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4:00 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 …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:   BBC's Mark Thompson Jumps Out of the Frying Pan and into the New York Times Cauldron
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fareed Zakaria: ‘People are piling on with every grudge or vendetta’  —  Fareed Zakaria's Washington Post column has been suspended for a month.  He tells Paul Farhi, “People are piling on with every grudge or vendetta” now that Time and CNN have suspended him for plagiarism.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
A False Charge Against Fareed Zakaria  —  Is Fareed Zakaria a quote thief?  This is the latest charge brought against the CNN host.  From both hard evidence and direct personal experience, I can answer: No. Last week, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg charged that Fareed Zakaria had used work of Jeffrey's without attribution.
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fareed Zakaria Responds to the Charge of Quote-Stealing
Discussion: Poynter
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.
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.”
Discussion: Guardian, Politico, The Hill and CNN
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event  —  LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's first major fundraiser will be closed to the press, in apparent violation of the Romney-Ryan campaign's oft-strained agreement with the reporters who cover the campaign.
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?  —  As we reported earlier, Google recently announced that it will start filtering its search results based in part on the number of copyright-takedown requests that have been filed against a site: according to a blog post from the search giant …
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.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NY photojournalist gets cameras back after arrest, but not press credentials  —  Robert Stolarik's cameras were confiscated when he was arrested on Aug. 4 while photographing police on a public street.  He has them back now, but he still hasn't received his press credentials.
James Estrin / Lens:
Criminalizing Photography  —  Mickey H. Osterreicher …
Discussion: Media Decoder, Hit & Run and The FJP
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Boxfish Launches An iPad App To Help You Find What's Hot On TV  —  There's no shortage of video discovery apps out there.  There are some, like Showyou, which aim to usual social signals to tell you what videos are worth watching online; and there are others, like Fanhattan …
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A debate over the presidential debate moderators  —  They're old, they're white, and they rarely if ever use Twitter.  They are also, arguably, the best people for the job.  —  Ladies and gentlemen, meet the moderators of the 2012 presidential debates.  —  On Monday, the Commission …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Huffington Post
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Leading Variety bidder is owner of National Enquirer  —  An owner of the National Enquirer's parent company is now the leading bidder for Hollywood trade paper Variety.  (Variety website / August 13, 2012)  —  Avenue Capital, a New York hedge fund whose holdings include the parent company …
New York Post:
Life on variety avenue
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Wrap
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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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How #NBCFail Became ‘the Most Watched TV Event in US History’
Discussion: 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
 Earlier Picks: 
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
After a deal falls apart, Homicide Watch D.C. is going on hiatus
Discussion: Kickstarter
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
Associated Press:
Mexico catches drug cartel suspect linked to killings of journalists
Discussion: Capital New York