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8:20 PM ET, September 14, 2012

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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.
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Charles Apple:
My epic search for a new-and-improved USA Today
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The USA Today Redesign: Too Little, Too Early?
Discussion: Media Decoder and New York Times
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
‘Village Voice’ editor Tony Ortega quits the paper; it's Maura Johnston's last day, too  —  Tony Ortega, editor of The Village Voice, just announced on the weekly's news blog Runnin' Scared that he's leaving the paper.  —  “Next week will be my last as editor of the Voice,” Ortega wrote.
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Village Voice Is Losing Its Editor in Chief and Music Editor  —  After five-and-half-years as editor of The Village Voice, Tony Ortega announced in a by-the-way blog post that he will be leaving to work on a book about Scientology while music editor Maura Johnston took to Twitter to say she was leaving the paper as well.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Poynter and Gawker
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Runnin' Scared: Was Tony Ortega Pushed Out at the Village Voice?
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
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 …
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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 …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Confirmed: The Director of Innocence of Muslims Is a Schlocky Softcore Porn Director Named Alan Roberts  —  The anti-Islam film that's set off a firestorm in the Middle East was directed by a 65-year-old schlock director named Alan Roberts, we've confirmed.  He's the creative vision behind …
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
AP issues correction for misidentifying director of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and MediaShift
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 …
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.
Erik Wemple:
All Lehrer content must be Ghostbustered  —  First, it was the quasi-scandal over Jonah Lehrer's using his New Yorker blog posts to recycle material that he'd previously published elsewhere.  —  Second, it was further revelations on Lehrer's full recycling bin.
Discussion: Poynter
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Wall Street Journal removes two Jonah Lehrer essays, corrects two others
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘The Wall Street Journal’ pushes its glossy magazine to monthly (almost)
Discussion: FishbowlNY, WWD Media Headlines and WWD
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Topless Kate photos: royals sue Closer  —  St James's Palace confirms Kate and William are launching proceedings against Silvio Berlusconi-owned magazine  —  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal proceedings in France against the Silvio Berlusconi-owned celebrity magazine …
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Topless Pictures of Kate Middleton Published in French Magazine
Tim Carman / Washington Post:
Producer of ‘pink slime’ textured beef suing ABC and ABC News  —  Of all the media outlets that have taken shots at Beef Products and its “lean, finely textured beef,” the South Dakota-based company apparently feels slimed by only one: ABC and its ABC News division.
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: GigaOM and It's All Journalism
Patrick Lannin / Reuters:
Freed Swedish journalists say faced mock execution in Ethiopia  —  (Reuters) - Two Swedish journalists pardoned by Ethiopia after spending 11 months in jail for aiding a rebel group said on Friday they had been subjected to a mock execution, and accused the country of using anti-terrorism laws to stifle journalism.
Discussion: Big News Network.com
 
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