A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.

9:00 Major new Guardian piece on committee finding that Murdoch’s News Int’l "deliberately" blocked probe. And released in time for Cameron showdown tomorrow.

5:55 My radio chat with Warren Olney today (also John Burns, Sarah Ellison, more).

5:50  Summary of Rebekah Brooks’ testimony today.  And she turned down the red in hair a notch.

5:10    Transcript of Murdochs’ testimony today.

5:00 New at the Guardian:  "Blindingly obvious" evidence of corrupt payments to police officers was found by the former director of public prosecutions, Lord Macdonald, when he inspected News of the World emails, the home affairs select committee was told.

1:45 Update on item just below, statement from Tories: " We have double-checked our records and are able to confirm that neither Neil Wallis nor his company has ever been contracted by the Conservative Party, nor has the Conservative Party made payments to either of them.  It has been drawn to our attention that he may have provided Andy Coulson with some informal advice on a voluntary basis before the election. We are currently finding out the exact nature of any advice. We can confirm that apart from Andy Coulson, neither David Cameron nor any senior member of the campaign team were aware of this until this week."

 1:00 BBC : Neil Wallis was informally advising Andy Coulson before the election.

12:55 Rebekah Brooks on, adds "apologies,’ says a lot she can’t talk about due to legal cases.  Gets sharp questioning anyway.  Says she never paid police.  Like Nixon could say he never paid Watergate burglars (he didn’t meet them and hand over cash himself)?

12:45 I’ll be on Warren Olney’s "On the Point" radio show on Murdoch at 2:10 ET today.

12:10 As you may have heard:  Rupert Murdoch attacked by comic/anarchist "Jonnie Marbles" with cream pie or shaving foam in pie plate or something on live TV.  Rupert’s wife Wendy gets in a smack to face but it was actually her friend who blocked the plate.  Man arrested of course, after tweeting the hearing.   UK Uncut denies connection.  Amazingly, hearing resumed a few minutes later, with Rupert now in shirt sleeves.  You can catch up at my Twitter feed @gregmitch and of course running updates at The Guardian.  "Not sure how foam man hid paper plate. He was wearing black combat trousers and walked straight past me from the back row where public was sat to within inches."

10:35 Yes, Fox covering Murdochs’ testimony, probably awaiting car chase for a cutaway.

10:15 Murdoch appears. Good twitter blow-by-blow from @EmilyBell. Follow Guardian, of course. I like @scatatkins: “don’t be fooled by murdoch’s old codger routine. soon as he’s out the door he’ll be like kevin spacey in the usual suspects.”

9:25 Here’s a story on the public queuing for eight hours to see the Murdochs.

9:05 Reporter Heather Brooke tweets on Met chiefs testimony: “Seems like LA Confidential could be rewritten for London, today.”

9:00 News Corp. probe uncovers new info on Murdoch’s US Chamber of Commerce dealings.

8:45 Huff Post’s Mike Calderone: “Humbled. Shaken. These aren’t words normally used to describe a ruthless and innovative tycoon who’s spent a lifetime crushing competitors, unions and political adversaries and played a seminal role in the evolution of the media business. But, of course, these aren’t normal days for Murdoch’s empire… “

8:35 The Guardian blow-by-blow of testimony of Scotland Yard chiefs here. Stephenson, for one thing, reveals 10 former employees of NOTW worked for the Met.

8:15 The Guardian previews today’s testimony by the Murdochs, and more on Brooks. The paper’s site also has what it calls a “rolling transcript” of the testimony of others so far today.

12:05 NYT previews the Murdochs appearing before Parliament. Oh joy.

12:00 Another WSJ editorial comparing WikiLeaks to Murdoch hacking scandal. When I was editing Editor & Publisher we raised alarms about Murdoch takeover louder than others.

From late Monday

Lulz Security (ironically) hacks UK site for Murdoch paper, puts up fake story of Murdoch dying from a drug overdose. “Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning. ”We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked,” one officer states. ‘From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden’.”

Police examine bag with computer & papers found in bin near Rebekah Brooks’s home. Husband tried to retrieve—claims it’s his but could not prove it. Was turned over to cops. Fun!

In other scandalous news, Google has just suspended ad for my new book questioning atomic bombings—claiming it “promotes violence”!

New from NYT: News Corp execs tried for years to shift blame on hacking. Recent leaks aimed at Coulson, Met. Much more.

Nick Davies on Sean Hoare, who first blew the whistle on hacking and now found dead (see below): a “lovely man” who “found himself up to his elbows in drugs and delirium.”

NOTW guy who first blew whistle on hacking found dead. Police says “unexplained” but perhaps not “suspicious.” “Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned. Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.”

News Corp. shareholders suddenly talking about the company’s break-up value

Roy Greenslade of the Guardian calls on Nick Clegg to lead move to oust his “boss” David Cameron. “This is just the right moment to unseat a prime minister who has forfeited his right to the office. The string of policy U-turns previously indicated that he is devoid of political touch. But his lack of judgment has been acutely exposed in relation to the phone-hacking scandal.”

Proving once and for all that it is not a news outlet but a propaganda organ, Fox News still silent on the phone-hacking scandal. Come on, Wemple, still okay with you?