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8:10 AM ET, August 15, 2012


 Top News: 
Media Decoder:
Times Co. Names Mark Thompson Chief Executive  —  The New York Times Company has named Mark Thompson, the departing director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as its new president and chief executive.  —  Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman of the Times Company and the newspaper's publisher …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
NYT's new CEO: BBC's Thompson is custodian and curator, not digital creator  —  Mark Thompson's appointment as president and CEO of The New York Times Company is an eyebrow-raiser.  But it may yet prove inspired.  So who is Mark Thompson, and what will he bring to the Gray Lady?
Discussion: BBC
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:   BBC's Mark Thompson Jumps Out of the Frying Pan and into the New York Times Cauldron
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
A False Charge Against Fareed Zakaria
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fareed Zakaria: ‘People are piling on with every grudge or vendetta’
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fareed Zakaria Responds to the Charge of Quote-Stealing
Discussion: Poynter
Correa: Assange asylum rumors false, no decision yet  —  President Rafael Correa took to social networking site Twitter to dispel rumors he had granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.  Correa added that no decision has yet been made.  According to an earlier report in The Guardian …
Irene Caselli / Guardian:
Ecuador ‘to grant’ Julian Assange asylum  —  Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, according to an official in Quito  —  Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, has agreed to grant Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador's government have said.
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:   Assange seeks London-Quito ticket but Sweden looms
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Google acquires media companies without becoming one  —  Google is “unarguably a media company” following its acquisition of travel-guide publisher Frommer's, Jeff Bercovici writes.  “The travel-guide publisher is indisputably a content business, not a platform or a network or anything else more quintessentially Google-y.”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Skift and Forbes
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Should we trust Google when it comes to piracy and search?
Erik Wemple:
Politico puts ‘stop reading’ sign in article  —  Politico today tells us that there's an “unmistakable consensus” among Republican Beltway operatives that the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate “has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.”
Richard Gingras / Poynter:
Google's Gingras: ‘The future of journalism can and will be better than its past’  —  The following address was given by Richard Gingras, director of news and social products at Google, as the opening keynote of the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication …
Laura Amico / Homicide Watch DC:
The Next Step for Homicide Watch DC  —  It has been a privilege and honor to bring you coverage of every homicide in DC, from crime to conviction, for the past two years as founder and editor of Homicide Watch DC.  Now an opportunity to study journalism innovation at Harvard …
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
After a deal falls apart, Homicide Watch D.C. is going on hiatus
Discussion: Kickstarter
Carlyle in $3.3 Billion Deal for Getty Images  —  The Carlyle Group announced on Wednesday that it had reached a deal to acquire Getty Images, the well-known distributor of photography, video and multimedia products, from Hellman & Friedman for $3.3 billion.
Eric Goldman / Ars Technica:
Heavy dose of hyperlinks gets defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo tossed  —  Judge: links allow readers to decide ultimate truth for themselves.  —  Eric Goldman is an associate professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law and directs that school's High Tech Law Institute.
Anil Dash:
Stop Publishing Web Pages  —  Most users on the web spend most of their time in apps.  The most popular of those apps, like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Tumblr and others, are primarily focused on a single, simple stream that offers a river of news which users can easily scroll through, skim over, and click on to read in more depth.
DiAngelea Millar / …:
The last Money intern at The Times-Picayune turns out the lights  —  I'm the last Money intern the Times-Picayune will ever have.  As of Sept. 30, 2012, the Money section will cease to exist as Advance Publications cuts the printing of one of America's finest newspapers to three days a week.
James Estrin / Lens:
Criminalizing Photography  —  Mickey H. Osterreicher is the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association and edits the organization's Advocacy Committee blog.  He spoke with James Estrin.  Their conversation has been edited.  Q. It seems like photographing in public is becoming a crime.
Discussion: Media Decoder, Hit & Run and The FJP
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NY photojournalist gets cameras back after arrest, but not press credentials
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
BuzzFeed, The ‘New Kids’ In 2012, Looking For More Buzz At Conventions
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Boxfish Launches An iPad App To Help You Find What's Hot On TV
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A debate over the presidential debate moderators
Discussion: TVNewser and The Huffington Post
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Siri's sister company Trapit debuts its redesigned iPad app and other newsreaders are in trouble
Discussion: App Advice, Thanks:@jordan_tara
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CNN Promises ‘Unbiased’ Coverage Of 2012 Conventions
 Earlier Picks: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How #NBCFail Became ‘the Most Watched TV Event in US History’
Discussion: CJR and Associated Press
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
Actually, Bloomberg Businessweek Won't Scold You for Spritzers
Discussion: Poynter
Associated Press:
Bob Woodward's Next Book To Take On Obama, Economy
Discussion: Media Decoder
NBC Wonders if It Should Have Actually Tape-Delayed the Olympics More
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Breaking: Google can appeal class certification in Books case
Discussion: Media Decoder
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Forget display ads: Technically Media's events-based business model is working
Discussion: Technically Philly