Brian Abelson tells Romenesko readers:
I bought the [nytimes.cat] domain awhile back and then never did anything with it. Eventually it was revoked because .cat domains come with the caveat that you must publish Catalan language content. I bought it again on Wednesday and it was up for probably 36 hours. I just got the cease-and-desist 30 minutes ago [about 3:30 p.m. ET].
* Read the full cease and desist letter (@sangerkatz)
New: “I think a sense of humor [by the Times] was called for here” (facebook.com)
Earlier: New York Times parody site goes catatonic (nypost.com)
– From Friday’s USA Today
How did your line go over in the newsroom? I asked John Waggoner. “We were all giggling over it,” he says. “I mean, what else can you do?”
* Waggoner: What to do with an unexpected load of cash (usatoday.com)
Earlier: USA Today lays off 60 to 70 employees (jimromenesko.com)
Here’s how Ronnie Polaneczky’s Friday went at the Philadelphia Daily News, according to her Twitter feed:
Just got called by a guy who masturbated as he spoke to me.
He hung up when I told him his name and # are on my phone. Happy Friday, y’all! …all my colleagues heard me say, “Sir, are you pleasuring yourself?!” and started screaming in laughter. …lots of “sexy” groaning, erratic breathing and ?’s re my weekend. I have name/# – no answer yet but will call until wife answers! …What’s a horny caller to DO? At least he didn’t call me a C-word. It was more of a “friendly” dirty call, if that makes sense.
* “Just got a call from a guy who masturbated as he spoke to me…” (@RonniePhilly)
Please share your nasty phone experiences in comments, or email them to me for anonymous posting.
* “They [the family] asked us to retain that word in Stella’s obituary, because it’s what she would have wanted,” says Wilkes-Barre Times Leader executive editor George Spohr. (timesleader.com)
* Go the extra mile, and other bits of advice that Margaret Sullivan gives to her journalism students. (nytimes.com)
* Elizabeth Warren as clickbait. (cnn.com)
* “I never wanted to do news you can use – that was not my objective,” says Barry Newman, retired Wall Street Journal “King of the A-Heds.” (observer.com) | (jimromenesko.com)
* Facebook boots Crain’s New York over a story about medical marijuana. “Fortunately for Crain’s, our account was disabled for less than a day,” writes Matthew Flamm. (crainsnewyork.com)
* Kevin Delaney: Enough with 800-word stories! (digiday.com) | The piece on killing the 800-word article is 802 words long. (@dankennedy_nu)
* Women aren’t allowed to be as angry as men on cable news shows, says Mika Brzezinski. (washingotnpost.com)
* Claim: Brian Williams knows he’s finished. (politico.com)
* Barry Diller was paid $3.7 million in 2014 – down from $4 million a year earlier. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* New York is doing fine as a biweekly publication. (capitalnewyork.com)
* New York Times reports print/digital circulation growth in the first quarter. (nytco.com)
* JOBS: Bankrate.com is looking for a personal finance reporter, or work in Indiana as a marketing/communications director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* With local TV news, “there’s not as much concern about maintaining gender and racial balance among the anchors.” (washingtonpost.com)
* A Cleveland TV station sends a dead mouse to its landlord. (cleveland.com)
* The editor and faculty adviser of Northern Michigan University’s newspaper sue over alleged intimidation by the paper’s board. (mlive.com)
* Indianapolis Star’s Marisa Kwiatkowski receives the 2015 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. (columnists.com)