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7:00 PM ET, July 12, 2012


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Betaworks to Pay $500,000 for Fallen Social Media Star Digg  —  New York technology development firm Betaworks has agreed to buy news-sharing website Digg, in an attempt to revive a company that was early to social media but outmaneuvered by rivals like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Updated: Betaworks Acquires Digg (For Significantly More Than $500K)  —  Betaworks, the company behind,, Chartbeat and a number of other successful products, has acquired the social news site for an undisclosed amount.  Betaworks' founder John Borthwick will become the new CEO of Digg.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney camp: Globe story ‘inaccurate’  —  The Mitt Romney campaign is pushing back against today's Boston Globe report which found that, according to SEC filings, Romney served as CEO at Bain Capital until 2002, despite saying that he left in 1999.  —  “The article is not accurate,” …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Globe denies Romney campaign correction request  —  The Boston Globe just issued this response to a correction request from the campaign of Mitt Romney relating to the Globe's story of this morning relating to the candidate's tenure at Bain Capital.  The statement is addressed to Romney aide Gail Gitcho:
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and emptywheel
Erik Wemple:
Romney campaign will ask Boston Globe for correction of Bain story, aide says [Updated]
Annika McGinnis / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congress considers prosecutions of reporters over leaked information  —  WASHINGTON — In response to New York Times stories that relied on leaks of sensitive national-security information, a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday discussed legislation that could allow journalists to be prosecuted for disclosing such information.
Discussion: Capital New York and The Raw Story
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Congressman Trey Gowdy On Leaks: ‘I Thought All Reporters Aspire’ To Go To Jail
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ross Still Not the Boss (Yet): Yahoo CEO Selection Now Likely to Take Longer Than Many Expect  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, the selection of a CEO of Yahoo will not be announced today at its annual meeting, as many anticipate.  In fact, sources said …
Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo expected to name Ross Levinsohn as its new chief executive
Discussion: VentureBeat and Business Insider
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Interview: Wall Street Journal digital chief Raju Narisetti on innovation, mistakes and opportunities  —  Forget the idea that newspapers have too much innovation to cope with - they're not moving nearly fast enough, according to the managing editor of Wall Street Journal's digital network.
Discussion: Poynter, FishbowlNY and @mathewi
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Howard Kurtz Breaks Exclusive, That AdWeek and TVNewser Broke Two Months Ago  —  Newsweek columnist and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz had a big “EXCLUSIVE” today about NBC News and … There is just one little problem: news of the buyback was broken by AdWeek's Mike Shields …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week, Mediaite and Politico
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
DOJ says it received over 800 comments on ebook pricing case, needs more time to publish them  —  In response to a letter from attorney Bob Kohn regarding the delayed publication of all the comments received on the proposed ebook pricing settlement, the Department of Justice says it received …
Discussion: GalleyCat and Digital Book World
Associated Press:
Lawyer: WikiLeaks wins Icelandic court victory in financial fight against Visa, MasterCard  —  LONDON — WikiLeaks declared victory Thursday in the first round of its campaign against the U.S. financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard after an Icelandic court ordered a local company …
Discussion: TwitLonger, Wired and The Next Web
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes Real Time:
Viacom and DirecTV Are Both Right, But DirecTV Is Righter  —  The fee dispute between Viacom and DirecTV that has seen the satellite service's 20 million subscribers lose access to MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and other channels has the makings of a long standoff, one in which each side …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Justice Dept allows FBI anti-piracy seal on books, photos, doodles  —  Only a handful of very large software and entertainment associations are permitted to use the official FBI logo to warn consumers about the perils of piracy.  Until now.  —  This week, the Justice Department posted …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Tim Baysinger / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Discussion: The Wrap
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