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9:00 AM ET, June 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Murdoch's Decision  —  Rupert Murdoch long resisted any suggestion—be it from bankers or executives within News Corp. —that the media conglomerate spin off the company's newspaper assets, which had become a drag on the stock.  —  “I was hanging on, and so was the whole family,” …
Felix Salmon:
News Corp's digital divergence  —  There's no secret why Rupert Murdoch is breaking News Corp into two pieces.  Amy Chozick explains: … It's worth underscoring the fact, here, that Fox News, Sky News, and Fox Business are going to end up on the entertainment, rather than the news …
Discussion: NPR and Reuters
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Murdoch Says Separated News Corp Publishing Biz Will ‘Push Even Harder’ On Charging For Content
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Rupert Murdoch Suggests Wall Street Journal Won't Face Cuts In News Corp. Split
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
The Murdoch media tour: Spinning the spinoff
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:   News Corp split sets stage for possible Lachlan return
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Tom Mockridge and Robert Thomson tipped to head News Corp's press arm
Discussion: NPR and Media Week
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
CNN News Staffers Revolt Over Blown Coverage  —  News staffers at the cable network CNN, long the gold standard in television news, were on the verge of open revolt Tuesday after CNN blew the coverage on the most consequential news event of the year.  As Chief Justice John Roberts began reading …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
CNN issues correction, Fox issues statement on Supreme Court reporting mistakes  —  The ruling has come down: Both CNN and Fox badly bungled their reporting of today's landmark Supreme Court opinion on healthcare.  And both organizations have taken very different routes to correcting their mistakes.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
CNN, Fox News err in covering today’s Supreme Court health care ruling
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Reorganizes Into Membership, Brand And Ad Units [Incl Armstrong's Memo]  —  After yesterday's $400 million share buyback, some more news today from our owners, AOL: it's reorganizing into three operating units, plus a separate one for corporate support of all three: they will be called AOL Membership …
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
Your E-Book Is Reading You  —  Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before.  How that's changing the experience of reading.  —  It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's “Hunger Games” trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.
Discussion: Digital Book World and The Verge
Microsoft Said To Plan Xbox Music Rivaling Apple, Spotify  —  Attendees at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 5, 2012.  Microsoft Corp. expanded the sports and entertainment content offered through the Xbox, and is planning to add iTunes and Spotify for music.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Hearst Unveils Private Ad-Buying Marketplace for Its Magazine Websites  —  A Play for Programmatic Online Advertising Dollars  —  Another big magazine company is looking to ad tech to make its online ad inventory more valuable.  —  Six months after Conde Nast launched a private ad marketplace …
Robert Schoon / On The Media:
The Problem with “The Newsroom's” Critics - They're Journalists  —  Reviews of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show The Newsroom have so far been mixed.  But are journalists the fairest judges for this TV show?  —  Since before The Newsroom aired on HBO last Sunday night, nearly every critic …
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsGame aims to populate a virtual world with real reporting and pretend correspondents  —  Game makers turned to journalism for inspiration long before Atari gave us Paperboy.  There was Deadline in the 1970s, and Scoop and Calling Superman in the 1950s.  (If you want to get really old-school, see Round the World with Nellie Bly.)
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Ann Curry Mess: Did NBC Learn Nothing From Conan O'Brien?  —  Ann Curry's messy exit suggests that despite NBC's new regime the new crew has learned nothing from the old crew and the ghost of Conan O'Brien.  —  Once again, a prominent piece of talent - this time Curry - was left hanging out to dry …
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Senior police officer under investigation over hacking of Milly Dowler's phone  —  The second most senior officer at Surrey police is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over claims he failed to act when he discovered the News of the World had hacked Milly Dowler's phone.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: Police arrest man on suspicion of corruption
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Richard Woods / Reuters:
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Discussion: CJR
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