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3:15 PM ET, August 1, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NBC Takes Steps to Avoid More Spoiler Promotions
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:   NBC Olympic live streams aren't live, Phelps flub indicates
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
News Outlets: Only You Can Prevent Spoilers
Discussion: @tcarmody and @tcarmody
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Time Warner's New Strategy For CNN: To Find a New Strategy  —  Does Time Warner have a programming strategy for CNN at the ready to replace the failed one pursued by departing worldwide president Jim Walton?  It sure didn't sound like it on the media conglomerate's second-quarter earnings call.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
So, what's next for CNN?  —  Even CNN's outgoing chief Jim Walton isn't sure about its future.  What, if anything, could possibly put the channel back on track?  —  After way too many years, last week CNN got rid of its long time CEO Jim Walton.  Even Walton - who bills the leave-taking …
Discussion: paidContent and TVNewser
Daniel Gross / The Daily Beast:
CNN, NBC's “Today,” are big money makers. But you wouldn't know it.
Discussion: The Corsair and Erik Wemple
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
4 warning signs that a promising young writer may be developing dangerous habits
Discussion: Gawker
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: Erik Wemple, Poynter and MediaFile
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter a publisher or a distributor? There's a crucial difference
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information
Gavin Polone / Vulture:
Apocalypse Nikki: Polone Challenges the Power of the Vengeful Finke  —  Starting about six years ago, I, like most people I know who work in the entertainment business, checked Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily first, before perusing the other trade websites for news on the industry in which I work.
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
The Digg Bang Theory: Can Betaworks Make a Run on Reddit?  —  In the winter of 2004, soon after the husks of once-great dot-com startups had dried and shriveled, a 27-year-old college dropout named Kevin Rose deployed a barebones new site, simply named “Digg.”  —  It was one of the first social networks in existence.
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 and Politico
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, The Verge and CJR
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.
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
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
AP Denies Dwindling Convention Coverage
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NAA list shows newspaper paywalls typically allow 11 free articles
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Amazon Revamps Its Cloud Music Player to Compete With iTunes
Discussion: TechCrunch, PC Magazine, GigaOM and CNET
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Burkle leading contender to purchase Variety
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Martin Kaste / NPR:
Newspaper Takes A Stand On Anonymous Commenters
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Inside billionaire Joe Ricketts' dreams of media empire
Discussion: Street Fight
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
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Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: Warner Bros. to Overhaul Anderson Cooper Talk Show