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Christie to NBC's David Gregory: 'I Wish You Guys Were as Tough on the President' (The Daily Caller)
On Sunday's broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a jab at moderator David Gregory and the media for being tougher on Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama ahead of this week's presidential debate. Mediaite Responding to a question about Romney's conservative critics, Christie told This Week's George Stephanopoulos, "I'm not going to sit here and complain about coverage of the campaign because, as a candidate, if you do that, you're losing." The Atlantic Wire Christie actually pulled triple duty last week. He appeared on Face the Nation, This Week, and Meet the Press to say the same thing. He's really, really excited about Wednesday's debate. He told David Gregory "the entire narrative" would change Thursday morning. Yahoo! News / The Ticket "You're going to have tens of millions of people for the very first time, David, really tuning in and paying attention to this race," he continued. "And also, for the first time, you're going to have them be able to make a direct, side-by-side comparison." The Daily Beast Paul Ryan isn't worried about how his guy will do at the presidential debate this Wednesday -- it's the next-day headlines that make him nervous. "I think it kind of goes without saying that there's a media bias," the Republican VP candidate argued on Fox News Sunday. Ryan's solution? Forget the middleman, and bring his message "straight to the people." CNN / Political Ticker... "We've -- look, I'm a conservative person, I'm used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this," said Ryan. Asked to cite a specific example of media bias, Ryan demurred, instead asserting that most people who work in the media have liberal political affiliations and, therefore, would want a president who is a Democrat to win. NYT The mainstream media are frequently indicted suspects when the rink tilts against conservative causes. But it seems worth pulling apart that notion, especially in a landscape where ownership of the megaphone is increasingly up for grabs.
The Kindle Paperwhite is Evidently Amazing (The Atlantic Wire)
When the press embargo for the Kindle Paperwhite lifted on Sunday night, everyone in the tech blogosphere seemed to sing its praises in unison. The new e-reader, now at the bottom end of Amazon's lineup of devices, just got a pretty noticeable facelift with a new front-lit screen, a thinner profile and faster performance. Based on the tone of the reviews, though, this thing might as well be made out of chocolate-covered diamonds, it's so stunning. USA Today With so much attention showered on color tablets these days, it's refreshing to see dedicated electronic readers get some love. So while Amazon.com has certainly pushed the latest iterations of its Kindle Fire tablets, the Internet retailer also is shining the light on the dedicated Kindle Paperwhite e-reader that starts shipping Monday. Wired The new Kindle Paperwhite isn't the perfect character. Just like the literary creations that live and die on its screen, it has flaws. It's wise, though it still suffers from memories of its past. But in the great e-reader saga, it's clearly the protagonist, and one worth rooting for. NBC News / GadgetBox Until now, I was convinced the e-reader was a goner. After all, that black-on-gray "e-ink" display technology has peaked and cheap tablets are eating up what's left of buyer interest. Then I fell in love with the Paperwhite. TechCrunch The e-reader arms race moves at a glacial pace. Barnes & Noble does one thing, Amazon follows. Amazon adds a feature and, slowly but surely, B&N adds the same thing. While the Kindle itself has been updated five times since 2008, it seems like it's been around for decades and has only just now gotten much, much better.
Iran Court Finds Reuters Journalist Guilty of 'Spreading Lies' (NYT / AP)
A special media court on Sunday found the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson Reuters news agency guilty of "spreading lies" against the Islamic system for a video script that briefly described a group of women involved in martial arts training as killers. Chicago Tribune / Reuters In March, the Iranian government suspended the press accreditation of Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video script on women's martial arts training that incorrectly referred to the athletes as "assassins." Reuters journalists have not been able to report inside Iran since then. The Atlantic Wire The headline to the accompanying story originally said "Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran's assassins" before Reuters toned it down to read "Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran," after the martial arts club where the video was filmed complained to the Irani government that it was inaccurate. It turns out that these women weren't actually training to become throwing star-toting, samurai sword-swinging killers. They were just looking for a creative way to get into shape. RT The young Iranian girls featured in the story are training in the art of Ninjutsu. They promptly filed defamation charges against Reuters after the report went viral on the Internet.
Schwarzenegger Kept Many Secrets from Wife Maria (CBS News / AP)
Arnold Schwarzenegger says his lifelong penchant for secrecy and ability to put his emotions "on deep freeze" led him to keep many secrets from his wife Maria Shriver, eventually causing the dissolution of their marriage when he was forced to admit he fathered a child with the family's housekeeper years earlier. Throughout their strained 25-year marriage, Schwarzenegger says he did not want to tell Shriver about crucial life decisions such as major heart surgery and running for California governor because he feared she would overreact and tell her well-connected family and friends. LA Times / L.A. Now "I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids," Schwarzenegger said of the relationship that led to him having a now 14-year-old son by the housekeeper. The Austrian-born body-builder, movie star and politician is promoting his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. WSJ / Speakeasy In his coming book, according to 60 Minutes, Schwarzenegger admits that he had an affair with an actress from the 1985 Conan spinoff movie Red Sonja. "I did feel bad about it," he says of cheating on Maria. He adds that it wasn't his only affair. "I'm not perfect," he adds. AFP Schwarzenegger said Shriver had not read the book. Asked what he thought Shriver's view would be, he said: "I think that Maria's wishing me well with everything that I do." New York Daily News Maria Shriver has remained largely mum about her husband's infidelities, but the poised Kennedy is reportedly not happy at all that his recent 60 Minutes interview was missing one very important voice: hers.
The Times-Picayune's Final Daily Edition (NOLA Defender)
Following through on plans announced in the spring, The Times-Picayune ended its 175-year run as a daily newspaper Sunday. Sunday's edition was the final print paper that will be distributed on the seven-days-a-week printing schedule. KVUE "Major cities, you would expect to have a daily newspaper," said State Rep. Neil Abramson. "And without having The Times-Picayune -- and being New Orleans-- you kind of wonder whether businesses, tourists and conventions are going to look at us a little differently." WGNO There are other options for newspaper readers. Earlier this week, The Advocate of Baton Rouge started publishing a daily New Orleans edition. They are hoping to fill the void left by The Times-Picayune.
Iran Unblocks Access to Gmail (The Daily Star / AFP)
Iran on Monday removed online blocks on Gmail but a government Internet filtering committee official said other, additional censorship was being prepared against YouTube, according to reports. Internet users in Iran found themselves able to freely access their Gmail accounts for the first time since the blocks were suddenly established on Sept. 24. The Boston Globe / AP Iran's cyber monitors often tout their fight against the West's "soft war" of influence through the Web, but trying to block Google's popular Gmail appeared to be a swipe too far. Complaints piled up -- even from pro-government media and email-starved Parliament members -- and forced authorities Sunday to back-pedal on their promises to create a parallel Web universe with Tehran as its center. ZDNet Last week, Iran had blocked Gmail but not Google's search engine, in response to a court order linked to the distribution of controversial anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims on YouTube, also owned by Google. An Iranian official had then stated that "due to the repeated demands of the people, Google and Gmail will be filtered nationwide. They will remain filtered until further notice." TheNextWeb Iran is lacking the necessary technical ability to knock-out YouTube without affecting Gmail, that's according to Mohammad Reza Miri, who is part of the Internet censorship team within the telecommunications ministry committee.
One Billion Facebook Users on Earth: Are We There Yet? (Forbes / Asia Wide Web)
Back in June 2010, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said 1 billion users on Facebook is "almost a guarantee that it will happen." Fast forward two years and Facebook revealed it has more than 955 million monthly active users, as of the end of June 2012.
Pandora Fights Back Against 'Internet Radio Discrimination' (PRNewser)
Right now, Pandora looks like the king of Internet radio. But founder Tim Westergren isn't happy with his company's status, and he's getting political about it.
Bloomberg TV Launches Women to Watch Series (TVNewser)
Bloomberg TV is launching a new series, Women to Watch, that profiles the women that are closing the gender gap in the tech industry. The first report is slated for Monday. Willow Bay, who is a Bloomberg special correspondent and the wife of Disney CEO Bob Iger, profiles several high-powered women in tech -- including Carolyn Everson of Facebook and Theresia Gouw Ranzetta of Accel Partners -- and then hosts a roundtable discussion on the industry's gender gap.
Actor Taylor Negron Celebrates the Life, Legacy of an L.A. Murder Victim (FishbowlLA)
A piece posted Friday afternoon on xojane.com by actor Taylor Negron about the horrific murder of 81-year-old L.A. resident Catherine Davis received a lot of attention over the weekend. Deservedly so. E! Online While the circumstances surrounding the death of Johnny Lewis have caused a media frenzy, not much has been said about the elderly woman who was killed in the incident -- Catherine Davis. In an editorial for XO Jane, Negron said Davis was a "Hollywood legend. A near saint. And a kind and loving mother to so many, including me."
Telemundo Media to Offer Bilingual Approach to Advertisers (NYT / Media Decoder)
In a move to increase its reach with both English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanic consumers, Telemundo Media will announce Monday a new advertising platform in conjunction with Comcast Spotlight, an advertising unit of Comcast. The initiative will be called Telemundo Plus and will allow advertisers to show ads in either language throughout the NBCUniversal, Comcast and Telemundo networks.
How to Accept Mobile Payments (AppNewser)
Many small bookstores and independent media publishers would love to keep up with the latest forms of technology and accept mobile payments, but don't have the agency budgets of a Starbucks or a Dunkin' Donuts to build a mobile platform. Don't fret, you don't have to. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet, and one of these apps and you're on your way.
Imagine No Ads on Facebook. It's Easy if You Try (TechCrunch)
Facebook has to show more ads to make more money, right? Wrong. Or at least not necessarily. If it expands its new off-site ad network and Gifts eCommerce product, it could rely on its data, not its traffic, to grow its revenues.
Why Apple Took the Risk with Maps (GigaOM)
As the mobile game is shifting from hardware to services, Apple needs to have more deep services of its own, rather than relying on competition. And maps is an important control point for the company.
Three Reasons Why the Updated Google Trends Tool will Benefit Journalists (10,000 Words)
This week, Google announced that it is merging its Google Trends and Insights for Search into one Google Trends tool. Both Google Trends and Insights for Search have been useful tools in the industry for years, offering journalists a way to see popular search terms and compare keywords, respectively. While each tool has separate and distinct functions, there are benefits to packaging them into one super tool. Here are three reasons journalists will benefit from this update.