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The Dallas Police Department apologized Sunday for a Fruit Ninja score tweet posted by one of its officer’s kids. Now MLive Detroit is apologizing for a child’s Temple Run 2 score on its Twitter feed.
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* “Kid got a hold of the iPad and tweeted his score. Sorry all! (@mlive_detroit)
* “I got 32870 points while escaping from a Giant Demon Monkey…” (@mlive_detroit)
* Earlier: “Our apologies for the fruit Ninja tweet sent out earlier (jimromenesko.com)

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Malco Theaters chain is no longer advertising its movie times in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Give me a break @ArkansasOnline,” tweets Matt F. Martin, reacting to the Dem-Gazette’s house ad on the right. “It’s 2013, people check movie listings on smartphone.” (However, the operator who answered the number on this ad told me “there’s been lots of calls” since Monday.)

From 1999: Question of the day — Does anyone still get movie times from newspapers? (Many people said they did.)

Also from 1999: “The top two U.S. theater chains, Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment Inc., have begun in recent months to reduce or eliminate the small-type listings showing the start times for movies at individual theaters. Theaters typically must pay newspapers to print that information.”

I’ve asked Arkansas Democrat-Gazette advertising director Scott Stine about the loss of the theater ads. (He referred me to colleague Crystal Thurman. I’ve emailed her.)

UPDATE: How my Facebook friends and subscribers get their movie times. (“Google’s listings are pretty good now.”)

* Does anyone still get movie times from newspapers? (flickfilosopher.com)
* Movie theaters cut newspaper listings (huffingtonpost.com)


– a tweet from USA Today’s editor-in-chief and MarketWatch’s former editor.

Is there a bloodbath today at Dow Jones’ MarketWatch? Spokeswoman Sara Blask’s response to my email:

As you know, we don’t talk about personnel matters. But MarketWatch is constantly evaluating its business and coverage in order to optimize resources and provide the most robust markets and finance news, insight and advice for our readers. Overall, MarketWatch is not contracting. A handful of MarketWatch’s 90 employees were impacted in recent weeks, with those affected eligible to re-apply for open positions within MarketWatch and across Dow Jones. The site has added several new sections and columns in recent months, and is on track to meet its aggressive audience and business goals for 2013.

UPDATED:picture_normal Longtime MarketWatch media writer Jon Friedman (left) has been laid off. He writes on Twitter: “Yes, I’m leaving #MarketWatch, officially on March 1, after 13-plus happy years. I’m looking for a job and freelance work. Pls get in touch.”

SOMEONE “CLOSE TO THE SCENE” TELLS ME: They’re getting rid of 13 people “out of staff of about 60 and change. All old hands and mostly union members.”

* Jonathan Krim goes from acting editor at MarketWatch to editor (mediabistro.com)

* Exclusive, breaking and other words that journalists should stop using. (thedailybeast.com)
breaking* “Apparently it is a layoffs bloodbath today at my old employer MarketWatch.” (@etftrendwatcher)
* Ed Koch’s grave marker has the last words of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl: “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.” (bigstory.ap.org)
* Appeals court says a journalist doesn’t have the legal right to an AIG consultant’s report. (reuters.com)
* WSJ says of its quirky front page A-hed feature: “Being silly six days a week is hard work, but it’s worth it.” (online.wsj.com)
* Is the founder of TruthOut telling the truth about having a staff of 14? (chicagotribune.com)
* Star-Ledger editorial: Tina Renna isn’t your typical blogger and she shouldn’t be forced to reveal sources. (nj.com)
* How did struggling Poynter do in 2012 after losing millions in 2011? Its president won’t say. (tbo.com)
* “Really CNN? A custom Hyundai ad featuring your morning ‘journalists’? Nice objectivity.” (@craignewman)

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* Buffett media buys News & Record (news-record.com) | News & Record front page (newseum.org)

(Disclosure: I once left a T out of Buffett’s name in a headline.)

UPDATE: “Mr. Buffett, I’m sorry,” writes News & Record editor Jeff Gauger. “I wish I could blame the error on a computer problem” but…

Alas, no. Our Buffett error was a human failure. Worse, a multiple human failure.

A copy editor wrote the headline. Four additional copy editors or designers touched the story file or the page before publication. “Buffet” zipped through.

And, Buffett’s name was correct in the story itself. The first two words of that story after the dateline? “Warren Buffett.”

A dumb, dumb, dumb error. Embarrassing.

A buffet involves food.

The new owner is Buffett.

Believe me, our team damned well knows that now.

* Mr. Buffett, I’m sorry (news-record.com)


Washington Post staffers received this memo this morning:

From: [Publisher] Katharine Weymouth
Date: February 1, 2013, 8:54:51 AM EST
Subject: Announcement about our headquarters
Reply-To:

I wanted to let everyone know that we are actively exploring relocating our headquarters.

This building has given us so much and has watched history unfold. It is hard to imagine moving after so many years. And yet, once we removed the presses from this building over ten years ago, we were no longer tied to this particular location. We understand that this is a big undertaking and a change for all of us. We take all of this seriously.
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Our goal is to give us a more modern, bright, open and efficient building that better supports and advances our mission into the future. Our preliminary analysis suggests that a move will make good operational and economic sense, however we have not yet decided on where or when.

We wanted to let you know what we are thinking at this early stage.

We have begun to assemble a small and talented team of real estate and design professionals. We have selected Studley, Inc. and JM Zell Partners, Ltd as our real estate advisors. We are also in the process of interviewing space planners and architects.

Our next step is to work with them to engage the market for our current headquarters, identify sites where we could relocate, design our new space, and develop a realistic timeline for a move.

In the coming months, you may see people poking around the office from time to time and may be asked to participate in a survey or a short interview with one of our space planners.

We will keep you updated as this process moves along.

Katharine

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From the Washington Post story: “Through a spokeswoman, Post Co. executives declined to say where the company might move or how much its downtown properties … might be worth.”