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9:45 AM ET, June 26, 2013


 Top News: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's News International changes name to News UK  —  UK newspaper operation, which includes the Times, Sunday Times and the Sun, rebrands in wake of phone-hacking scandal  —  Rupert Murdoch's News International, parent company of the Times, Sunday Times and the Sun …
Discussion: Media Week,, @abeaujon and BBC
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Rupert Murdoch's News International Rebrands as News UK Ahead of Split  —  The Australian arm of the post-split publishing company that will be the new News Cop also will change its name from News Limited to News Corp Australia.  —  News International, the U.K. newspaper arm …
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Australia's largest publisher News Limited is to change its name to News Corp Australia.  The change comes 90 years after James Davidson created News Limited in 1923.  It formed the foundation of the Adelaide-based empire that Sir Keith Murdoch bought into in 1949.
Discussion: Guardian
Jennifer C. Kerr / Associated Press:
Ex-NSA official assails Obama administration as journalists, others, debate gov't leak probes  —  WASHINGTON — A former spy agency official who was the target of a government leak investigation says he feels a “significant kinship” with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Slade Sohmer / HyperVocal:
Cable News Nets Should Be Embarrassed It Missed Wendy Davis's Filibuster  —  What happened in the Texas Senate on Tuesday night was Must See TV.  —  Only the Wendy Davis Filibuster wasn't anywhere to be found on your television.  The 24-hour cable news networks had more pressing matters.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune, Gawker and CNET
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
China newspaper praises Snowden for 'tearing off Washington's mask'  —  State-run People's Daily says whistleblower has exposed US hypocrisy after Washington blamed Beijing for his escape  —  China's top state newspaper has praised the fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for …
Erik Wemple:   What would it take to nail Glenn Greenwald under the Espionage Act?
Gregory Kohs- / Examiner:
Jimmy Wales breaks Wikipedia rules in hunt for Snowden
Discussion: Softpedia News
Crossfire Returns  —  Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones to Host Debate Program  —  CNN today announced that Crossfire, previously the longest running political debate program on television, will return to the network this fall.  Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: Politico, @dylanbyers and @sgallman
Gavriel Hollander /
Daily Mail in £110k libel payout over Syrian chemical weapons story  —  about Daily Mail in £110k libel payout over Syrian chemical weapons story- Comments  —  The Daily Mail has been forced to pay more than £100,000 in damages and apologise for a story linking a UK company with the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Discussion: Guardian
David Dishneau / Associated Press:
Courtroom Closures Likely In WikiLeaks Trial  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — Lawyers for Army leaker Pfc. Bradley Manning raised no objection Tuesday to a government proposal to temporarily close his court-martial to the public and press, possibly as early as this week, to protect classified evidence.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
ASNE census finds 2,600 newsroom jobs were lost in 2012  —  The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census today and found an unexpected acceleration of job losses.  Roughly 2,600 full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers disappeared in 2012 …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   Minority employment in newsrooms held steady in 2012
Liz Hester / Talking Biz News:
What happens to Paula Deen's empire?  —  When Paula Deen admitted in a deposition that she used racial slurs, the Queen of Butter had a lot to lose.  The first blow happened when The Food Network dropped her show on Friday.  —  But Tuesday, ABC News had a story about how much the admission was costing her business:
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
San Francisco Examiner sues San Francisco Chronicle  —  The San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns the San Francisco Examiner, says the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle “offered ad space to advertisers for a fraction of its cost on the condition that the advertisers not buy ads in the Examiner.”
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
TV industry-backed second screen app ConnecTV raises $1.4M  —  SMRTV Inc., the company that produces second screen TV service ConnecTV, has raised a $1.4 million in funding, according to a Security Exchange Commission document filed yesterday.  —  A growing number of people stare …
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Discussion: Poynter and PR Newswire
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