YouTube gets tough on violence. YouTube has moved to ban videos that incite violence following criticism in the UK and US that it needed to toughen its policies, reports The Guardian. Google-owned YouTube has updated its community guidelines – specifically pointing out that a new addition is to make sure no videos “directly incite violence”. “We realise it’s not always obvious where we draw the line on content that’s acceptable to upload,” said YouTube in a blog post. “We’ve updated the community guidelines… included in the update are a few new things to steer clear of, like not directly inciting violence.” — Read more here.

9-11 video home delivered. The Huffington Post’s Greg Mitchell reports that a controversial 9/11 DVD was home-delivered with McClatchy papers in vital US swing states North Carolina, in Charlotte and Raleigh, and the Miami Herald, bringing the nationwide total to about 70 papers, with more coming tomorrow. An estimated 28 million copies have been sent out already, some by direct mail and in other periodicals. It seems to be only distributed in “swing” election states, and was made in 2005 by the New York-based Clarion Fund. The documentary, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, showcases scenes of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers, interspersed with shots of Nazi rallies. ‘The threat of Radical Islam is the most important issue facing us today,” reads the sleeve of the DVD. ”But it’s a topic that neither the presidential candidates nor the media are discussing openly. It’s our responsibility to ensure we can all make an informed vote in November.” — read the full report here.

No anti Palin bias. For the past two months, the database LexisNexis people have been analyzing the massive number of articles it handles for election campaign coverage. It turns out that media coverage of GOP vice-presidential Sarah Palin has actually been quite balanced, with 26% of some 6,000 articles and TV/radio reports last week deemed positive, 22% negative and 52% “neutral,” reports Editor and Publisher, not to mention the McCain ticket getting 60% more coverage than the Obama team last week. — read the full report here.

Slate turns to big money. The New York Times reports that the editors of The Big Money, a new business Web site by the editors of Slate, had their work cut out for them Sunday: it was the day before their site opened, and Wall Street seemed to be in free fall. But if it was not the most auspicious time to introduce a financial news site, the editors did not let on. “I think there’s a real opportunity now to tap into people’s interest and even anxiety about the economy,” James Ledbetter, the editor of The Big Money, said in an interview last week. He and his colleagues know that attracting an audience will take time, particularly amid a sharp economic downturn. They also know that, as John Alderman, the general manager of the Slate Group, put it, business news is “not an uncrowded space.” Just as Slate has established itself over time as a respected online magazine, so does its parent, The Washington Post Company, hope that The Big Money can do the same for financial information. — read the full report here.

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