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11:30 AM ET, November 1, 2011


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: live  —  Live coverage of significant new evidence about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal that is emerging from a tranche of documents published by the culture select committee  —  3.13pm: Another hand-written note of a conversation between Pike and Mark Lewis, Taylor's solicitor.
Press Association:
Blair aide's phone ‘hacked by NotW’  —  A lifestyle consultant who worked with ex-Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie has said she was told by police that her mobile phone messages were hacked by a private investigator working for the News of the World.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   Law firm documents add to heat on James Murdoch
Dan Walker Smith / Adweek:
‘Engadget’ Alumni Launch ‘The Verge’  —  Former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky has unveiled The Verge, a new site dedicated to tech.  The site launched early on 1st November.  —  Topolsky says the new site will not just be “a stagnant, fixed entity, but an evolving, growing piece of technology.”
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Politico's Ken Vogel Refuses To Confirm Or Deny Cain Story Came From Rival Camp  —  As the fallout continues from last night's scandalous Herman Cain exposé, many trying to parse Cain's response to accusations of having had to settle a sexual harassment claim as head …
Discussion: CJR, Erik Wemple and Associated Press
Stephen Engelberg / ProPublica:
Raising Cain: When is a Scoop Ready to be Published?
Joe Flint / Company Town:
DirecTV and News Corp. reach new deal  —  News Corp. has struck a new deal that will keep its powerful cable and broadcast channels on satellite broadcaster DirecTV.  —  The two sides had been bickering over a new contract and DirecTV was set to drop more than two dozen News Corp.-owned Fox cable networks …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
DirecTV and News Corp. Avert Channel Blackout
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Book Publisher Files Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuit  —  Since early 2010 more than 200,000 people have been sued in the U.S. for sharing copyrighted works via BitTorrent.  Thus far these lawsuits have been the exclusive territory of independent and adult film studios, but today they are joined …
Mike Sauter / 24/7 Wall St.:
The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs In America - 2011  —  After years in the shadows of major media sites, blogs have come into their own.  They now compete directly with the most well-funded online content sites, many of which are owned by the largest media companies.
Discussion: Poynter and Business Insider
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
BBC set to expand Asian presence with new services in Thailand and Taiwan  —  The BBC is set to launch new channels across Taiwan, Indonesia and Taiwan continuing its expansion across Asia, according to a report from Media Newsline.  —  The corporation announced that it will introduce …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Hollywood Reporter:
Brian Williams' ‘Rock Center’ Premiere: What the Viewers Are Saying  —  The new newsmagazine, which debuted Monday night, included a segment where the host riffed on the trick-or-treating habits of upper-class New Yorkers with Jon Stewart.  —  Brian Williams, left, and Harry Smith
Discussion: Washington Post and Chickaboomer
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Aol's Patch Taps Ad Tech Startup PaperG To Boost Local Ad Sales In Over 100 Markets  —  Traditional publishers and fledgling digital publications alike are trying to find the best ways to monetize their content on the Web and take advantage of the benefits offered by hyperlocal content …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
More Proof That Paywalls Work From...Newsday?  —  A new semi-annual report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations contains yet more evidence that the digital paywall The New York Times erected in March is doing exactly what it's supposed to do.  To wit, it's not only getting people to subscribe …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Adobe, Looking To Grab Rising Online Video Ad Dollars, Buys Auditude  —  Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) is continuing to build its advertising business through major acquisitions and this time, it's buying Auditude, which operates a platform for managing online video ads.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo's Brand Is Worth Way More Than AOL's, Study Shows  —  After AOL acquired the Huffington Post in February, CEO Tim Armstrong had some tough decisions to make regarding which of his company's brands to keep and which to discard in favor of the Huffpo versions.
Tribune Judge Rejects JPMorgan, Aurelius Reorganization Plans  —  Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) — Competing reorganization plans for Tribune Co. were rejected by a judge who threatened to put the biggest U.S. media company in bankruptcy under a trustee unless it improved its strategy for ending the case.
Discussion: Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
HarperCollins' Acquisition Of Thomas Nelson Is An Investment In Digital  —  HarperCollins is acquiring Christian publisher Thomas Nelson—publisher of the mega-bestselling Heaven Is For Real—for an undisclosed sum in a deal that will be finalized by the end of the year.
Ed Stych / Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
Star Tribune expects $4M in extra revenue from paywall  —  Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal by Ed Stych, Web Producer … The Star Tribune is joining The New York Times and other newspapers by asking readers to start paying for online content.  —  That content has been free for years …
Paul Tash / St. Petersburg Times:
St. Petersburg Times changing its name to Tampa Bay Times  —  Since I started here as a reporter in 1978, I have answered my phone with some version of “St. Pete Times.”  I will need to learn a new habit.  —  Starting Jan. 1, this newspaper will become the Tampa Bay Times.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Biggest Advertiser on Kindle of Late?  Amazon  —  Early Adopting Marketers Like the Results, but Haven't Made Device a Regular Buy — Yet  —  Almost six months after the first Kindle with Special Offers arrived bearing on-screen ads for national brands such as Buick, Olay and Visa …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A reporter upsets the precedent, manages rare switch from ‘Post’ to ‘Journal’  —  Back in 2007 when News Corp. bought The Wall Street Journal's parent company, Dow Jones, it seemed likely that the company would be able to stem some losses at The New York Post by finding, well, synergies between the two papers.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New website builds dossiers on journalists, hopes transparency will lead to trust  —  Ira Stoll is 38.  He has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.  His phone number is (718) 499-2199 and his email is  He went to college at Harvard, has worked at the Los Angeles Times …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
New Site to Help You Find Out Who's Behind Your News
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Perform Group Eyes More Acquisitions With On-Track Business Growth
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After Acquiring NAVTEQ Ad Group, Matchbin Becomes Radiate Media; Adds $22 Million In Financing
Discussion: VatorNews
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China shuts 50 microblogs for porn, vulgarity
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Sam Donaldson on Co-Anchor ‘Jealousies’ and Why ‘The News Business Has Moved On’
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
WaPo promotes Evans to ‘chief experience officer’
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Adam Hochberg / Poynter:
C-SPAN incorporates short-form tweets into long-form news coverage
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
US home entertainment spending defies slump
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Yes, yes, yes - publication of Gaddafi death pictures was justified
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Injunctions furore has calmed, editors tell select committee
James Robinson / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Milly Dowler police investigation may have been targeted
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Hearst Hires Former Conde Nast COO, Promotes Digital Exec
Discussion: MinOnline, MediaPost and MediaPost