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11:45 PM ET, June 20, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Prepares to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’  —  NBC executives are readying a plan to replace Ann Curry on the “Today” show, only a year after she became the co-host of the iconic franchise.  The planning — which is taking place in secret and has not been finalized …
Jacob Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Jonah Lehrer's ‘Self-Plagiarism’ Scandal Rocks The New Yorker  —  On June 5, bestselling pop-neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer announced that he was leaving Wired, where he was a contributing editor, and moving his Frontal Cortex blog to The New Yorker, where he would be a staff writer.
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Jonah Lehrer's recycling business  —  “Write every piece three times,” the late Richard Strout used to advise journalists who craved advancement in the profession.  —  Strout, who wrote the New Republic's TRB column for four decades and worked 60 years as a Washington correspondent …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Jonah Lehrer is the latest target of Google Game, crowdsourced investigation
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Felix Salmon / CJR:
How Jonah Lehrer should blog
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Andrew Sarris, Influential Film Critic, Dies at 83  —  Andrew Sarris, one of the nation's most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a director's voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan.  He was 83.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Philly publisher Bob Hall to staff: ‘We will probably experience another substantial loss this year’  —  In a memo to staff of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, returning Philadelphia Media Network publisher Bob Hall says a report of $4 million profit didn't take into account …
Guardian:
Mail on Sunday journalist who claimed Leveson threatened to quit to appear at inquiry  —  The journalist responsible for a Mail on Sunday story which claimed Lord Justice Leveson had threatened to quit over comments made by a government minister is expected to appear before the inquiry next week.
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Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Boris Johnson under fresh pressure over Murdoch meeting
Discussion: BBC
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
American Prospect Exceeds Fundraising Goal, Raises Enough To Stay Alive  —  The American Prospect, the liberal politics and policy magazine that was on the verge of shutting down last month, has exceeded its fundraising goal and will remain alive.  Editor Kit Rachlis told The Huffington Post …
Discussion: LA Observed
Steve Myers / Poynter:
African-Americans take greater hit in Times-Picayune layoffs  —  African-Americans were disproportionately hit in last week's layoffs at The Times-Picayune, meaning the newspaper serving the majority-black city will become less diverse unless the difference is made up with new hires.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
James Ball / Guardian:
Julian Assange's drama: in the third act, we still don't know what the story is  —  With its stand-off at the tiny Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Assange melodrama has entered its third act.  But despite the drama, we don't yet know for sure what kind of story it is.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Rollingstone.com lays off staffers  —  Wenner Media has laid off at least five staffers for Rollingstone.com, according to sources there.  Managing Editor Evie Nagy and Associate Editor Matthew Perpetua are among those let go Tuesday.  Last week the company informed employees in a note …
Discussion: Gawker and FishbowlNY
Lev Grossman / entertainment.time.com:
The Department of Justice vs. the Publishers: Nobody Wins  —  If Apple and publishers are found guilty of collusion, it could mean lower e-book prices — for now — but the future is much scarier  —  (Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays.  Subscribe to his RSS feed.)
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
SOURCE: AOL Faces Brutal Choice On Patch — Close It Or Double Down  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has a simple but brutal choice to make about Patch, a source close to the ad sales side of the local news business told us over lunch recently: Ditch it or double down and take the thing national …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Will a TV Show About the News be More Compelling Than the Real Thing?  —  I admire Aaron Sorkin, but he gives me a headache.  By the time his characters finish a monologue, I'm ready for a nap.  Sorkin's latest work, “The Newsroom,” which debuts Sunday on HBO, is no exception.
Discussion: The Corsair and mediabistro.com
Rob Tornoe / Poynter:
‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening ends ‘Life in Hell,’ comic that started it all  —  After exploring a world populated by “anthropomorphic rabbits and a pair of gay lovers” for over 30 years, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is putting down his pen and ending his highly acclaimed comic strip, “Life in Hell.”
 
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Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, appointed CTO, chairman; Mark Hurd and Safra Catz now co-CEOs

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