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7:55 PM ET, May 23, 2012


 Top News: 
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Piers Morgan “showed journalist how to hack phone”  —  (Reuters) - One of Britain's most respected journalists said on Wednesday that former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan showed him how to hack into phones 10 years ago, the latest twist in a scandal that has so far centered on Rupert Murdoch.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Andy Coulson voicemails allegedly hacked
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Lord Justice Leveson discusses role of bloggers
Discussion: Guardian
Media Monkey / Guardian:   Michel expected to hold nerve at Leveson
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry: Hunt's permanent secretary to appear on Friday
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Wrapports buys the Reader  —  Wrapports LLC, the collection of high-flying investors who own the Sun-Times and Sun-Times Media, have added the Reader to their stable, buying this 41-year-old weekly-which the Wrapports news release chooses to call “iconic”—for slightly under $3 million.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
It's official: Chicago Reader sold to Sun-Times parent  —  A memo from group publisher Alison Draper and CFO Tammy Bailey to Creative Loafing employees confirms the sale: … The likely sale to Wrapports was first reported about two weeks ago.  —  The Reader and Washington City Paper …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: NPR's listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed  —  People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind finds.
David Kravets / Wired:
New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech  —  Did you hear the one about the New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and “baseless political attacks”?  —  Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Katharine Zaleski leaves Washington Post  —  Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli announced to staff today that Katharine Zaleski, the Washington Post's executive director of digital news, will be leaving the news organization to join Planet Daily, where she'll be managing editor.
Discussion: Betabeat and @buzzfeedben
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon Prime acquires access to Paramount films  —  When it comes to offering popular movies over the Internet, Amazon continues to close the gap with Netflix.  —  Follow @sandoCNET  —  Thanks to a new agreement with Paramount Pictures, subscribers of Amazon's Prime service will now get access to …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and TechCrunch
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Huffington Post Gets Its First Publisher Amid Broader AOL Changes  —  Janet Balis Takes Post While AOL Chief Revenue Officer Ned Brody Also Gets New Role  —  In his company's most recent earnings call, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he wanted to restructure the company in a way that made …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Roku and Dish partner on new foreign TV streaming service  —  Dish Network has partnered with Roku to launch a new, streaming-only service that will be sold to customers across the U.S., regardless of whether they're subscribers of Dish's pay TV offering or not, both companies announced Wednesday morning.
Erik Wemple:
Washington Times takes de Borchgrave's recent columns offline  —  On Monday night, the Washington Times announced that it would conduct an inquiry into the work of longtime columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave, following allegations that he'd lifted material from other sources on the Internet.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
If Video Sites Could Act Like Cable Companies  —  BOSTON — Most consumers have no idea what an M.V.P.D. is, but they mail a check to one every month.  What they call Comcast or Time Warner Cable or DirecTV, the government calls a “multichannel video programming distributor,” or M.V.P.D. for short.
Discussion: The Verge and Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Several people reportedly stabbed at Topeka TV station  —  Staffers at WIBW in Topeka, Kan., subdued a “disgruntled man” this morning at the TV station.  Morning news co-anchor Amanda Lanum tweeted events as they unfolded, as did other staffers.  Their tweets say the man had a knife and stabbed …
Discussion: WIBW-TV, Poynter and TVSpy
Jim Romenesko:
Larry Platt resigns as Philadelphia Daily News editor  —  Philadelphia Daily News editor Larry Platt says he's leaving the paper after just a year and a half.  “I never looked at this gig as a long-term play for me,” he tells his staff.  Larry Platt “I have long loved the Daily News …
Discussion:, Off Mic and @ckrewson
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New Woodward book to focus on Obama's handling of economy  —  Bob Woodward will release a new book this September about President Obama's handling of the economy, the issue that is all but certain to matter most to voters when they head to the polls less than two months later.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Digital story-telling and the rise of the new publishers  —  In order to tell the story of Star Wars, George Lucas had to create a new technology company that was powerful enough to tell that story.  The same thing has to happen in digital news publishing.  —  That's the conclusion of Jim Bankoff …
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Jim Romenesko:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Julian Assange extradition verdict due next week
Discussion: ABC News and Wired
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
Discussion: Gawker
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Yahoo under Levinsohn seen shifting to content, advertising
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
Son of THR Founder Shares Some Memories
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
In Praise of ProPublica
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Michael Meyer / CJR:
The Ford Foundation's unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times