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Israel Strikes Media Buildings in Gaza, Expanding its Range of Targets (HuffPost / Reuters)
Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state. The Israeli military said the attacks were pinpoint strikes on Hamas communication devices located on the buildings' roofs, and accused the Islamist group of using reporters as human shields to try and protect their operations. The Guardian / Greenslade Blog In one strike, six journalists were wounded. One of them, an employee of the al Quds TV station, lost a leg. The two attacks, about five hours apart, struck the al-Shawa media center and then the al-Shuruq media complex. NYT The airstrike on Sunday, along with several others that killed civilians across this coastal territory and hit two media offices here -- one of them used by Western TV networks -- further indicated that Israel was striking a wider range of targets. Yahoo! News / Reuters More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Forbes / Voted Up The all-out battle on social media has bewildered many following the confrontation online. Mathew Ingram, a senior writer at GigaOM, tried to sum up his thoughts in a tweet: "Fascinating, horrifying, bizarre, disturbing," he wrote. "I think I have officially run out of adjectives to describe what Israel and Hamas are doing."

Major Garrett Named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent (TVNewser)
Major Garrett, who left Fox News Channel two years ago for National Journal, is returning to TV and has been named chief White House correspondent for CBS News. The announcement was made Sunday by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation. HuffPost The position had been left vacant since Norah O'Donnell became a host on CBS This Morning. Garrett had been a frequent contributor to CBS' 2012 coverage. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Garrett will continue writing his weekly "All Powers" column for National Journal. He tweeted after the news broke: "Honored, humbled to join @CBSNews as Chief WH Correspondent. A big opportunity & bigger responsibility. Will do my best to live up to both." B&C "Major is a tireless reporter and strong writer who will be a tremendous addition to our Washington bureau," said CBS News president David Rhodes in a memo to staff Sunday obtained by B&C.

Graham to Romney: 'When You're in a Hole, Stop Digging' (Politico / Politico Now)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday took sharp aim at Mitt Romney's assertion that he lost the presidential election because of "gifts" that Democrats had doled out to women and minority voters. "We're in a big hole," Graham said on NBC's Meet the Press. "We're not getting out of it by comments like that. When you're in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging." The Hill / Blog Briefing Room Graham on Sunday said that despite disappointment with the Obama administration, Hispanic voters overwhelmingly backed the president because he was the "lesser of two evils." The Atlantic Wire Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal -- who has absolutely no aspirations to run for president in 2016, nope, not one -- continued throwing Romney under the bus, backing up, and driving over him again during his appearance on Fox News Sunday. Jindal was asked again for his thoughts on Romney's controversial "gifts" comments, and Jindal said he "absolutely" disagrees with them. The Christian Science Monitor / The Vote All the Republican Party needs to recover from its defeat in the presidential election is a new message, a new image, and some fresh faces. That's it. Piece of cake. But first, it must usher out the remembrance of party leaders past. That would be Romney -- who, in fact, has been making it easier for the GOP to do just that. Chicago Tribune / Leonard Pitts America, you are an idiot. You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy, self-indulgent, envious, shallow and lazy. The foregoing is a summation of "analysis" from conservative pundits and media figures -- Cal Thomas, Ted Nugent, Bill O'Reilly et cetera -- seeking to explain Romney's emphatic defeat.

Chris Christie on SNL to Reporters: 'We Don't Need You to Tell us There's a Hurricane. We Have Windows!' (TVNewser)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- the real one, not a parody of him -- was on SNL's "Weekend Update" Saturday. In a scripted bit with Seth Meyers he thanked many people, including his wife Mary Pat who's been "putting up with a husband who has smelled like a wet fleece for the past three weeks." The Washington Post / AP He took a swipe at New Jersey officials who failed to follow his orders before Sandy, refusing to thank "any of the stupid mayors" who ignored his evacuation orders, calling them "idiots." New York Daily News Christie's appearance came a day after he ducked questions about Twinkies-maker Hostess closing up shop to avoid giving comedians fodder. "Really? Seriously? You're not asking me about Hostess Twinkies, are ya?" he said at a press conference Friday. "I'm on Saturday Night Live enough."

Murdoch Stirs Criticism with a Twitter Post (NYT / Media Decoder)
Ever since Rupert Murdoch opened a Twitter account while vacationing on his 184-foot yacht last December, he appeared to enjoy ruffling feathers with his posts, which are limited to 140 characters. THR Murdoch tweeted an apology Sunday after expressing his dissatisfaction with the coverage of the Gaza conflict, asking his followers on Twitter, "Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?" CNN / Howard Kurtz And isn't there something rich in a complaint about media ownership by the man who controls Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, 20th Century Fox, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, the Sunday Times, Sky News, HarperCollins and other properties?

Facebook and Yahoo! May be Forming Strategic Alliance (VentureBeat)
Female executive powerhouses Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandburg may be forging an alliance between their two companies. U.K. newspaper The Sunday Telegraph reported that Mayer, who is the CEO of Yahoo! and Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, are discussing ways the they can work together to conquer the Internet. Business Insider The two Internet giants have already collaborated together on a number of small projects, for example to share Yahoo! news on Facebook, and recently agreed to settle a number of long-standing lawsuits over patents. However, board members expect the talks to lead to much more substantial collaboration based around Web-based search. Gizmodo Ever since Mayer took the helm at Yahoo!, the company has been taking a bit of a turn towards search, and by teaming up with Facebook, it may be able to get itself back into the game fulltime. A partnership with Facebook could get Yahoo! the kind of traffic it needs to work on its algorithm, and Facebook has been expressing interesting in getting into search for a while now.

Penguin to Expand eBook Lending (NYT / Media Decoder)
The Penguin Group plans to announce on Monday that it is expanding its eBook lending program to libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland and surrounding areas through a new distribution partner. In a pilot program that will begin this year, Penguin has worked with Baker & Taylor, a distributor of print and digital books, to start eBook lending programs in the Los Angeles County library system, which will reach four million people, and the Cuyahoga County system in Ohio. The Verge eBook lending is still a thorny issue for libraries and publishers alike, and while Penguin is at least displaying some commitment to expanding its program, the move into just two further cities is unlikely to do much to boost low adoption rates among e-reader owners.

Congresswoman Turns to Reddit for Legislative Advice (CNET)
Typically when policy makers brainstorm ideas on new legislation, they'll talk to their colleagues or constituents. But California Rep. Zoe Lofgren is trying something different -- she's turning to Reddit. TheNextWeb Reddit is in fact a good place to ask such questions. Why? The site, despite losing some of its prior highbrow vibe, is popular among technology-oriented folk; for a diverse set of informed views on the issue that Lofgren wishes to explore, she has but to ask.

Twitter Blows Up the News Cycle (SocialTimes)
Twitter may be many things, but I've never heard the social network compared to dynamite before. But that's how two of the top press operatives on the presidential campaign trail described Twitter's impact on the race.

Who's Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff? Media Companies, and with Good Reason (Ad Age / Media News)
Who in the ad industry is afraid of the fiscal cliff? Perhaps surprisingly, some big marketers such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Unilever aren't at all publicly -- despite prospects for the $607 billion whammy of tax increases and spending cuts due to hit in 2013 to cause a recession.

Facebook News Feed Placement Is All About Relevancy (AllFacebook)
Facebook's algorithm, which decides what users see and when, has become a hot topic in recent months as the company tweaks it to ensure that users see the content with which they'd be most likely to engage. During a meeting Friday with selected members of the media, Facebook representatives explained that there's no malicious intent with the changes in its algorithm.

How to Use Pinterest to Recruit (Mashable / Sharlyn Lauby)
We are a visual society. We enjoy looking at beautiful and interesting things. A 2012 study by ROI Research confirmed this. They found when users engage friends on social media sites, it's the pictures they enjoyed the most. If brands post pictures over any other media, 54 percent of respondents said they're more likely to engage. If this is how we respond to our friends and the companies we like, then why wouldn't we want it to be the same for jobs?

John McAfee Is Blogging on the Lam (The Atlantic Wire)
John McAfee, the man responsible for the anti-virus software on your computer and currently a murder suspect, has started to blog about life on the run. McAfee has been uncharacteristically open with reporters since police in Belize started looking for him in connection with the murder of his neighbor.

eBook Series Introduces a New Character: [Your Child's Name Here] (NYT / Media Decoder)
When most publishers talk about personalizing digital children's books, they usually mean enabling customers to add a child's name or picture to a front page of a favorite children's story. Sourcebooks, a midsize Chicago publisher, will announce on Monday that it is introducing an app to allow customers truly to alter books to include a child's name throughout the copy.

How Come PR Gets No Respect? (PRNewser)
No matter what the public thinks of the public relations industry, we all know how important it is -- and so do the people in power. Steve Jobs himself often served as Apple's pitchman, calling Wall Street Journal reporters at home to hype his company's latest tech innovations. OK, so why don't the unwashed masses give us the respect we so obviously deserve? The reasons are clear enough.

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