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1:05 AM ET, July 16, 2012


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Microsoft and NBC Complete Web Divorce  —  On Sunday night, did something that successful Web sites almost never do: it renamed itself.  —  The site became, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web.
M. Alex Johnson / NBC News: becomes  —  REDMOND, Wash. — NBC News has acquired full control of and its digital network from Microsoft Corp. and is immediately rebranding the site as  Many details of the arrangement remain to be worked out, and financial terms weren't disclosed.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tribune newsroom takes over TribLocal work done by Journatic  —  In a memo sent Sunday afternoon, Chicago Tribune Editor and Senior Vice President Gerould Kern told staff that the paper would once again be directly responsible for its suburban TribLocal content.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Journatic claims it was about to fire editorial head who resigned  —  In an apparent attempt to neutralize a high-level critic, Journatic is now claiming it was about to fire an editorial executive who resigned from the company Saturday.  —  The resignation of Mike Fourcher …
New York Times:
Apple May Meet Tablet Competition With a Smaller iPad  —  The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market.  —  Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple's iPad …
Lauren Ashburn / The Daily Beast:
How the Drudge Report, With Its Condoleezza Rice ‘Scoop,’ Again Rules the Media  —  His Condi Rice “scoop” went viral despite its utter implausibility.  Lauren Ashburn on why the press is held captive by the conservative blogger's thinly sourced gossip.  —  The headline screamed across …
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Indian anger over media footage of girl being sexually assaulted  —  Film of mob attack prompts row about safety of women, police indifference and why journalist at scene did not intervene  —  Indians have expressed horror at video footage of a teenage girl being sexually assaulted …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are you sure that's true?  Truth Goggles tackles fishy claims at the moment of consumption  —  True or false?  No googling. … Now, what if I told you President Obama uttered those words?  Do you trust the statistic more or less?  What if Mitt Romney said it?
Discussion: Daily Download
Why Does The New Yorker Publish So Many Pieces About The New Yorker?  —  This week's issue of The New Yorker features excerpts from writer Mavis Gallant's diary covering the spring of 1952, when she was “giving English lessons and anxiously waiting for payment for her New Yorker stories.”
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
U.S. Pursues Richard O'Dwyer as Intermediary in Online Piracy  —  Richard O'Dwyer, an enterprising 24-year-old college student from northern England, has found himself in the middle of a fierce battle between two of America's great exports: Hollywood and the Internet.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Bright Lights, Big Secret  —  “As a general rule it's not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the U.S,” says Jose Antonio Vargas, reading from Justice Anthony Kennedy's brief on the recent Supreme Court decision on immigration.  “When I saw that I was like, 'Okay, well, I guess that means that I'm no longer illegal.”
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