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Debate Moderating: A Thankless Job (Yahoo! News / AP)
Beneath Bob Schieffer's Southern charm is the tough spine of someone used to dealing with politicians. The moderator of Monday's final presidential debate will need it, because it has been open season on the other journalists who have done that job this campaign. Thanks to a bitter campaign rivalry, thriving partisan media outlets and the growth of social media, debate moderator is approaching baseball umpire on the scale of thankless jobs. Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Bud Kennedy "People pay too much attention to moderators," Schieffer said. "We're like the umpires. You only hear criticism from the losing team." Schieffer, 75 and in his 22nd year as host of CBS' Face the Nation, heard mostly cheers as moderator of the final presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. NYT / The Caucus On his program on Sunday morning, Schieffer made only a passing reference to his role on Monday night, saying that he had spent the last month studying up on foreign policy matters, the subject of the debate. Politico Obama needs to keep Romney from looking like an acceptable alternative as president, as Romney has -- to varying degrees -- in the last two debates. Romney needs to narrow Obama's edge on foreign policy and national security with voters, and to argue that the president's policies in the Mideast have failed. The Daily Beast / Election Beast The presidential debates are iconic, high-profile events that attract global media attention. So why are only a relative handful of American colleges vying to host them? Time / The Page Given the apparent tightness of the race, this is going to be an exciting fortnight of a spectacle. There's plenty of room on TV, the Internet, and elsewhere for content about both the horserace and the serious challenges the country faces. Minneapolis Star-Tribune Brandon Taitt will settle in Monday night to watch the final debate between President Obama and Romney with his eyes on the television and fingers on his laptop keyboard. Just as he did four years ago, he'll listen to the candidates and chat with his friends seated on the sofa nearby. This time, however, he'll be part of a much larger discussion -- online. UnBeige Hang on, design fans, don't abandon the democratic process just yet. The final presidential debate, to be held Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla., will offer a couple of touches that are right up your creative alley.
George McGovern Dies: Media Remembers Former Senator (HuffPost)
The death of former Senator George McGovern prompted a flood of tributes from journalists on Sunday. McGovern passed away on Sunday at the age of 90. He was in hospice care. USA Today Rarely was a politician so shaped by the geography of his upbringing. It is why, I think, after he left public office that he took a largely untrodden path back to South Dakota to live part-time. Time / Newsfeed An intelligent, confident politician who twice stepped up as his party's candidate and worked to turn the counterculture of the '60s into a mainstream political phenomenon, he ultimately remains best known for his vehement opposition to the Vietnam War. The Washington Post / AP He wasn't a longhair and he wasn't charismatic, not a man you'd expect to win the loyalty of rock stars or win the heart of Hoffman, the Yippie prankster who just four years earlier had suggested a pig should run for president and said what America needed was nonstop sex in the streets. San Francisco Chronicle / AP The death of McGovern sparked a flurry of outpouring on the social media networking site Twitter, prompting posters to share quotes and remembrances of the man who lost the presidential election to Richard Nixon in 1972.
Apple Tuesday Event: iPad Mini, 13-Inch MacBook Pro Retina, New iMac and Mac Mini? (Gizmodo)
The Apple iPad Mini is coming on Oct. 23. Tim Cook and his mariachis are presenting the new ultra-thin, ultra-light, magical and slightly smaller iPad at 1 p.m. Eastern /10 a.m. Pacific at the California Center in San Jose, and we'll be covering it live. This is what you can expect -- and what you shouldn't hold your breath for. Metro A smaller version of the best-selling tablet is expected, featuring a 7.85-inch screen and Wi-Fi-only connectivity, available with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of memory. TechCrunch Apple's iPad Mini announcement is set for early this week, and the big variable still remains price. Now, a couple of new reports that surfaced this weekend shed a little more light on what we might expect with pricing. USA Today An expected unveiling of new Macintosh computers on Tuesday will likely be overshadowed by the launch of a cheaper, smaller iPad from Apple. New models of the iMac desktop machine, MacBook laptops and the Mac Mini component computer are likely, predicts Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu.
Tina Brown Talks Newsweek's Future (National Journal / Sunday Shows)
Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, said the company could no longer afford to publish a print version of Newsweek with the evolution of digital media. Brown announced last week that Newsweek would cease print publication in 2013, a move that will come with staff reductions. The Daily Beast / Tina Brown Our decision is driven by our optimism, our belief in ourselves -- and our belief, above all, in our readers. You have increasingly adopted digital and, in effect, we are following you. The Harvard Crimson The ultimate, and likely inevitable, decision to put down Newsweek's print edition came on the heels of a more truly tragic stretch, in which gaudy stories and cover images pasted over a decades-long journalistic tradition. The Daily Campus But the death of print journalism is a myth. Some critics are quick to jump on the discontinuation of Newsweek as a sign of the death of print journalism. In fact, it is nothing more than the death of Newsweek.
Analysis: Most Companies Won't be Early Adopters of Windows 8 (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp's release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies -- and some experts say many may never adopt it. The Atlantic Wire With less than a week to go before the big Windows 8 launch on Oct. 26, everybody seems to be converging on the same unambiguous conclusion about the new software: bafflement. CNET There's no doubt Microsoft will sell hundreds of millions of copies of the operating system, as PC makers roll it out to consumers with their latest hardware and corporations eventually adopt it under existing licensing arrangements. The real metrics to watch will be how quickly consumers and businesses buy Windows 8, and how much of a dent Microsoft makes in Apple's huge lead in the tablet business.
AMC Settles Dish Legal Battle in Time for Walking Dead (Mashable)
Dish Network's 14 million TV subscribers, who were no longer receiving AMC shows because of a legal battle, can stop groaning as loudly as zombies now. AMC Networks and Cablevision settled their dispute with Dish on Sunday, just in time for a new episode of AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead. Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV According to a press release, Dish agreed to pay AMC and Cablevision $700 million, and also entered into a new multi-year agreement to air the channels comprising AMC Networks -- which includes AMC, IFC, the Sundance Channel, and WE tv. NYT / Media Decoder The end of the blackout coincided with a settlement in a four-year breach-of-contract lawsuit between Dish, controlled by Charles W. Ergen, and VOOM, a former subsidiary of Cablevision, which like AMC Networks is controlled by Charles F. Dolan. Dish contended that its decision to stop carrying AMC's channels on July 1 was unrelated to the legal fight, but AMC said otherwise.
Stephen Colbert: 'I Booked Bill O'Reilly and I Got William O'Reilly' (TVNewser)
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert talks to Playboy (probably not safe for work) about many things, including his character's influence, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. Playboy: Who's your ideal guest? Colbert: We want someone who represents something, who feels strongly about what they're talking about and will allow for a little dramatic friction. The most disappointing guest is somebody who won't be their personality. International Business Times Colbert will make a cameo appearance in Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trilogy, according to sources from The Hollywood Reporter. In a recent interview with Playboy, the comedian and satirist described a visit to the set of The Hobbit in New Zealand.
Voice: Intimacy as Opportunity (Adweek)
The big question is: In a world in which digital noise is so loud that it has made us unfeeling, how can we regain intimacy? What can we as an agency, a business or brand do to make ourselves matter again?
Instagram Shrugs Off Twitter Snub and Finds Feature Work-Around (AllTwitter)
Remember we told you about Twitter cutting off Instagram's access to its API, destroying Instagram's "find friends on Twitter" feature? Well, the crafty little picture powerhouse that could appears to have found a work-around. At least in part.
NYC Sees Progress in Quest to Become Tech Capital (Yahoo! News / AP)
New York's mayor has made no secret of going after a digital grail: rivaling Silicon Valley as a high-tech hub. The city isn't there, at least not yet, but it can point to a series of promising signs.
Why Marketers Should be Targeting Social Moms on Twitter and Facebook (AllTwitter)
Moms social network a lot. How much? Eight out of 10 (80 percent) use social media regularly, with 90 percent of those having visited Facebook in the past 30 days, and just over one-third (37 percent) hanging out on Twitter over that same period.
Agency Puts City Stories on Stage (NYT / Media Decoder)
Many a newcomer to New York has dreams of Broadway stardom. The new New York office of the Chicago-based Leo Burnett advertising agency has made it, at least for now, as far as a theater in the East Village.
ABC World News Introduces the 'Instant Index' (TVNewser)
Regular viewers of ABC World News may have noticed a new segment on the program recently. The "Instant Index," described by Diane Sawyer as "the things that caught our eye today," airs during the show's third segment. It will spotlight interesting people, places, video and quotes from the day's news cycle.
First Look at Pippa Middleton's Book (WWD / Memo Pad)
"It's a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that's the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," writes Pippa Middleton in the introduction to her new book, Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends (Michael Joseph), which will be published in the U.K. on Thursday.
Why a Physical TV Set Will Disappear From our Living Rooms (LostRemote)
LostRemote, the name of this blog, is a constant reminder of the evolution of TV and technology. Your smartphone, iPad, laptop and Web browser are as much of a remote as the clunky rectangular piece of plastic that you always seem to lose. What will we be losing next as the living room changes?