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12:50 PM ET, August 9, 2011


 Top News: 
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch to face Wall Street on News Corp earnings call  —  (Reuters) - News Corp is taking a risk in putting boss Rupert Murdoch, famous for his off-script comments, on the media conglomerate's quarterly earnings call on Wednesday with succession questions sure to be asked.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
News Corp.'s Independent Directors Have Strong Ties To Murdoch  —  When the News Corporation board convenes on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot today for its first meeting since a phone hacking scandal overseas plunged the company into turmoil, the participants will include many people with deep and personal ties to Rupert Murdoch.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:   ‘NOTW’ staff offered lucrative severance pay
Mark Milian / CNN:
Newspaper giant Tribune Co. developing tablet device  —  (CNN) — Hoping to take a small slice from Apple's big pie, newspaper publishers are developing tablet computers of their own.  —  The Tribune Co., one of the largest U.S. news enterprises, is working on a touchscreen tablet that it plans …
London riots: Sky, ITN and CNN reporters attacked  —  Broadcasters' vans smashed in Croydon and Sky News reporter Mark Stone forced to flee in Clapham disturbance  —  Journalists and photographers came under attack on Monday as London faced its third consecutive day of violent riots in the capital.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NYT Labs: Can a newspaper think like a startup?  —  After delaying the project while it launched a paywall, the New York Times has finally rolled out its version of Google Labs, the now-shuttered project that provided a home for the search company's various web experiments.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL Earnings: Shares Plummet Despite Ad Revenue Gains  —  The addition of the Huffington Post and other acquisitions allowed AOL chairman Tim Armstrong to tell Wall Street what it has long waited to hear: the internet company's global advertising revenues grew in the second quarter, the first time that's happened since 2008.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Onion's CTO: Our paywall experiment is just that  —  When word got out about The Onion testing a paid content model overseas, Gawker declared the beginning of the end: “It only affects dirty foreigners at the moment, but everyone knows damn well that these things always presage a domestic rollout.
Dan Duray / The New York Observer:
Conde Nast Sued Over Vanity Fair Oleg Cassini Story  —  Conde Nast has been sued for libel over Maureen Orth's September 2010 Vanity Fair article, “Cassini Royale,” about designer Oleg Cassini and the battle over his estate.  The plaintiff is Marianne Nestor-Cassini, Cassini's secret wife from that story …
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
View Along the TV App Landscape  —  A company-by-company look at the app strategies of top channels, operators and TV program producers  —  To get a detailed look at the TV app landscape, B&C recently spoke to 25 executives who work in a broad cross section of the media industry.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck's GBTV Names CNN's Amy Holmes News Anchor For The Blaze  —  GBTV, media personality Glenn Beck's live streaming video network, today announced former CNN analyst Amy Holmes is joining the team as a news anchor for The Blaze.  —  Holmes, who previously co-hosted Talk Radio Network's …
Discussion: The Wire, TVNewser and On Media's Blog
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
A year after launch, lessons from the TBD experience  —  A year ago, my TBD colleagues and I launched one of the great adventures of my career.  —  Few remain there.  TBD barely remains, its staff and mission diminished and redefined.  Founding leader Jim Brady parted ways with owner Robert Allbritton last November.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Current TV President Planning Shows Around Keith Olbermann  —  NEW YORK — TV news veteran David Bohrman, who took over Monday as the new president of Current TV, says the network will be undergoing a major transformation in the near future.  —  âIt wonât transform itself in a day or a week," Bohrman said by phone. "
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Current TV Taps David Bohrman as President
David DiSalvo / Neuropsyched:
Why Scientists and Journalists Don't Always Play Well Together  —  A few months ago I came across a blog post written by a well-credentialed scientist, the gist of which was that he'd recently given his last interview to a journalist.  So horribly were his words misrepresented in the subsequent article …
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