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4:35 AM ET, September 28, 2011

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Bloomberg:
News Corp. Marketer Used Movie Lessons to Instill Fear in Rivals, Clients  —  A News Corp. unit that used lessons gleaned from gangster films to motivate employees and crush rivals is the latest arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire to be swept up in a probe that began with hacking and bribery allegations.
Discussion: Business Insider and Mogulite
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
James Murdoch's press adviser resigns  —  Alice Macandrew understood to have quit amid disagreements over the handling of the phone-hacking scandal  —  One of James Murdoch's closest advisers has resigned from News Corporation, it emerged on Tuesday, amid disagreements over the way the media group dealt with the phone-hacking scandal.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
News Corp.'s U.K. Actions Under Scrutiny In U.S.
Discussion: Poynter, Capital New York and Guardian
Media Decoder:
James Rubin Abruptly Departs Bloomberg  —  5:03 p.m. |  Updated James P. Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state hired by Bloomberg News just 10 months ago to help lead its new opinion-writing section, has left his job after a rocky start.  —  His departure came as a surprise …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Wall Street Journal Revises Its Privacy Policy  —  The Wall Street Journal revised its website privacy policy on Tuesday to allow the site to connect personally identifiable information with Web browsing data without user consent.  —  Previously, the Journal's privacy policy stated that it would obtain …
Discussion: Lauren Weinstein
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Dan Gillmor / Google+:   What a crappy and hypocritical move by the Wall Street Journal …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hearst Passes 300,000 Monthly Digital Subscribers, Takes a Bow  —  Hearst, which is about to sell its digital magazines via Amazon's new tablet, wants the world to know it's selling its digital magazines on plenty of other gadgets, too: The publisher says it is now racking up more than 300,000 paid digital downloads per month.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
In switch, cable operators want to go “a la carte”  —  * Programmers will resist attempts to unbundle programs  —  * Sports rights and retransmission fees are biggest costs  —  U.S. cable operators are privately working on a plan to force programmers to unbundle their networks and allow customers …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Andy Rooney To End Regular ‘60 Minutes’ Appearances  —  First on TVNewser: Andy Rooney's “60 Minutes” commentary on Sunday is expected to be his last regular appearance, TVNewser has learned.  —  Rooney, who began his whimsical end-of-show pieces in 1978, was MIA from last week's 44th-season premiere.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Said to Be Close to Offering HBO Go to Subscribers  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) is close to offering the HBO Go application to its 12.2 million video subscribers, enabling them to watch shows including “The Sopranos” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on mobile devices …
Discussion: Deadline.com
Jerry Barmash / FishbowlNY:
WNET/MetroFocus Reporter Calls Arrest at Occupy Wall Street Protest ‘Pretty Terrifying’  —  A young reporter got caught in the crosshairs of a chaotic scene in Lower Manhattan.  John Farley (left) of WNET's new online local news magazine, MetroFocus was at the Occupy Wall Street protests on September 24th.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Shakeup At Paramount Claims Digital Vet Lesinski; Maguire Gets Home Media  —  Tom Lesinski, who has headed digital at Paramount as long as it's mattered, is out in a major reorganization that folds the Paramount Digital Entertainment into other divisions, most notably a single unit …
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Exclusive Interview: Ford Pulls Anti-Bailout Ad After ‘Questions’ From White House  —  This is all that remains of the very popular Ford commercial that went viral on the internet and was featured on cable news channels over the past three weeks:  —  According to the Detroit News …
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook PAC: When Social Media Companies Discover They're Big Media  —  A season of political moves should remind us of the corporate interests of the new Internet utilities  —  On Monday, Facebook filed papers to launch FB PAC.  The political action committee is designed …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
How Newsweek's Most Notorious Fellow Got Caught Conning Silicon Alley  —  Jerry Guo considers himself a modern nomad.  The 24-year-old Chinese-American stays in a different apartment each month, couch surfing or subletting, whatever works best.  “Moving around makes it easier to find cool new venues,” Mr. Guo explained.
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How publishers can overcome the abundance problem in mobile advertising  —  The mobile advertising market is booming.  Total U.S. mobile ad spending is expected to rise from almost $800 million last year to $4 billion in 2015.  This sounds great to publishers hoping to build mobile revenue streams.
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Netflix Isn't a Cable Company; Netflix Is a Video Channel  —  Have you guys seen Shrek Forever After?  (Don't worry; I'm going somewhere with this.)  —  So after the first three Shrek movies, the once-disruptive ogre has settled down into quiet, prosperous family life.
Thanks:tcarmody
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Licensed journalists in Britain?  Surely Labour is joking...  Can Labour's shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis, be serious?  —  In his party conference speech today he implied that journalists should be licensed and that naughty journalists should be de-licensed.  —  Come back John Wilkes.
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Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Conan's Ratings Are Down, but He's Huge Online  —  Turner's New Pitch to Advertisers Touts Late-Night Host's Web Popularity  —  It's a natural angle, considering the intensifying scrutiny around the weakened TV ratings-and the “make-goods” that have come with them-for Mr. O'Brien's late-night “Conan” show on TBS.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Sports Illustrated Puts Football Rivals on the iPhone and iPad  —  Sports Illustrated continues its push into digital arenas that extend beyond the print publication.  The company's latest iOS app, Sports Illustrated Football Rivals for iPhone [iTunes link] and iPad [iTunes link] …
 
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Tim Edwards / PC Gamer:
ITV documentary can't tell the difference between gaming and reality; mistakes Arma 2 for secret IRA film
Media Week:
Ad decline at Associated slows to 1%
Discussion: Guardian and Press Gazette
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
AOL Rejigs Europe Leadership: Burns Out, GoViral Chiefs Up
Drew FitzGerald / MarketWatch:
S&P returns Gannett outlook to stable
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
China's ‘Facebook’ RenRen Buys China's ‘YouTube’ 56.com
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How Amazon's Tablet Perpetuates Apple's Stranglehold on Media App Distribution
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Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
Israel releases Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
How David Bradley and Justin Smith Saved ‘The Atlantic’
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
In real-time, journalists' tweets contribute to a ‘raw draft’ of history
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Several Outsiders Said to Be Considered for Time Inc. CEO Job
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MediaPost
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Is Ashton Kutcher's Massive ‘Social TV’ Effect on ‘Two and a Half Men’ Sustainable?
Marc Randolph / Kibble:
Did Netflix screw up?  I don't think so.  —  Netflix CEO Reed …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What media companies should learn from Tumblr's success
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Globe and Mail, Thanks:mathewi