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5:10 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.
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:
Romney campaign will ask Boston Globe for correction of Bain story, aide says [Updated]  —  Happens all the time in Washington: A story that's highly critical of some politician surfaces on the Internet.  The target of the story then lashes out. … That's the scenario that played out this morning …
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
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET and paidContent
Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo expected to name Ross Levinsohn as its new chief executive  —  Media veteran Ross Levinsohn is expected to be named the permanent chief executive of Yahoo as early as today, signaling a new chapter for the struggling Internet company, according to one person with knowledge of the situation.
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, @mathewi and FishbowlNY
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
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Columbia University Names Sree Sreenivasan Its First Chief Digital Officer  —  If you know anyone in the New York media scene, then you either know Sree, or you know someone who does.  And more often than not, you need only mention him by his first name: Once you and another person establish …
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
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
NBC launches Olympics apps; one will stream every single event  —  NBC introduced two apps Thursday for iOS and Android, including one that will stream every single event.  (NBC Olympics)  —  NBC launched two apps Thursday for both iOS and Android, including one that will let select users …
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Elisabeth Murdoch to step back as Shine chief executive  —  Elisabeth Murdoch is to step back from the day-to-day running of Shine, maker of shows including Merlin and MasterChef, dropping the chief executive duties for which she has been responsible since 2001.
Discussion: The Wrap
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Attacks on Mexico Papers Underline Peril to Journalists  —  MEXICO CITY — Two newspapers in northern Mexico have come under attack by gunfire and grenades this week, in what both called an effort to silence reporting on criminal groups.  —  The attacks, which damaged the offices but caused no injuries …
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