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  • Davies (Guardian)

    When not tirelessly chronicling the ongoing British phone-hacking saga, The Guardian has been lining up journalists to staff the U.S.-based website that the U.K. broadsheet plans to have up and running sometime this fall.

    One of the marquee recruits to that operation may be Nick Davies, the dogged Guardian investigative reporter who's blown the lid off some of the biggest stories to emerge from the scandal. The phone-hacking controversy continues to engulf News Corporation as the company heads into its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday afternoon.

    Davies has been in the United States for more than a week on a reporting trip and press tour that's produced a series of interviews about his role in exposing phone-hacking and other journalistic malfeasance within News Corp.'s British newspaper division. Davies has yet to publish any items with U.S. datelines--but the broader goal of his American visit, he has said, is to probe potential phone-hack fallout in the states.

    Davies, who was in New York through last Friday and is now on the ground in Los Angeles, is scheduled to fly back to London after this week. But depending on how things go, he may be back sooner than embattled News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch would like.

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  • "Welcome to Hackney." London, Aug. 9, 2011. (AP: Akira Suemori)

    If the London riots were largely fueled by BlackBerry Messenger, the massive clean-up effort in their wake has gained traction on Twitter.

    A Twitter feed called Clean Up London (@Riotcleanup) launched early Tuesday, following the third consecutive night of rioting and looting in London. The account has already amassed more than 75,000 followers, providing frequent, crowd-sourced updates on locations where volunteers were most needed with the handy hashtag "#riotcleanup."

    "Anyone in Hackney," one tweet read, "Please let us know if were needed and where ASAP." That tweet was followed by another ("Hackney Town Hall at 10am") and finally "Hackney is clean too. This city is resilient."

    As a result, "#riotcleanup" was the top trending Twitter topic in London, above "#PrayForLondon" and "#londonriots," which was trending worldwide.

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  • (GBTV/Mercury Radio Arts)Glenn Beck is beefing up the talent roster for his forthcoming web TV show.

    The controversial conservative talk show personality and media mogul has tapped Amy Holmes, an alumnus of CNN (where she was a regular political contributor) and Talk Radio Network (where she co-hosted the nationally syndicated "America's Radio News"), as news anchor for the fledgling webcast operation GBTV. Beck launched the subscription Internet channel bearing his initials in June after he walked out of his final broadcast for the Fox News Channel.

    "Amy is the perfect addition to the growing line-up of talent at GBTV," said Joel Cheatwood, the former Fox News executive who followed Beck to his new venture as president of programming, in a statement. "She combines an award-winning experienced pedigree with a fresh and unique approach to the news. We are excited about Amy becoming a key part of Glenn's new two hour show."

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