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Here's the Full 'Memo of Understanding' That the Obama Campaign, Romney Campaign and Commission on Presidential Debates Wanted to Keep Secret (TVNewser)
Last month we noted that advocacy groups asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to release the secret documents that form the basis for the three presidential and one vice presidential debates. The document, called a "memo of understanding," is crafted by the CPD along with the Romney and Obama campaigns. Time / The Page The deal was signed on Oct. 3, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver. The negotiators and signers were veteran Washington campaign lawyers Bob Bauer (for the President) and Ben Ginsberg (for Mitt Romney). CNN / Political Ticker... Campaign lawyers for President Obama and Romney have reportedly expressed concerns that Candy Crowley, CNN's award-winning chief political correspondent, will ask questions in her role as moderator of Tuesday's town hall-style presidential debate. NYT / The Caucus No props. No "show of hands" questions by the moderator. And by all means, no direct questions from one candidate to another. Mediaite The CPD document also promises to lock down the TV cameras as a means to limiting the amount of angles available. Audience reaction shots are also forbidden. HuffPost Crowley is brushing off the pressure she's receiving from the Obama and Romney campaigns over her vow to ask follow-up questions at Tuesday's presidential debate. LostRemote With the next debate Tuesday evening, Twitter sent us an email with some interesting stats around the moderators of the last two debates. LA Times When Obama and Romney meet on New York's Long Island on Tuesday night for their second matchup, this one a town-hall-style debate, legions of experts will be ready to pounce on their every utterance, calling out exaggerations and citing obvious omissions. The candidates, positioned a few feet apart, will stand ready to fact-check each other, as they see fit. PRNewser "Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined." Is that the most encouraging sentence you've read so far this week? Didn't think so.

BuzzFeed: VP Joe Biden Planning Post-Debate Morning Show Interviews (TVNewser)
In the wake of his own debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden is planning to make the morning show rounds on Wednesday, following the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Biden will speak to NBC's Today, CBS This Morning and ABC's Good Morning America. The Hill / Blog Briefing Room The planned appearances on the three shows sharply contrast the Obama campaign during the day after the first presidential debate, which Romney is widely thought to have won. During that debate Obama aides appeared the next day on the morning shows, not Biden or other prominent pro-Obama legislators. HuffPost / Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam From the Democratic perspective, the vice presidential debate was completely different in tone and style from the first presidential debate. Where the president was passive in his debate, the vice president was aggressive in his -- some people thought too much so. Detroit News / Kathleen Parker No matter what Ryan said (except when he told a personal story), Biden smiled. Like the Cheshire cat, he smiled. Like an Ultra Brite model, he smiled. The Washington Post / Michael Gerson Normally, a debate "victory" doesn't require quite so much damage control. Following Vice President Biden's manic, careening ride through global politics last week, President Obama is left to make a variety of cleanups and clarifications.

MSNBC's Website Gets New Look (TVNewser)
In advance of its own dedicated website (still slated to launch early next year) MSNBC's sub-site on got a refresh Monday. "This is just a redesign of our current pages on," an MSNBC spokesperson says. HuffPost Earlier this year, Microsoft dissolved its relationship with NBC News as the joint owner of, leaving the news network with the opportunity to rename and reorganize its website. NBC bought Microsoft's 50 percent stake in the website, and rebranded to CJR / Behind the News It's only three months since Microsoft sold its stake in, the news site it produced for 16 years in partnership with NBC, but the computing giant has already announced that it will launch a news service called MSN News with the release of Windows 8 on Oct. 26. After that date, visitors to will see a blend of aggregated and original content produced by a large newsroom in Bellevue, Wash., and another smaller team in New York City, all tailored to the digital opportunities presented by Windows 8.

Kindle Customers May Get Credit Via Settlements (Yahoo! News / AP)
Amazon has alerted its Kindle customers that they are entitled to a credit on prior electronic book purchases as part of settlements between some major eBook publishers and the government. New York Daily News / Page Views In an email to book buyers, the online giant stated that they will be eligible to receive credit amounting to between 30 cents and $1.32 for each eBook purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Christian Science Monitor / Chapter & Verse The books must have been purchased through Amazon and published by one of the three settling publishers: Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster. GalleyCat The email reminded readers that Amazon was not a party in the lawsuit filed by 55 state attorneys general, but noted that "the settlements impose limitations on the publishers' ability to set eBook prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future."

Gannett Profits Rise for Third Quarter of 2012 (HuffPost / Reuters)
Gannett Co. Inc. reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and higher profit on Monday on strong television advertising from the Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential election and subscription revenue from its newspapers. / AP The media company said it earned $133.1 million, or 56 cents per share in the July-September period, up 33 percent from $99.8 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. Bloomberg Businessweek CEO Gracia Martore is trying to get more customers to pay for its online services to stem a decline in print advertising revenue, which fell 6.6 percent during the period and contributed to a 3 percent decrease in overall publishing sales. WSJ It was Gannett's television business that lifted the quarter. Broadcasting revenue rose 36 percent to $237 million in the quarter, while operating income jumped 73 percent to $118.6 million.

Moonves Signs Contract Extension at CBS (NYT / Media Decoder)
Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of the CBS Corporation, will remain in his position through 2017, according to the terms of a contract extension announced on Monday evening. The Wrap Moonves' contract was set to expire in 2015. The new pact supersedes that contract. The Washington Post / AP CBS said 63-year-old Moonves' salary will remain the same and he will still be eligible for an annual bonus and stock grants. In 2011, his pay package rose 20 percent to $68.4 million, a sum that ranks him among the nation's highest-paid corporate executives.

Rebekah Brooks Got $11.2 Million News Corp. Exit Package (THR)
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, the U.K. newspaper unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., received a pay-off of more than £7 million ($11.2 million) following her resignation amid the phone hacking scandal last year, the Financial Times reported. Financial Times The pay-off consisted of cash and pension payments as well as an allowance for legal fees and the use of a chauffeur-driven car, according to two people with knowledge of her compensation. The Telegraph The former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper operation, who is awaiting trial next year on multiple charges in relation to the phone hacking scandal, joined News International in 1989.

Johnny Depp Starting Book Imprint (Yahoo! News / AP)
How cool is this: Johnny Depp is going to help run a publishing imprint. Already on the list of books is one about Bob Dylan, The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan, which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be complied and based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley. New York / Vulture Aging pirate Depp is after some of that Lena Dunham book prestige/cash money, launching an imprint, Infinitum Nihil ("nothing is forever"), through HarperCollins. USA Today In a statement, Depp vows "we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of people's time, of people's concern. Publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet."

Jimmy Kimmel Tops White House and Emmys with Dave (FishbowlLA)
On top of getting the news that his show will be moving in the New Year to 11:35 p.m. and hosting major powwows on both coasts (White House Correspondents dinner, Primetime Emmys), there's now this. Per a report by Lacey Rose in The Hollywood Reporter, Kimmel will finally be afforded the opportunity to interview his lifelong idol David Letterman. THR / The Live Feed Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when the ABC host brings his late-night show to his hometown of Brooklyn for one week later this month.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to Host Golden Globes (Yahoo! News / AP)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up for the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced Monday that the pair of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation stars have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony after British comedian Ricky Gervais' three-year reign as the show's acerbic emcee.

Report: Facebook Mobile Sponsored Stories Are Working, but Promoted Posts Aren't (AllFacebook)
Facebook's goal of maintaining the integrity of its user experience while increasing advertising revenue at the same time is being achieved by its mobile sponsored stories, but the social network's test of promoted posts is a bust, according to the results of a survey of more than 750 Facebook users in the U.S. last week by Sterne Agee, using the SurveyMonkey platform.

Yahoo! Hires Google's Henrique de Castro with $58 Million Pay Package (BBC News)
Henrique de Castro had worked for Yahoo!'s new chief executive, Marissa Mayer, at Google. He will oversee sales and operations, Yahoo! said. de Castro will get an annual salary of $600,000 as well as $36 million in stock options.

Wyclef's Haiti Charity May Have Been a Big Scam (PRNewser)
When Hurricane Jeanne struck the island of Haiti in 2005, Wyclef Jean was a perfect spokesman for recovery efforts. As the leader of the Fugees and a top-selling solo artist, he was the world's best-known Haitian face, so everyone seemed enthused when he and a partner founded the charity Yéle Haiti with the stated purpose of improving life for Haitians through education, nutrition, sports, housing, the arts and environmental projects. Well, that once-promising project is over -- and it didn't end well.

Hilary Mantel Favorite to Take Booker Novel Prize (Yahoo! News / AP)
Judges are choosing the winner of Britain's most prestigious literary trophy from a shortlist that includes novels set in the court of King Henry VIII and the opium dens of Mumbai. Hilary Mantel is favored to win the £50,000 ($82,000) Booker Prize with Bring Up the Bodies, a tale of Tudor treachery which follows the fates of the king's right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell, and the monarch's second wife, Anne Boleyn.

The Shame of Being a BlackBerry Owner (The Atlantic Wire)
After the iPhone and Android become the pocket computers of the masses, BlackBerrys aren't cool any more, and The New York Times is on it. With one thousand words of truth-seeking journalism, the paper of record reports that large numbers of BlackBerry users are suffering from shame and regret for sticking with the device. NYT Rachel Crosby speaks about her BlackBerry phone the way someone might speak of an embarrassing relative. "I'm ashamed of it," said Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences.

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