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1:10 PM ET, July 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NBC Hit For Editing Opening Ceremony Segment Seen As ‘Victims Tribute’  —  NEW YORK — NBC has come under fire in the British press for editing out a performance during the London Olympics opening ceremony that has been interpreted by some as a tribute to victims of the “7/7” terrorist attacks that rocked that city in 2005.
NBC gets bumper Olympic ratings despite complaints  —  (Reuters) - NBC got off to a bumper ratings start with its coverage of the London Olympics, despite complaints from Americans that they had to wait hours to watch TV coverage of the opening ceremony.  —  NBC said on Saturday that according …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
NBCOlympics' Opening Ceremony Tape Delay: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
NBC insults viewer intelligence, says Olympic Opening Ceremony is too ‘complex’ for online audience
Discussion: CNET and Los Angeles Times
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
London 2012: Primetime TV Will Rule Over Digital For Years, Says NBC Olympics EP Jim Bell
Discussion: GigaOM and Washington Post
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who should see what when?  Three principles for personalized news  —  I really don't know how a news editor should choose what stories to put in front of people, because I don't think it's possible to cram the entire world into headlines.  The publisher of a major international newspaper once told …
Steven Rosenbaum / CJR:
Unfair use?  —  How a documentary filmmaker was (temporarily) foiled by the copyright cops  —  It began with an invitation to present at a TEDX event in Grand Rapids, MI.  I wanted to share with the TED audience the complex relationship between “creationism” and “curationism”—or …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Is This Anonymous Group Behind the New York Times WikiLeaks Hoax?  —  The fake op-ed in question.  (Photo:  —  Early this morning, a pro-WikiLeaks op-ed purporting to be penned by former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller cropped up online.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With its new pop-out markets widget, The Wall Street Journal is after super-niche readers  —  The Wall Street Journal quietly launched a new function last month, a pop-out Markets Data window that puts a real-time markets ticker in the corner of your screen.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Mail Online's 69% revenue growth suggests paywalls not the answer  —  Is the website's £27m in projected revenue this year already taking it levels of turnover that paywall-only sites cannot match?  —  Been bored today?  Chances are you logged into Mail Online.  Seven clicks later, you remembered who you were.
Discussion: paidContent
Terri Thornton / MediaShift:
London 2012: The Thrills (and Agony) of the Social Olympics  —  It's an Olympic achievement.  Not just the London Games, but the social media infrastructure behind them.  —  People definitely engaged online during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.  But new apps, better mobile devices …
Discussion: The Next Web, Wired, Dave Winer and PSFK
Jim Romenesko:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch lays off 23 employees  —  A three-paragraph story on the Post-Dispatch website says the Lee-owned newspaper has laid off 23 staffers from the newsroom, advertising and production.  I reported yesterday that four Post-Dispatch newsroom managers were called at home …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter's move into TV could be a recipe for disaster  —  There's been plenty of debate recently about the extent to which Twitter is a media entity and/or a technology business, but there is little question that the company sees its future as controlling more and more of the content …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Context, code, and community: Source is one-stop shopping for newsroom developers  —  A lot of newsroom developers are doing good work, and part of that good work is talking about their work.  See ProPublica, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune for a few examples.
Dean Starkman / CJR:
A WSJ ‘A-hed’ covers the same topic twice  —  Tapping on the glass of a barometer for quality  —  Back when News Corp. took over Dow Jones & Co., which some of us didn't think was a particularly good idea, a lot of close Wall Street Journal-watchers looked to the “A-hed” as a barometer of the paper's editorial health.
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
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google says book scanning didn't cost authors a single sale
Discussion: MediaPost
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