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5:15 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
Discussion: The Times
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Andy Coulson wins leave to appeal over ruling on legal fees
Discussion: and Press Gazette
Free Press:   70,000 Petition Congress to Hold Hearings on News Corp. Corruption
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.
Discussion: Betabeat
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
An Editor's Dangerous Mea Culpa  —  In a most unusual editor's note on the Chronicle of Higher Education website last night, Editor Liz McMillen apologizes profusely for what turned out to be a controversial post written by now fired “Brainstorm” blogger, former WSJ editor and Harvard graduate Naomi Schaefer Riley.
Discussion: GalleyCat
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Writer fired by Chronicle of Higher Ed: ‘The vitriolic reaction is kind of surprising’
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
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?
Discussion: Colombia Reports
Dan Mitchell / SF Weekly:
Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers  —  News publishers have always treated readers like commodities — because that's what readers are.  The real customers for publishers aren't readers, but advertisers.  Readers are the product.  It's not quite that simple, of course …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian: Yep, it was “major changes” by Facebook that caused drop in social reader traffic
Discussion: Digits, TheMediaBriefing and Poynter
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
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 …
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Nobody Seems to Understand What Jeff Bezos is Doing.  Does He?  —  A couple months ago, realizing it would be futile to hold out any longer against the tsunami of pop cultural peer pressure, I decided to go ahead and read The Hunger Games.  I jumped over to Amazon, searched for the Kindle edition …
Discussion: GeekWire and Business Insider
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times takes next step to increase digital subscribers by launching a new ad campaign  —  Since The New York Times launched its metered paywall last March, about 472,000 people have become digital subscribers.  The Times saw a 73 percent gain in circulation over the past six months …
Discussion: Daggle
Gail Shister / The Philly Post:
Wendy Ruderman Talks About Why She's Leaving the Daily News  —  How bad are things at the Daily News?  New York Times-bound Wendy Ruderman, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, is urging her colleagues to jump ship.  “I hate to say it, but if people at the Daily News aren't looking, they should be …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Demand Media raises outlook on first-quarter revenue beat  —  (Reuters) - Demand Media Inc (DMD.N) reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and raised its 2012 outlook, suggesting it is finally moving past changes that Google made to its search engine that hobbled the company last year.
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