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Debate Ratings: 65.6 Million Watch Second Presidential Debate (TVNewser)
The final numbers are in, and 65.6 million people watched the second presidential debate live on TV Tuesday night, according to Nielsen. HuffPost NBC won the overall ratings battle across broadcast and cable news; 13.81 million people watched the debate there. ABC was second in the broadcast race, with 12.46 million viewers. That beat CBS' 8.92 million. LA Times / Show Tracker Among cable networks, Fox News Channel's coverage scored especially high, with 11.1 million viewers, which matched its record numbers for the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate in 2008. Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV Tuesday night's strong numbers aren't that surprising considering what an important role the first debate had on changing the story of this year's presidential campaign, with Romney surging in the polls after facing a lethargic Obama during their initial clash. NYT / The Caucus President Obama and Romney may have stepped up the intensity of their arguments on Tuesday night in the second of their three debates. But on Twitter at least, no records were broken, and the measured response was more mellow. LostRemote According to Twitter, 7.2 million tweets were sent during Tuesday night's presidential debate. ABC News Debate moderator Candy Crowley defended her decision to interject in a heated moment about Libya during Tuesday night's presidential debate, saying she was not trying to "fact check," but just trying to move the debate along. THR In a staff memo, CNN Worldwide executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker defended the debate moderator, arguing that Obama got more speaking time because he talks "more slowly" and that the network is going to do a word-count comparison between him and Romney. NBC News / First Read Ad spending in the presidential campaign has now topped $800 million and is on pace to reach or come close to $1 billion, according to an NBC analysis of data provided by ad-buying firm SMG Delta.

Jeff Zucker to CNN: the Argument Against (TVNewser)
Earlier we noted how former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker is preparing to leave the syndicated talker Katie, which he currently EPs. We also noted that Zucker is on the (public) short list of names to replace Jim Walton at CNN Worldwide. In the LA Times, Joe Flint lays out why that probably won't happen. LA Times / Company Town The case for Zucker is easy to make. Before he became a media bigwig, he was a top news executive who knew how to balance good journalism with strong ratings. His run as executive producer of NBC's morning program Today was incredibly successful and his news experience isn't limited to the AM hours. Deadline Hollywood With his strong news background, Zucker is considered a leading candidate to succeed CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton when he departs at the end of the year. Such timing would work for providing a smooth transition on Katie, which has a two-year deal with the ABC stations. Mediaite We made the case here that, despite his controversial history in running a television network, Zucker could actually be a great replacement for the outgoing president due to his success with reviving NBC Universal's cable assets. HuffPost As the head of NBC Universal, Zucker made headlines during the messy Tonight Show shake-up regarding Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno.

Mitt Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' Comment Buzzing on Facebook (AllFacebook)
The debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have become increasingly popular on Facebook (just ask Big Bird). After Romney answered a question during Tuesday night's debate regarding equality for women in the workplace, the phrase "binders full of women" was all over the social network, even spawning a page that already has nearly 300,000 likes. The Hill / Twitter Room Although the candidates' disagreement on Libya prompted big spikes in social media chatter during the debate, as well as a great deal of post-debate chatter, "binders full of women" looks to be this week's "Big Bird" or "malarkey" moment. Philadelphia Inquirer / Maria Panaritis As a business reporter and columnist, I was shocked -- shocked -- to hear during the presidential debate that former Massachusetts governor and private-equity bigwig Romney had to solicit "binders full of women" job candidates just so his state cabinet would not resemble an episode of the misogynistic TV series Mad Men. PRNewser Let's put it this way: Well before the end of the Hofstra rumble, someone created the "Binders Full of Women" tumblr based on the well-meaning but poorly executed Romney quip: "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' And they brought us whole binders full of women!"

New York Times Suspends Andrew Goldman for Twitter Remark (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has decided to discipline Andrew Goldman, the writer of the "Talk" feature in the Times Magazine, for his Twitter outburst last week. Goldman had drawn criticism for lashing out at a female author when she suggested his material was sexist. Capital New York Goldman will continue to write the New York Times Magazine's "Talk" column, despite an incident last week in which he was scolded by Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for a "Twitter outburst" that was "insulting and profane." But the Times has also decided effectively to suspend him from writing the column for four weeks, Capital has learned. New York Observer Goldman was criticized by, among other people, Sullivan after he got into a highly publicized Twitter feud in response to novelist Jennifer Weiner taking issue with his "Talk" feature in the Sunday magazine where he asked Tippi Hedren, the star of The Birds, if she had ever been tempted to sleep with directors. Poynter / MediaWire Phil Corbett, associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, also reminded staff Wednesday that they should treat Twitter and Facebook as "public activities," and that their behavior on social networking sites should be "appropriate for a Times journalist."

Study Shows Rapid Growth of High-Definition TV (Yahoo! News / AP)
High-definition televisions have rapidly become the norm in U.S. homes. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that more than three-quarters of American homes have a high-def TV. Nearly 40 percent have more than one of those sets. Radio & Television Business Reporter The figure is likely to continue to trend upwards as bulky standard-definition sets are swapped out for sleeker and more technologically-sophisticated models. Multichannel News In May 2012, 61 percent of all primetime viewing was done on an HD set, but much of that viewing was of standard-definition feeds, according to Nielsen. During that month about 29 percent of English-language broadcast primetime viewing and 25 percent of cable primetime viewing was in "true HD," the study found.

Twitter's First Act of Censorship Silences Neo-Nazi Profile in Germany (AllTwitter)
Back in January Twitter unveiled a revision to their stance on censorship -- namely, that while they agreed that the tweets must continue to flow, Twitter's increasing position on the international stage meant that, inevitably, they would have to work with governments and enforcement agencies on a per-country basis in order to better serve their respective values and norms with regard to freedom of expression. BBC News Announcing the decision, Twitter's general counsel Alex Macgillivray said: "Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly and transparently." In the tweet, he published links to the letter sent by German police, requesting the account be closed. The Atlantic Wire The issue isn't so simple for free speech advocates. Twitter has long been a haven for dissidents, activists and freedom fighters, the vast majority of whom are not neo-Nazis.

Fans Stand and Cheer for Author J.K. Rowling (OMG! Yahoo! / AP)
Just the mention of her name, J.K. Rowling, had the audience screaming and on its feet. The Harry Potter author spoke for just over an hour before a capacity crowd Tuesday night at Manhattan's Lincoln Center in her sole U.S. public appearance to promote her first novel for grownups, The Casual Vacancy. Reuters Promoting her new "adult" novel The Casual Vacancy, Rowling finds it amusing that the most famous "adult" fiction of the moment is the erotic trilogy 50 Shades of Grey. But, she says, there's a big difference. "The difference should be, people have sex in this book but no one really enjoys it," she said of her own book at a reading in New York on Tuesday night. New York Daily News / Page Views Even though The Casual Vacancy, set in a small English town with decidedly ordinary, unmagical characters, gave Rowling free rein to finally stick in some sex scenes, heroin addicts and cursing that would have been far too "grown-up" for Harry Potter readers, it's still nothing like the rampant BDSM of E.L. James' erotic trilogy.

Verizon Draws Fire for Monitoring App Usage, Browsing Habits (CNET)
Verizon Wireless has begun selling information about its customers' geographical locations, app usage, and Web browsing activities, a move that raises privacy questions and could brush up against federal wiretapping law. Forbes / The Not-So Private Parts Last year, with little fanfare, Verizon quietly announced that it was making a change to its privacy policy to allow the company to start mining the rich data from your phone for use in "business and marketing reports." The company has now started cashing in on the mining.

Michael Savage Signs Deal with Cumulus Media (NYT / Media Decoder)
Michael Savage, the popular conservative radio host, has found a new home for his show, The Savage Nation, which went off the air last month after he won a legal battle to leave his former employer.

Creatives: Do You Really Need Your Own Agency? (Ad Age)
Creatives are groomed to dream about owning their own agency. And who am I to question that, if I am on my second venture myself? Yet I have one concern about that single, collective ambition: Despite how good it may seem to be able to call the shots, you don't really get to call that many once you own the place.

Aol Alto: You've Got a New Spin on Webmail (ABC News / Tech This Out)
While it was reported last year that a large percentage of AOL's profits still come from people who use's webmail service, many have moved to newer webmail options (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo!, or Apple's iCloud). But Aol is hoping those who haven't used Aol email in a decade will start again. Its newest mail service is called Alto.

Study: Female Journalists Need Top-Notch Qualifications to Win a Pulitzer (
University of Missouri journalism professor Yong Volz and Chinese University journalism professor Francis Lee examined biographies of all 814 Pulitzer winners from 1917 to 2010 and found that "the majority of the 113 female Pulitzer Prize winners enjoyed access to greater resources than the average male winner."

Where in the World Does Spam Come From? (Mashable)
Ever wonder where all that spam you receive in your inbox comes from? Apparently, most of it comes from India.

Apple Loses Tablet Copyright Appeal Against Samsung (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
Apple Inc lost its appeal over a ruling that its rival Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not copy the iPad in a British court on Thursday. The world's two leading smartphone makers are fighting over patents, both for smartphones and for tablets, in courts around the world.

Facebook EdgeRank Advice for Writers and Publishers (GalleyCat)
Facebook recently updated its EdgeRank algorithm, the complex calculation that determines how many people see your individual Facebook posts in their newsfeed. We adapted EdgeRank Tracker's advice into four steps that writers can take to cope with these changes at Facebook.

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