns.
Discussion: Poynter
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Wall Street Journal: Murdochification Watch  —  The paper runs a thinly sourced, and quickly denied, scoop on non-News Corp. bribes  —  Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, unsurprisingly, hasn't done a whole lot of digging on the News Corp. hacking scandal.
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
Facebook acquires Push Pop Press, but won't make books  —  Facebook has bought ebook publisher Push Pop Press.  But that doesn't mean they're getting into the publishing business.  In fact, it's exactly the opposite: Push Pop Press is getting out.  —  “Although Facebook isn't planning …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu Enters Original Programming with Morgan Spurlock Series  —  Deal Shows Video Site Aspires to Be More Than Passive Distributor of Shows  —  Anyone seriously considering a $2 billion deal for Hulu will want to know it has a future beyond just distributing TV from networks such a ABC, NBC, Fox and Comedy Central.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Kate Maxwell Jets Conde Nast for Gilt Groupe's Travel Site  —  Kate Maxwell has been named Editor-in-Chief of Gilt Groupe's travel blog and deals site Jetsetter.  —  Ms. Maxwell, who is British, will be in charge of the US site's editorial strategy as well as direct the launch of a new Jetsetter UK site.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
How Publishers Are Dealing With Apple's In-App Subscription Policies  —  Apple's deadline for app owners to run content subscriptions through iTunes or not at all may have passed on June 30, but compliance is emerging unevenly - or not at all.  —  A month after the deadline elapsed …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Rick Sanchez in Talks to Co-Host Bilingual Talk Show  —  CNN exile Rick Sanchez is in talks to co-host a syndicated talk show out of South Florida, that would be shot in both English and Spanish, TVNewser has learned.  —  Sanchez, dropped by CNN last October, would have equity in the deal.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The Internet Explorer IQ Hoax and the State of Tech Blogging  —  Last Friday, the tech blogosphere was enamored by a study that claimed that Internet Explorer users had a lower IQ than users of other browsers.  The study by AptiQuant found that the average IE6 user only scored just over 80 on its IQ test …
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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”

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