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Newsweek Obama Victory Cover Shows President as Napoleon (HuffPost)
Newsweek has depicted Barack Obama with a rainbow-flag halo before. Now, in the wake of the president's re-election, the magazine is going in another direction: Obama as... Napoleon? minOnline Editor-in-chief (since Nov. 2010) Tina Brown and her staff used Newsweek's final post-election print cover (Nov. 19) to portray President Obama's "conquest" with him in early-19th-century general's garb reminiscent of Napoleon (without the hat) and Andrew Jackson. Each, for a while, was a Master of the Game. Will Obama follow their footsteps... without a "Waterloo"? Mediaite The cover accompanies a story written by Daniel Klaidman tracking Obama's years-long lucky streak in electoral politics. The Blaze And you didn't expect Newsweek, a magazine well-known for iconic, controversial, and bold covers, to go out without a bang, did you?

Chris Matthews Apologizes for Hurricane Sandy Comment: 'It Was a Terrible Thing to Say, Period' (TVNewser)
MSNBC host Chris Matthews publicly apologized for his off-the-cuff comments on Hurricane Sandy on election night. HuffPost Matthews covered the election on-air from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday. He said in his closing comments, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things... No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics." Politicker According to the Staten Island Advance, Matthews' remarks didn't go over very well with New York City's least-populated borough, which suffered a majority of Hurricane Sandy's fatalities in the city. Borough president James Molinaro, for example, told the publication it was "a stupid statement from a stupid person." The Wrap / The Box Matthews explained on Hardball Wednesday that he could blame exhaustion for the statement, but in fact "wasn't thinking." "It was a terrible thing to say, period," Matthews said, adding that he "wasn't thinking of the horrible mess this storm has made of people's real lives." Real Clear Politics Matthews: "I said something not just stupid but wrong. What I should have said is how impressive it is for people in trouble and how they react to see politicians working together across party lines, as they did during tropical storm Sandy and how people like to see that. Instead I said something that suggested ends justifies means." Fox News Some analysts did say the storm boosted Obama's image by allowing him to show a bipartisan side -- reaching out to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who publicly thanked Obama for the federal government's support -- and effectively sidelining Mitt Romney for a few days one week before the election. This was apparently what Matthews was referring to when he said at the close of election coverage he was "glad" the storm hit.

On Election Night, TV Networks Go Back to Basics (TVNewser)
If there was an overarching theme of 2012's election coverage, it was a simple one: back to basics. With the exception of NBC and ABC's somewhat dramatic and public coverage, most of the channels refrained from the public displays, and used technological gimmicks sparingly. The Arizona Republic It's been a few days. Heads are cooling. Arguments are blowing over. People are again posting pictures of their toddlers, manicures and lunches on social media. But as easy as it was to issue a postelection Facebook mea culpa Wednesday morning, it can still be difficult to mend relationships in real life the next time you run into politically insistent friends. The Hill / Twitter Room Nate Silver, the statistician behind the New York Times' popular FiveThirtyEight blog, won the polling election this week and quickly jumped to the top of the cultural zeitgeist on Twitter. Silver's name was still in heavy use on Twitter on Thursday. FishbowlDC HuffPost's politics page received a soaring 10,536,502 unique visitors on election night. Site-wide they eclipsed 16 million. The numbers surpassed 45 million politics page views, "but it's the unique number that I like," remarked HuffPost D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim.

Twitter Is Sending Emails to Users Whose Accounts Have Been Compromised (AllTwitter)
There have been reports of users receiving emails from Twitter telling them to change the password on their account. And, while you might rightly be suspicious of any email asking for your password, this time it's the real deal. Twitter / Status "We're committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community. As part of that commitment, in instances when we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users." WSJ / Digits Basically, Twitter wasn't hacked. The company routinely resets passwords of accounts it believes are compromised as most large Internet services do, but in this case it accidentally pulled the trigger on resetting too many accounts. TechCrunch Were accounts compromised? Yes, absolutely. Ours was. Was everyone's compromised? Twitter says no right now. This is once again a very complex and confusing situation for users. Don't risk it, change your password.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Buys Webster's New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes (GalleyCat)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Webster's New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes from John Wiley & Sons, also buying a collection of cookbook titles from the publisher. NYT / Media Decoder Wiley's cooking portfolio includes the all-American Betty Crocker cookbook series and Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything franchise, which produces apps for other high-profile cookbook authors like Rose Levy Beranbaum, Marcus Samuelsson and Ellie Krieger. Financial Times The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, highlights a shift in thinking within HMH about its trade and reference division, which its former management tried to sell in 2009 as it struggled with the debt burden of the leveraged buyouts that created the groups. Publishers Weekly As part of the deal, Natalie Chapman, vice president and publisher at Wiley, will join HMH to manage the entire HMH culinary program, reporting to Bruce Nichols, senior vice president and publisher of HMH's general interest group. HMH is also giving senior executive editor Rux Martin her own imprint, Rux Martin Books, that will be part of the culinary program.

7 Navy SEALs Punished for Assisting with Video Game (LA Times)
Seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for divulging classified information to the maker of a video game, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The Associated Press The SEALs are alleged to have divulged classified information to the maker of a video game called Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Each of the seven received a punitive letter of reprimand and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months. Those actions generally hinder a military member's career. CBS News The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does portray realistic missions, such as an attack on a pirates' den in Somalia. It was produced by Electronic Arts, which boasts that real commandos, both active duty and retired, help make its games as realistic as possible.

Pinterest Enables Private Boards (SocialTimes)
Pinterest is allowing users for the first time to create boards that aren't publicly visible to visitors of the website. Wired / Gadget Lab While the public boards didn't seem to hold the site back, users frequently asked for a private option. Now there is one. On Thursday, Pinterest released Secret Boards, a feature that lets users pin in private. SlashGear A Secret Board can be a private board that no one else has access to, allowing you to gather together images for your own use that no one else can see. Alternatively, the feature can also be set up so that certain users are authorized to view and interact with it.

Takei to Take on Facebook's Algorithm in Upcoming Book (AllFacebook)
Actor George Takei has been a fierce opponent of the way Facebook determines which users see certain posts from pages. After reading an open letter from an aggravated page administrator to co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Takei said he's writing about Facebook's algorithm -- which many people refer to as EdgeRank -- in his upcoming book. Wired Takei, whose page has nearly 3 million followers on the social network, says in a Facebook post that his forthcoming book Oh Myyy will include an entire chapter devoted to Facebook's filtering of page posts using an algorithm called EdgeRank and its parallel practice of charging page owners to reduce EdgeRank filtering.

Instagram Web Profiles a Cause for Concern? (Fortune)
While the company presents this as another way for users to share and discover new users, it also raises an issue regarding user privacy. In fact, anyone on the Web will be able to view the photos of an Instagram user simply by typing in "Instagram.com/[username]" unless the user has their account already set to private. Otherwise, the user must dive back into the mobile app and switch settings.

Facebook Friendship Pages Converted to Timeline (AllFacebook)
Have you ever gone through your friend's list and wondered, "How do I know this person?" There's actually a way to see all engagement between yourself and a friend -- friendship pages, which recently got the timeline treatment.

The Power of a Woman with a Meme (Harvard Business Review / HBR Blog Network)
If the Republican Party learned one thing this election cycle, it's that women with opinions are a force to be reckoned with. But do brands understand that?

Luring Developers into the Newsroom: A New Class of Knight-Mozilla Fellows Tries to Bridge a Cultural Divide (Neiman Journalism Lab)
In the United States, at least, there's a surplus of people who want to make phone calls, ask questions, and write stories. There are more reporters than jobs for reporters, and each new j-school graduating class tips the balance a bit further. But when it comes to news developers -- technologists who build journalistic products through code -- the scales tip in the other direction.

Priceline to Acquire Kayak for $1.8 Billion (AllThingsD)
Priceline will acquire Kayak.com, the travel search company, for $1.8 billion, the company announced Thursday. The deal will be a combination of $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and options, close to a 30 percent premium on Thursday's listed share price.

The Future of Social TV Metrics (SocialTimes)
At the Social TV Summit in New York City Thursday, television experts weighed in on the current metrics that match social engagement with traditional TV ratings. Are they working?

Third Quarter Sales Down 5 Percent at Simon & Schuster, but Earnings Rise (Publishers Weekly)
Sales for the third quarter ended September 30 fell 5 percent at Simon & Schuster, to $210 million, but operating income before depreciation and amortization rose to $39 million from $38 million in the 2011 comparable quarter, parent company CBS reported. Digital sales rose 20 percent in the quarter, but were offset by lower sales of print titles, though the higher percentage of digital sales helped to increase profits.

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