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11:20 PM ET, July 16, 2011

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Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
Taint From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard  —  LONDON — For nearly four years they lay piled in a Scotland Yard evidence room, six overstuffed plastic bags gathering dust and little else.  —  Inside was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly …
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Journal Becomes Fox-ified  —  It's official.  The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.  —  It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed …
Reuters:
Special Report: Inside Rebekah Brooks' News of the World  —  (Reuters) - “It was the kind of place you get out of and you never want to go back again.”  That's how one former reporter describes the News of the World newsroom under editor Rebekah Brooks, the ferociously ambitious titian-haired executive …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Rebekah Brooks in line for £3.5m pay out as News International slaps gagging orders on chief executives (apart from that inquiry on Tuesday)  —  Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was given a seven-figure severance package after resigning, it has emerged.
The Daily Beast:
Succession Drama at WSJ  —  Now the Murdoch scandal has claimed Dow Jones' CEO.  That has the Journal newsroom worrying they could end up working for a controversial Rupert henchman.  By Nick Summers.  —  As the British wing of the News Corp. media empire imploded this month under the weight …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton Stepping Down  —  Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton is leaving the company in the wake of the PhoneGate hacking scandal.  Hinton is the second high-ranking News Corp. executive to step down today, and the first major figure from the company's American operations.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Fox And Friends Defends News Corp's Hacking Scandal: ‘We Should Move On’
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What media companies can learn from the book industry  —  We've written a lot at GigaOM about the evolution of — and disruption of — the book-publishing industry, from the rise of self-publishing phenomenons like Amanda Hocking to the launch of new e-book ventures like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's new Pottermore site.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Bostonia:
News Without End  —  It's a rainy spring morning in midtown Manhattan, and on the sixth floor of the futuristic glass skyscraper known as Bloomberg Tower, Andy Lack is listening, energetically, as a half-dozen producers run through a short list of potential guests for Bloomberg West …
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Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
John Paton's Big Bet  —  Will “Digital First” bring home the bacon? … e're no good at this," John Paton says, sitting in a midtown Manhattan conference room on a gray, rainy spring day. “  We” is the news business, and “this” is designing a viable future for it. “  We have to figure it out.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Heather Brooke / Guardian:
Let's break up this information cartel  —  Britain's cosy, corrupt power elite has been fostered by a black-market trade in data  —  Nick Clegg was right to acknowledge on Wednesday that phone hacking is the symptom of a wider problem: the cosy, corrupt relationship between the power elites.
Nosheen Iqbal / The Independent:
The long-form resurrection: Will snappy websites kill off lengthy magazine reads?  —  A new set of online curators that collect the best non-fiction suggests otherwise.  —  Last summer, the editor-in-chief of technology magazine Wired wrote and ran a cover story declaring, “The Web is Dead”.
Ilya Vedrashko / Advertising Lab:
Will Daily Deals Turn Newspapers Around?  —  “Groupon is Hastening the Demise of the Newspaper Industry,” wrote a daily deals trade pub in April.  —  It could be the other way around.  —  The technological barriers to the deals space are pretty low; Shoutback and Nimble Commerce …
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