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12:30 AM ET, May 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Rupert Murdoch's big backer sounds News Corp warning  —  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the second-biggest shareholder in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, has revealed his frustration with the fallout from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and admitted that it is harming the reputation …
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:   David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Steering Murdoch in Scandal, Klein Put School Goals Aside
Discussion: Capital New York
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone-hacking scandal: Glenn Mulcaire denies protecting News International
Discussion: BBC
Free Press:   70,000 Petition Congress to Hold Hearings on News Corp. Corruption
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Andy Coulson wins leave to appeal over ruling on legal fees
The Independent:   IoS exclusive: Coulson owned News Corp shares while at No 10
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Sources Say AOL Seeking Buyers for Engadget and TechCrunch.  Arrington “Not In The Least Bit Interested”  —  We weren't sure about this one at first, but now we have two independent sources confirming that AOL is exploring the sale of its cornerstone technology sites Engadget and TechCrunch.
Romeo Langlois: Colombia Won't Negotiate With FARC Rebels Over Kidnapped French Reporter  —  Colombia on Tuesday rejected a call by FARC rebels to debate freedom of information and news media bias as a condition for the release of a French reporter they hold hostage.
Discussion: BBC
Elyssa Pachico / Christian Science Monitor:
Is French journalist kidnapped in Colombia a prisoner of war?  —  In a video, Colombia's rebel group the FARC say French journalist Romeo Langlois is a prisoner of war (POW).  The Colombian government has rejected this labeling.  Who is correct?  In the video (in Spanish) …
Discussion: Colombia Reports
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Writer fired by Chronicle of Higher Ed: ‘The vitriolic reaction is kind of surprising’  —  The editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education has apologized and severed the publication's relationship with the writer of a blog post about Black Studies that “did not meet The Chronicle's basic editorial standards …
Jim Romenesko:   Chronicle of Higher Education ousts blogger over black studies post
Christopher Shea / Wall St Journal:
Chronicle of an Academic-Media Firestorm
Discussion:, ArtsBeat and MetaFilter
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Ongo, an attempt at a pan-media paywalled aggregator, is closing  —  Less than a year and a half after launch, the subscription aggregation startup Ongo — a newspaper-industry effort to create a pan-media subscription system — is shutting down.  It'll close its doors by month's end …
Discussion: AllThingsD, paidContent and @rafat
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Fights Prosecutors Seeking Occupy Protester's Data Without Warrant  —  Malcolm Harris, the Occupy Wall Street protestor whose private data Twitter is fighting to protect from prosecutors.  —  Twitter is stepping up its legal battle for users' privacy: First it fought …
Keach Hagey / Digits:
LA Times Developer Begins Archiving Newspaper Websites  —  Newspaper front pages are considered such an important mirror of American culture that they get their own rotating daily museum exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  —  But there has never been an equivalent archive for the more ephemeral …
Discussion: Poynter
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
ESPN and Theme Parks Drive Disney Profits  —  LOS ANGELES — Climbing ad sales and subscription fees at ESPN and cable channels like ABC Family helped the Walt Disney Company increase its quarterly profit by 21 percent from a year earlier, to $1.14 billion.  —  Disney's financial results …
Katherine Fung / Huffington Post:
New York Times Journalists Demand End To Contract Negotiations  —  New York Times staffers made another demand for the paper to end the dispute over their contract in a new video released on Monday.  The video features Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Kevin Sack, Dan Barry and Amy Harmon urging …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian: Yep, it was “major changes” by Facebook that caused drop in social reader traffic  —  Scary charts once again dominated the future of news yesterday when both Forbes and BuzzFeed wrote about what appeared to be sharp declines in the use of Facebook social reader apps …
Discussion: Poynter, GigaOM and SF Weekly
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Programming Politico's Future With Video  —  Last January in Iowa, Politico's tireless Mike Allen sequestered himself under fluorescent lights in a room with a laptop and his omnipresent BlackBerry and talked for well over five hours as Caucus results trickled in.  There was no music, just raw politics.
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Discussion: @mlcalderone, Folio and FishbowlNY