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2:45 PM ET, August 4, 2012

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Crossing the newspaper chasm: Is it better to be funded by readers?  —  Both the Financial Times and the New York Times have either already crossed or are close to crossing an important threshold: namely, the point at which revenue from reader subscriptions exceeds the revenue they get from advertising.
Cait O'Riordan / BBC:
Digital Olympics: week one in numbers  —  It's the end of the first week of London 2012, a week that's seen record numbers of people accessing the BBC's Games coverage online and across mobile, tablet, connected TV and Red-Button.  As data flows in, my team and I have been looking at exactly …
Discussion: The Next Web and Digital Spy
Felix Salmon:
Jonah Lehrer, TED, and the narrative dark arts  —  One of the most interesting takes on l'affaire Jonah Lehrer comes in a book review which was almost certainly written before any of the latest revelations: Evgeny Morozov's hilarious and masterful dismantling of Parag Khanna in particular and the whole TED mindset in general.
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Seth Mnookin / The Panic Virus:
Jonah Lehrer's missing compass  —  My first contact with Jonah Lehrer came almost exactly two years ago, on August 4, 2010.  He had just published a 660-word Wired blog post titled “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories,” which recounted an anecdote from the classic 1956 book, When Prophecy Fails …
Discussion: Guardian, New York Magazine and Forbes
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Plagiarism, more fake interviews in Jonah Lehrer's ‘Imagine,’ ‘How We Decide’
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How AP photographer captured Gabby Douglas Olympics photo: Practice, practice, practice  —  Associated Press photojournalist Greg Bull was waiting for that moment, the point in Gabby Douglas' balance bar routine at which she leaps the highest, spreading her arms and legs and looking straight up at the ceiling.
Sultan Al Qassemi / Foreign Policy:
Breaking the Arab News  —  Egypt made al Jazeera — and Syria's destroying it.  —  While civil war rages on the Syrian battlefield between regime loyalists and myriad rebel factions, another battle is taking place in the media world.  Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera, the two Gulf-based channels …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Viacom Inc. Plans Television Viewing Apps By End Of Year  —  Viacom Inc., the television programmer that owns cable networks Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, plans to unveil television viewing apps for tablets before the end of the year.  —  “We are rolling out apps in partnership …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Look Ma, TV!  First broadcast TV phone appears on MetroPCS  —  Starting now, MetroPCS is in the free-to-air TV business, but the sets it's selling are rather small, fitting not only into the palm of your hand but within the confines of a smartphone screen.  MetroPCS on Friday began selling …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Magazine Newsstand Sales Still Falling in 2012  —  The numbers coming from the Audit Bureau of Circulations on Tuesday are likely to show yet another soft performance for magazine newsstand sales, especially for women's titles.  —  Many of the biggest women's newsstand players saw double …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Cable Companies Shifting Emphasis From TV  —  The two largest cable operators are looking to an unlikely source of inspiration: Google Fiber, their newest formidable competitor.  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Glenn Britt and Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts separately …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Erik Wemple:
Harry Reid, keep talking to the Huffington Post  —  In 1995, a reporter for the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa., recorded some newsworthy comments by a member of the Parkesburg Borough Council.  The remarks were directed at the council's president and the mayor, who were “liars,” …
Steve Newhouse / Poynter:
Steve Newhouse explains Michigan transition, Times-Picayune future  —  Opinion: Securing a Future for Our Local Journalism  —  Four years ago, Advance Publications, which operates newspapers and websites in more than 25 cities, began looking at different approaches to building a viable future for our local newspapers and websites.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Newhouse on New Orleans changes: 'There's every reason to be upset and angry, but...'
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