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3:25 PM ET, August 9, 2011


 Top News: 
Erin Griffith / Adweek:
The Trouble With Back-Ends  —  No publication has a better story about back-end chaos than BusinessWeek.  —  Before it was acquired by Bloomberg LP, the publication sank a shocking $20 million into the back-end development of Business Exchange, a professional social networking site …
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.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
‘NOTW’ staff offered lucrative severance pay  —  Former staff at the News of the World are being offered lucrative “early leaver” settlement packages worth tens of thousands of pounds in what appears to be a U-turn on a promise by Rupert Murdoch that all employees of the defunct newspaper would be found work within his media empire.
Discussion: Press Gazette and Adweek
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
News Corp.'s Independent Directors Have Strong Ties to Murdoch
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Wolff / Adweek:
How Bad Is News Corp.?
Discussion: Guardian, Mixed Media and
Steve Myers / Poynter:
U.K. photographer explains how she captured dramatic photo during riots  —  All the major newspapers in the U.K. published a dramatic photo of a woman jumping from a burning building during the riots that have terrorized the country, captured by Amy Weston of the photo agency WENN.
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.
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
New Stats: Book Publishing Is Growing; E-Book Revs and Sales Up Over 1000%  —  One positive story in a week of terrible economic news: BookStats, a new annual statistical survey of raw sales revenue and unit data provided by nearly 2,000 publishers that is being released today …
Discussion: GalleyCat and Techland
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.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
How These Magazines Increase Circulation While the Industry Declined  —  Tactics Range From Absorbing a Defunct Title to Getting Bloggers to Sell Subscriptions  —  Here's the bad news that everyone was expecting: Magazines' paid and verified circulation in the first half slipped 1.36% …
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.
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.
James Parker / The Atlantic Online:
Valley of the Trolls  —  It's the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV.  —  AM I ON some kind of Web site for nuts and stalkers?" asked Paris Hilton, rhetorically (I think), during the premier episode of her new reality show, The World According to Paris.
Alison Kitchens / American Journalism Review:
On the Beet  —  Beet.TV makes its mark with video interviews of media and technology executives.  Tues., Aug. 9, 2011  —  Alison Kitchens ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  If your job has something to do with digital media, chances are Andy Plesser is looking for you.
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 …
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Phone-hacking scoopster Nick Davies may join Guardian's planned U.S. operation
Eric Newton / Knight Foundation:
The future of news? Four different sources weigh in
Discussion: Free Press
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck's GBTV Names CNN's Amy Holmes News Anchor For The Blaze
Discussion: The Wire, TVNewser and On Media's Blog
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
A year after launch, lessons from the TBD experience
David DiSalvo / Neuropsyched:
Why Scientists and Journalists Don't Always Play Well Together
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Current TV President Planning Shows Around Keith Olbermann
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
View Along the TV App Landscape
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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L.A. Times, Sac Bee Sue Over Assembly Records
Trymaine Lee / The Huffington Post:
The Rise And Fall Of KING, The 'Illest Men's Magazine Ever'
Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
America's Newspaper History Gets Mapped
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘Extreme Couponing’ show blamed for rise in newspaper thefts
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why the Web's New TV-Style Ratings Might Not Mean More Ad Buys
Discussion: eMedia Vitals