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9:15 AM ET, August 2, 2012

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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Lehrer's publisher runs ads telling bookstores to send back “Imagine” for a refund  —  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is running digital ads telling booksellers to send back copies of Jonah Lehrer's Imagine for a full refund.  —  Earlier this week, Tablet magazine's Michael Moynihan reported …
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
4 warning signs that a promising young writer may be developing dangerous habits  —  When it was merely a matter of self-plagiarism, some saw the coverage of Jonah Lehrer's transgressions as an overheated case of schadenfreude.  —  The fact that his previous books had previously come under fire …
Discussion: bookforum.com
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Jonah Lehrer Was Going To Give A Speech On Ethics.  It's Canceled, Obviously.  —  Jonah Lehrer's fabrications have already cost him his gig at The New Yorker and an unknown number of future book sales, and now they're cutting into his lucrative sideline as a speaker.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Writer dares to defend Jonah Lehrer  —  It wasn't just the research that made Michael Moynihan's gotcha piece on Jonah Lehrer so definitive.  Nor was it the evidence that he marshaled against Lehrer for those hard-to-trace quotes attributed to Bob Dylan in his book “Imagine:How Creativity Works.”
Discussion: Poynter and VICE
Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Verge is giving extra credit (and links) to primary sources  —  When technology site The Verge site launched last fall, Josh wrote a broadly laudatory review on the site's design and infrastructure.  We had one quibble, though, about how The Verge gave credit to other sites …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Washington Post:
The Washington Post Launches Crowdsourcing Platform  —  The Washington Post today announced it has launched a new platform for crowdsourcing.  “Crowd Sourced” is The Post's special feature that allows Post journalists to ask questions about today's concerns and begin a conversation about these issues.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Time Out listings magazine goes free  —  Reviews and events mag begun in 1968 looks to advertising revenue based on circulation boost to 300,000  —  Almost 45 years after Tony Elliott launched Time Out, charging a shilling an issue, the grandaddy of listings magazines is set to be reborn …
Discussion: Digital Spy and paidContent
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
A Further Blow to Online Lurking: Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post  —  Quora today is introducing a feature that shows which of its users have read each Quora post, and how they found it.  It's another move by a social Web service to share passive activities …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
SoundCloud expands its effort to become the YouTube of public radio and podcasts  —  SoundCloud is arguably the biggest music-sharing community since MySpace, but now the company is eyeing a different kind of audio: the spoken word.  —  The website was founded five years ago by two sound guys …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Launches Political Index: The Twitter Pulse Of The Election  —  The Twitter Political Index could be one of the most powerful social media tools of the election.  —  Right now, if you want to know how the country feels about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have to rely …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Jose Canseco hired as a paid columnist by Vice  —  Vice, the irreverent, Brooklyn-based magazine-turned-multiplatform media brand, has hired Jose Canseco—former professional baseball player-turned-outspoken author and Twitter user—as a paid weekly columnist for its website.
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
So How Are the Olympics Performing Online?  NBC Won't Say Neither will comScore, Nielsen, or anybody else just yet  —  Five days into the Olympics and here is what we know: NBC is pretty consistently killing it with its TV ratings, beating its Beijing numbers four nights in a row.
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Andrew Das / New York Times:
How Swimming Photographers Make Their Underwater Moment  —  LONDON — As Al Bello struggles to wedge his lean body into his scuba gear, it appears that taking the photographs has to be the easy part.  —  Bello pulls the skintight black shirt over his shoulders, tugs the legs of his shorts closer …
Discussion: SND, PAPERMAG, AdAge and Deadspin
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Time Warner's New Strategy For CNN: To Find a New Strategy  —  Does Time Warner have a programming strategy for CNN at the ready to replace the failed one pursued by departing worldwide president Jim Walton?  It sure didn't sound like it on the media conglomerate's second-quarter earnings call.
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
So, what's next for CNN?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter a publisher or a distributor?  There's a crucial difference  —  There are a whole host of issues raised by the case of Guy Adams, the British journalist whose Twitter account was recently suspended and then reinstated — including the potential clash between Twitter's desire …
Discussion: MediaShift and Washington Post
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
Twitter backs down at last - but why did I get banned?
Discussion: Erik Wemple, Poynter and MediaFile
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Newspaper Association of America shows new trends in paywalls
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Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Olympics streaming saps Netflix traffic
Gavin Polone / Vulture:
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