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10:50 AM ET, October 4, 2012


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Not Waiting for Pundits' Take, Web Audience Scores the Candidates in an Instant  —  Presidential debates are customarily scored and picked apart the instant the moderator says “good night” at 10:30 p.m. But the Web is speeding up time.  When the first of this season's debates started on Wednesday in Denver …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Jim Lehrer target of Twitter criticism while moderating his 12th presidential debate  —  Heading into Wednesday night's debate, PBS Executive Editor Jim Lehrer was expected to moderate his 12th presidential debate with a firm hand.  But that is not how debate watchers saw him:
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Romney To Lehrer: ‘I Love Big Bird’ But I Would Cut Federal Subsidies For PBS  —  “I love Big Bird.”  —  That's how Mitt Romney couched the blow to PBS reporter and tonight's presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer when the GOP candidate said that he would like to end federal subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service.
Jim Romenesko:
More than 50% of Times-Picayune subscribers say they'll buy Baton Rouge Advocate's New Orleans edition  —  A survey by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab found that 51.4% of current Times-Picayune subscribers plan to buy the Baton Rouge Advocate's New Orleans edition, and 28.2% …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune editors: ‘The transition has been difficult for us’  —  The first “expanded” edition of the New Orleans Times-Picayune appeared Wednesday, and Nola Media Group Editor for Print Terry Baquet and Director of Metro Content Mark Lorando took questions online about the shift to a three-day-a-week print paper.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google and publishers settle book scanning lawsuit  —  Google has reached a deal to end its long-running court fight with major publishings houses over the company's controversial decision to scan the world's library books.  —  In a joint statement released this morning …
Discussion: News announcements, TechCrunch and CNET
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
NBC Sued Over Trayvon Tape  —  Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network's botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal.  We hear Zimmerman's attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus …
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter and The Wrap
Caitlin Johnston / Poynter:
What BuzzFeed's evolution says about the future of longform journalism  —  It's not often that a job posting creates such a tizzy.  But BuzzFeed's search for a longform editor signifies more than just a new hire.  —  The announcement, which spawned headlines such as “BuzzFeed (yes, BuzzFeed) …
BBC denies Savile cover-up claims  —  Sir Jimmy Savile is alleged to have abused young girls at the height of his fame, in the 1970s  —  The BBC has said there is “no evidence” to suggest Newsnight was urged to drop an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Sir Jimmy Savile.
Discussion: PressGazette, @tomjharper and Guardian
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Jimmy Savile abused me as a child, says new accuser
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
The Rapturous Reception of Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan  —  One month into her tenure as ombudsman of the New York Times, former Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan has gained something of an Internet fan club.  Whereas her predecessor Arthur “Truth Vigilante” Brisbane …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Kindle Paperwhite sold out until November  —  Amazon's new front-lit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite (our review here), only started shipping on Monday to those who'd pre-ordered it, but it's already sold out.  If you order a Kindle Paperwhite today, it won't ship for four to six weeks.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Movie Buzz More Likely to Spread by Word-of-Mouth Than Social Networks  —  In an increasingly interconnected world, people still favor good old fashioned word-of-mouth to Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts about upcoming movies, according to a new study on social media buzz by Ipsos MediaCT's Motion Picture Group.
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