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6:15 PM ET, August 8, 2011

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Michael Wolff / Adweek:
How Bad Is News Corp.?  —  In my biography of Rupert Murdoch, I referred to News Corporation as Mafia-like, provoking the annoyance of my publisher's libel lawyers.  I explained to them that I did not mean to suggest this was an organized crime family, but instead was using “mafia” …
Discussion: Mixed Media
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Wall Street Journal:
Investors Await News Corp. Meeting  —  News Corp. executives will try to use an important board meeting and full-year earnings this week to steer attention away from the scandal at the media giant's U.K. newspapers unit and refocus investors on the company's core operations, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Poynter, Guardian, Betabeat and Deadline.com
David Carr / New York Times:
News Corp.'s Soft Power in the U.S.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Current TV Taps David Bohrman as President  —  Former CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman has been named president of Current TV, the cable TV channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.  Current has switched its focus in recent months from non-fiction and user-generated content towards news …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
AOL iPad Mag “Editions” Missed The Memo About The AOL Way  —  The iPad magazine looks gorgeous and works about as well as Zite, Flipboard, et. al.  It even understands if you're not into AOL content.  And it's cool with that.  Why?  Its creators, David Temkin and Sol Lipman explain.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why Huffpo Would Be Better Off Without ‘Zombie’ AOL
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off  —  Warner Bros. is one of at least four top film studios from which Apple has yet to obtain streaming-movie licenses, sources say.  —  The rumors from last week about Apple being “on the edge” of launching a cloud movie service …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
What journalists need to know about libelous tweets  —  Rumors that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan due to the News of the World phone hacking scandal spread on Twitter earlier this month, sparking an important discussion about whether journalists need to verify information before tweeting.
Discussion: The Awl and Rhetorica
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France  —  PARIS — France has caused plenty of headaches for Google.  Its politicians have denounced the U.S. Internet giant as a cultural imperialist; its publishers have called it a copyright cheat.  —  Yet France is suddenly the only country …
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
The New Yorker Under the Microscope  —  Last week, The New Yorker ran a play-by-play about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  It was quickly accepted as one of the most impressive pieces of magazine journalism so far this year — ASME bait and bound to be a major motion picture screenplay.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Cool New Yorker App.  And This One's Free.  —  Like the New Yorker's iPad app, but don't want to pay for it?  Here's a sort-of alternative: The magazine's new entertainment listings app.  —  It's not the New Yorker, but it's built using the magazine's intellectual DNA.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hawaiian punch!  A paywall showdown in Honolulu  —  It looks like Honolulu just turned into a two-paywall town.  Last week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser began charging for online content.  And it's a hard wall, too: no monthly allowance for stories like, say, The New York Times offers …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘Extreme Couponing’ show blamed for rise in newspaper thefts  —  A 34-year-old Arkansas woman was charged with misdemeanor theft last week after she stole 185 unsold copies of the Springdale Morning News that were left outside a grocery store for a carrier to pick up.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Curation Tool Storify Partners With MSNBC's Breaking News For Sourced News Content  —  As you may know, content curation platform Storify, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last fall, brings together Tweets, Facebook Status Updates, videos and more from social networking sites to create a realtime view into a story or issue.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Digital's Second Age Begins Now, FT CEO Says  —  Financial Times chief executive John Ridding tells paidContent that data and mobile will fuel digital publishing in to a 2.0 phase.  But he may need to score a victory against Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to get there.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why 500 Channels Means 19 Shows About Pawnshops  —  As the FCC Considers New Rules to Grant Access, Networks Stick With What Works: Stealing Their Competitors' Shows  —  Five hundred channels and nothing to watch, unless of course you're into pawnshops, weddings, cupcakes or guys rummaging through attics, barns or storage units.
Discussion: Multichannel, Thanks:learmonth
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why the Web's New TV-Style Ratings Might Not Mean More Ad Buys  —  Nielsen's ‘Campaign Ratings’ Isn't a Cure-all, Could Expose Other Ills  —  It's become an article of faith among digital folks that once online media can be measured apples to apples to TV, big dollars will flow to the web.
 
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Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
America's Newspaper History Gets Mapped
Discussion: Freelance Unbound
Edward Jay Epstein / The Atlantic Wire:
Can E-Books Pay Off for Writers?
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Using watermarks to add digital content to print
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Adventures in self-publishing: Here's what a month-old news site looks like
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
London riots needed Twitter news curators, but where are they and who pays for them?
Neil Thackray / TheMediaBriefing:
A Perfect Storm for Newspapers
Adweek:
First Mover: Frank Rich
Discussion: FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
20% of the UK online population use iPlayer. Here's how the BBC plans to grab the rest.
Discussion: Fast Company and ZDNet
Steve Outing:
The stupidity of our current media age (print-digital edition)
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Magazine Publishers Cast Wide Tablet Net
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
New York Times:
Ad Money Reliably Goes to Television
Discussion: Adweek
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Facing their own troubles, Berlusconi and Murdoch square off
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Introduces Beta620, a Public Site for its Experimental Projects