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7:10 AM ET, August 7, 2012

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Bleacher Report and the evolution of the content farm  —  Turner Broadcasting confirmed on Monday that it is acquiring the sports-blogging network Bleacher Report for what some estimate to be about $175 million — a deal that was first reported by All Things Digital — to help the Time Warner unit bulk up its sports coverage.
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Are the Olympics a bigger media draw than the Super Bowl?  —  Are the Games really bigger than the Big Game?  —  According to a Pew Research study released Monday, nearly 8 out of 10 Americans say they're following the London Olympics on either traditional television or via the internet.
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Graham Dunbar / Associated Press:
NBC Olympics: IOC Says Network Can Delay Whatever It Wants  —  LONDON (AP) — If NBC wants to show Usain Bolt's 100-meter victory on tape delay, the IOC says that's up to the network.  —  Bolt's blinding dash in the signature event of the London Olympics on Sunday came at 4:50 p.m EDT.
Luke MacGregor / Reuters:
Attempting to shoot the moon  —  With very little understanding of astronomy but with the aid of a phone app, I began a three evening attempt to capture the moon with the Olympic Rings.  The rings have been hanging iconically on Tower Bridge for the London 2012 Olympic Games and it was suggested …
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Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Leaks bill: bad for journalism, bad for the public  —  There's a bill zooming through Congress that would make it harder for Post reporters to inform readers about what their government is doing.  —  This bill, the annual authorization bill to fund the intelligence agencies …
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Leak Police  —  In the months leading up to the invasion …
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Amazon now renting old-fashioned paper textbooks  —  Amazon now offers physical textbook rentals as a cheaper option for college students, a move designed to keep Amazon as a dominant player in textbooks.  —  While Amazon has offered digital rentals of textbooks for more than a year …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At ‘The New York Observer,’ another account of the editor and president's departures  —  Aaron Gell, the newly appointed editor of The New York Observer, has hit the ground running.  —  In the paper's regular Friday editorial meeting, Gell, who was bumped up from executive editor several days ago …
Bloomberg Blog:
Bloomberg.com Launches New Politics Page and “Political “Capital” Blog  —  Bloomberg.com today announced the launch of a new Politics page featuring top stories, daily video commentary from Bloomberg's Al Hunt, a state-by-state analysis of campaign spending and a “Political Capital” blog offering data-rich perspectives and insight.
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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Guided by Lucky Magazine, Shopping Will Soon Require Less Clicking  —  Before women go to the mall, they go to the shopping bible Lucky.  Now the magazine wants to save them the price of gas.  —  On Aug. 17, the magazine will introduce a shopping site called mylucky.com that will direct readers …
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and Mashable!
Phil Bronstein / New York Times:
The Newsroom  —  ‘Yours in Truth,’ About Ben Bradlee, by Jeff Himmelman  —  Ben Bradlee is not God.  —  That's a hard truth for those who worked for him at The Washington Post, or who simply revere him.  His many fans include Jeff Himmelman, whose new biography of Brad­lee …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
London 2012: What It's Like To Cover The Olympics From New York  —  NEW YORK — Between Olympic soccer matches, NBC analyst Marcelo Balboa fields texts and emails from friends who ask him, “How's London?”  He wouldn't know.  The three-time World Cup participant turned sportscaster …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Push by Syrian Rebels Opens Space for Foreign Journalists to Report on Conflict  —  As my colleagues Damien Cave and Hwaida Saad report, the White House claimed on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad's “grip on power is loosening,” amid continued fighting on the streets of Syria's commercial capital …
 
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