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11:55 AM ET, August 1, 2012


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Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer  —  Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy.
Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died  —  Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died.  He was 86.  Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information  —  We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don't address matters pertaining …
Guy Adams / The Independent:
Twitter backs down at last - but why did I get banned?  —  In the green room at CNN's Los Angeles studio last night, a producer asked for my reaction to the still-breaking news that Twitter had decided, in their words, to “un-suspend” my account.  “I feel,” I replied, “like Nelson Mandela walking through …
Discussion: Poynter, MediaFile and
John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
Chairman Mark Lazarus defends NBC Sports' decision for tape delay  —  NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus defended his network's decision to show some marquee Olympic sports, like swimming and gymnastics, on tape delay in NBC's prime-time window.  Addressing the topic for the first time since …
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
The Truth About #NBCFail  —  For Starters, NBC Is Not, Last Time I Checked, a Charity  —  A few thoughts about NBC's Olympics strategy — and the operatic freak-outs about NBC's Olympics strategy:  —  It's been perverse fun watching ad-supported, for-profit media outlets freak the hell …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
NBC May Break Even on Summer Olympics Coverage  —  NBC may break even on its coverage of the Summer Olympics in London, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Wednesday on a conference call with analysts.  —  “We're way ahead of where we thought we would be,” Burke said.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Reuters
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:   NBC Olympic live streams aren't live, Phelps flub indicates
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NBC Takes Steps to Avoid More Spoiler Promotions
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
News Outlets: Only You Can Prevent Spoilers
Discussion: @tcarmody and @tcarmody
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
Jesse Angelo / The Daily:
A Note to Our Readers and Friends
Discussion: PC Magazine
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:   The Daily Lays Off 50 Staffers, Announces Content And Design Changes
The Huffington Post:
2012 Election Gaffes Fuel Media Obsession, Leading To Scripted Campaigns  —  As Mitt Romney walked toward his motorcade Tuesday morning in Warsaw, Poland, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker yelled a question in his direction: “What about your gaffes?”  Rucker didn't specify which gaffes …
Discussion: The Hill
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
How the Financial Times achieved a digital milestone  —  Five years ago I recall listening to the Financial Times's chief executive, John Ridding, as he outlined his paper's digital strategy.  It was under way by then, of course, but the FT was moving faster and more enthusiastically than many papers …
Discussion: Media Week
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Sun journalist in Tuleta arrest bailed until September  —  A 37-year-old Sun journalist has been released on bail following his arrest yesterday morning on suspicion of handling goods.  —  The journalist, who has not been named, was been bailed to return pending further inquiries in September.
News Corporation directors could face charges for neglect of duties
Discussion: CJR, New York Magazine and Bloomberg
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Inside billionaire Joe Ricketts' dreams of media empire  —  Joe Ricketts.  Courtesy Chicago Cubs.  —  Joe Ricketts, the Nebraska-born mogul, fiscally conservative political donor and founder of the online brokerage titan TD Ameritrade, spent much of his life on the plains, where everything is flat.
Discussion: Street Fight
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
AP Denies Dwindling Convention Coverage  —  With newsroom budgets shrinking, so is the number of reporters who can attend the conventions.  AP is planning a cut in convention staffing, down to what we're told is a roughly 50 percent decrease and 10 print side staff for both conventions.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NAA list shows newspaper paywalls typically allow 11 free articles  —  Research conducted by the Newspaper Association of America shows that some news organizations, like Gannett, vary their paywall thresholds at different papers, while others, like Digital First, stick with the same number across them all.
Discussion: Ebyline Blog
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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Woodward, Bernstein and Redford Grind Washington Post Newsroom to a Halt
Discussion: Capital New York