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11:55 AM ET, June 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko:
Jonah Lehrer ‘understands he made a serious mistake’  —  Will Jonah Lehrer remain at The New Yorker? editor Nicholas Thompson “couldn't comment on Lehrer's future at the magazine,” writes Jacob Silverman, but Thompson made it clear that the recycling issue first disclosed on …
Jacob Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Jonah Lehrer's ‘Self-Plagiarism’ Scandal Rocks The New Yorker  —  On June 5, bestselling pop-neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer announced that he was leaving Wired, where he was a contributing editor, and moving his Frontal Cortex blog to The New Yorker, where he would be a staff writer.
Jim Romenesko:
Questions about Jonah Lehrer's reporting were raised in 2009  —  From Stephen S. Hall's review of Jonah Lehrer's “How We Decide” in the Summer 2009 issue of Columbia Magazine (second item on the page): Despite Lehrer's agile handling of a lot of complicated material, I never was quite sure …
Julian Assange requests asylum at Ecuador embassy - live coverage  —  2.30pm: Rob Booth reports: Julian Assange's decision to seek asylum in Ecuador is “a tragedy” for the two women who have accused him of sexual assault in Sweden, their lawyer has said.  A link to the full story is here.
Press Association:
Julian Assange faces bail breach arrest
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ecuador says WikiLeaks' Assange seeks asylum
Embassy of Ecuador in London:
Statement on Julian Assange
Discussion: Daily Dot
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
New York Post Pivots On iPad Strategy, Dropping Paywall  —  This person might have chosen to read the New York Post with his coffee, if it were free on the iPad, and in Swedish.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  —  The “most egregious paywall yet” is how one tech writer described the system introduced …
Discussion: Capital New York and eMedia Vitals
NY Convergence:
NY Post Quietly Removes Safari Block on Paid iPad App
Discussion: The Verge and NetNewsCheck Latest
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Tor Project helps journalists and whistleblowers go online without leaving a trace  —  Originally built in a U.S. Naval laboratory as a way to protect government communications, Tor has grown into a wide-reaching project that helps individuals stay anonymous online.
Discussion: Media News
Acclaimed reporter admits helping family of alleged Sandusky victim investigate case  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Jerry Sandusky story admitted Wednesday that she helped the mother of one of Sandusky's alleged victims find an investigator before he was charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Microsoft's live-action press release  —  Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major announcement: The company was launching its own tablet PC.  And what a launch it was—at least for the flacks and marketers at Microsoft …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Forbes
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
How The Telegraph Monetized its iPad App  —  With a fractured landscape, from both a content and device perspective, publishers grapple daily with finding the best ways to reach and maintain their readers.  In the mobile world, the introduction of lean-back (tablet) devices has slightly changed the game.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Will a TV Show About the News be More Compelling Than the Real Thing?  —  I admire Aaron Sorkin, but he gives me a headache.  By the time his characters finish a monologue, I'm ready for a nap.  Sorkin's latest work, “The Newsroom,” which debuts Sunday on HBO, is no exception.
Brett D. Schaefer / National Review:
Good Journalism at the U.N.?  —  With all the corruption at the United Nations, you might think that the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) would have better things to do than pick a fight with a single reporter.  But you would be wrong.  Matthew Lee is the only reporter …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
NPR Intern Gets an Earful After Blogging About 11,000 Songs, Almost None Paid For  —  When it comes to digital music, can the audience be shamed into doing the right thing?  That is, even if we all agreed that it was the “right thing” for musicians to be paid each time someone listened to their music, would it make any difference?
Wall Street Journal:
Worldreader: An E-Book Revolution for Africa?  —  Schools in developing countries are experimenting with digital books; endless titles, spotty electricity  —  Humble school students learning how to use Kindles in February.  ‘It took the kids just a few days,’ says a teacher.
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?  —  Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook.  —  But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Publishers gain ground on music-video payday
Discussion: paidContent and MediaPost
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