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7:00 PM ET, August 14, 2012


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Media Decoder:
Times Co. Names Mark Thompson Chief Executive  —  The New York Times Company has named Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as its new president and chief executive.  —  Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman of the Times Company and the newspaper's publisher …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
More questions raised about Fareed Zakaria's work  —  Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria, who acknowledged plagiarizing parts of a magazine article last week, appears to have also published without attribution a passage from a 2005 book.  —  Zakaria's 2008 book, “The Post-American World …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fareed Zakaria Responds to the Charge of Quote-Stealing  —  In my previous post, I discussed an incident from 2009 (an incident I had completely forgotten about until it was resurrected by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, among others) in which Fareed Zakaria …
Discussion: Poynter and The Daily Beast
Michael Barthel / Salon:
Cut, paste, plagiarize  —  Major media organizations had faith in Fareed Zakaria.  CNN gave him 60 minutes each week — several million dollars' worth of time — to say whatever the hell he wanted, more or less.  Time gave him a column, too, the one in which (as reported …
Irene Caselli / Guardian:
Julian Assange will be granted asylum, says official  —  Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, according to an official in Quito  —  Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador's government have said.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NY photojournalist gets cameras back after arrest, but not press credentials  —  Robert Stolarik's cameras were confiscated when he was arrested on Aug. 4 while photographing police on a public street.  He has them back now, but he still hasn't received his press credentials.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event  —  LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's first major fundraiser will be closed to the press, in apparent violation of the Romney-Ryan campaign's oft-strained agreement with the reporters who cover the campaign.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Is Paul Ryan a Ticking Time Bomb as Mitt Romney's Running Mate?  —  The congressman is getting glowing press, but journalists are just starting to examine his record.  Howard Kurtz on the long paper trail that could alienate moderate swing-state voters just getting to know Paul Ryan.
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Leading Variety bidder is owner of National Enquirer  —  An owner of the National Enquirer's parent company is now the leading bidder for Hollywood trade paper Variety.  (Variety website / August 13, 2012)  —  Avenue Capital, a New York hedge fund whose holdings include the parent company …
New York Post:
Life on variety avenue
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Wrap
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
After a deal falls apart, Homicide Watch D.C. is going on hiatus  —  The Internet famously enabled anyone to become a publisher.  A tiny outfit of one or two people can, when the stars align, have the same claim on your attention as a major media company with thousands of employees.
Discussion: DCist and NetNewsCheck Latest
Eric Goldman / Ars Technica:
Heavy dose of hyperlinks gets defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo tossed  —  Judge: links allow readers to decide ultimate truth for themselves.  —  Eric Goldman is an associate professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law and directs that school's High Tech Law Institute.
NBC Wonders if It Should Have Actually Tape-Delayed the Olympics More  —  Games Drew 219.4 Million Viewers, Becoming Most-Watched TV Event  —  The London Olympics drew 219.4 million U.S. viewers as gold-medal performances by Americans bolstered ratings, according to NBC …
Discussion: Poynter and Media Decoder
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter co-founder tweets out preview of his new project at Obvious: publishing platform Medium  —  Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has tweeted out a preview post with information about the upcoming publishing platform he's building with fellow co-founder Biz Stone, former VP of Product …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Breaking: Google can appeal class certification in Books case  —  The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this morning allowed Google to appeal a ruling that granted the Authors Guild permission to go forward with a copyright class action over Google's unauthorized book scanning.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How #NBCFail Became ‘the Most Watched TV Event in US History’
Discussion: Associated Press
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
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Discussion: Poynter
Associated Press:
Bob Woodward's Next Book To Take On Obama, Economy
Discussion: Media Decoder
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Forget display ads: Technically Media's events-based business model is working
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Associated Press:
Mexico catches drug cartel suspect linked to killings of journalists
Abdi Guled / Associated Press:
UN, AU officials demand Somali government to act after 2 more journalists killed in capital
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA / RIAA Want U.S. to Help Quash The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin Loker / 10,000 Words:
At $170,000+, ‘99% Invisible’ Becomes Most Funded Kickstarter in Journalism
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Attorney asks DOJ to release findings on Amazon's “predatory” ebook pricing
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Google v Oracle: judge's order creates ethical dilemma for tech bloggers
Associated Press:
Two Syrian journalists killed in Damascus, reports say
Discussion: Guardian

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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