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8:35 PM ET, August 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Said to Buy Bleacher Report for Under $200M  —  Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting System division acquired the Bleacher Report website for under $200 million, bolstering its online sports coverage, a person familiar with the deal said.  The acquisition of the sports website Bleacher Report …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Turner Buys Bleacher Report  —  Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit has acquired sports site Bleacher Report, according to people familiar with the transaction.  —  I'm told the deal, which we told you about in June, closed Friday, and is scheduled to be announced today.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Bleacher Report and the evolution of the content farm
New York Times:
Robert Stolarik, Times Photographer, Is Arrested While On Assignment in the Bronx  —  A freelance photographer for The New York Times was arrested on Saturday night while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx.  —  The photographer, Robert Stolarik …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   National Press Photographers Association urges NYPD to ‘do the right thing’
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Reports a Digital Success Story  —  The New York Times' paywall, long debated in and outside of the company, now looks like a bona fide success.  —  The company has more than 530,000 paying subscribers for its digital editions, and it credits the plan with a consistent increase in circulation dollars.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google records show book scanning was aimed at Amazon  —  Google has so far spent more than $180 million on book scanning and, at the outset of the project, one of its stated goals was to keep web searchers away from Amazon.  —  These are among the details set out in a new court filing by the Authors Guild …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Amazon now renting old-fashioned paper textbooks  —  Amazon now offers physical textbook rentals as a cheaper option for college students, a move designed to keep Amazon as a dominant player in textbooks.  —  While Amazon has offered digital rentals of textbooks for more than a year …
Luke MacGregor / Reuters:
Attempting to shoot the moon  —  With very little understanding of astronomy but with the aid of a phone app, I began a three evening attempt to capture the moon with the Olympic Rings.  The rings have been hanging iconically on Tower Bridge for the London 2012 Olympic Games and it was suggested …
Discussion: Felix
Alyssa Rosenberg / Slate:
The New York Times Goes After Hurdler Lolo Jones and Gets Olympic Sexism Wrong … - The Sikh Temple Shooter Played in Hardcore White-Supremacist Bands - How Honest Do People Think Romney Is?  Slate's Survey Results.  — It's Outrageous That the Olympics Puts the Silver and Bronze Winners on the Same Podium Level
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek's Unfortunate Penn State Headline  —  Newsweek released its much -anticipated college rankings today, the compendium of lists of which colleges are most affordable, most stressful or most conservative.  —  One ranking might go down, however, as “most awkward.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Push by Syrian Rebels Opens Space for Foreign Journalists to Report on Conflict  —  As my colleagues Damien Cave and Hwaida Saad report, the White House claimed on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad's “grip on power is loosening,” amid continued fighting on the streets of Syria's commercial capital …
Discussion: New York Times and This Just In
Steve Beatty / The Lens:
Veteran editor and reporter joins The Lens for watchdog coverage  —  The Lens announces the addition of Steve Myers to its staff as deputy managing editor and senior staff writer.  —  Myers will help guide The Lens' development and digital strategy, ensuring that The Lens uses the latest tools …
Discussion: @abeaujon
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At ‘The New York Observer,’ another account of the editor and president's departures  —  Aaron Gell, the newly appointed editor of The New York Observer, has hit the ground running.  —  In the paper's regular Friday editorial meeting, Gell, who was bumped up from executive editor several days ago …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Succès De Scandale: Olympics Suspension Fiasco Drove Signups  —  There's no such thing as bad publicity.  A source tells TechCrunch that mainstream news mentions of the temporary suspension of an NBC Olympics coverage tweeter / hater gave Twitter's signup rate a boost.
Discussion: Bigmouthmedia Search … and CNET
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:   Analysis: Why Twitter apologized over NBC Olympics flap
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Obama Turns To Local Media To Promote Reelection Message
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Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
NASA's official Mars landing video got taken off YouTube after fictitious copyright claim from Scripps
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Ari Fleischer / CNN:
How Washington officials bested the media
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Jim Romenesko:
NYU launches history of undercover reporting database
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Amazon sells more e-books than print titles in the UK
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
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Discussion: Pressing Issues
Press Gazette:
Jeremy Hunt criticised over Rupert Murdoch meeting
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
New Yahoo News editor-in-chief: 'I'm always looking for a great story'
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
A case study in online journalism: investigating the Olympic torch relay
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