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1:00 PM ET, August 2, 2012

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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Lehrer's publisher runs ads telling bookstores to send back “Imagine” for a refund  —  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is running digital ads telling booksellers to send back copies of Jonah Lehrer's Imagine for a full refund.  —  Earlier this week, Tablet magazine's Michael Moynihan reported …
Discussion: Poynter, Reuters and FishbowlNY
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
4 warning signs that a promising young writer may be developing dangerous habits
Discussion: bookforum.com
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Jonah Lehrer Was Going To Give A Speech On Ethics. It's Canceled, Obviously.
The New York Observer:
Changes at the New York Observer  —  The Observer Media Group announced today that editor-in-chief and editorial director Elizabeth Spiers is leaving her post at the end of August to launch a new company.  —  “I'm incredibly proud of what we've built to date and will miss the fun of putting …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @pkafka
Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Verge is giving extra credit (and links) to primary sources  —  When technology site The Verge site launched last fall, Josh wrote a broadly laudatory review on the site's design and infrastructure.  We had one quibble, though, about how The Verge gave credit to other sites …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Just Before Olympics, ‘Good Morning America’ Takes Crown Away From ‘Today’  —  The last shred of morning television dominance owned by NBC's “Today” show came crashing down last week as ABC's “Good Morning America” won the ratings across the board, even among the group of viewers most prized by news advertisers.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Washington Post:
The Washington Post Launches Crowdsourcing Platform  —  The Washington Post today announced it has launched a new platform for crowdsourcing.  “Crowd Sourced” is The Post's special feature that allows Post journalists to ask questions about today's concerns and begin a conversation about these issues.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Steve Snyder Names Assistant Managing Editor of Time  —  Time has promoted Steve Snyder from senior editor to assistant managing editor.  Snyder has been with Time since 2009, when he joined as an associate editor and helped launch Time.com's Newsfeed.  He was also the lead culture critic for Time's Techland vertical.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Desktop, laptop use of New York Times' website drops over two years  —  People using computers at home and work spent less time on nytimes.com in April and May of 2012 than they did during the same months in 2010, according to Nielsen figures released to Poynter.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
At Washington Post, some draft-sharing will continue  —  After Washington Post reporter Daniel de Vise drew national attention for sharing drafts of a story with a source, the newspaper tightened its policy on the practice.  —  “Some reporters share sections of stories with sources before publication …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Palestinian Remarks Furor: Romney Campaign Hits AP as ‘Irresponsible’  —  A top Romney strategist tells Howard Kurtz the Associated Press ‘manufactured’ a controversy over the candidate's statements in Jerusalem on Palestinian culture.  Howard Kurtz examines the campaign's complaint.
Discussion: Politico
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
A Further Blow to Online Lurking: Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post  —  Quora today is introducing a feature that shows which of its users have read each Quora post, and how they found it.  It's another move by a social Web service to share passive activities …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB has too much power over rivals, Competition Commission rules  —  Regulator's report states that several factors have resulted in the broadcaster being too dominant in pay-TV market  —  Read the Competition Commission pay-TV market report  —  The competition regulator has said that BSkyB …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
NBC Says Live Online + Tape Delayed Olympics Are a Ginormous Success  —  OK, people who are furious about NBC's Olympics coverage.  The network has thrown you a bone: On a press call today NBC sports head Mark Lazarus said the company is watching the criticism it's getting on Twitter and Facebook.
 
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Michael Ratner / Guardian:
Julian Assange is right to fear US prosecution
Reuters:
DirecTV Loses More U.S. Subscribers Than Expected
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Simon Rabinovitch / Financial Times:
China keeps up block on Bloomberg website
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
SoundCloud expands its effort to become the YouTube of public radio and podcasts
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Newspaper Association of America shows new trends in paywalls
Discussion: 10,000 Words and Poynter
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
HBO, Here Are Those Cord-Cutting Stats You Asked For
Discussion: AllThingsD, Gizmodo and The Verge
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Jose Canseco hired as a paid columnist by Vice
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Time Out listings magazine goes free
Discussion: paidContent and Digital Spy
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
So How Are the Olympics Performing Online?  NBC Won't Say Neither will comScore, Nielsen, or anybody else just yet
Andrew Das / New York Times:
How Swimming Photographers Make Their Underwater Moment
Discussion: SND, PAPERMAG, AdAge and Deadspin
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter a publisher or a distributor? There's a crucial difference
Discussion: MediaShift and Washington Post
Gavin Polone / Vulture:
Apocalypse Nikki: Polone Challenges the Power of the Vengeful Finke
Discussion: LA Observed and Capital New York