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3:50 PM ET, July 31, 2012

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Amy Willis / The Daily Telegraph:
London Olympics 2012: Twitter 'alerted NBC to British journalist's critical tweets'  —  Users of the social network vented their anger against Twitter yesterday after Guy Adams, a foreign correspondent for the Independent, was suspended without warning from the site after posting a series …
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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Twitter restores reporter's account, tweet with NBC email remains  —  Two days after his account was suspended, the U.K. reporter who touched off a media kerfuffle about corporate control of speech is back on Twitter.  The Independent's Guy Adams, who made his name bashing NBC's Olympic coverage …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
twitterfail ethics & economics  —  Twitter is going to have to learn the lesson that newspapers had to learn when they started accepting advertising: that when trust is your asset, you must run your service and your business according to principles of trust.
Guy Adams / The Independent:
I thought the internet age had ended this kind of censorship  —  Here are three things that NBC prevented their public from being able to watch on network television so far this Olympic Games: live footage of the opening ceremony; live footage of Saturday's swimming showdown between Michael Phelps …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Guy Adams suspension, now lifted, punctuates Twitter censorship evolution  —  By now you know the story of Guy Adams — the British journalist for The Independent whose Twitter account was suspended after he torrentially criticized NBC's Olympics coverage and tweeted an executive's email address.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
NBC Is The Real Loser In Guy Adams v. Twitter
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNET
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Asks To Keep Allegations In Phone-Hacking Case Secret  —  News Corp. (NWSA)'s British publishing unit asked a judge to keep secret a series of new claims being made by victims of phone hacking at its News of the World tabloid in preparation for a group trial scheduled for February.
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Guardian:
News Corporation directors could face charges for neglect of duties  —  Lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's company have protested against criminal charges amid fears over broadcasting contracts  —  Directors within Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation could face corporate charges and prosecution …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Sun journalist arrested in Operation Tuleta investigation into stolen phones
Steve Myers / Poynter:
WNYC: No reason to believe that Jonah Lehrer's work for ‘Radiolab’ is compromised  —  In addition to being a bestselling author and a New Yorker blogger, Jonah Lehrer was a frequent guest on WNYC's “Radiolab,” appearing 17 times.  He quit his job at The New Yorker after a journalist revealed …
Discussion: Current.org Blog and BuzzFeed
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Q & A: Michael C. Moynihan, The Blogger Who Uncovered Jonah Lehrer's Fabrication Problem
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt Romney aide's gaffe exposes rift  —  In one week abroad, Mitt Romney has managed to enrage both the Brits and the Palestinians.  Now add to that roster his own press corps.  —  Over seven days in the UK, Israel and Poland, Romney held just one media availability for the U.S. traveling press …
Discussion: Erik Wemple and FishbowlDC
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Jim Romenesko:
Media General gives pink slips to 75 employees  —  Media General — “smaller, more focused” after selling its newspapers (but for the Tampa Tribune) to Warren Buffett — is dismissing 75 employees today.  CEO Marshall Morton tells his staff: When we sold our newspapers last month …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
paidContent 50: The world's most successful digital media companies  —  Digital media is exploding.  Half of us now read news on tablets, virtually all music tracks are bought electronically, and nearly a tenth of Americans are ditching cable for internet TV.
Discussion: The FJP
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with the Daily's plans.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
CQ Roll Call Bloodbath of Layoffs Hits  —  CQ Roll Call informed some 30 employees this morning that they no longer have jobs.  As layoffs, they will receive severance packages.  —  For days the news was imminent that more heads were going to roll on the sales side of the publication …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and MediaPost
Suzanne McCarroll / Poynter:
Few answers for reporter who covered Columbine, Aurora theater shooting  —  I am a local television reporter.  —  I never traveled to Afghanistan.  I didn't cover the war in Iraq.  I work for CBS in Denver, Colorado.  To foreign network correspondents, that might seem dull.
Discussion: TVSpy
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ross Levinsohn Departs Yahoo  —  As I previously reported he likely would, top Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn — who lost the CEO race to former Google exec Marissa Mayer — is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  Mayer also just sent a note to the company about the departure …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's the Do-Not-Forward Mayer Memo Bidding Goodbye to Ross “The Hair” …
 
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