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11:35 AM ET, August 23, 2012


 Top News: 
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Harriet Harman calls for cross-party action to limit Murdochs' power in UK  —  Labour's deputy leader has called on politicians of all political parties to work together to legislate for the breakup of the Murdoch family's media empire in the UK on the eve of a keynote speech …
Discussion: and Scotsman
Katherine Rushton / The Daily Telegraph:
The reign of Elisabeth, a different kind of Murdoch?
Discussion: Reuters
NYT Bits:
Despite #NBCFail, NBC and Twitter Say Partnership Was Success  —  If you followed the griping by Twitter users about NBC's handling of the Olympic Games, you might think the NBC-Twitter Olympics partnership was an epic disaster.  NBC's decision to time-delay most events prompted angry kvetching …
Discussion: CNET
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ex-NPR Hill reporter: Lied to daily  —  After 14 years at National Public Radio, Andrea Seabrook left in July and, to hear her talk about her experience covering Capitol Hill, it's clear that she had one takeaway: It's damn frustrating.  “I realized that there is a part of covering Congress …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Prince Harry naked pictures: royal aides threatened legal action against papers  —  Prince Charles's royal aides threatened legal action against newspapers if they published photographs of Prince Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel room, despite the fact they were freely available on the internet.
Discussion: @debgalant and The Daily Beast
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Google lashes out at German copyright ‘threat’  —  Google has launched a broadside against a proposed law in Germany that would see search engines forced to pay license fees for linking people to news stories.  —  Well, actually that's slightly inaccurate: the draft law would make search engines pay …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Study Of Presidential Race Finds Coverage Of Candidates Overwhelmingly Negative  —  When it comes to presidential politics, the media is doing a fairly poor job of mediating.  Coverage of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, especially on cable TV and leading news websites, is increasingly driven …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Longreads offers some exclusive content to paying members  —  Longform journalism site Longreads, which curates long stories from around the web that are “best enjoyed away from your desk,” has started offering paying members “exclusive access to stories that aren't available anywhere else on the web …
Rachel McAthy /   How long-form journalism is getting ‘a new lease of life’ in the digital world
Erik Maza / WWD:
Newsweek's Revolving Doors  —  HEADING OUT: Newsweek's revolving doors keep on spinning.  Dirk Barnett, creative director, is leaving to join the greener pastures of The New Republic.  Barnett is a big loss following what have been already brutal back-to-back weeks of bad press for the newsweekly.
Miranda Maxwell / Reuters:
Australia's Fairfax slashes newspaper values by almost $3 billion  —  (Reuters) - Australian publisher Fairfax Media (FXJ.AX) slashed the value of its newspaper titles by almost $3 billion on Thursday, as it posted a steep fall in profit and said it saw no early turnaround in the worst advertising conditions in more than 30 years.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Morgan Spurlock joins Anthony Bourdain in CNN's new-look weekend lineup  —  With its ratings spiraling, CNN continues to add celebrities and entertainment programming to its lineup.  The latest addition to the roster is a weekly series called “Inside Man,” in which the Oscar-nominated …
Mark Armstrong / Pocket:
Introducing #watchitlater: Share the Best Videos Over 5 Minutes, Save them in Pocket  —  One of the interesting things about Pocket over the past two years has been the growth of video: Users are saving more of it, and YouTube is now Pocket's most-saved domain.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
DOJ compares Apple and publishers to big oil in ebooks case  —  In a filing late Wednesday in response to Apple and book publishers, the Department of Justice reiterates its claim that agency pricing and the alleged conspiracy have resulted in “unmistakable consumer harm,” but refuses to release its ebook pricing analysis.
Adriana Lopez / Forbes:
‘Super PAC App’ Shazams The Truth Out Of Political Ads  —  As more and more political advertisements start to ambush your evening television viewing bliss, do you ever wish that each one would include a BS barometer?  —  Well, I am glad you asked, because there is now an app for that.  Kind of.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air  —  At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband's four-day introduction to the nation.  But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.
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Martin Hickman / The Independent:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Second board member resigns from Red & Black
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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
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