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Despite Criticism, NBC Wins Ratings Gold (Chicago Tribune)
But can the network endure another Olympics ignoring demands for live TV coverage of marquee events? New York Newsday / AP The London Olympics may well be remembered as the event that drove home the power of social media -- partly to the chagrin but mostly to the benefit of NBC, which controlled images of the games in the United States. Los Angeles Times Mark Lazarus, working his first Olympics as NBC Sports chairman, acknowledged the network has heard the reaction that lighted up social media throughout the Games. "Some of it is fair and we are listening," Lazarus said. USA Today Olympic TV typically has drawn more criticism, from viewers and critics, than any other genre of TV programming -- and social media provide an ever-growing megaphone. Los Angeles Times For the London Olympics, NBC has jumped over a lot of hurdles -- a fractured audience, social media, delayed coverage -- to find ratings gold. LA Weekly DirecTV subjected its L.A.-area customers to the ultimate fail last night when its feed of NBC's coverage of the closing ceremonies went down during prime time. LA Observed Tweet from Guy Adams, who became a celebrity media critic during these Olympics: "Swear to God, if someone gives me the mobile telephone number of the CEO of Direct TV I will bloody well tweet it." NYT / Bits This year's Olympic Games have been the most compelling I can remember watching: the elaborate blinged-out accessories worn by Ryan Lochte, the staggering physical feats of Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas's heartwarming win. The Olympics have been spectacular for all of those reasons and for one more, albeit an unlikely one. The GIFs.

Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It (NYT )
Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide. Bloomberg Two-thirds of the reductions will be outside the U.S., the Mountain View, California-based company said in a regulatory filing today. Forbes Will Google give its new in-house hardware arm advanced looks at future versions of the Android OS? The most interesting aspects of the story have yet to be told.

Electronic Arts: Digital Sales Will Surpass Boxed Game Sales in Years (CNET)
As the transition towards a Web-based distribution model continues in the gaming world, EA said it won't leave its physical media users out in the cold. Bloomberg The Redwood City, California-based company is counting on games on phones and tablet computers as well as Internet-based titles as it tries to reduce reliance on boxed retail products.

Facebook Plunge Limits Goldman Sachs Gain as Lockup Ends (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Facebook Inc.'s stock plunge has robbed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Microsoft Corp. of much of the potential gain they could unlock as soon as this week, when a ban on sales of insiders' shares begins to lift. NYT The Facebook spring is over. The dog days of August have taken hold.

App.Net Meets Fundraising Goal with More Than a Day to Go. Now What? (AllThingsD), the curious effort by Picplz founder Dalton Caldwell to create a new social media platform, has reached its $500,000 goal via a Kickstarter-like campaign, with about a day and a half to spare before its deadline. SocialTimes It's a social network that promises to offer the same social services as other sites, but with a guarantee that they will "never sell your personal data" and that they will not even display advertisements on the network. They'll do this by charging users $50 a year to use it. Forbes Caldwell was told in no uncertain terms by Facebook that his original product, which helps app developers market their products on platforms like Facebook, was "competitive with Facebook's own App Center product, and they would hate to have to compete with his service." What Facebook really meant is that it wanted to buy him out and that he would hate to have to compete with them.

Hack of Tech Journalist Reveals Flaws in Cloud Security (USA Today)
The security community is on alert for hackers who might try to emulate the simple trickery used to breach a prominent technology journalist's Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter accounts. The News & Observer What happened to Mat Honan should give all of us pause: Honan, a savvy tech journalist, had his Google account taken over, then deleted. The Sydney Morning Herald Here are four steps to protect yourself and your data.

Barnes & Noble Cutting by $20 Price for Nook Tablet to $179, Undercutting Amazon's Kindle Fire (Washington Post / AP)
It was the latest turn in the tablet wars, as Apple's iPad and the iOS system running it continue to dominate the market for tablets despite growing competition, and Microsoft prepares to launch a tablet based on Windows in October. NYT / Reuters Barnes & Noble cut prices on three models of its Nook e-reader and tablet devices on Sunday, ahead of the peak of back-to-school shopping and amid speculation that its rival,, was preparing to introduce a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet.

Fox Launching Spanish-language Network (Los Angeles Times / Company Town)
MundoFox, which is a joint venture with Colombia's powerful RCN Television Group, will directly challenge entrenched rivals Telemundo and Univision with 'teleseries,' sports and news. NYT On Monday, the network -- a partnership between Fox International Channels, owned by the News Corporation, and RCN Television in Colombia -- will make its official debut in 50 cities in the United States, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

WikiLeaks: Our Site's Been Hit By Weeklong Denial-Of-Service Attack (HuffPost / AP)
The secret-busting organization WikiLeaks says it's been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack which has left its website sluggish or inaccessible for more than a week.

Huffington Post Launches Live Streaming Channel Monday Morning (LA Observed)
HuffPost Live will begin with eight hours of live Web programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles each weekday.

CBS Among Bidders for Dick Clark Productions (Report) (THR)
The company is among a group of four to six bidders, which also includes Ryan Seacrest, in the running to acquire the Golden Globes producers.

How Mitt Romney's iPhone Supporters Got Burned on Paul Ryan VP Pick (Mediaite)
For weeks, Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign showed ninja discipline in referring questions about his eventual VP selection to their exciting iPhone app, which would let supporters know about the pick before the press. New York Daily News The Romney campaign's much-hyped "Mitt's VP" smartphone app didn't exactly deliver as advertised.

Crime-Fighting Smartphone App Unveiled to the Public (CBS New York)
New York State Senator Eric Adams announced a new application that can send reports about crime and dangerous conditions right to the authorities.

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