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10:25 PM ET, August 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple:
Politico reporter ventures defense of Todd Akin  —  Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who's seeking a Senate seat in this year's elections, sat down with a St. Louis Fox affiliate and said the following when asked whether abortion should be legal in instances of rape:
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Politico's Catanese says it was a ‘bad idea’ to defend Akin's ‘legitimate rape’ comment  —  Politico reporter David Catanese tweeted this morning that he didn't mean to take sides when he defended U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's “legitimate rape” remark.  —  “Re last night: Bad idea trying …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin Interviewer: ‘I Screwed Up’ By Not Following Up
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Are Alternative Weeklies Toast?  —  Over the weekend, Rosie Gray, a former staffer at The Village Voice now at BuzzFeed, wrote that the men in charge of Village Voice Media had more or less the run the place into the ground.  She pointed to staff layoffs on Friday at the newspaper …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
The Village Voice is not dead yet, contrary to reports  —  In a BuzzFeed piece about how The Village Voice's management killed the paper, Rosie Gray says The Voice's staff, once an overstuffed sofa of attitude and snark, is down to “one news blogger, two features writers, a music editor …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
A Vision for the Future of Newspapers—20 Years Ago  —  It's becoming hard to remember life before digital news.  We now take for granted instantaneous availability of news and information on devices ranging from desktop PCs to tablets to smartphones, We now break news …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The one big thing that newspaper visionaries didn't foresee  —  It's easy to forget sometimes that the world wide web has been around for more than two decades now, or that it has caused massive and ongoing disruption of almost every form of content from books and newspapers to music and movies.
Campbell Brown / Slate:
Confessions of a Romney Wife  —  I never thought I was harboring a dark secret.  But if you live in the overlapping world of politics and media, as I am learning, anything less than full transparency can potentially do you in.  There are quite a number of us who inhabit this world …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Campbell Brown Is Incapable of Understanding the Concept of ‘Disclosure’
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Niall Ferguson Smacked Down Over Another Questionable Newsweek Cover  —  Historian and former John McCain adviser Niall Ferguson is taking his turn today as the Newsweek cover story punching bag for his latest, “Why We Need a New President.”  In the article, Ferguson attempts a full survey …
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite  —  Condé Nast, the high-end magazine publisher, will announce on Monday that it is joining the cloud.  —  The company will go from being a client of the digital advertising company Flite to owning about 11 percent of it.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple's ‘record’ value  —  Microsoft's 1999 market cap is still, by far, the biggest of all time  —  The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: … CNNMoney: … The Wall Street Journal's lede:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Sales Exec Wayne Powers Heads to Advance's Parade  —  Another executive departure at Yahoo in the wake of Marissa Mayer's arrival.  This time it's Wayne Powers, who had been running U.S. sales since 2010.  —  Powers will run Parade Publications, the people behind the magazine many people still find in their Sunday newspapers.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
A Media Personality, Suffering a Blow to His Image, Ponders a Lesson  —  When Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills entrepreneurs who founded POM Wonderful, wanted to host a dinner at their Aspen home in 2006 to talk about the Iraq war, they assembled a list of 22 A-list guests …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Online Media Will Star at the Conventions  —  Networks to Keep TV Broadcasts Slim, But Plan Gavel-to-Gavel Web Streams  —  Political conventions, long the ultimate made-for-TV presentation, this year are coming of age as digital-media events—highlighting the decline of network television coverage of the gatherings.
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Julian Assange row: Britain seeking diplomatic solution in Ecuador standoff  —  Downing Street says it is obliged by law to extradite Assange to Sweden and ‘it is our intention to carry out that obligation’  —  Downing Street has said Britain is still committed to seeking a diplomatic solution …
Discussion: CNET
David Allen Green / New Statesman:
Legal myths about the Assange extradition
Discussion: Guardian
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
New Digg Vs. Reddit Vs. BuzzFeed: Your Mind On Viral Content  —  For three straight days in early August, unintentional gay porn innuendos of Olympic men's swimming reigned supreme in traffic on Buzzfeed, the breakout curated newsite of viral content.  —  Buzzfeed's closest competitors …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N's Nook will finally launch in the UK (but who's going to sell it?)  —  Barnes & Noble is finally launching its Nook e-readers in the United Kingdom.  Starting this October, the Nook Touch and Nook Touch with Glow Light will be available through  (No Nook Tablets or Nook Color for now.)
Matt Brian / The Next Web:   Barnes & Noble to launch NOOK e-readers and digital bookstore in the UK this autumn
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