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5:35 AM ET, August 13, 2012


 Top News: 
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
James M. Naughton, Reporter and Editor, Dies at 73  —  James M. Naughton, a prank-loving White House and national correspondent for The New York Times during the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations and later a senior editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for almost two decades …
Discussion: Poynter, Poynter and Plain Dealer
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Why New York Magazine Sees Responsive Design as the Future  —  New York Magazine launched a fashion site this week called The Cut.  What's interesting is that the publication is using the site as a pilot of sorts to join the now-trendy responsive design movement.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM: financial backers show they're open to a paid Twitter alternative  —  Is the world ready for a paid version of Twitter?  Maybe so, backers have shown.  Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell's Kickstarter-esque campaign to develop a paid alternative to the social network hit its $500,000 funding goal …
David Carr / New York Times:
Wondering How Far Magazines Must Fall  —  Making a weekly newsmagazine has always been a tough racket.  It takes a big staff working on punishing deadlines to aggregate the flurry of news, put some learned topspin on it and package it for readers.  But that job now belongs to the Web and takes place in real time, not a week later.
Susan Currie Sivek / MediaShift:
Gingras to AEJMC: Journalism Educators Must Embrace Change, Look Forward  —  Embracing disruption?  Rethinking everything?  These are frightening demands in the world of higher education, usually hesitant to change.  But for journalism educators, facing those fears is now a necessary part of their work.
Norman Pearlstine / Business Week:
Brian Roberts on His Vision for Comcast  —  Comcast (CMCSA) is a 49-year-old family company that morphed into a media behemoth with the 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal.  On the eve of the Olympics, Roberts spoke with Bloomberg Businessweek Chairman Norman Pearlstine about the future of media and relations with 30 Rock.
Adrian Chen / The New Inquiry:
Tweeting the Beat  —  Yesterday was a relatively quiet day in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, judging from the calls that came over the police radio scanner.  A man fell out of a car at a Target and began twitching.  A kid pulled a fire alarm at Washington School.  Another man had a choking episode in a restaurant.
Discussion: The Verge
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Romney and Ryan to Give First Joint TV Interview on CBS  —  For their first joint television interview, Mitt Romney and Representative Paul D. Ryan have picked the most popular news program on American television: CBS's “60 Minutes.”  —  The interview will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday …
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Are Tablet-Only Publications Dead?  —  Is there a future for tablet-only publications?  The last few weeks have cast an ominous shadow over this niche industry following substantial staff cuts at News Corp.'s The Daily and a decision by the Huffington Post to give up on charging for its iPad magazine after just five issues.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Fox sues to shut down Aereo copycat over TV streaming  —  Broadcasters have been battling for months to shut down Aereo, a service that uses dime-size antennas to stream TV to Apple devices.  Now, the fight has taken a strange new twist.  [Note: this post has been updated with BarryDriller comments]
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Few news orgs cross the ‘Continental Content Divide’ between social and immersive journalism  —  Steve Rubel outlines what he calls the “Continental Content Divide” that has emerged among media companies: … The goal of the social strategy is to create news that finds you, while the immersive approach results in “news you find.”
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Olympic winners: How NBC's authentication helped VPN providers  —  NBC is streaming some 3,500 hours of video live from the London Olympics - but access to the live streams is restricted to pay TV subscribers who have access to MSNBC and CNBC as part of their TV bundle.  —  That leaves out quite a few viewers.
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