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12:00 PM ET, October 26, 2011


 Top News: 
The Independent:
Exclusive: Met finds secret phone at centre of NI hacking  —  Device nicknamed ‘The Hub’ hidden in offices of ‘News of the World’  —  Specialist detectives from the Metropolitan Police have discovered the existence of a secret mobile phone within News International's east London headquarters …
Discussion: The First Post
Phone-hacking scandal: Inquiry timetable revealed
Discussion: Guardian
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Amanpour back to CNN?  —  “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour isn't getting along with the bosses at ABC News, and has reached out to the honchos at CNN to return to the network where she started her career.  Sources tell us award-winning Amanpour has been “miserable” …
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Group calls on Village Voice Media to drop sex ads  —  A religious coalition says the ads, which are big revenue generators for the company, promote sex trafficking of minors.
Discussion: Poynter and Media & Entertainment
Josh Halliday / paidContent:
Former MySpace CEO: News Corp's Marketing Miscues Killed The Social Network  —  The former chief executive of MySpace has spoken for the first time about the demise of the once-dominant social network, admitting that News Corporation should have relaunched the site as “an entirely new brand”.
Discussion: Guardian
Joel Gunter /
BBC Trust launches impartiality review of Arab spring coverage  —  Broadcaster's fourth impartiality review will examine coverage of events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen since December 2010  —  BBC correspondent John Simpson reports from Ras Lanuf, Libya in March this year
Discussion: Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Major media outlets say they won't pull out of Baghdad when Obama does
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times and Gawker
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS Sued for Airing Unlicensed Photos of John Edwards' Mistress  —  CBS has been sued by a celebrity photographer who claims the network's The Insider and The Early Show featured without license his images of Reille Hunter, the mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards, and her child.
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Layoffs Hit Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia  —  A SLIMMER MARTHA: Layoffs hit Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia on Friday and many longtime staffers, including Fritz Karch — editorial director, collecting, and one of Martha Stewart Living's founding editors — are on the way out.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Saddam Hussein ordered execution of journalist Farzad Bazoft, records reveal  —  Former Iraqi leader argued against clemency and grumbled over length of time it would take to have Bazoft hanged  —  Saddam Hussein personally ordered the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft …
Condé Nast digital subs soar 268% after iPad gets Newsstand  —  Conde Nast credits iOS 5 to surge in reading  —  Condé Nast suggested on Tuesday that tablet magazines might have turned a corner with the launch of iOS 5.  Since the iPad received access to Newsstand …
Joe Flint / LA Times:
Fox taps Wertheimer as head of digital  —  News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting has tapped Hollywood and Silicon Valley veteran David Wertheimer as its president of digital operations for the network.  —  Wertheimer will have oversight of Fox's strategy with regard to digital media platforms.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Watchdogs take aim at MSNBC, Buchanan  —  Both Media Matters for America and Color of Change are petitioning MSNBC this week to either fire or sanction former GOP presidential candidate and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan for what the two organizations characterize as the use of his platform to espouse bigotry and white supremacy.
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and JAMES EDWARDS
Barton Eckert / Washington Business Journal:
Gannett board elects new director  —  Washington Business Journal by Barton Eckert  —  Inc. announced that Susan Ness, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and the head of Susan Ness Strategies, has been elected to the board of directors, effective immediately.
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
Andy Rooney hospitalized over complications from surgery: 60 Minutes curmudgeon in stable condition  —  Andy Rooney, the veteran television commentator who delivered his final essay on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” this month, was hospitalized Tuesday.  —  The 92-year-old developed serious complications …
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Ziff Davis Enterprise To Go All-Digital In 2012  —  Remaining three magazines will convert to digital editions in January.  —  Ziff Davis Enterprise has launched a new strategy called OmniDigital that will take the company all-digital with emphasis in four keys areas—traditional websites …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository Gets Official OK  —  Despite industry organizations' fears that Amazon's acquisition of UK online bookseller The Book Depository will create a de facto monopoly, the Office of Fair Trading is approving the merger.  In the OFT's view …
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Misses, Q3 Sales Up 44 Percent To $10.9B; Net Income Down 73 Percent To $63M
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Discussion: Guardian and Boing Boing
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Hires Digital Executive
Discussion: AllThingsD
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google asked to remove 135 YouTube videos for ‘UK national security issues’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vice President Biden complains after dust-up with conservative reporter

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

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