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11:55 AM ET, August 13, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Saving CNN  —  Suffering its worst ratings in 20 years, CNN is going Hollywood.  In the past few weeks, the No. 3 cable news channel has started seeking out reality-show ideas and big-name stars not afraid to talk politics.  They have even begun working on a late-night talk show, The Post has learned.
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, Plain Dealer and Poynter
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Bets Big on Web Video News With HuffPost Live (and on Tape)  —  After a very long drum roll, the Huffington Post launches HuffPost Live, its streaming Web video news operation, this morning.  —  If you've watched the streaming video that other newspapers and Web sites have put out …
Jim Romenesko:
Times-Picayune reporter jumps off the ‘sinking ship’  —  The Times-Picayune reporter who shared with Romenesko readers the letter she wrote to her bosses in early July ("I can't just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay or that it doesn't matter") has left the paper.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Viewers outraged after NBC cuts away from closing ceremonies  —  Olympic Closing Ceremony  —  (CNN) — NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremonies of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:   Olympic winners: How NBC's authentication helped VPN providers
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]
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not All Yahoos Headed Out Door: Mayer Makes Filo a Direct Report and Bell Permanent GC  —  While new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has ushered some longtime employees out the door of late — most recently, HR head David Windley last week, with more to come — that does not mean she is not keeping some longtime Yahoos around.
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.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years  —  CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate one of this fall's presidential debates.  The three New Jersey teens who've been campaigning for the Commission on Presidential Debates to name a woman moderator …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
MundoFox to Enter the Latino TV Market  —  LOS ANGELES — The correspondents were on camera and on location in Mexico City, Washington and Los Angeles.  Rolando Nichols, the lead anchor, listened intently to the microphone in his ear as he stood in front of the bright red walls of the news studio.
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Violet Blue / CNET:
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Discussion: GigaOM and The Verge
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