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The Morning Lowdown 10.13.10

»  AOL (NYSE: AOL) hyperlocal unit Patch has been hit with more charges of overworking its editors, while some reporters have been accused of plagiarism. The company says that as a startup, staffers work “startup hours.” It has dismissed the journalists accused of lifting stories from other blogs. [Business Insider]

»  In the supposed battle against Gawker and Huffington Post, Magid Advisors President Mike Vorhaus says that since HuffPo is less “hit driven” and more mainstream, it would be more likely to go public with a higher valuation. Not that anyone’s suggesting either company is thinking about going public, of course… [Forbes]

»  Following the “debauchery at The Tribune” piece by the NYT’s David Carr last week, Lee Abrams, the Tribune’s chief innovation officer, apologized for including an inappropriate video in an e-mailed memo. [Romenesko]

»  Being the new CEO of news sharing site Digg means always having to say you’re sorry. [GigaOm]

»  If you tweet this post, chances are it will get ignored. That’s the estimation of social media analytics company Sysomos, which looked at 1.2 billion messages that were sent in August and September 2009 and found 71 percent of tweets receive no reaction at all. [Wired]

»  Social media marketer says its can get consumers to click display ads — the method relies on using celebrity endorsements. [MediaMemo]