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Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet registered the domain names mypbpost.com and pbpostextra.com last July and had them point to his personal website, gossipextra.com.

Jose Lambiet

Jose Lambiet

Now Palm Beach Post owner Cox Enterprises is going after Lambiet, a former Post columnist.

“[They are] dragging me before the WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization], a UN agency, in a complaint about my registration of two domain names that they claim is too close to theirs,” Lambiet writes in an email that includes an 18-page Cox Enterprises/Palm Beach Newspapers vs. Gossip Extra PDF complaint.

One passage states:

Respondent intentionally registered, and is intentionally using, the Domain Names in bad faith for commercial gain and to benefit from the goodwill associated with Complainants’ PB Marks. Indeed, as noted above, Respondent’s principal, and technical and administrative contact, Jose Lambiet, is a former employee of Complainants’, who worked on t [sic] publications and was well aware that the public recognized the PB marks and strongly associated them with Complainants and their publication and websites. And the Domain Names were registered in July 2012, when it became known in the Palm Beach, Florida area that Complainants were preparing to launch a new digital website and considering new domain names for it. In fact, Complainants considered and conducted consumer testing on mypalmbeachpost.com and palmbeachpostextra.com.

“No decision from WIPO yet,” the Herald gossip writes. “Please note they decided to go that route without even calling me or contacting me. I would’ve gladly given the domain names to them because, obviously, I can’t fight a billion-corporation.”

privateletterJanesville Police Department deputy chief Dan Davis tells me: “Our preference would have been that the names wouldn’t have been published [by the Janesville Gazette], but we have obligations under the open records law.”

Janesville Gazette editor Scott Angus writes in an email: “The police can request what they want, but we aren’t an arm of law enforcement. We do what we think we should and what we think our readers expect and want.” He adds:

Scott Angus

Scott Angus

Editors and the reporter discussed whether to use the names, and we couldn’t come up with a good reason not to. That’s generally our standard. Names are news, and we generally lean toward using them – unless there’s a good reason to omit them. …

Yes, publishing the names sets the 10 up for some amount of public ridicule, but so be it. They have been chronic abusers of public resources funded with tax dollars, and the police chose them for this list. We’re just passing on the information. As an editorial we’ve written for this weekend states, maybe that ridicule will be what these people need to finally get help.

drink

* Janesville police make ‘no serve list’ of problem drinkers (gazetteextra.com)
* Read comments about the list from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

confession

Florida highway patrol officer Steven Coppola (shown above taking the papers and in uniform) says he didn’t want people reading about his friend, who had been arrested for video voyeurism and mentioned the the University of North Florida newspaper’s police beat feature.

* Highway cop confesses to stealing copies of student newspaper (collegemediamatters.com) | (unfspinnaker.com)

* Onion fans in Madison sorry to see the end of the print edition (thedailypage.com)
* The Onion, founded in Madison in 1988, kills city’s print edition (jimromenesko.com)

* 210-2013: Print dead at 1,803 (theonion.com)

The Onion’s message to Madison

In recognition of our final print issue, The Onion wold also like to urge our readers to gather in Brittingham Park at 8 p.m. this evening. Arm yourselves with whatever you can find – stones, bottles, bricks, even the very newspaper boxes in which The Onion once appeared every Thursday – and take to the streets. Overturn every car, smash every window, tear out the roots of every tree, shoot out every streetlight, and scream your furious retribution into the night sky. In short, destroy everything in your path.

If print dies, so then shall the world. …

Rise, devoted readers of The Onion and topple the corrupt powers that have betrayed you.

Loot. Fight. Burn. Spare nothing from your savage fury. Feel encouraged to visit The Onion’s former office at 122 State Street, where you will find an extensive cache of Molotov cocktails, ready to be lit. Scorch the very sky and purify the city with flame. Show no mercy.

No structure shall be left standing. Every business within city limits shall be ash by sunrise. All in the immortal name of The Onion. And when the city is but a wasteland of glowing embers, descend upon the Capitol and pull it apart with your bare hands.

From there, we march. The Onion’s allegiant masses will forge through Ann Arbor, through Minneapolis-St. Paul, through Austin, through Denver, through Boulder, through Washington, D.C., through Philadelphia, through Omaha, through Columbus, through Santa Fe, through Toronto, through San Francisco, through Los Angeles, through each and every town and city across the United States of America where The Onion’s print editions were once legion, leaving in our wake nothing but decrepit ruins of melted steel and smoldering rubble.

Buildings will be reduced to mere dust. Streets will bleed. Entire cities will crumble. The only sound will be a thunderous cacophony of shrieks and the shattering of glass and bone.

All things will then come to an end in New York City.

The corporate overlords will be torn limb from limb and every last thing the capitalist tyrants know and hold dear in this world will be ripped from their decadent hands until they beg for mercy and answer fully for what they have done to The Onion and to you, our dear readers. The island of Manhattan will be consumed in total havoc and ceaseless destruction. We will rip out the very heart of New York City and leave its bleeding carcass to slowly rot in the harsh light of the sun for all to see. A new order shall be unleashed upon the world, for if The Onion cannot live on through the inked pages of our great and venerable newspaper, it will live on through a ruthless empire built upon the broken skulls of those insolent fools who have attempted in vain to bring us down.

Tonight the city burns.


Randy Siegel, Advance Publications’ president of local digital strategy, tells colleagues that “although we have reduced the frequency ofadvance home delivery [in New Orleans and other Advance newspaper markets], we’re pleased that for the six-month period ending March 31, 2013, average circulation declines in our relaunched markets were in line with newspaper industry averages.”

He adds: “We’re nearly two years into this [digital] transformation – and we’ve made our share of mistakes – but I am pleased to report that our new companies are performing well. …In Michigan, for example, digital ad revenue from January through June was 42 percent higher than the first half of 2012 and 74 percent higher than the first half of 2011.”

His full memo is after the jump. Read More

* David Simon: “When I heard that the Koch brothers – bless their hearts – were interested in purchasing newspapers – the Baltimore Sun, my alma mater, in particular – I felt, well that’s kind of the last nail in the coffin.” (baltimoresun.com) | (youtube.com)

David Simon's Baltimore Sun press card.

David Simon’s Baltimore Sun press card.

* Former Tribune Co. editor James O’Shea hopes the Koch brothers “would be smart enough to say, ‘We’re going to have a right-wing editorial page, but the news operations are going to be left alone,’ because you don’t do well with this business when you turn it into something that doesn’t have credibility.” (cjr.org)
* Nick Denton: I thought the interest in reality TV would wane and it hasn’t; BuzzFeed’s listicles could prove equally enduring. (digiday.com)
* Twitter users “favorited” tweets 1.6 billion times in May. (wsj.com) | Arianna Huffington: “Twitter has won much more than the moment.” (huffingtonpost.com)
* Expect to see more fast-breaking editorials at the New York Times. (nytimes.com)
* “Talking to someone in Anonymous sometimes feels like a silly metaphysical game.” (nytimes.com)
* Amazon launches “The Kindle Singles Interview.” (gigaom.com)
* KTVU-TV fires three staffers over the fake pilot names fiasco. (sfgate.com)
* Viv Bernstein: “One of the oddities of Nascar: Many of the people who cover the sport happen to be Jewish.” (viv-bernstein.blogspot.com)
* Bob Sassone explains why he’s “98.6% gone from Twitter.” (sassone.wordpress.com)
* A New York man is accused of threatening to kill HLN anchors. (cnn.com)
* A look at Miami Herald’s new Continuous News Desk. (newspaperalum.com)