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10:30 AM ET, May 11, 2012


 Top News: 
Rebekah Brooks at the Leveson inquiry - live coverage  —  Full coverage as the former News International chief executive appears at the inquiry into press standards  —  9.43am: Good morning and welcome to the Leveson inquiry live blog.  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks: David Cameron signed off texts ‘LOL’  —  Former News International chief tells Leveson inquiry that reports prime minister sent her dozens of texts a day are preposterous  —  David Cameron exchanged up to two text messages a week with Rebekah Brooks during the last general election campaign …
New York Times:
Former Senior Murdoch Aide Faces Hacking Inquiry  —  LONDON — Offering a rare glimpse into the personal relationship between political power and the press in Britain, Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper subsidiary, testified on Friday …
Discussion: Media Decoder and
Tim Karr / Save the News:
Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: David Cameron was personally involved in vetting Andy Coulson
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Andy Coulson: I may have seen top-secret state material
Discussion: Crikey and Press Gazette
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course  —  Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry  —  The Washington Post Company's dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Did the News Media Drive the Gay Marriage Debate?  —  On the Fox News Channel on Wednesday afternoon, the anchor Shepard Smith played a clip of President Obama expressing his support for gay marriage, then delivered this stinging assessment: “The President of the United States, now in the 21st century.”
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and Softpedia News
Alan Duke / CNN:
Reporter, fired for stripping, charges gender discrimination  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — A part-time stripper fired from her full-time newspaper job covering Texas high society claims she's a victim of gender discrimination.  —  Sarah Tressler, 30, filed a complaint this week asking …
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Amendment puts spotlight on Pentagon propaganda  —  WASHINGTON - A member of the House Armed Services Committee threatened an amendment to block funding for Pentagon propaganda efforts Wednesday, citing USA TODAY reports questioning their efficacy and management.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Pub Backs Blogger in Emails Before Canning Her  —  In the latest backlash over the firing of Naomi Schaefer Riley from the Chronicle of Higher Education, internal emails show that management supported Riley before abruptly canning her.  —  To recap, Riley, a former WSJ editor and Harvard grad …
Steve Ladurantaye / Globe and Mail:
Globe to charge readers for online content  —  The Globe and Mail is moving to charge readers for its online content, following a trend established by the New York Times and other major publications.  —  Publisher and chief executive officer Phillip Crawley told an all-staff meeting Thursday …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Daily Foodie Newsletter Tasting Table is Gobbling Up Revenue  —  Tasting Table, the daily epicurean email publication in the same vein as Thrillist, doesn't fancy itself just another “To the trash bin with you!” newsletter.  With stringent editorial standards ("no pay for play") …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Investment bank Evercore readies Variety for sale  —  Evercore Partners, which handled the sale of both Newsweek and BusinessWeek, is also overseeing the sale of Variety.  —  A Variety staff member who was briefed by management on the status of the sale told paidContent that 11 potential bidders have asked to see the deal book.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nick Denton is betting the future of advertising is conversational  —  When we spoke with Nick Denton recently, the Gawker Media CEO talked about how the new commenting system he launched last month would shape the future of the company — and he hinted that this would involve the business side …
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Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
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Richard Pyle / Associated Press:
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Josh Stearns / Save the News:
New Attack Launched on Public Media
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Adweek
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped
Discussion: Betabeat and The Verge
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DNAinfo cleans up in New York Press Club Awards
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