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4:30 PM ET, June 19, 2012


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko:
Jonah Lehrer's ‘Smart People’ post borrows from earlier WSJ piece  —  Last Tuesday, The New Yorker posted Jonah Lehrer's “Why Smart People Are Stupid.”  It begins this way: Jonah Lehrer Here's a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents.
Discussion: Politico, paidContent, Poynter and Gawker
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
New Yorker Writer Jonah Lehrer Plagiarizes Himself Repeatedly [Update]  —  Did you ever pull that old college trick where you wrote the same paper for two classes?  It's frowned upon, but hard to get caught.  Not so on the Internet: New Yorker staffer Jonah Lehrer, who just moved over from Wired …
Ecuador says WikiLeaks' Assange seeks asylum  —  (Reuters) - WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has asked for political asylum in Ecuador and officials in the South American nation are considering his request, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.  —  “Ecuador is studying and analyzing the request …
Embassy of Ecuador in London:
Statement on Julian Assange  —  This afternoon Mr Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian government.  —  As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?  —  Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook.  —  But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Publishers gain ground on music-video payday
Discussion: The Wrap
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Alec Baldwin punches Daily News photographer after obtaining marriage license in New York  —  For his second upcoming wedding, perennial hothead Alec Baldwin tried to make a Daily News photographer black and blue.  The volatile “30 Rock” star punched lensman Marcus Santos outside …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New Hits Needed; Apply to NPR  —  On an unseasonably warm spring night at the Bell House, a hip club in Brooklyn, a new NPR quiz show was taking shape.  Like its hit older sibling “Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!,” the new show, “Ask Me Another,” is taped before a live audience.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Inspiring leader’ or ‘empty suit’?  Mixed assessment as Dow Jones president Todd Larsen steps down  —  The president of Dow Jones, Todd Larsen, has resigned after 13 years with the company.  The move comes several months after former Bloomberg executive Lex Fenwick was named C.E.O. of Dow Jones …
Leveson asks for comments over ‘quit’ claims  —  Lord Justice Leveson has asked “core participants” to his inquiry for their comments on a newspaper story which claimed he had threatened to quit.  The Mail on Sunday said he had made his threat following comments by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Tom Harper / London Evening Standard:
Exclusive: Leveson questioned David Cameron's support for his inquiry
Discussion: New York Times
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Nick Denton tells a crowd there isn't enough Internet gossip  —  “Everyone knows that Anderson Cooper is gay.”  So pronounced Gawker Media proprietor Nick Denton, perched last night atop a tall stool on a small stage on the third floor of The Standard Hotel, before questioning his own pronouncement.
Discussion: CJR
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Euro Copyright Legislation Dead, Says Politician  —  The European parliament will vote on the controversial copyright legislation next month.  —  COLOGNE, Germany — ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe.  That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament …
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
What Makes Jeff Bezos Tick?  A $42 Million Clock  —  Jeff Bezos changed the way we shop, with Inc. AMZN +1.94% He transformed how many of us read, with his Kindle e-reader.  He has a few other potentially life-changing ideas, too.  In a patent application made public in August 2011 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:
BuzzFeed names DC chief: John Stanton  —  BuzzFeed has hired Roll Call reporter John Stanton to head its new Washington, D.C., bureau.  —  Stanton joins BuzzFeed after seven years with Roll Call and more than a decade on the congressional beat.  —  “John Stanton is a reporter's reporter …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and FishbowlNY
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Shane Harris / Washingtonian:
A new paper delves into the conflict surrounding the publication of a 2005 Pulitzer-winning article …
NY Convergence:
NY Post Quietly Removes Safari Block on Paid iPad App
Erik Wemple:
Neil Munro accounts for his interruption
Discussion: Capital New York and Mediaite
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N earnings: Nook Simple Touch drags revenues down, though digital content sales are up
Rick Anderson / The Daily Weekly:
‘We Could Lose Crosscut’: David Brewster Says New Business Model is Needed to Save Website
Charlotte Cowles / New York Magazine:
Cat Marnell on Jane Pratt, Her Book, and Splitting From
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
ASNE Retools for the Future
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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
NewsDiffs Shows Changes Made to New York Times Articles After They're Published
Discussion: Melville House Books
Jim Romenesko:
Marilyn Thompson named Reuters Washington bureau chief
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Publishers' Greatest Challenges in Digital
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Is it time to pull the plug on Web publishing pioneer
Discussion: Guardian