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5:30 AM ET, July 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
NBCOlympics' Opening Ceremony Tape Delay: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid  —  If you were paying attention to Twitter today, you were probably met with two conflicting sides of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.  On the one hand, you had those who were on the ground (or who had access to the live stream somehow …
Tom Watson / Forbes:
Olympics Coverage: NBC Apparently Thinks It's 1992, Seemingly Unaware Of Twitter's Existence  —  Well, NBC was trending this afternoon on Twitter across the U.S. - and not because of some hilarious new sitcom.  No, it's the wired multitudes taking to that interconnected series of tubes to blab …
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
London 2012: Primetime TV Will Rule Over Digital For Years, Says NBC Olympics EP Jim Bell  —  The man in charge of the network's London 2012 coverage says that the Games remain one of the few great television events.  —  NBC is quite proud and vocal of its monumental effort …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Olympics coverage by NBC News questioned
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
‘CNN Needs New Thinking,’ Says Departing President.  ‘Duh,’ Says Everyone Else.  —  Jim Walton took over CNN at a moment of crisis.  Just a year earlier, it had been knocked out of first place in the ratings by the surging Fox News.  It took a few years, but Walton managed to solve the problem …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CNN chief Jim Walton resigns after 10 years leading CNN worldwide  —  NEW YORK — CNN chief Jim Walton said Friday he is quitting, saying the company needs new leadership at a time its flagship U.S. network is suffering through some of its poorest ratings ever.
CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton announces he is stepping down at the end of the year
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google says book scanning didn't cost authors a single sale  —  Google cites everything from Mad Men to minority rights in a fresh attempt to bolster its claim that the scanning of millions of books qualifies as a “fair use” under copyright law.  The arguments, set out in court filings submitted on Friday …
Discussion: MediaPost
Google Seeks Dismissal of E-Books Case  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) asked a U.S. court to dismiss a lawsuit over electronic books, saying the public benefits from the company's digital-scanning program and the market isn't harmed.  —  Google in May lost a bid to dismiss claims by groups including …
Discussion: Reuters
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Day 27 of the Dish vs. AMC standoff: Where's the subscriber revolt?  —  Can a major pay TV service really just drop a somewhat major channel that's currently running a widely anticipated, Emmy-winning series and get away with it?  —  Nearly four weeks after blacking out AMC Networks channels …
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
UT official who reviewed Post story didn't allow that when she was a reporter  —  Tara Doolittle, one of the University of Texas press officers who recently reviewed a Washington Post story prior to publication, is a former reporter for The Austin American-Statesman.  So did she ever allow sources to do what she did?
Sarah Marshall /
How a software firm is helping the BBC and PA deal with vast Olympics data  —  ‘The first day of each Olympics generates more data than the entire previous Games’  —  The first day of each Olympics generates more data than the entire previous Games, according to MarkLogic …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Universal Proposes Selling Big Parts of EMI in Europe  —  Lucian Grainge, left, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group, and Roger Faxon, chief executive of EMI Group, in June before they testified in Congress on the planned Universal acquisition of EMI.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Media Decoder
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Documents in Apple vs. Samsung Give Reporters Plenty to Chew On  —  So this is what all those lawyers have been up to.  —  For anyone wondering if all of those hundreds of attorneys were really working on Apple versus Samsung, Thursday's avalanche of paperwork makes it clear that they were.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
As Syria's Regime Unravels, Reporters Struggle To Bear Witness  —  When it comes to covering Syria, the fog of war is especially thick.  —  For 17 months, President Bashar al-Assad's regime has severely restricted press access in the country as his soldiers first brutally cracked …
Discussion: Capital New York
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Erik Wemple:
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
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Discussion: and Agence France Presse
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
In new ad downturn, subscription salvation for some, gold rush for others
Discussion: Guardian
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Denver TV stations pool interviews with theater shooting victims, families
Discussion: TVSpy
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