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1:45 PM ET, September 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko:
USA Today explains its ‘cool balls’  —  Gannett chief marketing officer Maryam Banikarim sent a memo to employees this morning with USA Today artist/illustrator Sam Ward's explanation of his paper's new logo and “cool balls.”  —  He writes:  —  “Just what are our balls?  Well, they are what we will make of them.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
BuzzFeed Hires Web Video Pioneer Ze Frank  —  Here's a good chocolate/peanut butter combination: Buzzfeed, the click-factory that has figured out Facebook and Twitter, plus Ze Frank, the guy who figured out Web video back in its infancy.  —  Together they're going to try to figure out modern-day YouTube.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Google's Islam-Baiting Video Censorship: A Well-Meaning Mistake  —  The line between responsibility and censorship can be hard to make out at times.  Google just tripped over it.  —  The decision to block access on YouTube to an inflammatory movie trailer in countries where it has already …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
White House asked YouTube to review anti-Muslim film  —  The White House has asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the violent protests this week in the Middle East.  —  Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council …
Discussion: Mediaite
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Twitter surrenders Occupy protester's tweets  —  (Reuters) - Twitter handed over tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester to a New York criminal judge on Friday after months of fighting a subpoena from prosecutors.  —  The company surrendered the micro-blogging posts …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Study: Smaller news websites depend more on social media for traffic than larger sites  —  In any local market, the dozens or hundreds of available news websites make up a news ecosystem.  —  In any real-life nature ecosystem — think of the food chain diagram you learned in 5th grade — the many species develop their own roles.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Time Inc.'s CEO Aims to Unify Print and Online Fiefdoms  —  Time Inc. Chief Executive Officer Laura Lang, hired last year to revive the struggling magazine publisher, is forging a plan to unify its long-sparring online and print fiefdoms.  —  Lang wants to give customers the ability …
Dean Starkman / CJR:
The hamster wheel vs. the quality imperative  —  The real problem with JRC/Advance free model and the unappreciated benefit of a paywall … The Journal Register Company has cast itself as an avatar of the future of news, making tough decisions now that other, less stout-hearted …
Discussion: It's All Journalism
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Glamour’ editor Emma Rosenblum moves to ‘Businessweek’  —  Bloomberg Businessweek has a new editor for the features section at the back of the magazine.  —  Emma Rosenblum, an editor at Glamour, will oversee the closing section, called “Etc.,” which blends eccentric features about business trends …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Chicago Tribune combines local editions as Journatic suspension continues  —  The Chicago Tribune has cut the number of its local editions by “about half” since suspending work with journalism-outsourcing company Journatic, Lynne Marek reports.  “For instance, coverage of Evanston formerly appeared …
NYTimes offers lump-sum pay or lower annuity option to ex-staff  —  (Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it informed some former employees that it will offer pensioners the option to receive a one-time lump sum payment or start a lower monthly annuity now, in a bid to reduce its pension liabilities.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Wall Street Journal removes two Jonah Lehrer essays, corrects two others  —  Jonah Lehrer “inappropriately reused passages from articles he wrote for the Boston Globe in two essays that he later wrote for the Journal's Review section,” The Wall Street Journal reported in a correction Thursday.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Romney's Team Turns On The Press  —  A frustrating week in Boston.  “The polls are close, and so the media starts cheering on their guy,” says one adviser.  —  DULLES, Va. — As Mitt Romney finishes his second week of dismal news coverage — with slipping polls and a combustible international crisis driving …
Erik Wemple:
Fact-checkers say no to Romney ‘apology’ claims
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mass GOP bars Globe reporter from meeting
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Arif Durrani / Brand Republic:
News Int's chief unveils ‘groundbreaking’ print to digital ad conversion
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Topless Pictures of Kate Middleton Published in French Magazine
Pamela Erens / Los Angeles Review of Books:
Is The Atlantic Making Us Stupid?
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘The Wall Street Journal’ pushes its glossy magazine to monthly (almost)
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ Shot on Paramount-Built Set
Discussion: Gawker
Erik Wemple:
Group petitions Sun-Times over sexist questions
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Washington Post Co. Names SurveyMonkey CEO to Board
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Friendster founder launches social-news app, but will it fly?
Discussion: Business Week and TechCrunch
Sara Morrison / CJR:
Aggregation aggravation  —  Politico's Maggie Haberman …
Jim Romenesko:
Survey: U.S. publishers optimistic about future of newspapers
Discussion: CJR
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Disney Unexpectedly Reveals Movie Write-Down and Sluggish Ad Revenue