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6:50 AM ET, November 21, 2011


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Dowlers and Hugh Grant give evidence - live  —  Live coverage as the actor and murdered schoolgirl's parents become the first alleged phone-hacking victims to give evidence  —  11.18am: Lord Leveson asked Smith whether she thinks she was targeted because of her own profile or that of her former partner, the Labour MP Dennis MacShane.
Discussion: The Independent
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
Watchdog asked to investigate NI emails  —  The Government's information watchdog has been formally asked to re-open its investigation into News International's storage of archived emails after the company disclosed that it sends data to India and that some of it was deleted on the orders of executives in London.
Discussion: ABC News
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Sky News' star reporters angry at scrutiny of reporting practices  —  The satellite broadcaster BSkyB has appointed outside lawyers to conduct a trawl of the emails of star journalists working on its rolling news channel Sky News to ensure that there is no evidence of stories being obtained by illicit news-gathering methods.
Jim Romenesko:
HOW I ENDED UP LEAVING POYNTER … That email pressured me to disclose something I intended to keep to myself for a few more months.  —  My response to Julie: … She came back with this: … The changes she refers to were launched on April 18, the first day of my earlier vacation.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Occupy PressThink: Tim Pool  —  “Being a livestream he acts as ‘eyes and ears’ for the viewers.  Literally.  People will tell him to move the camera somewhere and he'll do it.  They'll ask for interviews with someone, and Tim will go over and do so... The viewers will ask him questions …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Protest Puts Coverage in Spotlight  —  As police officers cleared protesters last week from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street, they made sure most reporters were kept blocks away, supposedly for their own protection.  —  But in almost every other respect …
New Scientist:
Occupy vs Tea Party: what their Twitter networks reveal
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Mashable Fires Editor At Large And Top Writer Ben Parr  —  UPDATE: Mashable has confirmed with us that Ben Parr was fired on Friday.  —  EARLIER: Mashable's editor at large Ben Parr has left the fast-growing news site, Business Insider has learned.  —  Parr had originally intended …
Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
Ted Forstmann, CEO of IMG Worldwide, Dead at 71  —  Ted Forstmann, former investment banker and CEO of IMG Worldwide, has died following a battle with brain cancer.  —  He was 71.  —  The company announced the death on Sunday, writing on its website:  —  “It is with great sadness …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
James O'Keefe's plans derailed by infighting, lack of funding  —  After pulling off the brazen hidden camera sting credited with bringing down the liberal organizing group ACORN, James O'Keefe dreamt up an even bolder plan: to build a permanent undercover video operation that would expose institutions of the American left.
Discussion: Poynter
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Publisher Drops Copyright Claim, Favors Fair Use  —  Fair use online is recognized when a newspaper plaintiff drops its appeal in a case pushed by third-party copyright enforcer.  —  If you've ever copied an excerpt from an online publication and pasted it in a public place on the Internet …
Dan Hirschhorn / AdAge:
Pandora Opens Box of Targeted Political Advertising  —  Targeting Congressional Districts With Audio Ad Breaks and Display Ads  —  The latest catchy “Foster the People” tune may soon have a different introduction on Pandora: vote for this guy.  —  The streaming music service announced Friday …
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Meg James / Company Town:
Key NBC executive Marc Graboff to leave the network
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Sells $62 Million in News Corp. Shares
Discussion: Financial Times and Bloomberg
Rob Davis / Voice of San Diego:
New U-T Boss: ‘You Change Now or You Die’