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Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser (Mother Jones)
On Monday and Tuesday, Mother Jones published exclusive video that captured Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder. The Village Voice / Runnin' Scared The biggest takeaway here is his "47 percent" statement, which the Obama campaign has already jumped on in a rather nasty ad. NPR / It's All Politics The Mother Jones journalist behind the release of a surreptitiously shot fundraising video says the source "did not go there looking to catch Mitt Romney in the act." Business Insider Most of the video's inflammatory clips have already been posted, including Romney's unusually candid remarks on the Middle East peace process, and about his wife's role on the campaign. But the full video does include some new gems that reveal a side of Romney not often seen on the campaign trail. TVNewser In addition to the comments that have been leading the news cycle, Romney also talked about the media. Some of the most popular places for politicians to go and "humanize" themselves are Saturday Night Live and ABC talk show The View. HuffPost Romney said he had appeared on The View twice, as well as what he called "the evening shows." He said David Letterman hates him because he has done Jay Leno's show more often. NYT / Media Decoder The magazine, which has a circulation of slightly more than 200,000, found itself read by millions of viewers around the world by Tuesday morning after it released a video of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser calling 47 percent of the public "dependent" and feeling entitled.
French Weekly Publishes Mohammad Cartoons (Chicago Tribune / Reuters)
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday, a move criticized by the French authorities which sent riot police to protect the magazine's offices. Metro The front page of the magazine, which last year was firebombed for a similar move, showed a caricature of an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure in a wheelchair, with several cartoons of the Prophet featured on its inside pages. The Guardian The publication of the caricatures, on the inside and back page of Charlie Hebdo -- whose website is blocked, for unknown reasons -- brought widespread condemnation. CBS News / WorldWatch The timing of the cartoons may be especially worrisome for leaders in France, home to Europe's largest Muslim population.
Twitter Updates Its Apps, Including for the iPad (NYT / Bits)
Twitter on Tuesday rolled out a series of design updates to its applications and website, including redesigning its outdated iPad app. The updates offer a more consistent experience across mobile devices and the Web. AllTwitter Namely, we all now have the option to upload a cover photo to our Twitter profiles that will display on Twitter.com, as well as Twitter for Android, iPhone, and iPad. CNET With the "mobile first" strategy it unveiled Tuesday, Twitter achieved two key goals: creating a look and feel that more than ever resembles Facebook's, and asserting new dominance over users' Twitter experience. SFGate / The Tech Chronicles "What we've heard over and over again from our users is they want to bring more of their personality to their profile pages," CEO Dick Costolo said. But the redesign also signals new advertising opportunities for Twitter, which has reported success with ad products like its text-based "Promoted Tweets." TechCrunch Twitter is slowly and incrementally improving advertiser reach on the service, one change at a time.
Steve Sabol, Creative Force Behind NFL Films, Dies at 69 (NYT)
Steve Sabol, who was the creative force behind NFL Films, his father's innovative enterprise that melded cinematic ingenuity, martial metaphors and symphonic music to lend professional football the aura of myth and help fuel its rise in popularity, died on Tuesday in Moorestown, N.J. Yahoo! Sports / Shutdown Corner If you've ever watched slow-motion replay of an NFL play, laughed at a ridiculous NFL blooper, listened to a coach miked up on a sideline, sat enthralled as a player does his thing on the field and gives voice to his exploits, enjoyed the game or season review of your favorite NFL team, or watched an NFL broadcast at all, you have Steve Sabol to thank for that. TVNewser "Super slow motion, wireless mics on players, reverse angle replays, follies films, and custom composed musical scores. All that's standard stuff today, but before NFL Films it was unheard of," The NFL writes in its official obituary for Sabol. USA Today / Game On! NFL Films began in 1962, when Sabol's father, Ed, won film rights to the league's championship game, which Steve worked as a cameraman.
Microsoft Hires CBS' Nancy Tellem to Form New Xbox Studio (LA Times / Company Town)
In a significant bet that a technology company can compete with Hollywood to produce original video content, Microsoft Corp. has hired Nancy Tellem, the longtime entertainment president of the CBS network, to run a new production studio in Los Angeles. Multichannel News The move builds on a company-wide effort to dramatically expand the amount of entertainment content that is available on the Xbox gaming console platform and is another example of how tech companies are increasingly looking to hire executives from the TV or film side of the businesses to expand the content available on their devices. NYT / Bits The move echoes an effort by Netflix to invest more heavily in original content to give its video-streaming service an edge on competitors. LostRemote Xbox remains TV's largest social network -- now with a second-screen solution -- with 40 percent of the activity on the console not related to gaming.
Facebook, Google, Amazon Join Forces in D.C. Lobby (The Washington Post / Post Tech)
Internet titans Facebook, Google, Amazon and Yahoo! on Wednesday will launch a new lobbying association to counter efforts by federal regulators to strap new rules to their industry. Reuters Called The Internet Association, it will lobby on issues such as allocation of visas for engineers and matters of privacy and piracy, said the group's president Michael Beckerman, a former advisor to Fred Upton, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee. NDTV / Gadgets Other members include Expedia, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Yahoo! and Zynga. The Hill / Hillicon Valley "A free and innovative Internet is vital to our nation's economic growth," Beckerman said in a statement. "These companies are all fierce competitors in the market place, but they recognize the Internet needs a unified voice in Washington. They understand the future of the Internet is at stake and that we must work together to protect it."
Benetton Ads Address Youth Unemployment by Offering Help to 'Unemployees' (NYT / Media Decoder)
For decades, Benetton, the Italian apparel retailer, has been known for provocative advertising that attracts publicity by stirring up discussion of contentious topics like politics, religion and the treatment of AIDS patients. Telegraph / Fashion The brand's chairman, Alessandro Benetton, is so concerned with youth unemployment (estimated to be at 100 million globally) that he has launched an online contest to sustain 100 creative projects submitted by those aged 18 to 30 years old who are out of work. WWD Benetton also said the firm doesn't see the campaign as relating directly to its products. "We're not going to measure if tomorrow we sell more sweaters because of this campaign," noted Benetton.
TV Sees Itself in a 'Second Screen' Primed for Popularity (paidContent)
Consumers' use of mobile devices whilst watching TV is becoming popular. But, with another viewing companion app due to launch next week, some in the industry are still debating the potential and the pay-back.
People Launches National Ad Campaign to Promote Newsstand (Folio:)
Time Inc. is taking an active and aggressive role to combat the consistently dismal sales of the newsstand with a new integrated brand marketing campaign for the gem of its portfolio: People magazine. Nationwide, advertisements will run across broadcast, print, retail, digital and social media platforms in an effort to jump-start and refresh interest in the celebrity weekly.
Facebook Testing Mobile Ads for Applications Other Than Its Own (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Facebook Inc., seeking to boost revenue from marketing over wireless devices, is testing a service that places advertisements on mobile applications other than its own. San Jose Mercury News / LA Times Analysts and investors are counting on Facebook expanding beyond its website to syndicating ads across the Web and on mobile apps, basically rolling out its own version of Google's AdSense, a cash cow for the Internet giant. TechCrunch If you were looking for a big new way Facebook could make money but avoid hurting its user experience, here it is. Ad Age / Digital According to an eMarketer estimate, Facebook is on track to bring in $72.7 million in mobile-ad revenue this year, compared to Twitter's heftier projected $129.7 million.
Tweet, Blog, Stream and Flog Fashion on Social Media Catwalk (Reuters)
Luxury labels demonstrated the instant selling power of social media during London Fashion Week like never before with videos broadcast live online to the world from shows crammed with tweeting, blogging designers, editors and celebrities.
Tracking Amazon: The Rise of High-Priced eBooks (Publishers Weekly)
Though the publishing world waits to see how eBook pricing will be affected in the long-run by the DoJ's ruling, the current climate of higher-priced eBooks is perhaps being overlooked: six of the 10 Kindle bestsellers (as of Sept. 18) are priced $9.99 or higher. The Guardian / Books Blog The news that eBook pricing has taken a nosedive to Earth's molten core gives me a pang for poor saps still trying to earn a Cup-a-Soup by engendering novels. Especially newbies. It's all very well for established authors and retailers who can afford it to sell books for less than a packet of gum, but what about those who can't?
#MuslimRage: How a Cynical Social-Media Play Became an Awesome Meme (The Atlantic)
The tagged reactions to Newsweek's proposal have been... mixed. Some tweets are funny. Some are satirical. Some are cruel. But they are pretty much united in their rejection of Newsweek's premise that "Muslim rage" is something to be talked about, under the magazine's brand, on Twitter.
'Patchwriting' Is More Common Than Plagiarism, Just as Dishonest (Poynter / Everyday Ethics)
The Columbia Spectator writer fired for plagiarizing from The New York Times earlier this month was actually employing a dishonest writing technique that is common on college campuses and among journalists. It's called "patchwriting." And it's not quite plagiarism, but it's not original writing either.
VFiles Officially Launches (WWD)
VFiles, a new social-media site centered on fashion and style, launched last week following a month of beta testing. The site was conceived and developed by Julie Anne Quay, a former executive editor at V magazine.