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Rupert, James Murdoch Prepare for a Parliamentary Grilling

Today in PhoneGate: Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch and embattled News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks all have a date with the British Parliament next week. They’re set to answer questions about the growing scandal on July 19. If you want a preview of what they’ll be facing, and you’re reading this early Wednesday morning, you can tune in to live coverage of the House of Commons, where Prime Minister David Cameron is fielding questions from lawmakers. Meanwhile, in the U.S., Senator Jay Rockefeller is calling on the “appropriate agencies” to look into News Corp.’s behavior in this country. This is where we note that News Corp. owns this Web site.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work