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Katie Couric Opens Up About Battling Bulimia (USA Today / AP)
Viewers of Katie Couric's talk show were doubtless surprised on Monday when, during the discussion of eating disorders, Couric disclosed that she had had her own struggles with that cruel, sometimes deadly condition. Today / The Clicker "I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that," Couric said. "And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that's wrong, you're full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it's one cookie or a stick of gum that isn't sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that." ABC News Couric's revelation came amid her interview Monday with pop star and X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who has also battled eating disorders. New York Daily News Couric, 55, wrestled with the disorder -- where sufferers binge on food and then purge their stomachs -- between the ages of 18 and 24 while she was at the University of Virginia. She continued to suffer as a fledgling TV reporter, but overcame her bulimia with the help of a therapist. E! Online Couric declined to go into further detail, but there's no question Demi and Katie make a powerful team when it comes to spreading the word about eating disorders.
NYT: Willie Geist to (Officially) Get Today Gig (TVNewser)
MSNBC's Willie Geist, a regular fill-in on NBC's Today, and long rumored to be a possible addition to the anchor team there, is making the move official. Deadline New York Sources say Geist will serve as a backup to Matt Lauer on Today. But he'll primarily be there to join Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie for the third hour of the broadcast. NYT / Media Decoder The promotion is expected to be announced by NBC this week, according to people who described it on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the network to comment. B&C The 37-year-old Geist has cohosted Morning Joe since 2007, after first joining the network in 2005 as a producer on Tucker Carlson's show, where he would often do on-air riffs, which caught the attention of Scarborough. He added Way Too Early in 2009. New York Observer Though he's jumping from the policy-heavy Morning Joe to the lighter, lifestyle-oriented Today, we sense that Geist will have little trouble fitting in.
The New Myspace: Now with More Facebook (AllFacebook)
Justin Timberlake is bringing Myspace back, as the singer/actor was featured in a promotional video for the former top social network, but it's a cameo by the Facebook logo that may raise eyebrows, as well. Details haven't been released yet, but it appears that the new Myspace will continue to have some kind of Facebook integration. CNET A video found at new.myspace.com features a slick video touting a service flush with photos, video, and music from young and beautiful people. Yep -- as expected, Myspace appears to be coming back as a media-centric social networking service. AllThingsD The brief unveiling comes more than a year after News Corp. sold Myspace at a half-a-billion-dollar loss to Specific media for $35 million, after suffering through years of a flagging user base, in sharp contrast to the skyrocketing success of Facebook, the world's largest social networking site. SlashGear What surprises us the most is how beautiful everything looks, especially when Myspace is coming from a layout that can't exactly be described as "gorgeous." Engadget Like most of the tech media we're understandably skeptical of any attempt to relaunch the flagging social service, but after getting a peak at the redesign we've gotta say we're rooting for it. TheNextWeb / Insider Although we'll have to wait and see if the demoed functionality comes together into a coherent and enjoyable service, there's no denying that the design shown in the preview looks absolutely gorgeous.
Bethenny Sold to Fox Stations, Slated for National Launch in 2013 (TVSpy)
Following a six-week trial run on Fox O&Os, Bethenny Frankel's talk show has been slated for a national syndication launch next year, Fox Television and Warner Bros. announced Monday. THR Bethenny will be produced by Telepictures Productions and A Very Good Production, Ellen DeGeneres' production company. Frankel herself confirmed the pickup of the show last week in an appearance on DeGeneres' show, she said the show was a go. Ellen added: "We are not going to give a lot of details, because we can't, but it is safe to say she will be on television soon. The television show will be back on the air." Deadline Hollywood The company did not specify a launch date. There had been speculation that it may go for next fall, but there also had been an idea to try and keep the show's momentum with an earlier return, as early as January. New York Observer The show was meant to launch this fall but couldn't get affiliates to book the program, given the crowded market for new talk shows hosted by Katie Couric, Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, and Steve Harvey among others. B&C "This summer's test proves Bethenny has a distinctive unique appeal that woman flock to," said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, in a statement. "No matter the time period or city, with no off-air support, and in the middle of the summer, daytime viewers made Bethenny Frankel appointment TV."
J.K. Rowling Pre-Order Sales Top Million Mark (The Telegraph)
A million orders have already been placed for J.K. Rowling's new "adult" novel The Casual Vacancy. U.K. booksellers expect it to be the best-selling fiction title of the year and Philip Stone, charts editor at The Bookseller magazine, told AFP: "It's one of the biggest releases of the 21st century. I think 99.9 percent of us (in the industry) are predicting it will go straight to No. 1." LA Times / Jacket Copy Rowling is one of the world's most beloved authors. She's one of the world's richest authors. But can she become one of the few authors to successfully make the transition from children's book author to writing fiction for adults? USA Today Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing for Barnes & Noble, says The Casual Vacancy could be the biggest book of the year. "We're very optimistic about this book. She's a gifted storyteller and very skilled at creating characters and creating worlds." Vanity Fair / The Hollywood Blog Coincidentally (or not), pre-orders of The Casual Vacancy have moved it past Fifty Shades of Grey on Amazon's best-seller list.
Apple Says More Than 5 Million iPhone 5s Sold (Yahoo! News / AP)
Apple Inc. said Monday that it sold more than 5 million iPhone 5s in the three days since its launch, fewer than analysts had expected. Fast Company / Fast Feed Tim Cook was, naturally, ebullient at the news, confirming that the firm had completely sold out of its first batch of supplies but was still receiving shipments. Bloomberg "The number is lower than what people had expected," Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets, said in an interview. He had estimated debut weekend sales of 6 million to 6.5 million units, excluding Internet purchases that haven't been shipped. "This seems to be driven more by availability than demand." CNN Money / Fortune The market was not so patient. The stock opened at $686.91, down $13.18 (1.9 percent) from Friday's close, and the analysts who had predicted sales as high as 10 million units had some explaining to do.
Bad PR: Clinton Rep Tells BuzzFeed Reporter to 'F**k Off' (PRNewser)
Monday in Bad Media Relations News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's well-named spokesman Philippe Reines -- who has served as a State Department official under Clinton since her 2009 appointment -- recently told BuzzFeed political reporter and Rolling Stone veteran Michael Hastings to "f**k off" and "have a good life" via email. CBS News / Political Hotsheet Hastings, who opted to publish the entire exchange on BuzzFeed Monday, initially wrote to Reines with questions about how and why CNN was able to acquire the personal diary of Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya who along with three other Americans was murdered in Benghazi earlier this month. The Washington Post / Election 2012 Blog Hastings -- who wrote the Rolling Stone piece that lead to Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan -- was hardly a model of civility. He called Reines' response "bulls**t" and alluded to "complaints" from women who have dated the spokesman. The Village Voice / Runnin' Scared We guess this means they won't be exchanging Christmas cards?
LinkedIn Lets Colleagues Cut to the Chase with One-Click Endorsements (SocialTimes)
Crafting elegant recommendations for your connections on LinkedIn is one of the best ways to build your professional network, especially when your colleagues return the favor. But let's face it, it's hard to find time to sit down and respond to all those endorsement requests. To ease your writing cramps, LinkedIn will now let you click a button and be done with it. TheNextWeb / Insider Think of LinkedIn Endorsements as Facebook Likes for professionals. TechCrunch You can also accept any new skills recommended by your peers that you may not have thought to include on your profile. Or you can add a new skill to your profile page. ZDNet The Endorsements feature is essentially another form of offering a reference on a LinkedIn profile. It also gives more credibility to skills and expertise listed on a profile in comparison to what might be listed on a paper resume.
Obama Offers Himself Up as 'Eye Candy' on The View (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
President Barack Obama on Monday sought to woo women voters at a taping of the daytime talk show The View, by flirting with his wife and bearing gifts for the hosts, but he could not escape tough questions on the economy that have dominated the election. Politico / Politico 44 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bantered playfully and held hands Monday during a taping of the female-oriented talk show The View, giving no indication of second thoughts about the appearance despite criticism that the president was blowing off international diplomacy in order to take part in the often-fluffy daytime gabfest. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank As heads of government arrived in New York on Monday to attend the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama also made his way to Manhattan but to see a different group of world leaders: Barbara, Elisabeth, Joy, Sherri and Whoopi.
Newsmagazine on Gay, Lesbian Issues Shutting Down (Yahoo! News / AP)
A monthly public television newsmagazine focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues is shutting down after its December episode. The company that makes In the Life will be dissolved and its archive of materials will eventually be made available online. The interim executive director of In the Life Media says difficulty in funding the newsmagazine was partly responsible for the shutdown. Passport / Global Cocktails Beginning as a variety show in 1992, In the Life evolved into its current news magazine format throughout the years, becoming the most honored and respected source for LGBT journalism along the way.
New York Times Co. Closes on $300M Sale of About Group (Yahoo! News / AP)
The New York Times Co. has completed its $300 million sale of The About Group to Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp. IAC, which operates online businesses including Newsweek, The Daily Beast and dating site Match.com. NYT / Media Decoder The Times Co. originally bought About.com in 2005 for slightly more than $400 million. Through the worst years of the recession, as the newspaper made the transition to digital, the About Group helped increase the broader company's profits.
Robert Hernandez: Reboot Journalism School? Take Control of Your Education Instead (Nieman Journalism Lab)
"J-schools aren't changing fast enough." "J-schools need new blood in academia." "J-schools need to be more like teaching hospitals." All these are true, but... there are some people who don't wait. Students, if you are waiting for the curriculum to be the cutting edge journalism that will guarantee you a high-paying job, you are wasting your time.
Anti-Islam, Pro-Bachmann Ad Kind of Backfires (Salon)
Michele Bachmann has been on a rather intense anti-Islam tear recently, fearmongering about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the government. Recently, she's touted the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya as proof of her conspiracy theories. One group of Bachmann supporters, the National Republican Trust PAC, responded in stride, running an ad that attacks Bachmann opponent Jim Graves for calling her comments "outrageous."
The Amazon Alphabet: from Audio Books to Zoo (The Millions)
You've probably noticed that Amazon, like many sites, employs an "auto-complete" feature on its search box. When you start typing in letters, it suggests things that begin with those letters. It's probably safe to assume that it suggests the most frequently searched words, so, if we look at Amazon's book section we can type in letters and discover, for each letter of the alphabet, the most popular searches on Amazon.
Four Tips for Building a YouTube Audience from YouTube's Head of Content Strategy (SocialTimes)
You've got a YouTube channel set up and you've been uploading videos, but they aren't getting the views you think they deserve. One explanation could be that your content simply isn't engaging, interesting or worthwhile, but let's assume that that's not the case. If your content is great but you aren't getting views, a likely reason is that you haven't put the time into building your audience.