Morning Media Newsfeed 11.06.12
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2012 Election Night: TV Networks, Associated Press Prepare to Call Winners (HuffPost / The Backstory)
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, representatives from five TV networks and The Associated Press will head into the "quarantine room," an undisclosed location with no cellphone or Internet access. That's where the National Election Pool -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and the AP -- start sifting through exit poll data provided by Edison Research. Yahoo! News / AP Television news networks are showing some of the final stump speeches for the presidential candidates, but what you see depends on where you look. Yahoo! News / Reuters Television networks face a new challenge in covering this year's excruciatingly close presidential election: prevent closely guarded exit poll results from leaking onto Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. The Washington Post / On Small Business The presidential election set to take place Tuesday will largely be reliant on independent voters and winning crucial swing states. There has been a significant amount of momentum building in social media and the online community that will play a major role in helping independent voters make their choice. Upstart Business Journal The 2012 election has been called the "social media election" ad nauseam, but an infographic on open-site.org shows that social media networks are not only channels to get candidates' messages out, but are also becoming predictors of election outcomes. LostRemote During the debates, Peel's app enabled viewers with Samsung tablets to "cheer" and "boo" in real-time with the candidates. Peel said it reported 1.5 million interactions during the debates -- 4,200 per minute -- with Obama scoring 2.4 cheers for each boo and Romney coming out even. The app also polled viewers on their intended votes, divided down by state, and Obama came away with 285 electoral votes (with three undecided states) for the win. AllFacebook Can't find that slip of paper telling you where to cast your vote in the presidential election Tuesday? Don't worry, Facebook is here to help. An application on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page directs voters to their polling place, based on their address. The Atlantic Wire It may be less than 24 hours away but the media has moved on to bigger and better things: Like what's going to happen after the presidential election? Sure, that may be difficult to predict given we don't know who will be leading the country the next four years, but let's not get bogged down by minor details. Politico With Election Day upon us, we asked some of the political reporters what's on their wishlist when it's officially over. Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz: "I love that feeling, the weekend after Election Day, when I look at my phone and I haven't received a single press release for hours. After last cycle, I restarted my BlackBerry because I thought something was wrong with it. Also, my fiancé and I will host our biennial post-election day (booze) brunch this weekend. The theme? Freedom!"
Walters, Stephanopoulos Lead ABC Hurricane Relief (Yahoo! News / AP)
Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos and Mark Cuban took out their checkbooks for Superstorm Sandy relief on ABC's "Day of Giving." ABC said Monday that Walters donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross and Stephanopoulos kicked in $50,000. HuffPost Walters addressed her large donation on The View. She said that she was moved by individuals she spoke with while answering phones Monday morning during ABC's "Day of Giving." TVNewser Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts delivered a special message about the "Day of Giving" during the show's coverage Monday. Roberts watched from her Manhattan apartment as the storm blew through a week ago. Deadline Hollywood The total raised as of 11:30 p.m. ET from Monday's "Day Of Giving" is $15,663,327. The final tally will be announced Tuesday morning.
Bret Baier Takes Aim at 60 Minutes over Edited-Out Benghazi Question (TVNewser)
On FoxNews.com, Bret Baier has an op-ed taking aim at the venerable CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes for withholding a question it posed to President Obama the day after the attack in Libya. There was a question from the interview that never made it to air Sept. 12, and was only posted on the 60 Minutes website over the weekend. Fox News / Bret Baier Why on the Sunday before the election, almost six weeks after the attack, at 6 p.m. does an obscure online timeline posted on CBS.com contain the additional 60 Minutes interview material from Sept. 12? Why wasn't it news after the president said what he said in the second debate, knowing what they had in that 60 Minutes tape -- why didn't they use it then? Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Meanwhile, sources at rival television networks, who declined to speak on the record, expressed confusion over CBS' decision. "It's surprising they held on to any of it," one source said. "If [we had the interview], we would've put that stuff out the second it became news -- again -- after the debate. All of it." The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Left unaddressed is how this possibly could have happened. An honest mistake? A producer who missed the second debate? Whatever the cause, the episode grinds to the detriment of Steve Kroft, who had the prescience to ask the president the question that would preoccupy Washington for weeks.
Sitting Pretty: Instagram Brings User Profiles to the Desktop (SocialTimes)
Mobile photo-sharing service Instagram is finally letting community members see their profiles on the Web. The company will be rolling out the changes to all users in the next few days. New York Daily News The creation of an online home for Instagram images put a Facebook spin on the startup that the world's leading social network bought this year. "Instagram Web profiles are a beautiful new way to view and share Instagram on the Web," said a message at the company's website. TechCrunch The Web profile functionality is still extremely stripped down and simple. You can Like and Comment on other users' photos as in the past, in addition to being able to browse your own and other users' photos, which is what the Instagram team wanted to focus on with this launch. NYT / Bits Kevin Systrom, who recently sold his photo-sharing site to Facebook, said he was not too worried about Twitter adding photo filters to its service. Instagram owed some of its success to allowing people to change the look of photos with filters, he said. "Filters are pretty ubiquitous at this point," he said.
For Amazon and Google, the Empire Strikes Back (WSJ / Corporate Intelligence)
Amazon, which has built an entire business on sucking the margin out of every industry it touches, is facing pushback from both sides of the book industry. Pearson and Bertelsmann announced a plan to merge their respective publishing houses, Penguin and Random House, creating a book giant that will hold a 25 percent share of the U.S. market if regulators let the deal go through. That move has Amazon in its sights, and particularly the company's ability to set pricing in the market for electronic books. Publishers Weekly With the fall of Borders and the growth of eBooks, Amazon increased its market share of consumer book spending between the second quarter of 2011 and 2012, although its growth slowed between the first quarter of 2012 and the second period. St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Book Blog Like many independent stores across the nation, St. Louis booksellers are declining to sell Amazon's published books. Bricks-and-mortar store owners have long found Amazon.com, which heavily discounts new books, to be their biggest competitor.
Apple Sells 3 Million iPads in 3 Days (AppNewser)
Apple released their two latest tablets last Friday and it looks like the sales over the launch weekend didn't live up to Apple's past record. They've just announced that they sold three million iPad 4s and iPad minis in the past three days. Yahoo! News / Reuters Sales of the 7.9-inch iPad mini and fourth-generation 9.7-inch version, both Wi-Fi only models, were double the first-weekend sales of the Wi-Fi iPad sold in March, Apple said on Monday. Forbes / Technicalities Apple didn't say how many of those 3 million were iPad minis, but analysts pointed to the overall iPad sales number to validate their projections that the tablet will become a bigger part of the company's revenue in the next year.
Netflix Moves to Block a Hostile Takeover (Yahoo! News / AP)
Netflix is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers, less than a week after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed a stake of nearly 10 percent in the online video company. LA Times / Company Town Netflix's plan, known to investors as a "poison pill," would be triggered if an individual or group tried to buy a sizable chunk of the Los Gatos, Calif., company without approval from Netflix's board. If that happened, Netflix could use a technical maneuver to flood the market with new shares and make any takeover attempt extremely expensive. WSJ But Icahn isn't attempting to purchase the company outright; rather he appears to want to flush out another buyer. Chief among the potential candidates would be tech giants like Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft, or Google, all of which have been using media content to draw consumers to their respective ecosystems and keep them there.
Should Election Day Become a National Holiday (As in Paid Time Off)? (MediaJobsDaily)
When we read this piece on AOL Jobs, it made us smile. After all, what better way to ensure everyone will get to the polls than by making a national holiday during Election Day? Translation: Paid time off from the office job. AOL Jobs From time to time, people propose that Election Day should be a national holiday in order to boost turnout. (Government workers already get Election Day off.) While at first glance this seems like a good idea, I tend to think there are other reforms worth looking at that would make it more convenient for anyone who wants to vote to vote (perhaps even after natural disasters) without the drawbacks of creating a holiday.
Pinterest CEO Silbermann Defends Site's User Base, Promises Improvements to Mobile Apps (SocialTimes)
Pinterest's user base skews female and Midwestern, which would make co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann the class loser to the Silicon Valley set if he weren't so darned successful. GigaOM Silbermann's company has fairly simple, concrete goals when it comes to users: it wants to allow people to share beautiful things that they enjoy. But when it comes to building a business, they have to contend with one of the biggest challenges in the modern Internet age, which is time and attention.
For Bravo's Start-Ups Show, Crash Test Dummies (NYT / Bits)
Silicon Valley is really quite a boring place. The story of start-ups should be a documentary on PBS, not a weekly reality show on Bravo. The creators of Start-Ups managed to manufacture something that doesn't really exist here: drama.
ABC/Univision Network Pushed to Mid/Late 2013 (TVNewser)
The ABC/Univision joint venture cable news channel is targeting a July 1, 2013 launch, according to MediaPost's David Goetzl. The launch, which was originally announced as "early 2013," could be delayed further, Goetzl notes.
Cable Industry Seeks Out Silicon Valley Pizzazz (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
The U.S. cable industry, hoping to revive innovation and beat back the emergence of online video, is turning for ideas to Silicon Valley. Leading players from Time Warner Cable to Comcast Corp. will next year set up a showpiece research center in the heart of a region that has spawned recent momentous trends, from social networking to the mobile revolution.
A Beautiful Design and No Jerks: How Tumblr Did It (GigaOM)
Tumblr has become a wildly popular forum for people to share pictures, stories and news within a happy and supportive community. CEO David Karp shared some insight on how this is possible on a large scale.
Former Spin Editor to Run BuzzFeed's Long-Form Coverage (NYT / Media Decoder)
BuzzFeed gets plenty of attention for its news aggregation, political coverage and pop-culture catnip like "Proof That 'Gangnam Style' Is Really Just Illuminati Propaganda" and "7 Photos of Syrian Rebels Hanging Out With Cats." But it has also been steadily building its cultural coverage, and the site expanded that staff on Monday with the appointment of a former editor of Spin magazine, Steve Kandell, to oversee its move into long-form journalism.
Older CBS Shows Coming to Pay Service Hulu Plus (Yahoo! News / AP)
Older CBS shows like Medium and Numb3rs are coming to the $8-per-month online video service Hulu Plus. Monday's deal falls short of what other broadcast networks provide. ABC, NBC and Fox, whose parent companies own Hulu, offer recently aired episodes, such as free next-day access for NBC's Saturday Night Live.