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4:40 PM ET, May 23, 2012


 Top News: 
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Andy Coulson voicemails allegedly hacked  —  Voicemails left by Andy Coulson for the aide to former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke are believed to be among those allegedly hacked while he was editor of the News of the World.  Coulson is one of a number of journalists whose messages …
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Ex-UK editor Morgan accused again on hacking  —  May 23 (Reuters) - One of Britain's most respected journalists said on Wednesday that former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan showed him how to hack into phones 10 years ago, the latest twist in a scandal that has so far centred on Rupert Murdoch.
Media Monkey / Guardian:   Michel expected to hold nerve at Leveson
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Justice Leveson discusses role of bloggers
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry: Hunt's permanent secretary to appear on Friday
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
It's official: Chicago Reader sold to Sun-Times parent  —  A memo from group publisher Alison Draper and CFO Tammy Bailey to Creative Loafing employees confirms the sale: … The likely sale to Wrapports was first reported about two weeks ago.  —  The Reader and Washington City Paper …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:   Wrapports buys the Reader
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Huffington Post Gets Its First Publisher Amid Broader AOL Changes  —  Janet Balis Takes Post While AOL Chief Revenue Officer Ned Brody Also Gets New Role  —  In his company's most recent earnings call, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he wanted to restructure the company in a way that made …
Jay Greene / CNET:
How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies  —  Amazon Studios is crowdsourcing movie-making, creating test movies, that fans can review, with storyboard art in the place of video, like this image from a possible upcoming release called “Touching Blue.”
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon Prime acquires access to Paramount films
Discussion: TechCrunch and Home Media Magazine
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
If Video Sites Could Act Like Cable Companies  —  BOSTON — Most consumers have no idea what an M.V.P.D. is, but they mail a check to one every month.  What they call Comcast or Time Warner Cable or DirecTV, the government calls a “multichannel video programming distributor,” or M.V.P.D. for short.
Discussion: The Verge
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Several people reportedly stabbed at Topeka TV station  —  Staffers at WIBW in Topeka, Kan., subdued a “disgruntled man” this morning at the TV station.  Morning news co-anchor Amanda Lanum tweeted events as they unfolded, as did other staffers.  Their tweets say the man had a knife and stabbed …
Discussion: WIBW-TV and TVSpy
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Roku and Dish partner on new foreign TV streaming service  —  Dish Network has partnered with Roku to launch a new, streaming-only service that will be sold to customers across the U.S., regardless of whether they're subscribers of Dish's pay TV offering or not, both companies announced Wednesday morning.
Jim Romenesko:
McClatchy to begin ‘robust test’ of pay model  —  McClatchy vice president of news Anders Gyllenhaal tells employees that “after more than a year of experiments and analysis on pay models, McClatchy newspapers will begin a robust test of a pay plan that looks like the right balance for our websites.”
Erik Wemple:
Washington Times takes de Borchgrave's recent columns offline  —  On Monday night, the Washington Times announced that it would conduct an inquiry into the work of longtime columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave, following allegations that he'd lifted material from other sources on the Internet.
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Over the Aereo: Killer Diller Just Might Help Viewers Cut the Cord At Last  —  The sun was still setting when The Observer rounded the corner under The High Line for IAC's Internet Week closing party, co-hosted by Aereo, a provocative new startup that will allow users to view broadcast content …
NBCUniversal plans 5,500 hours of Olympics TV coverage  —  NBCUniversal on Wednesday unveiled plans to air more than 5,500 hours of coverage of the upcoming London Olympic Games online and across its various television networks, including more than 270 hours on flagship broadcaster NBC.
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Inventor of Wireless Remote Dies: Clunky Technology Lives On
Discussion: New York Times, Hit & Run and The Awl
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Mexico Arrests Suspect In Journalist's Killing
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Katharine Zaleski leaves Washington Post
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hachette lets you read free chapters from upcoming books on Facebook
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Julian Assange extradition verdict due next week
Discussion: ABC News and Wired
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
 Earlier Picks: 
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Yahoo under Levinsohn seen shifting to content, advertising
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
Son of THR Founder Shares Some Memories
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
In Praise of ProPublica
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Michael Meyer / CJR:
The Ford Foundation's unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
TV Everywhere's Counting Problem
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL's Patch Gets a Haircut in Push For Profitability