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4:35 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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New York Times:
Murdoch Veterans Portray an Engaged Boss  —  LONDON — It was the political scoop of the year, a damning, serialized exposé in The Daily Telegraph about how British politicians were abusing their parliamentary expense accounts to pay for things like moat-cleaning and wisteria-trimming.
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Damien McCrystal / Guardian:
Phone hacking: the case for the defence  —  Celebrities encourage intrusion, and we have a right to know about anything that affects politicians' ability to do their jobs  —  The most extraordinary thing about the News International crisis is the way in which it has caused the British national media …
Paul McNamara / New York Times:
News of the World's Desperate Final Hours
Bloomberg:   BSkyB Directors Facing $4.2 Billion Payout Quandary After Murdoch Scandal
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Designing a big news site is about more than beauty  —  It appears to be Pick On News Web Designers Day today.  This comic — poking at news sites' unwillingness to link, misuse of thumbnails, and addictions to share buttons, among other things — made the rounds of Twitter, to the point of crashing cartoonist Brad Colbow's site.
Discussion: The Wall Blog
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Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
4 key pieces of audience engagement missing from Andy Rutledge's news redux  —  Andy Rutledge published a fascinating blog post last week looking at the design of digital news, and to illustrate his points he did a redux of the New York Times design.  —  This post isn't going to make much …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes.com:
Claim: Smoking Gun Recording Links Piers Morgan to Hacking  —  CNN host Piers Morgan was editor of a British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, at a time when many British tabloid reporters were committing illegal hacking of voicemails.  Morgan has vociferously denied personal involvement in or knowledge …
Discussion: The Huffington Post, BBC and Telegraph
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall is working  —  Back in April, I was very skeptical that the NYT would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000 paying digital subscribers, and I put my money where my mouth was, entering into a bet with John Gapper.  John wouldn't bet me that the NYT would get to 300,000 within a year …
The Daily Beast:
ABC Bans Paying News Subjects  —  After the embarrassment of giving Casey Anthony a huge payday, the network is effectively ending the practice.  Howard Kurtz on why ABC is breaking from the pack.  —  ABC News has quietly decided to get out of the business of paying news subjects in connection with exclusive interviews.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Erin Burnett Debuts On CNN, Immediately Breaks News, Sends Twitter Aflutter  —  The former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett made her debut on CNN last night, appearing with Wolf Blitzer in the hour leading up to President Obama's speech to the nation on the debt ceiling impasse.
Discussion: The Wire, On Media's Blog, CNN and TVNewser
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NYTimes, TV stations among ‘most social’ companies  —  The New York Times is the most social company in the U.S., and local TV is the top industry on Twitter, finds a report by NetProspex (.pdf).  The report measures the number of employees with social media accounts (using a company email address) …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Report: We are a YouTube nation  —  Further evidence that we are all YouTube addicts comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project this morning: 71 percent of U.S. adults used video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo in May, according to a new Pew report, compared to 66 percent a year earlier.
Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood awaits how Peter Chernin will fare with new venture  —  The upcoming ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ film and ‘Terra Nova’ TV series form the foundation of the former News Corp. president and longtime Hollywood power broker's media company, Chernin Entertainment.
Discussion: Company Town
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Crunch Time at Thomson Reuters  —  CEO Glocer Is Under Pressure After Restructuring Backed by Controlling Family  —  The family that controls Thomson Reuters Corp. has grown impatient with the company's performance and pressed for a recent shake-up, putting pressure on Chief Executive Tom Glocer …
Media Buyer Planner:
Nielsen, Kantar Target Local TV Metrics |  Taking Sides on FCC Broadband Plan  —  Nielsen has made a multi-year deal with Kantar Media for its consumer viewing data from DirecTV set top boxes, a move that is expected to improve insights into local TV products and make a break away from diary-based measurement, writes Media Daily News.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How badges help news websites build community, make money  —  Badges are a potentially powerful tool for understanding a news audience and shaping its behavior.  —  Just like the military uses badges to display rank, and scouts use them to honor accomplishments, a news site or mobile app …
 
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