Morning Media Newsfeed 09.10.12
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Battle of the Talk Shows Begins (Tampa Bay Online)
Katie Couric, Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake and Jeremy Kyle, a straight shooter from the United Kingdom, begin their quest to be the next Oprah when their new talk shows debut Monday. Comedian Steve Harvey got a jump on everyone, debuting last week. Toronto Sun There's no way they're going to be talked out of it. The daytime talk-show circuit gets staggeringly more crowded today, with three high-profile debuts. All the newcomers say they want to be different. But they can't be substantially different, right? Talk is talk, so it'll come down to who does it best. Chicago Sun-Times Oprah vacated the daytime talk-show throne last year, but many of the people who helped put her there have landed on the payroll of a new crop of shows vying to fill the chatfest vacuum. Key staff who honed their craft under the Queen of Talk's watchful eye, building The Oprah Winfrey Show into a nonpareil ratings juggernaut, work at each of the three nationally syndicated talkers debuting Monday. Denver Post Raise your hand if you think you can host a talk show. Everybody?
Navy SEAL Gives Interview on bin Laden Book No Easy Day (BBC News)
The first interview has been aired with a former U.S. special forces member who wrote a first-hand account of the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Navy SEAL, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, was interviewed by CBS. The Associated Press Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette says SEALs raiding bin Laden's Pakistan hideout last year shot him dead instead of capturing him because his arms were hidden and may have been holding weapons. Appearing Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes, Bissonnette says one SEAL fired after seeing a man's head poking into a hallway. Bissonnette says he and another SEAL shot bin Laden again after finding him on his bedroom floor with a bullet in his skull, because bin Laden's hands were hidden. The Buffalo News For anyone who values both the First Amendment and the nation's right to defend itself, the publication of a former Navy SEAL's book on the raid that killed bin Laden presents a conundrum: Where do you strike the balance between fundamental rights and compelling duty? TVNewser At the close of Sunday night's 60 Minutes, Pelley said: "When word of the book came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen's real name and reported it. Since then, others have reported his name. We will not." Without naming the network, Pelley was referring to Fox News.
Conventions Often Leave Analysts Star-Struck (Miami Herald / AP)
A trend toward gushing about rather than analyzing political speeches was apparent during television coverage of the conventions even before CNN's Piers Morgan compared Bill Clinton to Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps fueled by a pressure to stand out and a more partisan media, analysts frequently seemed star-struck by speakers and slipped into blurb-happy evaluations of the news in front of them. TVNewser The AP's David Bauder argues, the bulk of the coverage was spent on what was essentially "theater criticism" -- How effective were the speeches? Who won? Who lost? -- rather than the content within them. HuffPost Jon Stewart's coverage of the conventions wouldn't have been complete without some ribbing of Fox News. Stewart took aim at "certain discrepancies" between the network's take on the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. He said that Fox News slammed the Democrats in Charlotte over exactly what they praised the Republicans for in Tampa. The Delaware County Daily Times / Steve and Cokie Roberts Related: One of the main reasons Barack Obama won four years ago is that he and his team understood the new media environment better than anyone else. They understood that not all voters are equal; that intensity matters; that if you engage people and make them feel part of the campaign, you can unleash a torrent of invaluable energy. Social media were at the core of this strategy.
Roll Call and CQ Today to Merge into One Paper (NYT / Media Decoder)
As many Washington-area news outlets continue their hiring sprees to feed the appetite for political news, two political newspaper stalwarts, Roll Call and CQ Today, are following what recently has been a far more common path in journalism. They are cutting back and merging.
Al-Jazeera: Hackers Sent Fake Texts (HuffPost / AP)
Al-Jazeera says hackers have targeted the Qatar-based TV satellite channel for the second time in a week, sending out false news reports on its mobile phone alert service. A pro-Damascus group known as the Syrian Electronic Army quickly claimed responsibility for the Sunday hack on Twitter. Qatar is a harsh critic of the Syrian regime and a leading backer of the rebels. CNET The group also claimed responsibility for a sophisticated attack on Harvard University's home page last year that briefly defaced the page with a message accusing the U.S. of supporting the uprising against Syria's president. AFP "The story claiming that the Prime Minister (Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem) has been the target of an assassination attempt in the royal palace is completely false and was a result of hacking of the service," the channel said in breaking news. Social networks, including Twitter, quoted Al-Jazeera's mobile service on Sunday as saying that Sheikh Hamad was targeted in an attack on the palace in Doha and that the wife of the emir, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, was lightly wounded.
Inventor of the Modern Laptop Computer Dies (The Telegraph)
The designer of the first modern laptop computer Bill Moggridge has died at the age of 69. Moggridge, a British industrial designer, was credited with creating the flip-open form of the modern laptop that is common today. San Jose Mercury News / AP Moggridge is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a computer that had a keyboard and yellow-on-black display that sold for $8,150 when it was released in 1982. CNET Made of a magnesium alloy case, the Compass featured an Intel 8086 processor, a 320-by-240-pixel electroluminescent display and a 1,200-bps modem. Its high price and specialized operating system limited its market to the U.S. military, but it did go into space when NASA started using it on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985. Nearly every laptop since has used some element of Moggridge's clamshell. Smithsonian / Around the Mall "All of us at the Smithsonian mourn the loss of a great friend, leader and design mind," said Smithsonian secretary Wayne Clough. "In his two short years as director of Cooper-Hewitt, Bill transformed the museum into the Smithsonian's design lens on the world, and we are forever grateful for his extraordinary leadership and contributions."
Amazon Offers Advertising Opt-Out on Kindle Fire (WSJ)
Amazon.com Inc. said it would allow customers to pay to opt out of advertisements on its new lineup of Kindle Fire devices. For $15 extra, buyers can avoid seeing ads that would otherwise be occasionally displayed on the devices. Yahoo! News / Reuters Amazon had said the tablets would come with ads known as "special offers" that appear when screens are locked and in the corner of the home screen, helping keep prices low. But criticism of the company mounted in online forums after reports that the company would not allow buyers to pay to block the ads as it had done with earlier tablets. SlashGear That fee is a bit lower than we've seen in the past, but don't expect consumers to be happy with the fact that they have to pay to remove ads from a tablet -- it's one thing when ads are displayed on an e-reader, but when ads are shown on a more expensive tablet, to many that's an entirely different beast.
New Entry in Tablet Wars: Toys"R"Us (WSJ)
In a bid to battle the "showrooming" phenomenon that is hurting big-box retailers, Toys"R"Us Inc. said Monday it will start selling its own proprietary tablet designed for children. Engadget Toys"R"Us has posted a listing for a new 7-inch child's Android slate priced at $150 called the Tabeo, saying it will go on sale Oct. 1 in stores only. Pictures on the site indicate it will be more conventional in design style and not as "kiddified" as the toy store's previous offering, the Nabi.
Careful Who You Friend: Taliban Posing as 'Attractive Women' Online (Wired / Danger Room)
Tech-savvy Talibs have posed as pretty girls on Facebook to lure Australian troops into giving away military secrets. That's one disturbing -- but not totally surprising -- conclusion of a recent Aussie government review of military social media usage. ZDNet The defense report surveyed 1,577 military personnel, and found that 58 percent have been given no social media training. When coupled with the popularity of social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook as a communication platform, this could lead to a number of problems for security.
On Facebook, Quilters Go for Romney, Gamers Like Obama (Forbes / The New Persuaders)
By the numbers, President Barack Obama is crushing Republican challenger Mitt Romney when it comes to a key constituency: Facebook fans. As of now, Obama claims 28.5 million Facebook fans, while Romney -- whose ads for more fans appears on a Facebook search for Obama -- has 6.6 million. VentureBeat These are a few political stereotypes that may have some basis in fact -- since they're what Compass Labs, the social media advertising company, found when researching the likes and profile interests of Facebook users who are fans of President Obama, Romney, and the two main American political parties.
Spotify Is Coming to Your Browser, But Not at a Reduced Price (The Atlantic Wire)
Spotify, the popular music streaming app, is getting ready to launch a browser-based version of their service, but rumors of a potential drop in the price for their premium service don't add up.
Hey, Heard of That New Novelist J.K. Rowling? (Ad Age / Media News)
How do you leverage the power of one of the most lucrative brands in history while simultaneously distancing yourself from it? That's the marketing wizardry that book publisher Little, Brown & Co. hopes to pull off as it prepares to launch one of the most-anticipated titles of the year: an adult novel from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Crowd-Sourced Documentary to Tell Story of NFL Fans' Season (Yahoo! News / Mashable)
Sports fans are a tried-and-true subject for compelling sports stories. But a documentary project currently underway puts a new twist on the genre by encouraging fans themselves to provide the footage from their mobile devices.
Survivor Host Probst Starts Talk Show (The Boston Globe / AP)
As Jeff Probst planned his new talk show, he test-drove variations of the typical daytime program -- an hour on the couch talking about social issues. "They were so boring I couldn't even sit through the focus groups," he recalled. "It felt old. It just felt like the format was tired." So the Survivor man threw it out, started over and is premiering a daytime show Monday filled with ideas united only by his enthusiasm.
Ricki Lake Back on Daytime TV with New Talk Show, Attitude and an Eye on Filling Oprah Void (The Washington Post / AP)
Ricki Lake was a babe in the talk show woods when her syndicated program launched nearly two decades ago. Looking back at the 24-year-old actress she was then, Lake pronounces the 1993 career move "a little bit presumptuous," although Ricki Lake quickly won over a young-adult audience that wanted a peppy take on life and love from someone like them.