Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Phyllis Fine, December 31, 2013, 12:20 PM
  • Are Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Days Numbered?The New York Times

    Going big in The New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Carlson takes more than 7,000 words to say that Yahoo needs a new CEO. First, however, someone has to burst Marissa Mayer’s delusional self-image as the next Steve Jobs. Said bursting will likely be done by some activist investors, who have been planning to restructure Yahoo’s business assets, and perhaps put it under the custody of AOL and its CEO Tim Armstrong.
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  • Young Women's Newsletter TheSkimm Gets $6.25MThe New York Times

    TheSkimm an enewsletter for young women, just raised $6.25 million in financing from investment firms RRE, Homebrew, Greycroft Partners, and Chelsea Handler, among other investors. “TheSkimm has grown to more than a million active readers who digest the newsletter’s informal, sometimes flip, tone,” The New York Times writes. “The newsletter’s average open rate … stands at about 45 percent … and the company now generates revenue via sponsorships from the likes of the National Basketball Association and Turner Sports.”
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  • Medium Selling Advertising Based On "Time Spent"Fortune

    Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Medium, gives an interesting interview to Fortune in which he discusses his experimental efforts to monetize Medium. In one case, the blogging platform got BMW to sponsor one of its publications. “We sold it based on time spent on the articles,” Williams said. “It’s not a traditional advertising metric.” As for how much a minute of advertising costs on Medium, Williams said he didn’t know. “We’re experimenting.”
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  • Google Shutting Down News Hub In SpainSearch Engine Land

    Google News is officially shutting down in Spain in light of a recently passed Spanish law that would have forced Google to pay licensing revenues to publishers if their content — including headlines — appeared on its news hub. “Some Spanish publishers … had tried to turn Google into a source of mandatory licensing revenue through an ill-conceived copyright and anti-piracy law,” Search Engine Land reports.
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  • 'NYTimes' Open-Sourcing Crowdsourcing PlatformGigaom

    The New York Times has decided to open-source Hive — a platform it built to conduct various crowdsourcing experiments. “It became obvious to the R&D team that plenty of other publishers would be interested in having a tool that would allow them to build and manager [such] experiments,” GigaOm reports, citing comments from Matt Boggie, executive director of NYT’s research lab.
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  • Facebook's AI Team Takes Aim At Drunk PostingWired

    Among other projects, Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab is trying to prevent inebriated users from making total asses of themselves. In the future, when users engage in drunk posting, a virtual voice of reason will strongly suggest that they slow their sloppy roll. “Fashioning such a tool is largely about building image recognition technology that can distinguish between your drunken self and your sober self, and using a red-hot form of artificial intelligence called ‘deep learning,’” Wired reports.
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  • Citizen Journalism Gives Way To Vigilantism BuzzFeed

    Citizen journalism hasn’t quite worked out as many media giants had hoped. Platforms that were designed to harness such content — CNN’s iReport and AOL’s Patch — haven’t panned out, while the trend appears to have taken a darker turn. “In many instances, citizen journalism is something like the more troubling idea of citizen policing — that is, vigilantism: taking the powerful, and even dangerous tools of journalism to the communities with the least responsible actors,” Buzzfeed reports.
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  • Change.org Taps Tech Gods For Fresh FundingThe New York Times

    Bypassing the traditional venture capital route, Change.org has raised $25 million directly from a few tech gods, including Bill Gates, Jerry Yang, and Evan Williams. The New York Times call it “a twist on how Silicon Valley companies are financed.” For the uninitiated, “Change.org lets users create online petitions that call on governments and companies to act on specific issues,” NYT notes. The star-tup has already raised close to $20 million.
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  • Google: Less Than Half Of Display Ads Are "Viewable"The Wall Street Journal

    Of all the display ads Google serves, more than half (56.1%) of all ad impressions are not “viewable” by consumers, according to new research from the search giant. Also, “Certain ad sizes have a higher tendency to be viewable than others,” The Wall Street Journal reports, citing Google’s findings. “Unsurprisingly, the most viewable ad units were vertical ones, because they’re likely to remain on users’ screens for longer than horizontal ones as users scroll vertically down Web pages.”
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  • Chris Hughes Defends Vision For 'The New Republic'The Washington Post

    Following an unprecedented editorial exodus at The New Republic, owner and publisher Chris Hughes is defending his efforts to modernize (and better monetize) the magazine. “I didn’t buy the New Republic to be the conservator of a small print magazine whose long-term influence and survival were at risk,” Hughes, who bought TNR in 2012, explains in a Washington Post op-ed. “I came to protect the future of the New Republic by creating a sustainable business so that our journalism, values and voice … could survive.”
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  • Can 'The New Republic' Survive Its Radical Reinvention?The Daily Beast

    Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has draw the ire of the media establishment for trying to turn The New Republic into a Web-traffic fiend like Buzzfeed of Huffington Post. Among with TNR’s new CEO, former Yahoo News executive Guy Vidra, “Hughes’s … decision to abruptly change the 100-year-old journal … into what Hughes calls a ‘digital media company’ … and in the process get rid of top editor Franklin Foer … and literary editor Leon Wieseltier … has prompted a mass exodus by more than two dozen senior editors and writers,” The Daily Beast writes. With his Facebook billions, Hughes bought TNR in 2012.
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  • Google Recreating Its Services Just For KidsUSA Today

    Next year, Google plans to create versions of its most popular products for kids ages 12 and younger. “The most likely candidates are those that are already popular with a broad age group, such as search, YouTube and Chrome,” USA Today reports. As Pavni Diwanji, vice president of engineering at Google tells the publication: “The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there's a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children.”
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  • What's Eating First Look Media? Vanity Fair

    Fortunes don’t appear to be improving for First Look Media following the defection of star editor John Cook, last month. As part of an ongoing investigation, Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison dissects the news organization launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, last year. Among other challengers facing First Look Media, its flagship property, The Intercept, recently lost Cook to Gawker Media, as well as writer Matt Taibbi.
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  • Vox Media Raises $46.5MRe/code

    Publishing upstart Vox Media just felt the need to raise another $46.5 million. The round -- big by upstart publishing standards -- was led by General Atlantic. To date, it means that Vox, led by former AOL executive Jim Bankoff, has raised around $110 million in the last six years,” Re/Code reports. “The funding gives Vox a post-money valuation of about $380 million,” Re/Code adds, citing sources. Vox operates The Verge, SB Nation and Vox, among other digital news properties.   Read the whole story...

  • "Startup Studios" Changing Tech BusinessWired

    Wired considers “startup studios,” which are taking a new approach to the technology startup model. According to this new formular, “You start a business, your business experiments with lots of ideas, many ideas fail but some succeed, you turn these ideas into new businesses, and the formula repeats on its own,” Wired reports. Under the old rules, "You get an idea, you build a product based on your idea, you start a business to sell your product, your business succeeds -- or, more likely, it fails -- and you start all over again, looking for a new idea.”   Read the whole story...

  • EU Votes "Unbundle" Google BusinessesSearch Engine Land

    The European Parliament just voted in favor of a resolution to “unbundle” Google’s search engine from the rest of its business. “The widely anticipated, non-binding vote calls upon the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust regulator, to ‘enforce EU competition rules [and] to consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services,’” Search Engine Land reports. “Beyond the ‘break up Google’ angle (Google was not identified by name), the European Parliament called for the creation of a single digital market in Europe.”   Read the whole story...

  • Users Not Happy With Flickr's Decision To Sell Their PhotosThe Wall Street Journal

    Some users are unhappy with Yahoo over its decision to sell their Flickr photos. “More than 300 million publicly shared Flickr images use Creative Commons licenses, making it the largest content partner,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Yahoo last week said it would begin selling prints of 50 million Creative Commons-licensed images ,as well as an unspecified number of other photos handpicked from Flickr.”
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  • Google Testing Micro-Payment Service For PublishersGigaom

    Google is testing a new service that lets users experience Web sites without ads in exchange for paying a small monthly fee to those sites. Dubbed Google Contributor, the new service is launching with 10 publishing partners, including Mashable, Imgur, WikiHow and Science Daily, GigaOm reports. “When a user goes to the Google Contributor Web site (initial access is by invitation only), they see a list of the publishers that are participating in the beta version and they can choose whether they want to contribute $1, $2 or $3 a month.”
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  • Salesforce Outlook Disappoints InvestorsFortune

    Despite a 29% gain in third-quarter revenue, investors punished Salesforce on Wednesday for a less than shining fourth-quarter outlook. “Salesforce continues to benefit from an ever-expanding cloud services market that has let the company build up a strong momentum with consistent revenue growth,” Fortune reports. Yet, “the company’s estimate of around $1.44 billion in fourth-quarter revenue came in just below analysts’ expectations.”
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  • Viber Launches "Public Chats"Mashable

    Messaging startup Viber just debuted Public Chats -- a new service that lets users “listen in” on chats between willing celebrities and their interviewers. Public Chats "give you that fly-on-the-wall experience as you watch other people that you care about as they have conversations," Viber CEO Talmon Marco tells Mashable. Notes Mashable: “A good analogy might be a podcast in texting form, or a live blogging of an interview.”
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  • Billboard 200 To Track Song Streams, DownloadsThe New York Times

    Billboard and its data partner Nielsen SoundScan have decided to start tracking songs’ digital streams and downloads on the Billboard 200. “It is the biggest change since 1991, when the magazine began using hard sales data from SoundScan, a revolutionary change in a music industry that had long based its charts on highly fudgeable surveys of record stores,” The New York Times reports.
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  • 'LA Times' Names Nicco Mele As Deputy PublisherLos Angeles Times

    The Los Angeles Times has named Web strategist Nicco Mele as its new deputy publisher. “With Nicco, we truly have a digital native to help us reimagine our business and develop new digital revenue streams,” LAT publisher Austin Beutner said on Monday. According to the newspaper, “Mele's primary role will be to craft business strategy across all digital platforms.” Mele previously co-founded the Web consulting firm Echo & Co.
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  • Vice Media Taps Top Obama Aide As COOThe New York Times

    Vice Media on Monday is expected to name Alyssa Mastromonaco as its new chief operating officer. A longtime Obama aide, Mastromonaco most recently served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House. “The hiring signals how Vice, known for its renegade reporting and on-the-edge articles and videos, is seeking a new level of management as it navigates its next stage of growth,” The New York Times reports. “Mastromonaco, who officially starts in January, will oversee all of the company’s operations, as well as take responsibility for expanding its global business.”
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  • Arts Center Rethinks Beacons after Low Redemption Rates FoundCMO.com

    Arts Centre Melbourne is rethinking its approach to beacon technology after a disappointing trial of the proximity marketing platform that took place during Melbourne Festival in October. The centre used iBeacon technology to alert visitors to food and beverage offers from its venue in a bid to drive additional sales. Visitors could download coupons from their iOS or Android phone, and store it in their Passbook or equivalent app in Android. When visitors walk near a café or bar, the beacon triggered the coupon to pop up on their screen, asking if they want to redeem it. Read the whole story...

  • Microsoft Rolling Out Skype For WebThe Verge

    Reducing user-adoption barriers, Microsoft is rolling out a beta version of Skype for Web. “Skype for Web will operate directly from Skype.com,” The Verge reports. “The software giant has been slowly bringing Skype to the Web through its Outlook.com service, but today’s beta will work across modern versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari without the need to use Outlook.com.” Over the next several weeks, Skype for Web should be available to a small set of testers, and then see a wider rollout.
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  • First Look Media Loses Editor John CookRe/code

    The start-up media business is proving trickier than eBay founder Pierre Omidyar likely imagined. Among other challengers facing First Look Media -- the news organization he founded last year -- its flagship property, The Intercept, just lost its star editor, John Cook. As Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison first reported, this week, Cook is headed back to Gawker Media, which he left for First Look back in March. “Cook’s move is the second high-profile departure from First Look,” Re/Code notes. “Last month, writer Matt Taibbi left the company.”
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  • Onion Inc. Exploring SaleBloomberg

    The owner of the Onion and its satirical sister publications is has reportedly hired a financial adviser to explore a possible sale. “The company … is working with the the [sic] investment bank GCA Savvian,” Bloomberg reports, citing sources. “Founded as a magazine by a pair of students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1988 … David Schafer, a fund manager, bought the company in 2003.” Other Onion Inc. operations include a YouTube channel for the A.V. Club, and satire site Clickhole.
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  • Larry Page Named Fortune's Businessman Of The YearFortune

    Fortune has named Google CEO Larry Page as its businessperson of the year. Among other reasons, “as Google’s core business continues to thrive … Page is making huge bets on new technology -- ingestible nanoparticles, balloons that beam down broadband -- that could define the future,” according to Fortune. “The Google CEO is the kind of guy who thinks the improbable is a given and the seemingly impossible is likely.”
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  • Doubleclick For Publishers Goes DarkGigaom

    In a rare and highly embarrassing systems failure, Doubleclick for Publishers went dark on Wednesday morning. The glitch in Google’s ad serving tool caused blank spaces to appear in place of ads on top sites from BuzzFeed to Forbes. “The outage means a loss of revenue for hundreds of publishers, and represents the rare failure of a key piece of internet plumbing,” GigaOm reports. “A Google spokesperson said the company is looking into the matter.”
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  • Yahoo Shareholders Want AOL Merger, Mayer's OusterReuters

    Some top Yahoo shareholders are reportedly pleading with AOL head Tim Armstrong to pursue a merger, kick Marissa Mayer to the curb, and oversee the combined company. “At least two top-10 Yahoo shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s turnaround effforts that they are making a direct plea to [Armstrong],” Reuters reports. “Yahoo stock has tripled since Mayer joined Yahoo as CEO in July 2012, but analysts say those gains have been primarily driven by the rapid appreciation in the value of its Asian assets.”
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  • 'The New Yorker' Debuts Metered PaywallCapital New York

    Still tinkering with its business model, The New Yorker just launched a metered paywall. “The paywall allows non-subscribers to access six free articles -- whether they are print magazine pieces or online-only stories -- and an unlimited number of videos per month,” Capital New York reports. “Subscribers will have access to unlimited articles as well as The New Yorker's complete archive, dating back to its founding in 1925. Read the whole story...

  • 'Funny Or Die' For Sale (Maybe) For Upwards of $300MBloomberg

    Will Ferrell and the other founders of the Funny or Die comedy site are reportedly open to selling it for between $100 million and $300 million. Ferrell and his business partners, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, have hired a financial adviser to evaluate options, including a possible sale, Bloomberg reports, citing an employee memo from CEO Dick Glover. “We are NOT trying to sell Funny or Die, but we thought it wise to engage some experts to help us evaluate the situation,” Glover said.
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  • Politico Says Site Redesign Signals 'Transformation'Capital New York

    Politico’s pretty excited about its site redesign, which, as with any site redesign, is cleaner and more responsive. “The new homepage design highlights four ‘cover stories,’ with blurbs and links to other stories below,” Capital New York reports. “The site also now sports a ‘Timeline’ feature, which keeps track of how many stories have been published since a user visits the site.” Politico president CEO Jim VandeHei called the facelift “the formal beginning of the biggest transformation of POLITICO in eight years.” Read the whole story...

  • Reuters Ditches User Comments, Cites Rise Of Social As Reason

    Citing the rise of social media and other factors, Reuters has decided to nix user comments on news stories. “Much of the well-informed and articulate discussion around news, as well as criticism or praise for stories, has moved to social media and online forums,” Dan Colarusso, executive editor of Reuters Digital, writes in a note to readers. “Those communities offer vibrant conversation and, importantly, are self-policed by participants to keep on the fringes those who would abuse the privilege of commenting.” Reuters.com still plans to host comments on its opinion and blogs sections. Read the whole story...

  • How A Hyper-Local News Site Like Berkeleyside SurvivesNieman Lab

    Delving into the quirky, financially-shaky world of hyper-local media, NiemanLab considers the case of Berkeleyside -- a site with little use for anyone other than the 116,000 residents of Berkeley, California. “One thing that’s helped Berkeleyside grow its audience is strategic partnerships with other organizations, including KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle,” NiemanLab notes. “In exchange for helping regional newsrooms fill coverage gaps they can no longer afford to report on themselves, Berkeleyside grows its impact.”
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  • Zynga Founder Mark Pincus Hatches Start-up IncubatorRe/code

    Forget Zynga -- the gaming start-up that achieved Silicon Valley-style fame and fortune before losing its mojo. After leaving the company earlier this year, Zynga founder Mark Pincus has moved on to bigger and better things. Kara Swisher calls this latest endeavor: “a little bit incubator, a little bit start-up factory and a lot the new ideas of Mark Pincus.” Pincus is funding Superlabs, so-called, with his own money “to work on a variety of digital concepts he has been mulling over since leaving behind his day-to-day role at Zynga,” Swisher reports.
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  • Is Spotify Generating More Music Royalties Than ITunes?TechCrunch

    In the last quarter, in fact, royalty revenue from Spotify streams were 13% higher on average than revenue from Apple’s iTunes, according to Kobalt, which collects music royalties for top artists. “The numbers support findings reported in the Wall Street Journal last month noting that iTunes music sales are down about 13% this year,” TechCrunch reports. “iTunes is still a massive business -- up $300 million to $4.6 billion in sales in the last quarter.”
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  • Emojis Could Soon Reflect Different Skin TypesABC News

    As the popularity of emojis continues to rise, so does criticism from those he think the little cartoon faces should better reflect various skin types.  “A proposal to expand the skin color options for emojis may get the thumbs up from those calling for more diversity in the icons,” the Associated Press reports. “Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization that sets the standards for these pictograms, said in a proposal that is considering adding five new skin colors.” Read the whole story...

  • Update: Nielsen Catalina Purchase Data Not A Factor In Choice Hotels' Simulmedia TV TargetingReuters

    Correction: The original version of this item implied Reuters' coverage of Simulmedia's deal with Nielsen Catalina Solutions was involved in the Choice Hotels example cited in the Reuters' story. The Choice Hotel campaign had nothing to do with the Nielsen Catalina Solutions news and was just provided as an example of how a brand utilizes Simulmedia to target TV viewers. Read the whole story...

  • SheKnows Acquires BlogHerFolio

    Making one big women's blogging network, SheKnows has acquired BlogHer for a reported $30 million to 40 million. “The acquisition gives SheKnows Media an additional 45 million monthly unique visitors, which it claims makes it the largest women's lifestyle digital network,” Folio reports. “The BlogHer brand will continue to live on under the umbrella of SheKnows Media.”
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  • Southwest Airlines Flies With Beats Music ServiceTechCrunch

    Despite rumors of a looming shutdown, Apple is still pushing its Beats Music service into new channels. In the latest example, Southwest Airlines just agreed to serve up the Beats Music streaming library to in-flight passengers. “For Apple, this means expanding the number of potential customers that it can draw to Beats Music, as using the free service on Southwest planes provides them with pretty much a captive audience,” TechCrunch reports.
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  • Time Inc. Reports Strong Digital Revenue In Q3The Wrap

    In the third quarter, Time Inc. saw digital advertising revenue increase 5% year-over-year to $65 million. Overall advertising revenue was flat at $428 million, according to Time, which spun off from Time Warner Inc. this past June. “Print and other advertising revenues were down 1% from last year to $363 million,” The Wrap reports. Meanwhile, “Time’s net income dipped to $48 million, down from $68 million the year before.”
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  • Rafat Ali: Media Startups In Big TroubleRafat

    Media entrepreneur Rafat Ali is not optimistic about the future of media entrepreneurship. “Cracks are beginning to show in medialand, and it will likely get ugly,” he writes in a new blog post. “The big-funded sub-standard media startups & brand, almost all driven by garbage-in-garbage-out model of money spend leading to traffic growth, sketchy at best as a brand builder, will start falling by the wayside or find soft landings as homes,” he divines.
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  • The 'Guardian' Makes Waves With New US Web SiteNew York Observer

    The Guardian is making a big splash with the relaunch of its U.S. Web site, this week. “The new look and approach to content relied on user feedback during the eight-month development period, including more than 25,000 comments from readers,” The New York Observer reports. “One of the major innovations to the site was the idea of using a ‘flexible container format’ that looks like a miniature homepage in a vertical, banner-like form. The new system gives editors more control over curating sections and ability to respond to breaking news and updated stories.”
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  • YouTubeFlix: Google Readying Ad-Free Subscription ModelWall Street Journal

    Google is working on an advertising-free, paid subscription model for YouTube, reports the Wall Street Journal.Speaking at a conference late Monday, Google vet Susan Wojcicki said the subscription version was being developed to give users more choice. Read the whole story...

  • FBI Created Fake Seattle Times Web Page To Snare SuspectThe Seattle Times

    Did you hear the one about the FBI creating a phony news story on a fake Seattle Times Web page in order to plant software in the computer of someone suspected of making bomb threats. Yes, that actually happened back in 2007, The Seattle Times reports, citing documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C., called the incident “outrageous.”
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  • 'Financial Times' Launch Aggregated News EmailThe Drum

    The Financial Times just launched a newsletter, FirstFT, featuring stories that will be aggregated from around the Web. “The email will be produced by a new editorial team led by new head of aggregation Andrew Jack and will be modified to suit readers in different regions and time zones,” The Drum reports. In a statement, Jack explained: “In an age of information overload where readers are shying away from the perpetual social media stream, trusted editorial judgement and aggregation is an increasingly valuable convenience for busy readers.”
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  • Big Shops Boost Ad Spending 3% In Q3: Digital Rises 20%, TV Declines 1%Broadcasting & Cable

    Ad spending expanded 3% during the third quarter of 2014 among the advertising agencies pooling their data in Standard Media Index, reports B&C magazine."Digital" ad spending expanded 20%, including big jumps on YouTube (+59%), Facebook (+47%) and Twitter (+44%). TV ad volume fell 1% in the quarter, including an 8% decline in spot TV billings, and a 4% decline among broadcast networks. Cable networks appear to have expanded their share of national TV, rising 2% in the quarter. Read the whole story...

  • CBS News Prepping 24-Hour Digital News ChannelCapital New York

    Not unlike CNN’s CNNgo service, CBS News is reportedly preparing to launch a 24-hour digital news channel dubbed CBSN. “The network is in the final stages of developing the project but an exact launch date for the network has not yet been set,” Capital reports. “The channel, which will stream live to TV sets, P.C.’s and mobile devices, mimics the look of cable news channels, but in a less formal newsroom setting.”
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  • Tinder Testing Premium ServiceForbes

    Still in search of a revenue model, Tinder plans to launch a premium match-making service next month. “The new premium service will likely let users break away from location limits and expand their Tinder reach,” Forbes reports, citing comments this week by Tinder CEO Sean Rad. “One of the new features will focus on travel and could help Tinder move into markets beyond dating.”   Read the whole story...

  • Armstrong: Yahoo Deal Not On The Table Business Insider

    Despite the rumors, AOL says it has no interest in a Yahoo merger. There are “no explicit talks about a deal with Yahoo,” AOL head Tim Armstrong said at a conference on Monday. “Instead, Armstrong said the company is focusing on partnerships and growing the company ad revenue in 2015,” Business Insider reports.   Read the whole story...

  • Whisper Shared Shady Privacy Policy With Guardian During Partnership Talks Re/code

    In the future, tech start-ups with questionable privacy policies might be wary of partnering with serious news organizations. Take the case of Whisper, which just found itself in hot water after the Guardian exposed its practice of tracking the location of users, including those that specifically asked not to be followed. As it turns out, the Guardian got its information in partnership talks with the supposedly-anonymous messaging service. “The Guardian says its story resulted from a three-day visit to Whisper headquarters to discuss an ‘expanded journalistic relationship,’” Re/Code reports.  

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  • What's Google's Next Big Thing?The New York Times

    Flying cars? Colonizing Mars? Whatever it is, analysts are pressing Google on its next big investment. The tech giant said this week that better monetizing mobile search remains a huge priority.  “Google reported that ‘other revenue,’ a large portion of which is Google’s Play Store, increased 50 percent from the same quarter of last year, to $1.8 billion,” The New York Times reports. Still searching for the next big thing, “research-and-development costs have soared, to $2.7 billion from $1.8 billion from the same quarter a year ago.”
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  • Nadella Still Cleaning Up "Karma" CommentGeekWire

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is still mending fences a week after suggesting that industry women rely on “karma” rather than ask for raises. In an employee memo released on Wednesday, Nadella tried to put his comment into context. “I had received this advice from my mentors and followed it in my own career,” he explained. “But my advice underestimated exclusion and bias -- conscious and unconscious -- that can hold people back.”
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  • BuzzFeed Hatches UK Development TeamJournalism.co.uk

    In London, BuzzFeed is assembling a new development team to come up with new ways of storytelling and audience engagement. The team will be “explicitly focused on being experimental and trying out new formats,” Tom Phillips, BuzzFeed’s recently named UK editorial director, tells Journalism.co.uk. “That’s going to range from everything from games that are incredibly entertaining and go viral, to interactives … and new ways of laying out stories.” Read the whole story...

  • HBO Planning Standalone Web Subscription ServiceRe/code

    HBO plans to begin offering Web-only subscriptions sometime next year. Yes, “the company will start selling a digital version of its service that won’t require a pay TV subscription in 2015,” Re/Code reports, citing comments this week from HBO CEO Richard Plepler. “Plepler said the company will go ‘beyond the wall’ and launch a ‘stand alone, over the top’ version of HBO in the US next year.”
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  • Google Planning Big "Virtual Reality" BetRe/code

    Google is reportedly ready to lead a $500 million funding round in virtual reality startup Magic Leap. “They say they can deliver a more realistic 3-D experience than the kind offered by current technologies, including [that offered by Facebook’s] Oculus Rift,” Re/Code reports. “Andreessen Horowitz may be one of the other investors in the consortium.”
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  • US Tech Companies Crash UK "Digital Upfronts"Guardian

    Twitter, Google, AOL and Vice Media are taking center stage, this week, during the UK’s inaugural “digital upfronts.” As The Guardian reports: “The week-long event takes a leaf from the US TV industry’s long-established annual TV industry ‘upfronts’ presentations in New York every May, when the networks give advertisers a preview of their programming for the coming year.”
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  • Salesforce.com Getting Serious About AnalyticsTechCrunch

    Salesforce.com is getting serious about Web analytics with Wave -- a new service that the entire industry saw coming. “It was one of the worst kept secrets in technology, as just about everyone I talked to knew about this,” TechCrunch’s Ron Miller writes. Either way, “the general consensus is that this is something that Salesforce had to do, even though the market is crowded with competitors and they are very late to the game.”
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  • Google Rolling Out Red Carpet For Content Makers, AdvertisersNew York Times

    As part of an aggressive effort to keep top content creators happy, Google spared no expense building YouTube Space New York -- its new 20,000-square-foot production facility.  “It’s part production facility, part lab and a bit of a video university,” David Carr writes in The New York Times. “And not coincidentally, it will let YouTube receive a larger chunk of the ad spending that used to flow to more traditional media companies.”
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  • Microsoft CEO Offers Mea Culpa To Industry Women Re/code

    Rather than ask for a raise, women in tech industries should rely on “karma” to achieve their goals, Satya Nadella said this week. Soon after, Microsoft’s CEO released a memo in which he apologized for the comment, and stressed his support for equality in the workplace. “When it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved … If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”
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  • Former 'Slate' Head Joins 'Atlas Obscura' Capital New York

    What is Atlas Obscura? For one, it’s the new home of former Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz, Capital New York reports. Around since 2009, it’s also a Web site that catalogs “extraordinary, weird, and fascinating places -- both around the world and around the corner," Plotz explained in a recent email. With too few monthly unique visitors to show up in comScore’s Web rankings, “Plotz plans to relaunch atlasobscura.com next year and expand its staff to 10 to 20 employees, among them developers, writers, editors, video producers and a data analyst,” Capital reports.
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  • Product Hunt Gets $6.1M To Hunt For More ProductsTechCrunch

    Product Hunt, an online community for the gadget obsessed, just raised $6.1 million in a Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. “Product Hunt’s uniqueness comes from the full breadth of activity around new products and those enthusiastic about them,” Steven Sinofsky -- the startup’s newest board member -- tells TechCrunch. “It’s a place to launch, learn, share and curate.” Additional investors include Greylock, Ludlow Ventures, and SV Angel, to name a few.
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  • The Long View On Microsoft's FateVanity Fair

    Can Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella save the software giant, and correct the many missteps of former head Steve Ballmer? Vanity Fair devotes more than 7,500 words to the matter, by taking a close look at the company’s management history going back to founder Bill Gates. For what’s its worth, VF considers Nadella to be more like Gates than Ballmer. Yet, according VF, it is too early to tell whether Microsoft’s full history will be “celebratory -- or a cautionary tale.”
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  • Top UK Newspaper Pursuing Digital-First TransformationThe Guardian

    Finally embracing the future of publishing, the UK’s Telegraph Media Group is undergoing a radical transformation that will prioritize digital over print. Management’s vision to is to “transform the organisation’s print-focused mind-set into a digitally led approach,” The Guardian reports. Said a source close: “The engine driving the content decisions is the 80 million worldwide unique users per month.”
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  • NBA Letting ESPN Live Stream Games To Non-Cable CustomersThe Wall Street Journal

    As part of a major media rights deals just reached by the NBA, Disney, and Turner Broadcasting, the league plans to let ESPN live stream regular season games. “In a significant move for ESPN … [the new] service will be open to people who aren’t cable or satellite TV customers,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “The contracts with Disney and Turner will give them the rights to NBA games through the 2024-25 season.”
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  • Vice Accused Of Bending Editorial To Advertiser InterestsCapital New York

    With Vice’s rebellious reputation on the line, a former editor is accusing the media company of killing (and modifying) stories to protect advertiser relationships. In one instance, editor in question, Charles Davis, filed a story about unpaid labor at the South by Southwest festival. At the time, however, “Vice Media [had] co-sponsored [a SXSW] event venue with AT&T,” Capital New York reports. A source at Vice tell Capital that the story was killed for “editorial reasons that had nothing to do with AT&T, though what Davis was told may be another matter.” Read the whole story...

  • NFL, DirecTV Deal Takes Live Streaming Games Off The TableRe/code

    Live coverage of NFL games will not be coming to the Web anytime soon. “DirecTV has renewed its deal to carry the NFL’s ‘Sunday Ticket’ subscription package,” Re/Code reports. Translation? “The renewal means that the most plausible way for a non-TV company to get its hands on TV’s most valuable programming is now off the table; people familiar with the deal say it will extend for eight years.” Read the whole story...

  • What Went Wrong With "NYT Opinion" App?Nieman Lab

    Earlier this week, The New York Times said it was shuttering a recently launched app, NYT Opinion, in which it had the highest hopes. What went wrong? Simply put, It was “unable to find a substantial paying audience,” Nieman Lab reports. As such, according to Andy Rosenthal, editorial page editor for the Times: “It’s just not working as a business.” Another app that launched alongside Opinion, NYT Now, will continue to live on, but with what Nieman Lab calls a “tweaked subscription model.” Read the whole story...

  • Financial Times Editor Says Software Now "Driving" JournalismRe/code

    Unlike many newspaper executives of a certain age, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, is a big fan of what he calls “technological disruption.” In fact, in an interview with Re/Code, Barber goes so far as the say: “One of my mentors used to say journalism used to drive software, and now software’s driving the journalism.” What’s more, “The software people are telling us about new ways to do something, and as journalists you’ve got to be more humble about that.” Read the whole story...

  • 'NYT 'Shedding More Staff, Shutting Down "NYT Opinion" AppThe New York Times

    Confirming related rumors, The New York Times said Wednesday that it plans on cutting an additional 100 “newsroom” positions, along with select editorial and business positions. “In addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion content, [is] shutting down because it was not attracting enough subscribers,” NYT’s own Ravi Somaiya reports.
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  • The New York Times' Native Ad ChampionCapital New York

    Capital New York spends some time with Meredith Kopit Levien, head of advertising at The New York Times, and a big proponent of native ads. “It was this enthusiasm for native advertising that put Levien in the hot seat during comedian John Oliver’s 11-minute take-down of native on the August 3 edition of HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight,’” Capital notes. “Oliver compared the Times’ native campaign for ‘Orange is the New Black’ to ‘hearing the one Katy Perry song that you like ... but it still feels wrong to be listening to.’”
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  • Regional Magazine Sector Still Dominated By PrintFolio

    Call it an opportunity for digital marketers or a death sentence for city and regional magazines, but the sector still relies on print for up to 93% of its revenue, according to new research from Folio. “Companies aren't shying away from it either,” Folio reports. “More print products are scheduled to launch in 2014 than at any point in the last five years.” That said, a few publishers are predicting a shift away from print and toward alternative revenue streams -- digital media and events, chief among them -- in 2015 however.”
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  • MPA Launches New Cross-Platform Measurement ServiceThe New York Times

    The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) is introducing an audience measurement system, which, as The New York Times reports, “will allow individual magazines to capture broad consumer engagement for the first time, whether it is a fan watching a Cosmopolitan fashion video on a mobile phone or a reader looking at a favorite new recipe from Bon Appétit on Pinterest.” The new monthly system, Magazine Media 360, “will measure audience engagement for print and for digital editions and video across desktop and mobile devices,” NYT reports.
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  • Piers Morgan Lands U.S. Beat At Daily Mail OnlinePolitico

    Piers Morgan has found a new gig. The former CNN anchor just joined the UK-based Daily Mail Online as Editor-at-Large for the United States, Politico reports. “This is Morgan's first major news role since he ended his prime-time CNN program in March amid poor ratings,” it writes. “Morgan has essentially been a free agent since then, though his contract with the network officially ended in September.” Read the whole story...

  • Microsoft Confirms Forthcoming Fifth Ave. Flagship StoreThe Wall Street Journal

    Microsoft has long aspired to rival Apple’s retail presence. Taking one step in that direction, the software giant is finally firming up plans to open a Manhattan flagship store on Fifth Avenue. “The software company confirmed that it will be setting up shop at 677 Fifth Ave. as it continues to expand its retail presence and take more control over its consumers' shopping experience,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “The Fifth Avenue store has been five years in the making, Microsoft executives said … It is expected to open sometime in 2015.”
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  • New Publishers Increasingly Catering To Readers' WishesGigaom

    There’s a long history in news media of publishers putting out what they think is best for readers, rather than what they think readers want. GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram thinks new and newish properties like Buzzfeed and Gawker have been so successful because they take the opposite approach. Taking it even further, “They are increasingly thinking about what they do as providing a service, not just as a business that generates content and then delivers it to people,” Ingram writes. Read the whole story...

  • Google Cutting Ties With Climate-Change DenierArstechnica

    Doing its part to relegate climate-change deniers to an unfortunate historical footnote, Google is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- a group that, as ars technica explains, “has said human-created climate change could be ‘beneficial’ and opposes environmental regulations.” Regarding Google’s past support for ALEC, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said this week: “We’re trying to not do that in the future.”
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  • 'NY Times' Launches "First Draft" For Political News Junkies The Huffington Post

    Continuing to reshape itself for today’s always-on audiences, The New York Times is launching First Draft -- “a morning email newsletter and politics site within NYTimes.com,” HuffingtonPost reports. Hulse said First Draft, which is expected to land in subscribers' in-boxes around 7 a.m., will highlight political stories running that morning in the NYT  and include some aggregation and links to competitors.
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  • Microsoft Shedding Silicon Valley Research LabZDNet

    The Microsoft Research (MSR) Silicon Valley lab is the latest casualty of the company’s existing plan to shed as many as 18,000 employees. “The MSR Silicon Valley lab is primarily focused on distributed computing research, including ‘privacy, security … Internet search and services, and related theory,’” ZDNet reports. Yet, “Microsoft operates a number of Microsoft Research labs worldwide, including labs in Asia, Cairo, Cambridge (UK), Europe, India, Israel, New England, New York City and Redmond.”
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  • Rise Of "Brand Journalism" Makes Native Advertising Seem Quaint By ComparisonFinancial Times

    Who’s needs native advertising? Rather than pander to newspapers and their fussy ethics boards, deep-pocketed corporations are increasingly publishing their own brand of “journalism.” Take the Richmond Standard, which the Financial Times calls “one of the more polished sites to emerge in the age of hyper-local digital news brands,” not to mention a division of the Chevron Corporation. Regarding such “brand journalism,” FT writes: “Social media and digital publishing tools are allowing this strain of corporate news to reach vast audiences, with profound implications for the way businesses communicate with the public and for the media outlets they are learning to sidestep.”
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  • 'Wall Street Journal' Pushing Mobile Limits With New AppNieman Lab

    Taking its mobile strategy seriously, The Wall Street Journal is releasing a remodeled app that makes full use of Apple’s brand-new iOS 8 operating system. Along with “expanded notifications and continuous reading,” The Journal’s refreshed app is “a simplified and streamlined experience designed to take advantage of new features in Apple’s iOS 8,” Nieman Lab reports. Of note: Edward Roussel, Dow Jones’ head of products, says that about 85% of the publisher’s total app usage is on iOS devices. Read the whole story...

  • NewsCorp Asks Euro Commission To Crack Down On GoogleBBC.com

    News Corp. is complaining to the European Commission that it’s not taking a tough enough stance on Google. “In [a] strongly worded letter, [News Corp. CEO] Robert Thomson says ‘the shining vision of Google’s founders has been replaced by a cynical management,’” BBC News reports. “It calls Google a ‘platform for piracy’ whose power ‘increases with each passing day.’” In response, a Google spokesperson tells BBC News: “Phew! What a scorcher! Murdoch accuses Google of eating his hamster!” Read the whole story...

  • Gawker Planning For Grand FutureRe/code

    Re/Code checks in on Gawker, where, according to publisher Nick Denton, business has never been better. With 280 employees generating 80 million uniques a month, it’s time for a fancy, new 60 square foot office, Denton has decided. Giving himself the grandest of missions, Denton tells Re/Code: “At stake is not just our own long-term future, but the viability of intelligent independent media in a sector dominated by hype-fueled ventures, media conglomerates and tech giants.”
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  • Marketing Business Is Bright Spot For Adobe In Otherwise Cloudy QuarterReuters

    During an otherwise disappointing fiscal third-quarter, Adobe this week said revenue from its digital marketing business -- including campaign management and analytics services -- rose 8% to $336.6 million. Overall, however, total revenue rose 1% to $1.01 billion, while analysts were expecting at least $1.02 billion, Reuters reports. “I think the market has come to expect perfection from this company and today was not perfect,” Edward Jones technology analyst Josh Olson told Reuters.
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  • U.S. Threatened Yahoo Over Private User Communications The Washington Post

    Courts documents unsealed this week show how the U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day for failing to provide it with private user communications, in 2008. The records “illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program,” The Washington Post reports. Though it believe the requests to be unconstitutional, Yahoo was one of a number of tech giant that did ultimately surrender personal user communications to the U.S. government.
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  • Microsoft Wiping Out Nokia Brand NameGeeks on Gadgets

    It was probably only a matter of time, but Microsoft is reportedly erasing any and all uses of the Nokia brand name. That leaves “Lumia” as “the hero brand for upcoming devices,” Geeks On Gadgets reports. Based on an internal document obtained by the tech blog, “Microsoft is shying away from placing the Windows Phone logo next to their devices in promotions and advertisements, and will instead place the standard Windows logo alongside them (sans the ‘Phone’).”
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  • TMZ.com Gets Tip Of The Hat From 'The New York Times'The New York Times

    TMZ.com, once derided by some (many?) as a sleazy gossip Web site, has officially earned the respect of The New York Times. Following a series of major scoops -- from audio of Donald Sterling’ racist remarks to video of Ray Rice’s domestic violence -- the paper of record concedes that TMZ’s “reporting is having an impact.” NYTimes then puts that impact in historical context. “Tabloids have always trafficked in gossip and scandal-mongering,” it writes. “The idea was never just to titillate, though; it was, at least in part, to hold the rich and powerful accountable.”
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  • Resistance To "Surveillance Gadgets" Like Google Glass BuildsWired

    Google Glass is so unpopular in some circles that consumer products are emerging to block the headgear’s privacy invading powers. For less than $100, Glass-haters should soon be able to buy Cyborg Unplug -- a gadget that detects nearby devices, and kills their connections to local Wi-Fi networks, Wired reports. The contraption is also expected to deter other “potential surveillance gadgets like Google Dropcams, Wi-Fi-enabled drone copters, and certain wireless microphones,” according to Wired.
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  • Tech Companies Planning To Protest Net Neutrality ProposalThe Verge

    Some plucky tech companies, including Reddit, Etsy, Foursquare, and Kickstarter, are planning to protest the FCC’s net neutrality proposal. As The Verge reports, the group is going to mark next Wednesday, September 10, as a day of action, “during which they'll showcase net neutrality issues on their sites and drive visitors to contact the FCC, Congress and the White House.”
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  • White House Names Google Exec Chief Technology OfficerThe Washington Post

    As expected, Google’s Megan Smith has been named country’s next chief technology officer. Among other attributes, “Smith … has a record of focusing on digital inclusiveness,” The Washington Post reports. “Before Google, she was the CEO of the online LGBT community PlanetOut … And she has worked to bring more women in the engineering and technology fields.” Also on Thursday, The White House named former Twitter lawyer Alexander Macgillivray as deputy U.S. CTO. Thus, “President Obama gets a pair of widely respected technology world figures, both steeped in the workings of some of Silicon Valley's biggest and highest-profile companies.”
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  • Boston Globe Media Reveals Big Ambitions With New Catholic News SiteNieman Journalism Lab

    The Neiman Journalism Lab considers Crux -- a new Catholic news site, a key component in Red Sox owner John Henry’s mission to expand Boston Globe Media beyond its regional roots. With Crux, Henry is “pushing forward on a plan he hopes will help broaden the company’s readership beyond people who want a printed newspaper on their doorstep,” NJL writes. “Crux … is aiming for a readership far outside the 617 area code to the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide.” Read the whole story...

  • Comcast Expands EveryBlock Local News NetworkWashington Post

    In early 2013, NBC News shelved its hyper-local news network EveryBlock. Yet, parent company Comcast appears to be keeping the dream alive, one city at a time. “The cable giant … has expanded its relaunch of the news and social site EveryBlock to include its home city of Philadelphia,” The Washington Post reports. “While the relaunch of EveryBlock Philly is new, Comcast revived the Chicago edition of the site in late January.” Long term, however, EveryBlock founder Adrian Holovaty says he doesn’t have much faith in Comcast to support the network. Read the whole story...

  • White House Names New "Piracy Czar"The Hollywood Reporter

    The Obama administration just named Danny Marti as its new “piracy czar,” i.e., the country’s “intellectual property enforcement coordinator.” A managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, D.C., office, Marti served as the firm’s intellectual asset acquisitions and transactions team from 2010 to 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The IPEC post was established in 2008 to coordinate the administration’s policy on intellectual property and piracy and to coordinate with other government agencies,” it writes.
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  • Should Google Build Search Engine For News?Om

    Between its new drone program and other information-organizing ventures, Google should build a new search tools that “allows reporters to see in real-time past stories from across the Web,” according to Om Malik. “The search tool [should] also provide contextual information about various topics, whether through Wikipedia or some private archive like Lexis-Nexis.” According to Malik, the resulting service would “help not only save many reporter hours but make the news better, smarter and more contextual.”
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  • Quora CEO Says Site's Growing Faster Than EverTechCrunch

    How’s Quora doing? Well, Adam D’Angelo, its CEO and co-founder, tells TechCrunch that the question-and-answer service had its best week ever, last week. “That’s all being driven by a dramatic increase in the answers that have been added to its platform,” TechCrunch writes. “That number has tripled over the past year, which is leading both new and existing members to contribute more than ever before.” Unfortunetly, neither D’Angelo nor TechCrunch offer up any real numbers to back up those claims.
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  • Samsung Debuts Another SmartwatchEngadget

    While the world waits for Apple to unveil its first Smartwatch, Samsung keeps adding to new models to the mix. Its latest attempt to get the wearable revolution underway is the Gear S, and, of note, it features a 3G modem. “While it may not be especially fast, that means that even when outside the range of a Bluetooth-connected phone or WiFi, it can still send and receive messages or make calls,” Engadget notes. “It has a 2-inch AMOLED screen plus a dual-core 1GHz CPU inside along with GPS, heart rate and motion sensors, all powered by a 300mAh battery Samsung says can last up to two days.”
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  • Tribune Media Name New Head Of Digital OperationsRe/code

    After about year on the job, former Yahoo exec Shashi Seth is out as head of digital operations at Tribune Media. In his place, the publisher has named John Batter, who has been running streaming video service M-Go. “The move … indicates a shift in Tribune’s digital strategy,” Re/Code reports. “Under Seth, Tribune had built up a wide-ranging portfolio of assets … But Batter will concentrate primarily on Gracenote, the music data company Tribune acquired earlier this year, which is supposed to sync up with the electronic program guide business Tribune already owned.”
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  • Visualizing The Virtual Reality RevolutionThe Verge

    The Verge takes a deep dive into the resurgence of virtual reality, though once abandoned by an entire industry, is big once more thanks to investments and acquisitions by Facebook and others. “Imagine 10 years ago trying to envision the way we use cellphones today … It’s impossible,” The Verge writes. “That’s the promise VR has today.” Letting the imagination run wild, The Verge suggests: “If you can dream it, VR can make it … It’s a medium for progress, not the progress itself.”
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  • What's Politico's Beef With Vox.com?Slate

    Interesting thing about Politico’s recent claim that Vox.com is not living up to the hype. “In a very short time, Vox has tied then passed Politico for unique visitors,” Slates writes, citing Quantcast data. That said, “after [Slate] posted this chart on Twitter, a few people suggested that beating Politico in a recess month of a midterm year was no big deal,” is concedes. “A big factor has to be this month's coverage of the protests in Ferguson, which Vox has churned out posts and stories about.”
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  • What's Next For 'NY Times' If Subscription Strategy Sinks?Re/code

    With its digital subscription strategy seemingly in limbo, many questions surround the future of The New York Times. “While selling access to the paper’s Web and mobile versions was an initial hit, growth is slowing -- and may stop altogether if the company’s earlier projections are correct,” Re/Code reports. Bigger picture, online ad revenue isn’t doing much of anything for the publisher, while total digital revenue only makes up 20% of its current sales. “In other words, a digital-only Times could just support a fifth of its current newsroom, or around 200 journalists.”
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  • Tech World Brings Bling To Burning ManThe New York Times

    Without any allusions to a tech bubble, Nick Bilton details the off-kilter excesses of tech industry elites in Tuesday’s New York Times. Specifically, Bilton takes us to Burning Man where high rollers from the hottest startups and venture capital firms are turning the once egalitarian music festival into a dusty playground for the rich. “Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn’t exist before,” Brian Doherty, author of the book “This Is Burning Man,” tells Bilton.
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  • Time Inc. Ranked Writers Based On Advertiser-Friendliness Gawker

    Showing a true imbalance of power between Time Inc.’s editorial and ad sales departments, the publisher recently ranked writers and editors based on their production of “content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship[s]." “This once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly their writing is to advertisers,” Gawker reports.
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  • Not An Onion Story: Facebook Tests Warning That Flag Posts From The Onion As SatireMashable

    Responding to pleas from gullible Facebook users, the site says it is testing a system in which it will tell users fake news stories from The Onion are, indeed,  fake stories from The Onion.
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  • Is Advertising At The Root Of Web's Evils?The Atlantic

    Advertising is the root cause of all that ails the Web -- from gross privacy violations to dramatically declining content standards -- and the only reliable fix is to embrace paid content models. That’s essentially the theory put forth by Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, in The Altantic. “20 years into the ad-supported Web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken and corrosive,” Zuckerman writes. “It’s time to start paying for privacy, to support services we love, and to abandon those that are free, but sell us -- the users and our attention -- as the product.”
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  • Buzzfeed Defends Deleting Thousands Of PostsSlate

    Confirming a recent report by Gawker, Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti says he did in fact oversee the deletion of thousands of posts, because they no long met the publisher’s rising editorial standards. Challenging critics, however, Peretti doesn’t think the purge reveals Buzzfeed to be any less credible in the eyes of industry peers or readers. That’s because, as Peretti tells Slate, Buzzfeed began as -- and to some degree remains -- a technology company with different standards than a traditional media publisher.
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  • Could Warner Bros. Buy Xbox Entertainment Studios?The Hollywood Reporter

    When Microsoft announced a major restructuring, last month, it was widely understood that the company planned to dismantle its Xbox Entertainment Studios division. Now, however, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the software giant is shopping the unit -- made up of about 200 employees producing original programming -- to potential buyers. “XES is shopping for a new home and has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros. about possibly becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio,” THR reports. “In that scenario, Warners [sic] would look to merge XES with Machinima, the video game-centric YouTube network in which it owns a stake.”
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  • Buzzfeed Deleted Thousands Of Staff PostsGawker

    As part of broader effort to clean up its image, Buzzfeed reportedly erased thousands of “specious” staff posts, earlier this year. That’s according to Gawker, which already reported on the case of several posts disappearing because, in the words of a Buzzfeed rep, they no longer met the company’s “editorial standards.” Gawker calls the expunging of more than 4,000 staff posts “virtually unheard of in online publishing.”
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  • Demand Media Taps Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Moriarty As CEOThe Wrap

    Demand Media just brought in former Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty to serve as its new CEO. “The company also announced on Monday that it has acquired Saatchi Online, Inc. of which Moriarty was serving as chief executive officer,” The Wrap reports. “Saatchi operates a leading online art gallery driven by its global community of more than 45,000 artists … selling their original artwork.” The addition is an odd one for Demand, which operates Web sites like Cracked and eHow.
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  • A Short History Of Viral Video, From 'The Spirit of Chrismas' To Bill O'Reilly To 'What Does The Fox Say'Viral Gains

    Did Matt Parker and Trey Stone start the viral video thing? Here's a short history of videos you can't forget, including a great Bill O'Reilly explosion over the apparent fact he was unfamiliar with the meaning of the phrase "play us out" used to introduce a Sting video at the end of an "Inside Edition" telecast. Read the whole story...

  • Moonves: CBS Will Produce New Shows For Online Brands Re/code

    CBS CEO Les Moonves, on an earnings call,  said CBS’s TV studio “will be producing more and more shows for more and more outlets, including major streaming companies and other emerging distributors” like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or others. Read the whole story...

  • Ashton Kutcher's A+ Viral Network Accused Of PlagiarismDaily Dot

    To the degree that viral content sites are held to traditional journalistic standards, it appears as if Aplus.com is in hot water. Yes, “Ashton Kutcher’s flagship viral content site has republished large quantities of material from across the Internet apparently without the original authors’ consent,” The Daily Dot reports. “The site has lifted content from BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, Cracked, Matador Network, and elsewhere -- all … with little in the way of source credits.”
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  • The Guardian's Quirky Week in Viral VideoThe Guardian

    ...which includes Australian subway car pushers, a new Underarmour ad, a Russell Brand rant and a 5-year old Pennsylvania county fair-goer who is apparently a viral sensation Read the whole story...

  • Yahoo Hires CIO Away From NetflixZDNet

    Yahoo has hired Mike Kail, former vice president of IT operations for Netflix, as its new chief information officer. “The position has been empty since David Dibble, who oversaw global technology infrastructure at Yahoo, left his position in July 2013,” ZDNet reports. Reporting directly to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Kail will lead the company IT and datacenter operations. "Technical infrastructure has always played an important role in Yahoo's ability to deliver the best possible user experiences,” Mayer said in a statement.
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  • Microsoft Eyes Fifth Ave. Retail LocationNew York Daily News

    Trying to put its products in a better light, Microsoft is reportedly eying a fancy Fifth Avenue retail location. “The deal, at 677 Fifth Ave. near 53rd St., would give Microsoft a splashy presence on the top retail corridor in the country and put it just a stone's throw from its biggest rival Apple’s iconic glass cube store,” The Daily News reports. The 8,700-square-foot, two-story space eyed by Microsoft was last occupied by luxury fashion brand Fendi.”
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  • Yelp Conned Local Businesses For Profit, Suit ClaimsGigaom

    Yelp is facing a class action lawsuit, which accuses the local business review site of letting fake negative reviews remain online in order to extract additional ad dollars from the subjects of those reviews. “The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Yelp shareholders by Joseph Curry, who claims that the company’s executives misled investors about its business practices in order to inflate Yelp’s stock price,” GigaOm reports.
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  • Fired Maker CEO Starts Fresh With $25M, New NetworkVariety

    Danny Zappin, the co-founder and former CEO of Maker Studios, has raised $25 million to start another digital studio named Zealot Networks. After being fired from Maker, Zappin tried in vain tried to block a shareholder vote on Disney’s acquisition of the network. Regarding Zealot, Variety writes: “The company said it’s focused on [content] creators.”
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  • Gannett To Buy Out Cars.comBloomberg

    Straying farther from its core new business, Gannett Co. is reportedly ready to buy Cars.com in its entirety for $1.8 billion. The deal values the whole [auto-sales] business at about $2.5 billion,” Bloomberg reports, citing sources. The USA Today publisher already owns about 27% of the ecommerce giant. “As part of the deal, the four owners other than Gannett will have five-year agreements with Cars.com in which they will continue to sell advertising in their respective regions.”
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  • Is Instagram Turning Into Twitter?The Verge

    Instagram has seen the future, and it apparently looks a lot like Twitter. “Two years after being acquired by Facebook, Instagram is starting to look more and more like the big brother it almost had,” The Verge, referring to Twitter. Among other similarities, “when you follow someone new, Instagram now shows ‘Suggested’ users to follow, just like Twitter.”
     
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  • Alibaba Embarks On Financing Spree The New York Times

    Following reports that Alibaba Group was close to investing a lot of money in Snapchat, The New York Times reports that the Chinese ecommerce giant is financing a number of tech firms. Already, Alibaba invested $215 million a messaging app named Tango, in March. Meanwhile, “Alibaba participated in a $170 million round for Fanatics, an online sports memorabilia retailer … And on Thursday, Kabam, a video game start-up, announced that it has received a $120 million investment from Alibaba.”
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  • Amazon Broadens Local Services BusinessReuters

    Branching out from the Web, Amazon is making a major push into local services like installations and repairs -- a market that Reuters reports is worth an estimated $400 million. “Amazon's experiment with services goes back to at least mid-2012 in its hometown of Seattle,” according to Reuters. “It's now expanded the tests to New York and Los Angeles.” Yet, “its foray into the [local services sector] comes as investors worry about Amazon's growing spending on initiatives with uncertain pay back.”
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  • Google Scraps Barge ProjectPortland Press Herald

    What became of Google’s grand barge project? The one that consisted of two massive barges, which were supposed to be positioned on both coasts, and serve as giant showrooms for Google’s Glass gadget. As the Portland Press Herald reports, at least one of the barges is headed for the scrap yard, while the fate of the other remains in doubt. “It’s unclear why Google abandoned the project,” the paper reports.
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  • Gawker Ready To Make Friends With Rival PublishersCapital New York

    Is Gawker Media finally ready to grow up, and play nice with other publishers? That, at least, appears to be the plan under the supervision of editorial director Joel Johnson. “According to Johnson's marching orders, the company shouldn't be in the business of shivving rivals, but instead be looking for ways to partner with them,” Capital New York reports. “He named Buzzfeed, The Guardian and Reddit as examples of media companies he admires and might like to team with.”
     

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  • Report: AMC In Talks For Stake In BBC AmericaBloomberg

    AMC Networks is reportedly in talks to acquire almost 50% of BBC America, according to sources cited by Bloomberg reporters. BBC Worldwide "is interested in a partnership that lets BBC America use AMC’s advertising sales and distribution network," writes Bloomberg. Read the whole story...

  • Diapers.com Founder Readies Next Ecommerce VentureRe/code

    Marc Lore, founder and CEO of Diapers.com (which he sold to Amazon in 2011), just raised $55 million for a new ecommerce venture named Jet. “The investment is being led by New Enterprise Associates, with additional investment from Accel Partners, Bain Capital Ventures and MentorTech Ventures,” Re/Code reports.  “Many of the details of the products Jet will sell remain a mystery … But sources say the e-commerce company will be extremely tech-focused and is working on innovating around its logistics network.”
     

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  • Newspapers Lost 1,300 Newsroom Employees In 2013Poynter

    Total number of newsroom employees in U.S. newspapers dropped 3.2% in 2013, from the previous year's figure, with a loss of 1,300 full-time professionals according to the American Society of News Editors. "That was better than the 2,600 net job loss in 2012 but brings total newsroom employment at newspaper organizations to roughly 36,700," writes Rick Edmonds. Read the whole story...

  • Are Investors Turning On Yahoo Management?Forbes

    Calling Carl Icahn. Yes, with the honeymoon officially over between Marissa Mayer and Yahoo investors, Forbes’ Eric Jackson says it’s time for another activist investor to take on the company’s leadership. “Investors would rather get all of the cash coming back to Yahoo from the pending Alibaba IPO, as well as what’s already on the balance sheet, rather than see … Mayer and her management team spend it on value-destroying acquisitions,” Jackson writes. As for Mayer, Jackson adds: “Two years after her hiring … I think it’s fair to point out that she has made a number of costly and largely self-inflicted errors.”
     

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  • Time Warner Cable Agrees To Arbitration To Decide Dodgers TV DisputeLos Angeles Times

    Time Warner Cable, which owns rights to SportsNet LA, has agreed to enter binding arbitration to end the dispute with other pay TV providers over the price they would pay to carry the Dodger-owned channel. Time Warner will "let an arbitrator determine a fair price" for channel carriage, writes Los Angeles Times reporters. Read the whole story...

  • NY Times Co. Loses Ground In Second QuarterThe Wall Street Journal

    During the second quarter, digital gains couldn’t make up for print losses at The New York Times Co. As such, “The company said it expects total circulation revenue to be flat in the current quarter, compared with the year-ago period, and total advertising revenue to decrease in the mid-single digits,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
     

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  • Zillow Buys Trulia For $3.5BMashable

    The online real estate market moved toward consolidation; Zillow is was buying Trulia for $3.5 billion, but said the Trulia would sustain its own identity. Trulia CEO Pete Flint stays as CEO.  Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff stated; "Consumers love using Zillow and Trulia to find vital information about homes and connect with the best local real estate professionals." Read the whole story...

  • Legacy Media Helps SMBs OnlineNetNewsCheck

    For small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), to sustain themselves in a  digital environment business listings management (BLM) can help. However, because of limited time and resources, managing online listing can be tough for SMBs. Legacy media companies are beginning to offer their SMB partners BLM as a supplement to existing print and digital advertising products. It serves as both a value-add and a crafty way to keep them from turning to other providers of advertising solutions. BLM also makes larger media spends more effective and increases brand awareness. Read the whole story...

  • Reddit Adopts "Live" Breaking News FeatureVentureBeat

    Reddit has officially launched its Live tool for breaking news. Live is “essentially a live-blogging tool that’s tailored to Reddit,” and was apparently born from the realization that some users really like updating posts, VentureBeat reports. “The regular Reddit submission process wasn’t built for that purpose, as it limits the number of times you can update a post, doesn’t allow you to alter the headline, and won’t let you collaborate with other Reddit users.”
     

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  • Analyst: FCC Might Block Upcoming Media DealsMultichannel News

    So many media company mergers are expected in the wake of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, "and the enormous scale and power that [the combined company] will have over the television and broadband industry," that the Federal Communications Commission "will be under tremendous pressure to block at least one of the mega-deals lest they be viewed as being asleep at the switch,” writes Mike Farrell, partly paraphrasing and also quoting from a report by industry analyst Craig Moffett. Read the whole story...

  • Wright Promoted To Publisher, 'NY Times Magazine'Min

    The New York Times announced that 17-year-old company veteran Andy Wright has been promoted to a new position, publisher of The New York Times Magazine. "Wright’s appointment comes ahead of the magazine’s expected relaunch and only a few months after Jake Silverstein was hired away from Texas Monthly to become the magazine’s editor in March," writes Arti Patel. Read the whole story...

  • The Maturing Of MashableNieman Journalism Lab

    Nieman Journalism Lab traces Mashable’s evolution from tech news site to real-time global news gatherer. The transformation is largely due to executive editor Jim Roberts, who spent 26 years at The New York Times and other “serious” publishers before joining Mashable last October. In addition, Brian Ries, Mashable’s real-time news editor, is bringing a more “modern” approach to reporting. “You can have the 1,200-word article if you want … but if you think the story can be better told in a series of Vines … then go with that,” said Ries.

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  • Did Google Eye Spotify?Re/code

    Re/Code’s Kara Swisher is calling bull on a report that Google considered a bid for Spotify. “According to multiple … sources at both companies, there have been neither formal nor informal discussions between the companies about an acquisition, directly or indirectly,” she writes. “That said, Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek has indeed met with Google execs about various and substantive commercial deals at YouTube, Google Play and Android.”

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  • "Canvas Fingerprinting" Comes Under New ScrutinyProgrammable Web

    A new research paper is drawing a lot of negative attention to AddThis and its “canvas fingerprinting” technology. The paper -- from researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium -- claims that the online ad company is behind 95% of the consumer tracking technology, which is extremely difficult to block. “They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools, such as AdBlock Plus,” according to a joint report from ProPublica and Mashable. The reports coincides with the release of Privacy Badger -- a tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation aimed at helping people block fingerprinting.

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  • Publishers, Audiences Loving The "Continuous Scroll"Poynter

    Web audiences appear to be loving the “continuous scroll” feature, which connects content together. “It’s been adopted by Time.com, NBCNews.com and LATimes.com, reflecting the fact that direct homepage traffic is waning … and traffic from social media (particularly Facebook) just keeps growing,” Poynter reports. “Since its March redesign, Time.com’s bounce rate … has declined by 15 percentage points.”
     

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  • Susan Sarandon To Be Guest Editor, 'Time Out New York'Time Out New York

    Susan Sarandon will be taking over as TONY's editor in chief this week. Or at least, for one day, according to this story, which says the actress and social activist is "spending the day in our Manhattan offices today, July 21st, planning the articles, layouts, digital packages and social activity for our August 14th issue." Um, doesn't it take more than a day to actually do that job? Still, it's a cute gimmick, having a celeb editor, one which should get the mag some notice, anyway. Read the whole story...

  • AP Debuts Robot-Written News StoriesPoynter

    Will robot-written stories save traditional news publishers, or serve as another nail in their collective coffin? We’re about to find out as the Associated Press has begun to publish earnings-report stories written with automation technology. AP managing editor Lou Ferrara tells Poynter that the move will actually give his human reporters more time to report news. “What I’m trying to get out of is the data processing business,” Ferrara recently told Poynter. “I can’t have journalists spending a ton of time data processing stuff … Instead, I need them reporting.”
     

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  • Is Edward Snowden Marketers' Worst Nightmare?Re/code

    Could Edward Snowden’s next target be Madison Avenue? Such a scenario is actually possible now that the NSA leaker plans to dedicate his life to personal data privacy. Along developing related technology, Snowden is using his star power to preach the gospel of personal privacy, Re/Code reports. “We the people … have both the means and the capability to help build a better future by encoding our rights into the programs and protocols upon which we rely every day,” Snowden said via a Google Hangout at the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference, this weekend.
     

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  • Bloomberg LP Readies Bay Area R&D CenterRe/code

    Bloomberg LP is preparing to bait developers with a new research and development office in San Francisco, and Michael Bloomberg couldn’t be more excited about it. “I had dinner with [San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee] last night, and he said everything was fine,” he told a table of Bay Area entrepreneurs, while discussing the challenges that many of them face, including competition for top developers. As Re/Code reports, the new facility will put up about 100 engineers.
     

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  • Are Game Sites Routinely Shilling For Game Makers?E Online

    Some of the world's largest video game publishers offer sponsored deals to prominent YouTubers, and apparently sometimes the game makers try to make deals to get flattering commentary, this story hints. Read the whole story...

  • Birthday Card From Oprah Perk Of 'O' Mag's Tiered Subscription Plan Adweek

    O, the Oprah Magazine is attempting to boost its sagging circulation with a new tiered subscription plan, O's Circle of Friends. Benefits range from a behind-the-scenes newsletter and product discounts for $39 (Prime), through luxury beauty items for $99 (Plus), to tickets to Winfrey's latest personal appearance tour,  a chance to test products for the magazine, and a birthday card from the great lady herself, all for $199 (Premier). Read the whole story...

  • Yahoo Exec Fights Sexual Harassment SuitValleyWag

    Maria Zhang, the Yahoo engineering exec who was sued for sexual harassment by another female employee, just filed a cross-complaint against her accuser, Nan Shi. “It alleges defamation and claims Shi was trying to ‘extort’ Yahoo,” Vallywag reports. “Although Yahoo was named as a defendant in Shi's sexual harassment suit, the cross-complaint was only filed by Zhang, not Yahoo (the party allegedly being extorted).”
     

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  • Yelp Luring Developers By Lowering Data LimitsTechCrunch

    Yelp just increased the limit on its API for sourcing local information -- from 100 calls a day to 25,000 -- without the need for pre-approval. Why? “Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the Web as possible,” TechCrunch writes. “By freeing up usage of its API, Yelp becomes more appealing to developers looking to help people discover local businesses, and could persuade them to use its database instead of Foursquare or Google Places which were much more openly available until now.”
     

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  • Conde Nast To Debut U.K.-Based Personal Publishing ServiceWomen's Wear Daily

    Next month Condé Nast will debut Condé Nast Portrait, a high-end U.K.-based publishing service for private individuals worldwide, providing such options as "coffee table books to commemorate anniversaries or achievements, combining existing imagery with shoots by leading photographers," and "a fashion or party shoot that uses the Condé Nast stable of stylists, and is presented in a magazine," writes Samantha Conti. Read the whole story...

  • Google+ Lifts Username RestrictionsReadWrite

    Google+ (which we thought was effectively shutting down), is lifting any and all username restrictions. “In 2012, YouTube and Google sought to crack down on inappropriate and vulgar YouTube commenters by forcing all users to comment using their real name via Google+ profiles,” ReadWrite reports. “Two years later, Google+ is back at square 1.”
     

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  • Marissa Mayer Doesn't "Get" AOL/Yahoo MergerRe/code

    The subject of much speculation, there is little chance of an AOL/Yahoo tie-up as long as Marissa Mayer has a say in the matter. “Mayer has told a number of people inside and outside the company that she just does not ‘get’ the merger, despite all the potential benefits,” Kara Swisher reports in Re/Code. “As explained to me, she finds it small, unexciting, uninspiring and backward-looking.” Tim Armstrong, on the other had, reportedly digs the idea of a merger.
     

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  • Keep Talent: Google's Facebook DefenseQZ.com

    To what lengths will tech giants go to keep talent from defecting? Well, we now know that Google established a policy back in 2007 to immediately present counter offers to any employee being pursued by Facebook. An email exchange between Google managers, and obtained by Quartz, explains that Google is “open to significantly enhancing the offers to candidates who also have offers from Facebook.”
     


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  • Pearlstine Talks Time Inc., Digital Opportunities, And The AwlNew York Observer

    Norman Pearlstine reads The Awl. Less surprisingly, Pearlstine -- presently doing a stint as chief content officer of Time Inc. -- tells The New York Observer that consumer media habits are changing, and digital businesses models remain a work in progress. He also insists that Time Inc. being spun off from Time Warner was a good thing. “As a consequence of the spinoff we have the opportunity to be great storytellers across multiple platforms,” according to Pearlstine.
     

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  • Conde Nast Changes Longterm Beauty Ad PolicyAdvertising Age

    Conde Nast has changed a longstanding, if sometimes vague, advertising policy -- called internally the "beauty rotation" -- which "dictated  the order in which ads from Revlon, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal and Procter & Gamble appeared in the front of certain... magazines," writes Michael Sebastian. Ads from Revlon were always first, "when the companies bought multi-page spreads in the opening section of the magazines, before the table of contents. And it appears to mean that the amount of money the companies spent on ads was not a factor in their placement, according to people familiar with the arrangement." Conde Nast execs reportedly had been "been trying to fight the policy for years. It made it very hard to break new beauty business." Read the whole story...

  • The New Yorker Dropping Paywall To Perfect PaywallNew York Times

    To promote its latest Website redesign, The New Yorker is giving everyone free access to new stories -- and its archives going back to 2007 -- for three months. What’s more, “The three months during which articles will be free, a promotion that will most likely be sponsored by a large corporation, will provide the magazine with data it plans to use in deciding how to position and price its ‘metered paywall,’” The New York Times reports. “Paywalls, once seen as untenable, have become something of a settled wisdom as online advertising revenue has proved disappointing.” Read the whole story...

  • NYTimes Increasing Digital, Social Media OutputCapital New York

    The New York Times is adding deputy-level editors to each of its top editorial departments in an effort to increase the volume and quality of their digital output. “They'll also be involved in training desk staffs in social media and in audience development initiatives on the desks,” Capital New York reports, citing a staff memo. The effort marks one of Dean Baquet’s first major moves since assuming the executive editorship at The Times. Read the whole story...

  • Google Betting Fresh $500M On "Shopping Express"Re/code

    Google has reportedly earmarked about $500 million to develop Shopping Express. Similar to that offered by Amazon, “the service lets shoppers buy things from local retail stores through Google, which then delivers them to consumers from the physical retail store on the same or next day,” Re/Code reports. “The service gives Google a crack at the $600 billion grocery market … [as well as] a large piece of the $3.5 billion in so-called direct-response digital ads.”
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  • Waiting For Bloomberg's Digital TransformationCapital New York

    Nearly a year after his appointment, Capital New York checks in with Justin Smith -- chief executive of Bloomberg L.P.’s media group, and the man most responsible for turning the media company into a digital powerhouse. Among other "digital-led multi-platform brands" in the works, Smith and his team are hoping to launch a politics site helmed by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, by October.
     

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  • Conde Nast Entertainment Scores 12 Movie Studio ProjectsAdweek

    Since its launch in October 2011, Condé Nast Entertainment "has a dozen projects set up at the movie studios and more than 30 in development," writes Emma Bazilian. "Among the confirmed projects are a film based on Josh Davis’ Wired story, 'John McAfee's Last Stand,' with Warner Bros.; [and] 'The Old Man and the Gun,' based on a New Yorker article by David Grann, which currently has Robert Redford attached as a producer and star..." Read the whole story...

  • Second Life CEO Says Virtual Reality Remains Work In ProgressEngadget

    Will Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR -- and renewed excitement for virtual reality -- breath new life into Second Life? Maybe, but Ebbe Altberg, the recently appointed CEO of Second Life-maker Linden Lab, doesn’t want everyone (i.e., the media) getting overly excited about the prospect. “We have to be careful,” he tells Engadget. “We’ve learned from the past that -- even though we’ve made tremendous things -- it's still a pretty steep learning curve."  

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  • YouTube, Sirius XM Partner For Radio ShowThe Verge

    YouTube is launching a weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s most popular pop music station, Hits 1. “The YouTube 15” will be hosted by YouTube personality Jenna Marbles, and air on Fridays at 6 p.m. With the show, “YouTube is lending Sirius XM its name and data around video views to help Sirius programming executives choose which songs to play,” The Verge reports.
     

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  • 'Wall Street Journal' Making Staff Cuts in NewsroomCapital New York

    The Wall Street Journal is "eliminating certain positions" in its newsroom, among them the job that John Seeley held as founding editor of the paper's metro section, Greater New York, writes Joe Pompeo. Read the whole story...

  • Curiyo Helps 'USA Today' With On-Site SearchesMashable

    USA Today has enlisted Curiyo -- a start-up founded by Answers.com founder Bob Rosenschein -- to increase its stickiness among site visitors. Quite simply, “Curiyo lets you click on a word or name to find out more about them,” Mashable reports. “The idea is to discourage readers from navigating away from the page they’re reading to research on Wikipedia or elsewhere.” Rosenschein tells Mashable that the add-on is especially attractive to publishers because it only requires a single line of Javascript, and thus doesn’t slow down their sites.
     

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  • Remembering Technorati's All-Powerful Ranking SystemThe Next Web

    Marking the end of an era -- which actually ended a few years ago -- Technorati has dropped its once reigning ranking system. “There was once a time when Technorati.com meant something to online publishers,” The New Web recalls. “It was their professional reputation, and featuring on it was the goal of many.” Moving forward, Technorati plans develop its own ad network.
     

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  • Yahoo Scores Michael IsikoffThe New York Times

    Joining Katie Couric and David Pogue, Yahoo just added Michael Isikoff to its growing roster of star journalists. “The investigative reporter who recently left NBC News, is joining Yahoo News as its chief investigative correspondent,” The New York Times reports. “The move is another example of an established journalist moving to Yahoo from a print or television outlet.”
     

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  • Gawker's Growth StrategyCapital New York

    Gawker Media hopes to increase its unique monthly readership from about 68 million to around 80 million by the end of the year. Still, “80 just seemed a little, I don’t know, sad,” Gawker’s editorial director Joel Johnson told staffers in April. As Capital New York reports, the broader growth effort will likely require more writers and salespeople. Back in April, Johnson projected that the publisher could double its staff before 2016.
     

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  • Report: AMC To Launch Online Video ChannelsThe Information

    AMC Networks is "preparing to break from the long-established cable television business model and launch several subscription video websites," according to anonymous sources cited by Amir Efrati. "AMC’s video sites will each focus on a specialized category, with documentaries and horror expected to be two of the initial genres." Read the whole story...

  • Is "Time Spent" Ready To Replace The Pageview?BuzzFeed

    As a number of major publishers switch from an impression-based ad model to one that prioritizes the time that users spend on their sites, Buzzfeed -- and several of its publishing peers -- weigh in on the trend. “Behind all the attention is a concern among publishers that a new metric isn’t ready to take the place of the reviled page views system,” it notes.
     


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  • Mic Sheds "Policy" Pigeonhole, Pushes AdvertisingThe Wall Street Journal

    Going after a larger share of young, intelligent readers, PolicyMic is shortening its name to Mic, and expanding its scope beyond politics to include sports, science, and health. The digital publisher is also getting serious about advertising with the help of recently named CRO John Schneider. “A digital media veteran, Mr. Schneider has logged top sales jobs at Yahoo and Federated Media,” CMO Today reports.
     

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  • Magna Global: TV Revs To Rise, But Digital Market Share Higher Than Nat'l TV'sAdweek

    Magna Global forecast a significant rise in U.S. TV revenue of 8.3% this year, "after a dismal 2013 in which revenues were down 0.6%" writes Sam Thielman. Still, "with a 27% market share in 2013, digital media is now bigger than national TV, but still significantly smaller than television as a whole (TV commands 40% market share)." And, as others have reported, digital media ad sales are expected to surpass total TV sales by 2018. Read the whole story...

  • 'HGTV' & 'Food Network' Mags To Increase Rate Bases Next YearFolio

    Hearst's HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine are increasing their rate bases in 2015, the former to 1.2 million, and the latter to 1.7 million. Read the whole story...

  • People Crave Familiar Fare, Despite Insisting OtherwiseThe Atlantic

    Despite what people may tell you, the vast majority prefers celebrity gossip, cat pics, and personally relevant fare over serious, substantive news. That’s according to a study of thousands of U.S. consumers conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. What explains this preference? “The culprit isn't millennials or Facebook,” The Atlantic suggests. “The problem is our brains … The more attention-starved we feel, the more we thirst for stimuli that are familiar.”
     

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  • Time Inc. Again Seen As Meredith Acquisition TargetThe Street

    Once again, there are predictions of a Meredith acquisition of Time Inc., according to a Citigroup analyst cited by The Street. The deal is not likely to occur before Q4 of 2015 "because of the tax-free nature of the Time spin-off." Read the whole story...

  • Ex-BuzzFeeder Steinberg Spearheading Daily Mail's US InvasionCNN Money

    Jon Steinberg, former president and CEO of BuzzFeed, just joined the Daily Mail to help the British publisher build its U.S. digital business. Officially serving as CEO of North America for Mail Online, Steinberg plans to establish the Daily Mail as this country’s "largest news and entertainment site," he tells CNNMoney.com. Part of a broader strategy, “The tabloid-oriented Mail started to expand in the U.S. a few years ago.”
     

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  • Comcast To Test Video-Streaming Platform By End Of YearGigaom

    Comcast will be testing a service streaming videos through its new X1 cable set-top boxes by the end of the year, the company’s SVP of Video Matt Strauss told Janko Roettgers. "Strauss said that Comcast will be able to offer content producers a number of monetization options, which could include advertising as well as transactional fees, but said that the company is still evaluating its options." Read the whole story...

  • Reddit Reshaping News Business?Mashable

    For better or worse, some suggest that Reddit’s breaking news platform is reshaping the business. “Armed with a new live thread system built by Reddit engineers, a group of volunteer moderators have elevated the site to the forefront of the real-time news movement,” according to Mashable. Yet, as Mashable notes, Reddit’s news mining system has had its hiccups, like the time it implicated an innocent college student in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
     

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  • Report: CBS, Time Warner, In Early Talks With Univision Over Possible SaleThe Hollywood Reporter

    Univision seeking suitors for its eventual sale, has been having preliminary discussions with CBS and Time Warner, and is seeking an asking price of more than $20 billion, according to reports. Read the whole story...

  • Google Wants Ride On Virgin GalacticSky News

    Revealing a serious case of FOMO, Google reportedly wants a stake in Sir Richard Branson’s $2 billion space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic. Per the would-be deal, the search giant would gain access to what Sky News calls “crucial” satellite-launch technology. “The discussions with Virgin Galactic are part of Google’s ambitious project to put hundreds of satellites in low-Earth orbit in an attempt to extend Internet access to billions of people,” the news service reports.
     

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  • Report: Advance Exploring 'Parade' Mag SaleNew York Post

    Advance Publications "has quietly begun shopping" its 73-year-old magazine Parade to possible buyers, "according to reliable industry sources" cited by Keith Kelly. Despite remaining "one of the largest-circulation publications in the country, with 32 million copies distributed" each week inside 750 Sunday newspapers around the country,  the pub has "fallen on tougher times lately as ad dollars, especially direct-response ads, migrate to digital." Read the whole story...

  • NY City Council Exploring Allegations Of 'Sweatshop' Conditions On Reality TV SetsDeadline.com

    The New York City Council will be holding public hearings on whether reality TV shows shot in the city foster "sweatshop" conditions. "The overwhelming majority of nonfiction shows shot there are nonunion, with many workers complaining about long hours without overtime pay and no health benefits," writes David Robb. Read the whole story...

  • Vita TV Coming To U.S. As PlayStation TVEngadget

    Rebranded as PlayStation TV, Sony’s Vita TV will soon be available to North American and European audiences. “The good news is that [the streaming-only console] will only be $99, while still giving you access to the library of PS Now games and the ability to remotely access titles on your local network,” Engadget reports. “You'll be able to pick up the newly christened PlayStation TV this fall either as a standalone unit, or as part of a bundle.”
     


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  • Digital News Readership Rises 23% Year-Over-YearJournalism.co.uk

    Worldwide, digital news audiences have increased by 23% over the past year, Journalism.co.uk reports, citing fresh research from World Press Trends. All together, 2.5 billion people still read newspapers worldwide, while 0.8 billion get their news online. While still dominant, “print circulation has continued to decline, by 2% over five years, while print advertising has declined by 13% over the same period.”
     

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  • Understanding Why Targeted Ads Are So "Creepy"The Atlantic

    Why are targeted online ads so commonly considered to be “creepy?” For one, unlike the real world, “It's different online, where I am supposed to see ads because something about my data suggests that they are relevant to me,” Sara Watson writes in The Atlantic. On a deeper level, “Personalization purports to be uniquely meaningful, yet (based on the generalizing statistical distributions and normalized curves methods) it alienates us in its mass application,” Watson suggests.
     

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  • Time Warner Eyes 50% Stake In Vice MediaSky News

    Time Warner is reportedly in talks to buy a 50% stake in Vice Media. “One potential structure under discussion would see Time Warner injecting HLN, a news platform owned by its Cable operations, into Vice in return for roughly half the enlarged company,” Sky News reports. “A deal is expected to value Vice at roughly $2.2bn, about 50% more than last year's sale of a stake in the mini-conglomerate.”
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  • Majority Of Subscribers Would Leave Cable Company If They Could, Study SaysThe Washington Post

    A new survey documents U.S. "cable rage," with 53% of respondents noting "they'd leave their current cable company — if they had a choice," writes Brian Fung. "But as many as 70% said their options are too limited, according to the study by consulting group cg42." Read the whole story...

  • Defining MediumGigaom

    Is Medium -- the brainchild of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams -- a content platform, a publisher or a modern day magazine? GigaOm isn’t quite sure. “Even in a digital-media landscape that is dotted with odd start-ups, Medium is a strange beast,” it writes. “It has ‘collections,’ which are sort of like mini-magazines, and yet the site itself is like a magazine.” The relaunch of Matter, a journalism start-up that Medium bought last year, appears to have further complicates matters.
     

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  • 'Jet' Mag Publishes Last Print EditionChicago Business Journal

    The last print edition of Johnson Publishing's Jet magazine will be on newsstands June 9. Then on June 30 the publication will launch its app for all tablet and mobile platforms, featuring "breaking news and entertainment content, along with politics, pop culture and social issue-related stories of interest to African-Americans," writes Lewis Lazare. Read the whole story...

  • Report: TV Everywhere Viewership Jumps 246%The Verge

    A report from Adobe Digital Index shows significant growth in TV Everywhere use. Viewership of apps like HBO Go and video-on-demand from cable operators "has leaped 246 percent year-over-year; 21 percent of US households are now taking advantage of the technology," writes Chris Welch. Read the whole story...

  • 'WSJ.' Magazine Debuting Quarterly Latin American Editions In FallWomen's Wear Daily

    Wall Street Journal will launch two Latin American versions of its monthly WSJ. magazine -- a Spanish and Portuguese translation of the U.S. pub, set for quarterly publication starting Oct. 10. Read the whole story...

  • Daily Beast CEO DepartsCapital New York

    Following the departure of founding editor Tina Brown, The Daily Beast is losing its CEO, Rhona Murphy. “Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and chief digital officer Mike Dyer will become managing directors of the site, while also retaining their existing titles and roles,” Capital reports. “Presumably, Avlon and Dyer will assume additional business-side responsibilities.” Parent company IAC is bringing in former Conde Nast exec Sarah Chubb to advise Avlon and Dyer.
     

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  • 'People' Mag Loses 12 StaffersAdvertising Age

    People magazine's masthead was reduced by about a dozen staffers, who lost jobs through buyouts or layoffs last week, according to sources cited by Michael Sebastian. In other personnel shakeups in this period right before June 9, when Time Inc. officially spins off from Time Warner, Diane Oshin, group publisher of the company's All You and Cooking Light mags, is leaving. She will be replaced by Health publisher Kevin White, who was promoted to group publisher of Cooking Light, MyRecipes and Health, and Evelyn Webster, exec-VP at Time Inc., who will take on All You duties. Read the whole story...

  • Gannett Inks Programming Deal With Debmar-MercuryBroadcasting & Cable

    Gannett Broadcasting and Debmar-Mercury have partnered to develop, test  and distribute first-run syndicated TV programming of various genres on many Gannett stations starting in 2015, with a focus on "incorporating interactivity – the ability to engage the viewing audience with the show – into new shows," writes Paige Albiniak. Read the whole story...

  • CNN.com Bulking Up For Election 2016Washington Post

    Under the leadership of Ed O’Keefe, CNN is expected to double its core digital staff (from about 20 to 40 reporters and news analysts) leading up the 2016 presidential election. “We are going to be out there aggressively hiring in the marketplace,” O’Keefe, VP of CNNMoney and Politics, tells The Washington Post. According to O’Keefe, CNN plans to retain the new hires on a permanent basis, rather than return to its pre-election staff size.
     

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  • GroupM Doing Broad-Based C7 Deals For Upfronts

    Generating "the most broad-reaching agreements to date for C7," GroupM is making deals with broadcast networks to "consider commercial ratings over the course of a week instead of the current industry standard of three days" for clients during upfronts, according to multiple sources cited by Jeanine Poggi. Read the whole story...

  • KKR Buying Internet Brands For $1.1BThe New York Times

    Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has reportedly agreed to buy Internet Brands for $1.1 billion. Internet Brands … owns Web sites like Lawyers.com, CarsDirect.com and ApartmentRatings.com,” The New York Times reports. “The company historically has generated a large portion of its revenue from advertising, while also selling leads to law offices and car dealerships.”
     


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  • NBC Setting Record $4.5M Price Tag For Super Bowl SpotsVariety

    NBC is asking sponsors in next year's Super Bowl to pay about $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, which "could represent a new record for pricing in the gridiron classic, as well as a 12.5% uptick over prices sought for Fox’s 2014 broadcast of the event," writes Brian Steinberg. The network is also putting that price tag on "a package of ad inventory in other NBCUniveral-owned sports properties... including English Premier League matches on NBCSN and sports broadcasts on Telemundo and sister cable outlet mun2." Read the whole story...

  • 'Conde Nast Traveler' To Debut 'Gold List' App In AugustWomen's Wear Daily

    Conde Nast Traveler is launching a new app in August called the Gold List to highlight what the pub considers "the best hotel and resort properties and cruise lines, bars and restaurants worldwide," writes Sharon Edelson. Items will be listed by continent and new ones will be added quarterly. Read the whole story...

  • Time Inc. Gives Fortune and Money Their Own Web SitesTechCrunch

    No longer hitching a ride on CNN Money -- a joint venture between Time Inc. and CNN -- Fortune and Money are getting their own online homes. Money editor Craig Matters insists that CNN Money was successful, but, as TechCrunch writes, “It had the drawback of making Fortune and Money a little less visible online, at least from a branding perspective.”   Read the whole story...

  • Source Interlink Media Folds 12 Magazines, Fires Dozens Of StaffersAdvertising Age

    Source Interlink Media, publisher of such "enthusiast" magazines as Motor Trend and Automobile, has undergone a major restructuring and folded 12 (out of 72) of its publications, including such automotive editions as Popular Hot Rodding, Rod & Custom, High Performance Pontiac, and Custom Classic Trucks. Dozens of employees -- "less than 100," according to the company's CEO -- were let go, including half of Automobile's staff, and the company was renamed TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Read the whole story...

  • Should Google Glass Take A Page From Beats?Wired

    It’s too early to tell whether Apple’s $3 billion bet on Beat will pay off, but Wired thinks there’s a lesson in the deal for Google and its struggle to popularize Glass. “First, Glass needs to take style cues from Beats,” it writes. “Glass needs to look more like Ray-Bans, or at least Oakleys.” Meawhile, “Beats’ popularity was driven by celebrity endorsements -- the right kind of celebrity endorsements … It got them around the necks of musicians and basketball players.”   Read the whole story...

  • NPR Puts Person Behind Twitter Account, Sees Engagement SoarNieman Journalism Lab

    Publishers would be wise to stop using their Twitter accounts like an RSS feed that automatically pushes stories out to followers. Rather, they should take a page from NPR, which recently put a human at the helm of its once-automated Twitter account. The result: “During … five days of manual updating, there were 142,219 visits to NPR’s website from @nprnews tweets -- a 45 percent increase from the average (98,213) of the five weeks leading up to the experiment,” Nieman Journalism Lab reports, citing NPR’s Google Analytics data.
     

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  • 'Newsweek' Partners Up For Foreign Licensing DealsCapital New York

    Newsweek has signed a deal with "global media consultancy Empirical Media to strike new foreign licensing agreements for the print magazine and its website," first focusing on Central Europe and Asia markets, writes Joe Pompeo. Read the whole story...

  • Google Adds "Right To Be Forgotten" FormThe Washington Post

    Ostensibly embracing a radical change to its core business, Google has added a request form to its legal page, which EU residents can use to have unflattering or defamatory search results removed from the Web. The move follows a recent ruling by Europe’s highest court, which held that EU citizens have “the right to be forgotten.” As The Washington Post notes, the requests are presently limited to national borders, and US citizens can’t yet be “forgotten” by Google.
     

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  • Dish Network To Become Largest Company Accepting Bitcoin PaymentsThe Hollywood Reporter

    Dish Network will begin accepting online customer payments in bitcoin in the third quarter, reportedly becoming "the biggest company to date to accept the controversial virtual currency," writes George Szalai. Read the whole story...

  • Study: VOD Users Watch More TVblog.viacom

    Users of TV Everywhere apps and video-on-demand watch more TV overall than other users, and two thirds say such apps offer "a lot of value," according to a Viacom study. Also, "most viewers use TV Everywhere to re-watch or catch up on episodes," writes Stuart Schneiderman. Read the whole story...

  • Bittersweet Bert: Even If You're Sick Of Reading About 'Mad Men'...Vulture/New York Magazine

    You might enjoy this interview with Robert Morse, whose sweet sendoff as Bert Cooper was such a lovely part of Sunday's episode. Morse discusses his newly full inbox, Bert's socks, and how Jon Hamm hung in there like a trouper during the filming of the song and dance. Read the whole story...

  • Google Remains Mostly Male & WhiteSan Jose Mercury News

    Google’s workforce is still mostly male and white, the search giant admitted this week. “Men make up 70 percent of its global workforce, and hold 83 percent of what it calls tech jobs,” MercuryNews.com reports, citing some freshly released numbers from Google. What’s more, “Whites are 60 percent of its U.S. workforce, and 72 percent of what it calls its ‘leadership’ team.”
     

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  • 'Cosmo' Mag Launches Conference Series In OctoberWomen's Wear Daily

    Cameron Diaz and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy will be among the speakers at the launch of Cosmopolitan magazine's conference series, Fun Fearless Life, set for New York Nov. 8 and 9, with another two-day session in Miami Dec. 6 and 7.  "The event is geared toward young women primarily in their 20s who are looking for career advice and inspiration," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Read the whole story...

  • Skype To Translate Real-Time ConversationsThe Verge

    An upcoming version of Skype will be able to translate voice calls between people speaking different languages in “near real-time,” Microsoft said this week. In what would represent a major breakthrough for the software giant, the service is expected to be released in beta later this year, “and possibly as a commercial product within the next two-and-a-half years,” The Verge reports.
     

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  • History Channel First To Use Peel's Channel-Changing AppLost Remote

    The History Channel just became the first network to use an app from smart remote app company Peel "that will enable users... to change the channel to a promoted show, DVR the show, or set up a calendar reminder by clicking on an in-app banner," writes Adam Flomenbaum. "The potential of this advertising solution is tremendous; networks spend months to promote a new show through traditional and social advertising, but they have never had influence on the viewer as the viewer is deciding on what channel to turn to," with remote in hand. Read the whole story...

  • Google's Nest Testing Home-Security MarketThe Information

    Google’s Nest division is reportedly eyeing “connected” camera-maker Dropcam. As The Information report, the effort ties into Google’s broader home-security ambitions. That said, “The status of any talks between Google and Dropcam, which makes a $150 camera that streams footage to phones and computers, isn’t clear.” Apple, meanwhile, is developing its own connected-home strategy.
     

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  • Comcast Hires One Of Biggest Teams Ever To Lobby For MergerThe Hill

    Working toward its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast is "fielding one of the biggest lobbying teams ever seen in Washington," adding "seven lobbying firms to its roster since first proposing the deal earlier this year, and... adopting a posture of overwhelming force to try to win approval from federal regulators," writes Megan R. Wilson. Read the whole story...

  • Bob Benson At Stonewall? Theories On Last 'Mad Men' Episode Of 2014Vulture/New York Magazine

    As you get ready for this weekend's "Mad Men" episode, the last for this year, you might want to check out Jen Chaney's witty list of 10 "crackpot" theories (Don as D.B. Cooper, famous for hijacking a plane in 1971?) as well as more likely guesses (power struggle at the agency?) on what will happen at 10 p.m. Sunday night on AMC. We love the comments, too -- from a prediction that Bob Benson and Sal (remember him?) will meet at the gay-historic Stonewall Riots, to this comment about showrunner Matt Weiner's anti-spoiler addiction: "As you all look for themes, just remember that last week's DVR summary said 'Pete gets invited to join a club' and that meant the mile-high club.  Weiner is not going to make it easy for you." Read the whole story...

  • Ad Tech Start-up TVTY Takes $4.5MTechCrunch

    French start-up TVTY just took another $4.5 million from Partech Ventures, and 360 Capital Partners, among other investors. “TVTY provides an API for advertising companies to bridge the gap between TV campaigns or events and web ads,” TechCrunch reports. “In other words, if you want to launch an advertising campaign on an ad network, video pre-roll ads, search ads and more, you can time the launch depending on what’s happening on the TV.”
     

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  • Time Warner, Comcast, Hit Bottom In Customer Satisfaction SurveyMediabistro

    On the road to their merger, Time Warner Cable and Comcast scored badly pn The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI): a 60 out of 100 for Comcast, "down -5% from last year, while Time Warner Cable is even worse: sitting at 56, its lowest score to date, and down -7%," which makes customers for the two companies "the most dissatisfied... among subscription TV and ISP services," writes Chris Ariens. “It’s a concern whenever two poor-performing service providers combine operations,” says the ACSI director. Um, yeah. Read the whole story...

  • ABC Will Win First May Sweep In 14 YearsDeadline.com

    ABC is set to win its first May sweep period in 14 years, first in the ratings "on each of the final five weeks of the TV season," writes Lisa De Moraes. Read the whole story...

  • Fab Gutting New York WorkforceRe/code

    Having seen better days, e-tailer Fab.com is cutting about a third of its global workforce, or as many as 90 employees. Worse yet, “All of the cuts will occur at the company’s New York headquarters, which is believed to house somewhere between 120 and 150 employees,” Re/Code reports. The plan is to “trim costs as it shifts resources to focus more on designing and developing products under its own brand name.”
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  • 'NY Times' Tests Twitter-Based Reading ListCapital New York

    The New York Times is testing a new tool that recommends stories based on their popularity on Twitter. Dubbed Vellum, “The feature teases out the links shared by people you follow and ranks them by frequency,” Capital New York reports. Developed by The New York Times R&D lab, Vellum “flips the Twitter model, treating the links as primary and the commentary as secondary,” according to NYTimes Labs creative director Alexis Lloyd.
     

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  • Netflix Plans To Master Content RecommendationsTechCrunch

    So over search, top content platforms are growing increasingly obsessed with discovery services. Take Netflix, which is now promising to master personalized recommendations. “Our vision is, you won’t see a grid and you won’t see a sea of titles,” Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said this week, as TechCrunch reports. Rather, “presenting viewers with just three or four [tailored] choices is ‘a powerful possibility.’”
     

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  • 'National Journal' Eliminates Public Comments For Most StoriesPoynter

    Political publication National Journal is eliminating comments sections for most of its digital content for non-members. “For every smart argument, there’s a round of ad hominem attacks—not just fierce partisan feuding, but the worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable," writes the pub's editor in chief. Read the whole story...

  • Mag Publishers Bring Apps Back From Dead With Freemium ModelAdweek

    While many magazines are leaving mobile apps for dead, "a new breed of app is going the freemium route," with companies like Time Inc. "offering a top layer of content for free but requir[ing users] to shell out for a deeper dive," writes Emma Bazilian. People CelebWatch, for example, "lets the user access exclusive content and track favorite celebs" for 99 cents a month.  Hearst is also "in the early stages of developing its own freemium products," according to Bazilian. Read the whole story...

  • AT&T Will Acquire DirecTV For $48BUSA Today

    As rumored, AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, or $95 a share. Including debt the deal is worth $67 billion. Read the whole story...

  • U.S. Charges Chinese Military With CyberspyingThe Washington Post

    It’s not just the U.S. government’s spying that companies need to worry about. The Chinese military has been conducting what The Washington Post calls “economic cyber-espionage” against American companies, the Justice Department said on Monday. The accusation represents the first time the United States has aimed such criminal charges at a foreign country, WaPo reports.
     

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  • Patch Perks Up Post AOLThe New York Times

    Albeit as a shadow of its former self, Patch appears to be doing well under the ownership of Hale Global -- the investment firm that took the local news network off of AOL’s hand earlier this year. “Patch is on the mend, pared down and profitable under a fresh leadership team,” The New York Times reports. As Charles Hale, head of Hale Global, tells NYT: “We’ve eliminated a great deal of corporate bureaucracy from the AOL model … We’re back in start-up mode.”
     

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  • The Brave New World Of BiometricsThe New York Times

    Perhaps a little too late, one of the godfathers of biometrics -- the science of identifying people based on their unique physiological characteristics -- is worried about its potential abuses. Readily available face-matching technology is already capable of “basically robbing everyone of their anonymity,” Joseph Atick, the godfather, tells The New York Times. Estimated to be a $7.2 billion industry back in 2012, it has only recently caught the attention of Madison Avenue.
     

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  • Huffington Post Founders Settle Lingering LawsuitForbes

    Arianna Huffington and her Huffington Post co-founder, Ken Lerer, have quietly settled with two Democratic consultants who claimed critical roles in founding the popular news hub. In a lawsuit filed back in 2010, Peter Daou and James Boyce said they had been unjustly deprived of any stake in the site’s $315 million sale to AOL. As for the size of the settlement, “Daou … is establishing a foundation to dispense grants to young women … that suggests the financial component of the settlement was significant,” Forbes reports.
     

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  • Web Giants Score Wi-Fi Win On Capital HillRe/code

    While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was laying out his Net neutrality proposal, this week, Web giants like Google and Microsoft got something they’ve long lobbied for unsuccessfully. They “sneaked through a huge victory when the agency agreed to set aside up to three channels of TV airwaves for unlicensed use,” Re/Code reports. “Most airwaves can only be used by companies or parties that hold exclusive licenses; unlicensed airwaves can be used by anyone … Wi-Fi networks run on unlicensed airwaves, and tech companies have been trying for years to get more set aside for more powerful Wi-Fi networks.”
     

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  • Gannett Buys Six Texas TV Stations for $215MUSA Today

    Gannett bought six Texas-based TV stations from  London Broadcasting Company for $215 million as part of its "corporate strategy of reducing its dependence on print media," writes Roger Yu. That will make a total of 46 stations the company owns or operates. Read the whole story...

  • Jill Abramson Out As Top Editor Of 'NY Times'Poynter

    Jill Abramson has been "unexpectedly" replaced in the top spot of New York Times executive editor by managing editor Dean Baquet, the newspaper announced. Abramson became the first woman to hold that position in 2011. Her removal is being attributed "by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., to an issue with management in the newsroom,'" according to a tweet quoted in this piece by Andrew Beaujon. Read the whole story...

  • Abramson's 'NYT' Firing Fueled By Clash Over Native AdsThe New Yorker

    Among other issues, a dispute over native advertising apparently factored into Jill Abramson’s dismissal from The New York Times this week. The now former executive editor and Mark Thompson, the paper’s CEO, didn’t see eye to eye on the controversial ad format, Ken Auletta reports in The New Yorker. “She had already clashed with … Thompson, over native advertising and the perceived intrusion of the business side into the newsroom,” Auletta writes.
     

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  • 'Forbes' Gets 51% Of Digital Traffic From Readers On MobileTalking Biz News

    Forbes magazine now gets more than half of its online traffic from readers on mobile devices: 39% from smartphones, 11.5% from tablets, says Lewis Dvorkin, chief product officer, quoted in a post by Chris Roush. That's a big gain from four years ago, when cell phone usage was only 5% of digital traffic. Read the whole story...

  • Internal NY Times Memo Says Digital Sky Is FallingBuzzFeed

    In the wake of Jill Abramson’s unplanned exit from The New York Times, an internal memo has surfaced that portrays the publisher as struggling to adapt to an increasingly digital world. “The report largely ignores legacy competitors and focuses on the new wave of digital companies, including First Look Media, Vox, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and BuzzFeed,” BuzzFeed reports. As the memo warns: “They are ahead of us in building impressive support systems for digital journalists, and that gap will grow unless we quickly improve our capabilities.”
     

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  • Turner, Comcast, Make VOD DealDeadline.com

    Turner, Time Warner's cable network division, agreed to offer “complete current and previous seasons” of some of its shows on video-on-demand to Comcast's Xfinity TV and digital platforms, the company announced. "The cable company will offer dynamic ad insertion," and "fast-forwarding will be disabled for most of the content, so viewers can’t speed through the ads," writes David Lieberman. Read the whole story...

  • Evernote Racks Up 100M Users For Less Than A Penny EachVentureBeat

    Evernote is boasting over 100 million users, and the incredibly small dollar amount it spent acquiring them all. “We’ve spent very little money on promoting our products,” Evernote CEO Phil Libin writes a new blog post. “In fact our total spend on advertising to date comes out to less than 1 cent per user.” As VentureBeat notes, “That total seems absolutely microscopic in contrast to Evernote’s valuation, which analysts estimate to be greater than $1 billion.”
     

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  • Cash Reserves Secure Today's Tech PlayersThe Wall Street Journal

    Easing fears of an industry-wide collapse, many of today’s tech companies have healthy cash cushions, The Wall Street Journal reports. In fact, an analysis of 148 U.S. tech firms with recent or pending IPOs found all to have at least enough cash to last them a year, WSJ reports. “Those findings are in contrast to the health of young tech companies during the last run-up of U.S. technology stocks, which peaked in March 2000.”
     

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  • AT&T Gets Closer To Buying DirecTVBloomberg

    AT&T is in "advanced talks" to buy DirecTV for about $50 billion, according to sources cited by Bloomberg reporters. "Under the plan being discussed, management of DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, [would] continue to run the company as a unit of AT&T," the reporters further note. Read the whole story...

  • Comedy Central To Replace 'Colbert Report' With 'Minority Report'The New York Times

    Comedy Central is developing a successor to "The Colbert Report" once it goes off the air:  “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore." Set for a January launch, the show will present a panel of "the underrepresented voices out there" (as characterized by the network's president) "commenting on the issues of the day — but in a comedic, scripted format," writes Bill Carter. Host Wilmore  has been on the network's "The Daily Show" since 2006, "usually commenting satirically on issues dealing with racial attitudes in America," according to Carter. Read the whole story...

  • Talking Tech Bubbles, And EntitlementGigaom

    Om Malik isn’t quite sure we’re experiencing another tech bubble, but observes some important differences in mood and climate between now and 1999. As a friend recently brought to his attention, “1999 had a gold rush mentality, a sense of broader mania,” Malik notes. “This time around you see more of a gross entitlement … many (if not most) show up expecting millions even if their companies fail.” Read the whole story...

  • NBC To Produce Live Version Of 'Music Man'The Hollywood Reporter

    NBC plans to develop another live musical: "The Music Man," probably set for 2015 after this year's live production of "Peter Pan." With Fox planning its own production of "Grease" for next year, we're just wondering how many family-friendly musicals are left for the networks to co-opt. For example, will Broadway favorite "Wicked" come first to the big screen before making its way to television? Read the whole story...

  • Time Inc. To Spin Off June 6, Expects More DownsizingsNew York Post

    According to an SEC filing, Time Inc. will spin off from Time Warner, becoming a separate company, on June 6 -- and "the 500 people cut in February will not be the end of the downsizings," writes Keith Kelly. “'We anticipate additional head-count reductions and real estate consolidations in the future,' said the filing." Read the whole story...

  • NBC First Net To Advertise On FacebookAdweek

    NBC has become the first TV channel to buy Facebook ads, for three upcoming shows: "Rosemary's Baby," " The Night Shift" and "Undateable."  "NBC’s video spots will appear in the social media platform’s news feed and play automatically," writes Christopher Heine. Read the whole story...

  • 'Conde Nast Traveler' Opens NYC Booth For Personalized Travel TipsNew York Post

    Condé Nast Traveler is debuting a Hot Line Booth in Manhattan for four days in May, with magazine reps offering "complimentary travel tips, advice and know-how" for visitors chatting with them via "a flat-screen TV with two-way Skype system," writes David Kaufman. The Booth will be open in Union Square May 8-10, and move to Columbus Circle May 11-13. Read the whole story...

  • Report: U.S. Viewers Still Watching Only 17 Out Of 100s Of ChannelsThe Wall Street Journal

    Seventeen remains the magic, consistent numeral, "as the average number of [TV] channels [U.S.] viewers actually tune in to" -- though the average number of channels consumers actually receive has grown from 129 in 2008 to 189 in 2013, according to a Nielsen report, writes Steven Perlberg. “This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption,” says the report. Read the whole story...

  • 'L.A. Times' Launches Revamped Web SiteWomen's Wear Daily

    The Los Angeles Times unveiled its redesigned Web site, featuring a "streamlined layout," an "increased social emphasis" and a "new Neighborhoods section allows readers to select a specific area of the city from a map, then get all the news stories geocoded for that area," writes Marcy Medina. Read the whole story...

  • Jet Magazine Going All DigitalNew York Times

    After more than 60 years, Jet is getting out of the print business. Next month, African-American weekly plans to moved to a “largely digital format,” The New York Times reports. NYT described the move as just “the latest in a growing list of periodicals avoiding print in favor of digital publications.” Last month, Ladies’ Home Journal said it would soon go all digital, expect for a quarterly newsstand-only print edition. Read the whole story...

  • Latest Trend In Reality Show Pitches: Naked Dating The Wrap

    Nudity is the latest, um, wrinkle for reality show pitches both broadcast and cable networks are receiving, especially for dating shows, reports Jethro Nededog. Perhaps the first to start the nude trend, "Discovery's survivor show, 'Naked and Afraid' — which teams a man and a woman together in a survival test spent entirely in the buff — has become a ratings hit for the cable channel." VHI is the first network to actually buy a naked dating reality show. "Dating Naked" is its title -- of course. Read the whole story...

  • WordPress Parent Automattic Takes $160MRe/code

    WordPress parent Automattic just raised $160 million at a valuation of $1.16 billion. The round -- the first since 2008 -- was led by Insight Venture Partners, along with Chris Sacca and Endurance. Among other efforts, the company will use the fresh capital to increase marketing spend, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s CEO, tells Re/Code. The company will now begin “leaning in aggressively to take advantage of opportunity, which we all believe is a big one,” Mullenweg said.
     

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  • Fashion Mag 'Nylon' Merging With Blog Network FashionIndieAdweek

    Alt-fashion mag Nylon is merging with blogger network FashionIndie to form "a new, as-yet-unnamed" multiplatform media company, writes Emma Bazilian. Management team will be "veteran publishing exec Dana Fields, who was formerly group president at Wenner Media and president of FHM magazine, and Internet entrepreneur Joe Mohen," who just announced "they had purchased Nylon magazine as well as its brother title Nylon Guys, five international editions and digital properties (including the NylonTV YouTube channel) from its current owner, Nylon Holdings Inc." Read the whole story...

  • Critics React To New LATimes.comNieman Journalism Lab

    What do critics make of the Los Angeles Times’ new “mobile-first” Web redesign? “It looks nice!” Joshua Bento writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab. “I thought app-influenced Web design might have peaked, but this look echoes the pane-heavy look from many iPad apps.” Regarding the design firm that helped LAT with the new site, Bento notes: “It’s got some Code and Theory trademarks -- slab serif headers, contrasty serif headlines, [and] white text on black.”
     

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  • Mean Girls Of TV All Live In DCThe New York Times

    "Greed, lust, envy, wrath and pride are the currencies of power in the nation’s capital, and some of its most dangerous brokers are women on television," writes Alessandra Stanley. She provides a quick survey of those "mean girls" -- from Scandal's "Vice President Sally Langston (Kate Burton), a born-again Christian who murdered her husband and wants to destroy the president who put her on the ticket," to KGB secret agent Elizabeth Jennings on "The Americans," the mistress of the cool kill. "On most network dramas, it is almost unthinkable to portray lead female characters as selfish, craven or incompetent" -- except in Washington, "where there is apparently nothing sexist or old school about painting women as venal, self-serving and manipulative," writes Stanley.

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  • Time Inc. To Launch Portal For Video Content From All Its PubsCapital New York

    Time Inc. will debut The Daily Cut, a platform for digital video content from all its magazine brands, which include Time and People. "The company said it will expand programming to fill the new portal, adding to its 50 recurring digital shows and series," writes Nicole Levy. Read the whole story...

  • Time Warner's Bewkes: TNT Sluggish, General Cable Ratings Down 13%The Street

    Report card for Turner Broadcasting: first quarter-revenue grew 5%, "but ratings at TNT have been sluggish," writes Leon Lazaroff. "[Time Warner CEO Jeff] Bewkes was quick to acknowledge this reality, exclaiming that 'we can and will do better.'"  And "more generally, viewing of Time Warner's cable-TV programming was down by 13%," according to Lazaroff. Read the whole story...

  • NYC Planning Expansive Ad-Supported Wi-FiEngadget

    The city of New York plans to blanket all five of its beautiful boroughs in free Wi-Fi, and cover much of the cost with advertising. “The project looks to transform aging payphone kiosks into around 10,000 ‘communication points’ across the cityscape, funded by advertising,” Engadget reports. “With a target of launching by 2018 at the latest, the project is said to serve up $17.5 million in revenue for NYC each year at no extra expense to its taxpayers.”
     

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  • Study: 70% Of U.S. TV Viewers Binge-WatchTVUSA.ws

    Binge-watching is growing, with 70% of U.S. viewers surveyed by Miner & Co. Studios saying they indulge in that practice. "The survey found that 17 percent of binge viewers do so on a daily basis, 63 percent weekly and 90 percent on a monthly basis," writes Kristin Brzoznowski. And while more buzz has settled around binge-watching dramas like "Breaking Bad," "we found that comedy is a favored binge-viewing genre," the study notes. Read the whole story...

  • Bleacher Report's Winning "Gamification" StrategyThe Media Briefing

    Trying to explain Bleacher Report’s success, theMediaBriefing.com points to the site’s use of data-driven “gamification” system to drive writers. Reporters are rewarded based on the number of pageviews and comments their stories generate, as well as when editors feature their work on B/R’s homepage. Said system “played a central role in the sport site's meteoric rise to the 2nd most popular destination for sports news in America,” the British blog reports.

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  • 'WSJ' Debuts DC NewsletterTalking Biz News

    The Wall Street Journal just launched Capital Journal Daybreak Edition, providing commentary on key issues in Washington, along with features such as Think Tank, which "draws news analysis from outside contributors from across the political spectrum," writes Chris Roush. Read the whole story...

  • New RadiumOne CEO Explains Leadership ChangeRe/code

    RadiumOne’s new CEO Bill Lonergan is responding to ousted leader Gurbaksh Chahal, and his claims of betrayal by the company’s board. “Since he was fired over the weekend … Chahal has been on a tear on social media, accusing the board of encouraging him to plead guilty [to two misdemeanors of battery and domestic violence] and then betraying him,” Re/Code reports. In a memo, Lonergan writes: “Given recent developments, it became clear that Gurbaksh’s ability to lead the company had been severely compromised by the legal proceedings.”
     

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  • Forecast: Ad Revs Up 6% To $168B This YearTVUSA.ws

    Magna Global is predicting that U.S. ad revenue will grow 6% to $168 billion, "an increase from its previous forecast of 5.5 percent, thanks to the World Cup, mid-term elections and other non-recurring events taking place in 2014," writes Kristin Brzoznowski. Read the whole story...

  • 'NY Times' Shows Off New Video Slate At NewsfrontsAdvertising Age

    The New York Times is expanding its digital video selection, redesigning and reorganizing its video hub under 14 channels, "and adding a native-ad product called Branded Playlists," writes Michael Sebastian of what the paper plans to showcase as part of the Newsfronts.  "Acura is the initial sponsor of the Times' new video hub," and one of the new shows, "Verbatim," will feature "members of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe read[ing] legal transcripts word-for-word." Read the whole story...

  • BuzzFeed Clone PolicyMic Gets $10MCNN Money

    PolicyMic -- which CNNMoney.com describers as a “BuzzFeed-like online startup” -- just raised $10 million to compete against other Buzzfeed-like online startups, and maybe even Buzzfeed. “The 3-year-old Web site caters to young people with catchy headlines, graphics and a mix of original articles and aggregation, along the lines of larger sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy,” CNNMoney reports. Investors include Netscape co-founder Jim Clark.
     


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  • Fox To Air Live 'Grease' Broadcast In 2015The Hollywood Reporter

    Cue the John Travolta imitation. Fox will air a live broadcast of "Grease," "the highest-grossing movie musical ever," starring a "young ensemble cast," in 2015, writes Lesley Goldberg. NBC's excellent ratings for its late 2013 broadcast of a live version of "The Sound of Music" (this year, it will be "Peter Pan,") undoubtedly influenced Fox's decision. Read the whole story...

  • Disney Tried To Buy BuzzfeedFortune

    Word is that Disney recently wanted to buy Buzzfeed, but they couldn’t agree on fair terms. “Talks apparently broke down over price -- with BuzzFeed said to have sought upwards of $1 billion -- and are not believed to still be active,” Fortune reports. “Discussions with Disney wound down as Disney's pursuit of multichannel video network Maker Studios heated up.” Disney has since agreed to pay $500 million for Maker -- “plus possible earn-outs that could bring the deal closer to $1 billion,” Fortune reports.  
     

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  • 'Lucky' Execs Deny Rumors Of Pub FoldingWomen's Wear Daily

    Lucky magazine's editor and publisher, plus Conde Nast's CEO, all sent emails reassuring staff that a New York Post item speculating on the pub's demise was an untrue rumor.  Editor Eva Chen cited some happy stats: "Lucky’s May issue was up 18.7 percent and for February through May, the publication is up 2 percent in paging," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Still, Steigrad notes other, less happy numbers, with ad page declines from October to April for every month except February. Read the whole story...

  • RadiumOne Drops Disgraced CEORe/code

    RadiumOne’s board of directors hopes to severe all ties with CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, following his recent conviction for domestic violence and battery. “The other directors of the advertising tech company had been mulling what to do about Chahal -- who is board chairman,” Re/Code reports. However, sources say that Chahal “might resist [his dismissal] and has significant shares in RadiumOne to mount a challenge.”
     

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  • The Bright Side Of Net Neutrality's DemiseThe New York Times

    Albeit at the expense of Net neutrality, the FCC’s decision to let content providers pay a premium for more secure streaming will likely help the Web truly challenge cable and its bundled content model. So suggests David Carr, who writes in The New York Times: “It could mean that costs will rise for streaming outfits like Apple, Hulu and Netflix -- costs that will be passed onto the consumer -- but it will also mean a more stable platform for viewing on the Internet.”
     

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  • Time Warner Cable Slows Subcriber LossesBloomberg

    Time Warner Cable substantially slowed subscriber losses last quarter -- only "34,000 residential TV customers, better than the drop of 217,000 in the prior quarter," writes Edmund Lee. That makes Comcast's "proposed $45 billion takeover look like a smarter bet." Read the whole story...

  • Industry Appears Indifferent To Chahal's SinsValleyWag

    The only thing more disturbing than the domestic abuse charges levied against RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal is the industry’s apparent attempt to ignore them. Despite pleading guilty to two misdemeanors for domestic violence and battery, last week, “His online advertising network plans to raise $100 million from its IPO and just partnered with Condé Nast,” ValleyWag reports. “Meanwhile Marcom, [a] … conference that claims the … (IAB) Netherlands as a partner, sent out a press release touting Chahal as a featured speaker on ‘dark social.’”
     

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  • Amazon Delivers Strong Q1 EarningsForbes

    Beating analysts’ expectations, Amazon said first-quarter revenue reached $19.74 billion, this week. Profits were 27% year-over-year to $108 million. “That figure is up 23% over last year’s $16.1 billion,” Forbes reports. Better yet, as on exec noted during Amazon’s earnings calls, “video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year.” Still, as Forbes notes, “Q2 guidance shows Amazon predicting an operating loss of between $55 million and $455 million.”
     

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  • Analyst: Clear Channel Lays Off 300, More Firings To ComeTampa Bay Business Journal

    Clear Channel, which cut about 300 sales employees from its ranks nationwide last week, is set for another one or two rounds of layoffs, an analyst predicts. Read the whole story...

  • Trad Media Companies Lose Some Stock Sparkle CNBC

    While traditional major media company stocks "all posted phenomenal share-price performances," in 2013, so far this year "most of the major media stocks remain underwater while the S&P 500  has risen about 2 percent," writes John Jannarone. "Even Comcast, which reported strong results Tuesday, has seen a slight share price decline so far this year." Read the whole story...

  • Discovery Dumps HowStuffWorks.comThe Wall Street Journal

    Taking a significant loss, Discovery Communications is selling HowStuffWorks.com to Web services company Blucora. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Discovery is unloading the site for $45 million, “or less than a fifth what Discovery paid to acquire the web publisher in 2007.” Blucora plans to integrate HowStuffWorks into its search advertising business InfoSpace.
     

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  • 'NY Times' Debuts 'Explanatory' Experiment, The UpshotGigaom

    With the goal of reducing complex stories to their simplest form, The New York Times just debuted The Upshot. “The idea [behind the new site] is to give readers some help in understanding complex stories like Obamacare,” GigaOm reports. “Ever since Nate Silver left … the NYT has been working on a new venture aimed in part at filling the hole he left, and also at competing with the ‘explanatory journalism’ of Ezra Klein’s recently launched Vox project.”
     

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  • 'Vogue' To Launch Expanded Web Site In SeptemberWomen's Wear Daily

    Conde Nast's Vogue is expanding its Web site -- last redesigned in 2010 -- by "amassing a bigger staff comprised of a mix of new hires and existing employees who will move over to the dot-com," writes Alexandra Steigrad. The new version of the site will be unveiled in September during New York Fashion Week. Read the whole story...

  • Viewers Moving Toward Connected TVs To Watch Online Video Financial Times

    Research shows digital video moving to TV-like devices. More viewers are watching online video via connected TV devices such as Apple TV and Google's Chromecast and Roku, according to a study done by research group Frank N Magid Associates. "People with connected TVs are watching nearly 12 hours of video programming each week via the internet, according to research from video advertising company Tremor Video, and Nielsen," writes Emily Steel. Read the whole story...

  • 'Today' Show Will Launch Simulcast On SiriusXM In June

    NBC's "Today" show will be simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio beginning June 26, "in a move clearly intended to reach commuters in cars on the way to work," writes Bill Carter. This is "not the first time a morning show has tried to expand to radio," adds Carter, noting that "ABC’s 'Good Morning America' had a brief run on XM radio before XM merged with Sirius. But that experiment did not work, largely because, according to Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer, 'it was cut up, not a full-blown version of the show.'" Read the whole story...

  • Comcast Finding: Binge Watching Helps Live TV RatingsVentureBeat

    Comcast found that adding "all current-season episodes for a handful of shows to its on-demand video library" boosted the average ratings for  "the live premiere of the following episode" from 34% for broadcast shows to 69% for cable series, writes Tom Chereder. "Media companies that make TV shows are starting to realize that time-shifted and on-demand content is beneficial to the industry-standard TV ratings for new episode premieres." Read the whole story...

  • Tech Stocks Less Predictable Than EverRe/code

    Why are tech stocks performing so erratically? As usual, no one knows, according to Kara Swisher. “You can cherry-pick your way to disaster or just make the simple point that things are not very clear and it is probably not a good idea to make casual predictions that will have a major impact until, you know, it does,” Swisher reasons in Re/Code. “While tech stocks are down as a larger group, for sure, it’s still rather shifty at this point.”
     

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  • Tech Giants Face Anti-Poaching SuitThe New York Times

    Google, Adobe and other tech leaders are finally going on trial for allegedly colluding to keep employees in their place. Set to begin next month, an antitrust lawsuit “accuses the companies of agreeing not to solicit one another’s employees in a scheme developed and enforced by Steven P. Jobs of Apple,” The New York Times reports. “In their drive for control, the companies undermined their employees’ opportunities to get better jobs and make more money, the court papers say.”
     

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  • Venture Capital Flowing Like It's 1999The Wall Street Journal

    Fostering competition (and making the emergence of the next Facebook more likely), venture capital is flowing faster than ever. The most raised since early 2001, domestic VC investment hit $10.74 billion in the first quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing data from Dow Jones VentureSource. “This is only the second time since 2001 that venture investment exceeded $10 billion in a quarter,” WSJ writes.
     

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  • Pivot, Channel For Millennials, Gets First Scripted SeriesThe New York Times

    Pivot, a cable channel launched last July targeted to Millennials, is beefing up its programming with new shows that include its first original scripted series, “Fortitude,” "a 12-episode drama set in the Arctic" starring the likes of Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon, writes Stuart Elliott. "In keeping with Pivot’s tilt toward purpose programming, the drama is 'an eco-thriller' that should appeal to Generation Y, Evan Shapiro, president of Pivot," said at the channel's upfront presentation. Read the whole story...

  • 'Playboy' Reprints First Issue 60 Years LaterFolio

    Playboy magazine rereleased its inaugural issue, first published in December 1953, priced at $9.99 (original went for 50 cents), $2 more than a typical issue sells for now. But there's an iconic shot of Marilyn Monroe on its cover (and, we assume, some photos of her less-than-clothed inside). "The replica does not feature any new advertorial, so the revenue is all through one-off sales," writes Caysey Welton. "And like everyone else, subscribers will need to get the issue at their local newsstands or order it online." Read the whole story...

  • 'USA Today' Debuts Online Sports Photography StoreTalking New Media

    USA Today recently launched an online store where consumers can purchase sports photographs -- including "a collection of more than 3,000 early-career photos of Muhammad Ali, all from the library of The Courier-Journal, the Gannett daily in Louisville, Kentucky (hometown of Muhammad Ali)," writes D.B. Hebbard. Read the whole story...

  • Squarespace Gets Fresh $40M TechCrunch

    Web site platform Squarespace just raided $40 million from General Atlantic and General Atlantic alone. Founded in 2003, the start-up, which specializes in tools for individuals and small businesses to build sites and online stores, TechCrunch reports. With the fresh funds, “we will improve the overall Squarespace experience, make it available to more people around the world, and … go beyond Web sites and online stores,” CEO Anthony Casalena stated. Read the whole story...

  • Creative Review Shortlists Getting Longer, Increasing CompetitionAdweek

    The short lists of finalists in a creative review to win a company's ad business are getting longer, up to five or more competitors, decreasing the odds of winning the "long and expensive pitch process," writes Andrew McMains. Why? Three reasons, at least: "market conditions, the number of decision makers involved and when the brand last searched for a new agency," McMains writes. Read the whole story...

  • Weak Margins Could Cloud Google's Q1 EarningsCNBC

    Google is expected to post strong earnings after the closing bell, today. Yet, the search giant’s operating margins are a concern for analysts, according to CNBC. Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research, believes there is margin erosion in Google's core business. “The company is keeping more of every dollar it earns and eventually ,that will likely backlash on the stock,” CNBC reports, citing Wieser’s comments. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect 11% year-over-year gain in earnings and revenue.
     

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  • W+K Selected As Citizen's Global AgencyAdweek

    Citizen has hired Wieden + Kennedy as its global branding agency. The agency’s Tokyo office will head the account, along with the agency’s Amsterdam office. Citizen spent $24 million on media in 2013, according to Kantar. Read the whole story...

  • Google Planning Huge NYC ExpansionThe Wall Street Journal

    Apparently, the city block-sized building that Google bought in 2010 for about $2 billion is no long big enough to hold the company’s growing army of salespeople, media experts, engineers and execs. The search giant is currently searching for another space to hold some 3,000 employees, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Google is looking into leasing as much as 600,000 square feet in Manhattan -- “about half the size of the Chrysler Building,” by WSJ’s estimate.
     

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  • TV Execs Laughing At Yahoo's Content AmbitionsThe New York Times

    Under new leadership, Yahoo is taking another crack at “quality” long-form content. “Good luck with that,” is more or less the response from seasoned network execs. “It is the pure arrogance of the newly rich and the newly powerful to think content is easy,” John Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks, tells David Carr. “Breaking through in a cluttered marketplace requires expertise in all of the elements of storytelling. There are so many ways it can go wrong.”
     

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  • Reddit Tests Trending Subreddit FeatureTechCrunch

    While its user interface may seem very 1990, Reddit is so popular that the slightest service tweak can get Web watchers talking. TechCrunch, for instance, is really excited about the site’s new “trending subreddit” feature, which gives reader a list of the most popular sub-communities. “It’s easy for one huge community to die almost overnight (see: Digg),” TechCrunch writes. “But a community made up of a zillion sub-communities? That’s a different beast.”
     

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  • Why Web Start-ups Can't Say No To CapitalThe New York Times

    Why are Web start-up likes Quora and Airbnb increasingly prone to taking big late-stage investments? Marc Bodnick, head of Quora’s business operations, says the answer is simple. “The more capital you have … the more comfortable and confident you can be,” he tells The New York Times. That, and “start-ups are staying private longer, venture capital firms are looking to put idle funds to work, and institutional investors are chasing returns,” NYT notes.
     

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  • Maker Studios Cofounder Trying To Derail Disney TakeoverWall Street Journal

    Danny Zappin, Maker Studios cofounder and former CEO, is trying to curb the company’s sale to Disney. Along with three other former executives, Zappin has filed a lawsuit aiming to prevent a shareholder vote to approve a takeover bid by Disney, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The group claims documents that Maker sent to shareholders to vote on the merger agreement with Disney failed to include a reference to a pending lawsuit that alleged some Maker directors issued shares to themselves to dilute Mr. Zappin's ownership and reduce his ability to control the company.”
     

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  • CNN Launches New Prime-Time StrategyCNN.com

    CNN will begin to devote the 9 p.m. hour of prime time to new taped shows, starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and others. The strategy is a shift away from the talk show format that CNN has featured at 9 p.m. for 30 years, first with "Larry King Live," then with "Piers Morgan Tonight." At 10 p.m., the cabler will offer rotating hosts in a new show called "CNN tonight," which addresses the day's biggest stories. Read the whole story...

  • Hollywood Stars Back Showtime's Climate Change DocumentaryReuters

    As temperatures continue to rise, a group of Hollywood stars wants to focus on climate change with a new documentary. "Years of Living Dangerously," a nine-part documentary beginning Sunday on CBS Corp's premium cable network Showtime, charts the impact on the global climate and the consequences for humanity. Director James Cameron appealed to well-known Hollywood actors to act as correspondents, including Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba and Michael C. Hall. Read the whole story...

  • EBay Appeases IchanThe New York Times

    Following a very public feud, EBay and Carl Ichan are making nice. The activist investor is withdrawing his bid for two seats on the company’s board and his demand that it sell a minority stake in its PayPal unit to shareholders, The New York Times reports. “In return, eBay will add as a new director -- David W. Dorman, the former chief executive of AT&T and a candidate both sides have agreed on.”
     

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  • Rolling Stone Put Its John Hancock On Wrong DocNew York Post

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus bared all for the new Rolling Stone cover, posing with a "tattoo" of the US Constitution on her back. But the sexy shot revealed more than just the "Veep" star's toned backside - it was inked with an embarrassing historical flub. Under the famous line "We the People ..." sits the signature of the statesman who signed the Declaration of Independence - not the Constitution. Read the whole story...

  • Graydon Carter Named To ASME Hall Of FameNew York Post

    Graydon Carter, one of the longest serving editors in the Cond Nast empire, was named to the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Carter last year inked a new multiyear agreement to stay at the helm of Vanity Fair in what many expect may be his final three-year contract. Read the whole story...

  • Tony Gervino Named Editor At 'Billboard'New York Times

    Billboard, the music industry's premier trade publication for more than a century, has named Tony Gervino as its editor, the latest in a series of changes to remake the magazine in a more general-interest direction. Gervino, 47, is a former executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, and has been an editor at various lifestyle and sports magazines like Antenna and Slam. Read the whole story...

  • 'Holiday' Magazine Is RevivedWomen's Wear Daily

    Holiday, an American travel magazine whose heyday was the 1940s through 1960s, is being revived with a fashion theme, published twice a year out of Paris. The first issue will be available later this month in 800 international locations, including WHSmith bookstore in Paris and the Around the World shop in New York. Read the whole story...

  • Study: Old-Fashioned Radio Still Captures Majority Of U.S. ListenersQuartz

    Old-fashioned AM/FM radio still has an "astonishing level of penetration," trouncing satellite and Internet radio: 91% of U.S. listeners, according to Pew Research Center/Nielsen Audio numbers. And "44% of all radio listening takes place in the car, where terrestrial radio has an 80% share, according to Macquarie" Capital, writes John McDuling. Read the whole story...

  • Candidates Start Jockeying For Letterman's JobThe New York Times

    "Let the maneuvering begin" as potential candidates begin to jockey for what's "now officially the most coveted job in television: successor to David Letterman," writes Bill Carter. He analyzes the field, from"obvious choice" Stephen Colbert, who would  "match the more contemporary approach to late night, relying on comedy pieces that play well on the Internet and draw heavily on social media" to women candidates from Ellen Degeneres to Chelsea Handler to Tina Fey. Read the whole story...

  • Univision Radio Cuts Dozens Of StaffersLos Angeles Times

    Univision Communications is laying off programming staff and some on-air hosts  at its radio stations around the country -- a total of "dozens of workers" at some of its 68 stations, including Chicago, writes Meg James. Read the whole story...

  • Conde Nast Boots 'Self' EIC And A PublisherAdweek

    More top job changes are afoot at Condé Nast, courtesy once again of company artistic director and Vogue EIC Anna Wintour: Cosmopolitan executive editor Joyce Chang will become editor in chief of Self May 1. She replaces Lucy Danziger, who spent 13 years atop the masthead. "The 1.5 million-circ magazine has also been struggling both on the newsstand, where single-copy sales were down 10 percent in the second half of 2013, and in ad pages, which fell 5.7 percent in 2013," writes Lisa Granatstein.  And "Laura McEwen, who earlier had been vp, publisher of Teen Vogue and associate publisher of Vogue, is also exiting." Read the whole story...

  • Eich Out At Mozilla Over Prop. 8 SupportLos Angeles Times

    That’s that. Brendan Eich is out as CEO of Mozilla following widespread criticism of the browser maker’s decision to appoint the opponent of gay marriage. In 2008, Eich supported Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that forbade the marriage of same-sex couples in the state. “Mozilla said it is still discussing what comes next for its leadership,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
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  • David Letterman Set To Retire From CBS' 'Late Night' In 2015The Hollywood Reporter

    David Letterman will retire from late-night TV in 2015, when his current contract as host of CBS' "Late Show" expires. He announced the news on the taping of the Thursday night broadcast of the show. Letterman recently surpassed Johnny Carson "as the longest-running host in late-night TV history when factoring in his time with CBS' 'Late Show' and his 11-year tenure with NBC on 'Late Night,'" according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read the whole story...

  • AMC Won't Sell Last Episode Of 'Mad Men' In UpfrontAdvertising Age

    AMC will not sell the series finale of "Mad Men," set to air sometime in 2015, in the upfront, but as part of the later scatter marketplace. "We will sell it almost like a sporting event," says Charlie Collier, president of AMC Networks. "It is going to be a pop-culture moment and we're coming to market as such." Read the whole story...

  • Captivate To Own Majority Of Video Screens In Elevators, Lobbies After DealAdvertising Age

    Capitvate Network, which owns the majority of video screens in elevators, will soon own nearly all screens in building lobbies as well,  since it just bought Office Media Network, operator of The Wall Street Journal Office Network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read the whole story...

  • WTF! Gawker Expels "Internet Slang"Poynter

    OMG! Gawker just forbade staff writes from using “Internet slang,” including popular acronyms, and words likes “epic,” “pwn” and “derp.” In an internal memo obtained by Poynter, new Gawker editor Max Read writes: “We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not Buzzfeed writers or Reddit commenters.” As Poynter reports, “He also asks staffers not to use strikethrough for corrections, preferring they ‘change the wording and link from there to a comment noting the corrected text.’”
     

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  • Time Inc.: 'Rudderless Ship' Or 'Innovator'?Capital New York

    As Time Inc.prepares to spin off from its corporate conglomerate, headed by its fourth CEO in five years, it's unclear where it's headed, according to "interviews with analysts and current and former employees and executives," writes Joe Pompeo. In fact, "these sources painted a picture of a company with legendary brand value that’s caught somewhere between being a rudderless ship full of print products and an innovator that’s well-equipped to navigate media’s digitally-oriented future (with $1.3 billion worth of debt and declining revenues in tow, no less)." Read the whole story...

  • 'Cosmo' May Issue Combines Edit/Ad Cover LinesWomen's Wear Daily

    Cosmopolitan's May issue "features a relatively new trend... that could further blur the line between advertising and editorial," writes Alexander Steigrad: a double cover, with the top, peel-away one combining editorial headlines with a bottom line advertising a L'Oreal contest, with a full-page ad on the inside of that cover. “It gives me twice the real estate  to explain what’s in the magazine," says Cosmo editor Joanna Coles. "It’s not purely an ad." Read the whole story...

  • Mozilla CEO Supports Inclusiveness Of ExclusivenessCnet

    Brendan Eich, Mozilla's recently appointed CEO, is confused about the controversy surrounding his opposition to gay marriage. As he tells CNet, he thought the Web browser maker was all about inclusiveness of ideas, including his belief that gay Americans should be excluded from the practice of marriage. “Mozilla has always worked according to principles of inclusiveness,” he says. “Everyone in our community can have different beliefs about all sorts of things that may be in conflict.”
     

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  • Why The 'Mother' Had To Die: Ugly Wedding Dress?New York Magazine

    There's been a ton of press and viewers' comments on the Monday night series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," in which the mother  faced a sad ending that outraged many. But here's the first piece that uses the mother's fashion choices as clues to her demise, criticizing the wedding dress she wore: an "ill-fitting, high-shine poly-sateen" that "practically sounded a death knell in my head," writes Veronica Gledhill. Read the whole story...

  • Comcast CEO Sees Future On Global ScaleThe New York Times

    If its merger with Time Warner Cable is approved, Comcast will begin to take its place "as a global technology company and its major competitors the media companies of the future: Google, Amazon, Facebook and even Apple, with which Comcast has been engaging in tentative negotiations," according to the way the company's chief, Eric Roberts, sees it, writes James B. Stewart. “The alternative was to sit around and let cable die a slow death,” Roberts says. Read the whole story...

  • 'Forbes' Launches Branded Airport NewsstandsAdweek

    Aiming to take advantage of travelers' still-active interest in magazines, Forbes recently launched its first branded airport newsstand in Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, with three more to come in Washington Reagan and Washington Dulles airports. Branding means the stores will contain "TVs streaming content from the Forbes video network and interactive touch-screen computers on which customers can browse Forbes.com," writes Emma Bazilian. Also, "throughout the year, the newsstands will run in-store promotions around various Forbes editorial franchises." Read the whole story...

  • Is Yahoo Shuttering Shine?Re/code

    Once thought to be a safe bet for Web publishers, women’s sites are closing left and right. As AOL’s iVillage and DailyCandy wind down operations, Yahoo is reportedly planning to shutter Shine by the second quarter. In its place, “The company is considering chopping it all up and relaunching a series of online lifestyle ‘magazines,’ with a similar model to what it has done with Yahoo Tech and the hiring of high-profile editor and reviewer David Pogue,” Re/Code reports.
     

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  • CBS Might Create Aereo RivalBloomberg

    CBS would consider starting an streaming over-the-top TV service with other networks to rival Aereo if the Supreme Court rules that the contested company "can resell broadcasters’ programming without their permission," writes Bloomberg reporters. “We are going to win either way,” says CBS CEO Les Moonves. Read the whole story...

  • NJ 'Star-Ledger' Expects Staff LayoffsNorthJersey.com

    Advance Publications Inc. said it will create "a new company, NJ Advance Media, to provide advertising, marketing and news content" for its Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper -- but there will also be layoffs coming as well, writes Hugh Morley. Read the whole story...

  • CNN Atlanta Lays Off 16, Braces For More Job ChangesMediabistro

    Roughly 16 video editors and photojournalists have been laid off from CNN Atlanta, with "at least 160 [more] positions... set to change in some way due to new technologies," according to a source cited by Jordan Chariton. Read the whole story...

  • How Television Without Pity Helped Create 'Contemporary TV Culture'Vulture/New York Magazine

    NBCUniversal's recent killing of TV recap website Television Without Pity, including all of its archives, "feels like a heartless, shortsighted move... but even if TWoP itself disappears, there's no way for its long reach ever will," writes Margaret Lyons. "TWoP helped create contemporary TV culture as we know it." Lyons explains further how "TWoP certainly popularized the recap concept — which is now utterly pervasive across entertainment-based and general-interest sites — but it also introduced a new vein of what TV coverage entails." Read the whole story...

  • Microsoft Sees Spencer As Xbox SaviorVentureBeat

    Microsoft has tapped Phil Spencer, head of the company’s game studios, to oversee its Xbox business. “As such, he’ll have the task of making the Xbox One more competitve against rivals, as well as helping to spread gaming to more and more people around the globe,” VentureBeat reports. “He will take on that role at a time when Microsoft has been losing ground to Sony in the core game business.”
     

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  • NBCUniversal Dumping DailyCandy, Television Without PityRe/code

    After ditching iVillage, NBCUniversal is doing away with DailyCandy and Television Without Pity. “The reason for the closing down was pretty basic: Despite creating laudable sites, there was still not enough traffic and, therefore, a difficulty monetizing the properties,” Kara Swisher reports in Re/Code. “Attempts to sell the properties were made, but apparently were unsuccessful.” DailyCandy cost Comcast’s media unit $125 million back in 2008.
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  • Twitter Hasn't Grown User BaseQZ.com

    Shockingly, a mainstream audience continues to resist Twitter’s firehouse feed of self-promoters, social climbers, sales pitches, inside jokes and side conversations. “Despite widespread media publicity surrounding Twitter during its triumphant IPO in November, it failed to add meaningfully to its user base during the fourth quarter, and since then questions have begun to mount over its ability to rectify that,” Quartz reports. Yet, CEO Dick Costolo remains determined to change all that.
     


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  • Dish, DirecTV Said To Be Talking About MergerBloomberg

    Dish Network's Chairman and DirecTV's CEO recently discussed merging the two companies, according to sources cited by Alex Sherman. Still they are "reluctant to push forward with formal talks out of concern regulators may block the deal because the two companies directly compete with each other." Read the whole story...

  • Spotify Eyes IPOQZ.com

    It is looking increasingly likely that Spotify will take the big public plunge before the end of the year. “The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO,” Quartz reports, citing sources. “The 6-year-old service may start holding formal meetings as early as next month in anticipation of an offering in autumn.”
     
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  • Aereo: We'll Win Supreme Court Case Or DisappearFierce Cable.com

    Aereo has no Plan B if it loses its copyright battle with broadcasters in the Supreme Court, writes Jim Barthold. In that case, it will probably go out of business, according to an interview with the company's CEO, Chet Kanojia. "The deck seems stacked against Aereo," writes Barthold, noting that the Justice Department recently "threw its support behind broadcast networks... in claiming that Aereo gives consumers access to copyright content and doesn't pay licensing fees for that content."

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  • TV Land's First Live Commercials To Star Cast Members From Two ShowsThe New York Times

    It's a "back-to-the-future moment on Madison Avenue," with cast members from two TV Land series starring in the channel's first-ever live commercials (and the first of their kind probably since the 1960s), writes Stuart Elliott. On “Hot in Cleveland," all the main actresses (including TV veteran Betty White) will be pitching the Toyota Highlander, while Niecy Nash, star of “The Soul Man,”  will advertise Bush’s Grillin’ Beans. Read the whole story...

  • What's Wrong With 'The Oregonian' Web Strategy?Gigaom

    Is The Oregonian’s proposed plan to increase Web traffic a step in the wrong direction? Among other critics of the increased emphasis on clicks, Mathew Ingram writes in GigaOm: “A purely traffic-driven approach to digital media can lead to cheap click-bait, and potentially damage the trust that readers have in a publication.” That said, Ingram thinks the paper would be wise to give writers story quotas, encourage reader participation, and “focus on different types of posts -- news posts, engagement posts, aggregation posts, etc.”  
     

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  • 'WSJ' Tries To Avoid Breaking News On TwitterPoynter

    The Wall Street Journal "generally avoid[s]...breaking news on Twitter," noted managing editor Gerard Baker in a speech in London. "We generally break to paying subscribers,” he added. However, that rule is broken on occasion,  one observer noted, pointing out that WSJ did break the story of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death on the social network. Read the whole story...

  • Tarantino Doubles Down On Gawker LawsuitThe Hollywood Reporter

    Far from dismissing his lawsuit against Gawker, Quentin Tarantino and his lawyers now say the publisher “contrived the very ‘news story’ that it now seeks to hide behind.” As The Hollywood Reporter notes, “That would be a Jan. 23 post on Gawker's Defamer blog headlined, "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script," which included a link to a third-party Web site hosting the 146-page script.”
     

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  • Spotify Cuts Service Costs For College KidsSan Jose Mercury News

    How badly does Spotify want in with the U.S. college crowd? So badly that the streaming music startup is halving the cost of its premium service for this valuable demographic. With the $5-a-month deal, “it hopes to entice a generation of music lovers that is more likely to stream music than buy CDs to pay for better features and mobile access,” the Associated Press reports. “Jeff Levick, Spotify's chief marketing and revenue officer, says a similar program in Britain has increased the number of paying Spotify customers over the last year.”
     

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  • TheWrap.com Wins With "Clickier" ContentThe New York Times

    After embracing a “clickier” content strategy, TheWrap.com is now beating out key competitions like Deadline Hollywood and Variety. “Talk about going from fizzle to sizzle,” The New York Times reports. “For the months of December through February … TheWrap attracted an average of 2.8 million unique visitors from United States desktop computers,” NYT writes, citing comScore data. “In the period a year earlier, TheWrap had an average of 755,000 unique visitors.”
     


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  • March Madness Games Garner Record Digital ViewsVariety

    March Madness games generated record Web and mobile views in the first three days of the college basketball tournament, with NCAA March Madness Live service, managed by Turner Sports, tracking 21 million video streams from last Tuesday to Thursday. That's "up 42% versus last year, [with] more than 4 million hours of live video (up 18%), according to Turner, citing data from Omniture, Conviva and Bango," writes Todd Spangler. Read the whole story...

  • 'Business Insider' Welcomes Anthony WeinerThe Huffington Post

    Perhaps as planned, Business Insider’s latest hire is getting a lot of attention. Yes, bringing on Anthony Weiner to pen a political column dubbed “Weiner!” has “wags everywhere digging into their past to find their best 2012-era genital puns,” Huffington Post reports. Henry Blodget, co-founder, CEO and editor-In chief of Business Insider, knows something about reinventions. Once a highflying stock analyst, Blodget was permanently banned from the securities industry after he was charged with civil securities fraud in 2003.
     

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  • 'American Idol' Falls To Ratings LowThe New York Times

    The once-mighty "American Idol" has fallen to "a new ratings low Thursday night, one that would have seemed incomprehensible even two years ago," with a 1.9 for viewers 18 and 49 and "the smallest overall audience — 8.4 million viewers — since a night in July in its first year," writes Bill Carter. Those numbers are "surely a psychological blow to the series, which once routinely hit a double-figure rating in that 18-49 category." Read the whole story...

  • Are Metrics Killing News Media?The New York Times

    With just a dash of disdain, David Carr concedes that metrics-driven media is fundamentally reshaping journalism. But, whether the shift is ultimately good or bad for reporters -- and the publishers than employ them -- is anyone’s guess. “Depending on your perspective, the trend could be a long overdue embrace of the realities of the publishing landscape, or one more step down the road to perdition,” Carr writes in The New York Times. “Just because something is popular does not make it worthy, but ignoring audience engagement is a sure route to irrelevance.”
     

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  • Viacom, Tumblr, Team For Co-Branded CampaignsAdweek

    Viacom is teaming up officially with blogging platform Tumblr to create co-branded campaigns for shows and events, starting with the MTV Movie Awards. Reportedly, Viacom is the first company to have such a formal agreement with the social platform, writes Sam Thielman. Read the whole story...

  • Study: TV Subscriptions Fall By Almost Quarter-MillionBloomberg

    The U.S. pay TV market is declining, with more than a quarter of a million users of cable, satellite or fiber services pulling the plug in 2013, according to an SNL Kagan report. "If the slide continues in the coming years, that means 2012 was the industry’s high point," writes Edmund Lee. Read the whole story...

  • NY Gov Cuomo Could Undo Comcast-TWC MergerNew York Post

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to state rules that would "put the onus on Comcast to prove that its mega-merger with TWC is in the public interest" and give New York state's Public Service Commission "much greater oversight of the proposed cable combo, making it almost impossible to finalize," according to sources cited by New York Post reporters. Read the whole story...

  • Top-Rated 'Walking Dead' Gets First Broadcast Run In FallThe Hollywood Reporter

    AMC's"The Walking Dead" will expand its reach beyond cable to broadcast this fall, with each new episode appearing on MyNetworkTV one night a week. "This first off-net deal for [the top-rated show] comes at the end of its fourth season as it hits 51 episodes," writes Michael O'Connell. Read the whole story...

  • CBS Outdoor Americas Files IPOBloomberg

    CBS filed an initial public offering for its Outdoor Americas division in a bid to raise as much as $560 million by selling 20 million shares for $26 to $28 apiece. The parent company will still own 83% afterward. "About 47% of the company’s billboards and transit displays are in New York while 13% are in Los Angeles,  according to today’s filing," writes James Callan. Read the whole story...

  • Why And How Data-Driven Journalism Is BoomingUSA Today

    Data-driven journalism is booming, with news organizations "pouring money into recruiting talent and expanding their menu of stories derived from a mix of sophisticated number crunching, explanatory narratives and interactive graphics that weren't possible in the old days of print," writes Roger Yu.

    Besides the fame of Nate Silver, known for "his eerily accurate prediction of President Obama's victory in the 2012 election," other reasons for this trend include the relatively cheaper cost of "software that processes data and turn them into attractive graphics," as well as the fact that "cloud technology — storing information on remote servers — has lowered the price of storing massive loads of data," writes Yu. Read the whole story...

  • Weather Channel Launches Morning Show New York Magazine

    The timing couldn't be better for the Weather Channel's just-launched morning show, "AMHQ," according to John Swanburg. "The weather hasn’t just been bad this winter—it’s been Book of Revelations bad." And "no other news organization has the Weather Channel’s ability to cover the nasty stuff." Still, "even in these perilous weather times, there are stretches when the worst things on the five-day forecast are some partly cloudy skies." Swanburg looks at the direction the channel is taking, including some dubious decisions like naming winter storms. Read the whole story...

  • Publisher: 'NY Times' Definitely Not For SaleThe Street

    Despite rumors to the contrary, The New York Times is not for sale, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper's fourth-generation publisher and chairman, said at a Media Matters event at Harvard University. "Rather than looking for an exit strategy, Sulzberger said he and [cousin and vice-chairman Michael] Golden are grooming six members of the fifth generation of the Ochs-Sulzberger family to eventually take over the company once he retires, a development the chairman hastened to add isn't coming anytime soon," writes Leon Lazaroff.
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  • Study: Native Ads Could Threaten Consumer Trust In PublishersAdvertising Age

    Data from a new Nielsen/InPowered study "raises serious questions over whether native advertising threatens to upend th[e] trust publishers have earned with their audience," writes Steve Rubel. In the study, "85% of consumers said they seek out "trusted content" [third-party articles by journalists] and 67% said it drives their buying decisions," creating  "a 15% lift in purchase intent vs.... only 8% for branded content on company/product web sites." Read the whole story...

  • Hearst's 'Marie Claire' Launches New York-Distributed OffshootAdweek

    Hearst's Marie Claire introduced what it's calling a "pop-up magazine": Branché, "which loosely translates to “plugged in” in French," and will be distributed by Hearst employees throughout New York's "trendy neighborhoods" and "well-trafficked areas... such as Times Square," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Created as "an insider’s guide to New York style, culture and food and nighttime hot spots," the 40-page free book is half ads, with advertisers including H&M, Guess, and Macy's. Expect a new version in the fall. Read the whole story...

  • Study: Digital Ad Spend Will Surpass TV's Ad Take By 2018Media Life Magazine

    By 2018, digital ad spend will overtake television, the one medium that's that’s "long been out ahead of everything else," according to an eMarketer study cited by Bill Cromwell. The forecast pits TV ahead by "by a very small margin, 36.4 percent to 36.1 percent." Read the whole story...

  • Zuckerberg Calls Out Obama Over Electronic SpyingReuters

    Playing activist and agitator, Mark Zuckerberg says he called President Barack Obama to condemn the U.S. government's electronic surveillance practices. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Facebook’s CEO writes in post on his Facebook page. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”
     

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  • Pay TV Carriers Avoid New Dodgers Network Because Of CostThe Wall Street Journal

    Another carriage fee issue is brewing in the pay-TV world -- this time over SportsNet LA, the new Dodgers-owned cable channel. Every pay-TV distributor except one is balking at the price to carry the network, "the highest-ever carriage fee for a regional sports channel of its kind, with a monthly charge per subscriber beginning at more than $4 and likely escalating to over $5 in coming years," according to sources cited by Matthew Futterman. The one exception to the shutout is Time Warner Cable, "which was involved in the formation of the network through an $8.3 billion media-rights deal." Read the whole story...

  • Reader's Digest Gets Fourth New CEO Since 2011: Bonnie KintzerFolio

    Reader's Digest is getting its fourth CEO in three years -- Bonnie Kintzer, most recently CEO of  Women's Marketing Inc., who will take over for current company head Bob Guth April 7. Guth just announced his departure. Read the whole story...

  • Report: Sean Combs To Bid $200M For Fuse NetworkBloomberg

    Hip-hop artist and mogul Sean Combs has put in a $200 million bid for the Fuse cable TV channel, according to sources cited by Bloomberg reporters. If his bid is accepted, "he would convert Fuse, owned by Madison Square Garden Company, (MSG), into Revolt TV, which has backing from Comcast Corp." Read the whole story...

  • Web's Inventor Calls For Online "Bill Of Rights"The Guardian

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Web’s inventor, is calling for an online “bill of rights” to protect the Web from government and corporate abuse. “Berners-Lee's Magna Carta plan is to be taken up as part of an initiative called ‘the Web we want,’ which calls on people to generate a digital bill of rights in each country -- a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations,” The Guardian reports.
     

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  • 'WSJ' Introduces Native Ad DivisionCapital New York

    The Wall Street Journal launched its content marketing division, WSJ.Custom Studios, with a three-month campaign for Brocade using  "a native advertising component called Narratives, the content of which will live on wsj.com but will be 'clearly and compellingly delineated from news and editorial content,' according to [an] announcement," writes Joe Pompeo. "The move shows the Journal wading into waters that managing editor Gerard Baker had previously described as a 'Faustian pact' between news outlets and brands." Read the whole story...

  • Too Much To Watch: TV's New Golden Age Excess Of RichesThe New York Times

    There's too much good stuff to watch on TV now to keep up, complains David Carr in this piece about an "excess of excellence that is fundamentally altering my media diet and threatening to consume my waking life in the process." In fact, "the growing intellectual currency of television has altered the cultural conversation in fundamental ways. Water cooler chatter is now a high-minded pursuit, not just a way to pass the time at work." Read the whole story...

  • Report: U.K. Mobile Ad Spend To Overtake Newspaper Ads For First TimeFinancial Times

    This year's ad spend for mobile devices will overtake spend for newspapers in the U.K. for the first time, according to an eMarketer report. "The forecast underscores a rapid shift in marketing budgets towards smartphones and tablets, as well as a long-running decline in print media," writes Robert Cookson. Read the whole story...

  • 'New York' Mag Expands Vulture Brand Into Live FestivalAdweek

    New York magazine just dialed down its print presence to biweekly status, but it's now upping its, um, live presence with the launch of The Vulture Festival, 16 events planned for May 10-11 at Milk Studios  "meant to bring the [magazine's entertainment] site's pop culture sensibility to life," writes Lucia Moses. The festival will "offer everything from interviews to live discussions to performances, with a heavy focus on TV but including music and theater as well." Read the whole story...

  • Majority Of Millennials In Study Still Not Cord-CuttersMultichannel News

    Seventy-five percent of Millennials surveyed in a recent study said they still pay for TV through a traditional cable or satellite company, according to Verizon Digital Media Services ("the company’s cloud video unit," not affiliated with its Fios network, but still....) "And most (64%) also pay for an online streaming subscription, versus 33% of surveyed non-Millennials," writes Jeff Baumgartner. "Only 14% of the Millennials surveyed said they had never watched TV from an online source, versus 44% among non-Millennials." Read the whole story...

  • Ezra Klein Debuts Vox.com, New Media DietNew York Magazine

    Ezra Klein wants consumers to eat their vegetables. Yes, the star journalist who recently left the Washington Post to launch a new media venture at Vox Media, plans to make the "vegetables" of the news world -- those stories people don’t read despite their health value -- tastier. Previously know only as "Project X,” Klein’s site has been named Vox.com. “The editors also hint at a new format they're developing to put the news in context,” New York magazine writes of the new site.
     

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  • NBCU To Host Upfronts For Combination Of Cable NetsThe New York Times

    NBCUniversal will host an upfront event for a combination of its 17 cable channels, which include Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy and USA Network, for the 2014-2015 TV season -- unlike the last several years, when NBCU hosted its cable upfronts separately. "The rethinking of how NBCUniversal goes to the upfront market... came after the company reorganized its advertising sales operations by content (that is, entertainment, live programming, lifestyle) to better reflect how marketers now buy commercial time," writes Stuart Elliott. Read the whole story...

  • 'Forbes' To Publish Central American VersionTalking Biz News

    Forbes will begin publishing a Central American edition in March "featuring the wealthiest people in the region," writes Chris Roush. Read the whole story...

  • First Major TV Ad For Medical Marijuana Runs On Comcast NetsThe Verge

    What's reportedly the first-ever major TV commercial for medical marijuana has begun running on Comcast networks including CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, AMC, and Discovery, in New Jersey and Chicago this week. The spot, for MarijuanaDoctors.com, will air in Massachusetts next week, writes Jacob Kastrenakes. Read the whole story...

  • NewsmaxTV To Launch In June As 'Kinder, Gentler Fox'Bloomberg Businessweek

    This June will see the launch of NewsmaxTV, a 24-hour cable news channel designed as "a kinder, gentler Fox," says Christopher Ruddy, CEO and founder of conservative media company Newsmax Media. “Our goal is to be a little more boomer-oriented, more information-based rather than being vituperative and polarizing,” Ruddy told writer Karl Taro Greenfeld. Read the whole story...

  • Why Alt Weeklies Should SurviveThe New York Times

    While local alternative weekly newspapers are fading out, either dead (like The Boston Phoenix) or seriously changed after being bought by a larger corporation (like New York City's Village Voice), they definitely still fulfill a need, writes Baynard Woods, a senior editor at the Baltimore City Paper. Alt weeklies "report on the cultural life of a city in a way that neither big daily papers nor websites can." Read the whole story...

  • 'NY Times' To Launch News Digest, Recipe AppsThe Telegraph

    The New York Times will debut three digital offerings that cost less than a full digital subscription in the next few months,  including a news digest app and a recipe app, in what the paper's head of digital products calls an "unbundling” of the paper, writes Christopher Williams. Read the whole story...

  • Is Digital Privacy A Luxury?The New York Times

    As it turns outs, privacy is not an inalienable right, and, to get it, U.S. consumers will have to pay an ever increasing premium. Yes, that’s the new reality of American life, according to reporter and author Julia Angwin. “In our data-saturated economy, privacy is becoming a luxury good,” Angwin writes in the opinion pages of The New York Times. “After all, as the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product … And currently, we aren’t paying for very much of our technology.”
               

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  • CBS To Launch Dynamic Ad Program For On-Demand ShowsBloomberg

    CBS will begin selling new dynamic ads for shows being seen on-demand three days after their broadcast with original ads. These commercials  "will appear on Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. systems in a few weeks, followed shortly by Cox Communications Inc. and Bright House Networks LLC," writes Andy Fixmer. NBC and Fox already insert new ads into on-demand shows, "giving marketers the flexibility to change commercials on short notice." Read the whole story...

  • FCC Fines NBCU, ESPN, Viacom $1.9M For Airing Spot With Emergency Alert SoundsTVTechnology

    The Federal Communications Commission fined NBCU, ESPN and Viacom a total of $1.9 million for running an ad on their networks  for the movie "Olympus Has Fallen that used the warning sounds of the nationwide Emergency Alert System -- a strict no-no according to FCC rules. Read the whole story...

  • Why Companies Can't Rely On Acquisitions AloneFast Company

    Whether its social, video, or programmatic technology, acquisitions are often the best way for firms to round out and update their marketing services. According to Om Malik, however, long-term success requires a willingness to build from within. “The strategy today is simple,” Malik writes in Fast Company. “In order to move fast, build what you can't buy or risk losing control of your fate and becoming the next Palm, Motorola, or HTC.”
     


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  • 'Washington Post' Close To Running Native Ads In Print EditionAdweek

    The Washington Post is close to selling a version of its native ad program, WP BrandConnect, "that will run in the printed newspaper," and is running the first campaign -- for PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group -- that will appear as part of newspaper's mobile news stream, writes Lucia Moses. BrandConnect is  "adopting the multimedia, longform template" long used in editorial features, though it will be labeled sponsored content and "use a different background color and font from the newsroom's," adds Moses. Read the whole story...

  • Limited Print Edition Of 'Newsweek' To Go On SaleThe New York Times

    Real print copies of Newsweek will be back on the newsstands on Friday, priced at a far-from-cheap $7.99 per issue. The mag's current publisher, IBT Media, is positioning it as a "luxury product" meant to support the digital edition with a modest print run of 70,000 copies per issue, says Etienne Uzac, one of IBT's founders. Read the whole story...

  • Allstate To Sponsor CNN Docuseries With Native-Like AdsVariety

    In a sort of TV take on native advertising, Allstate will sponsor "Chicagoland," an eight-part documentary set to premiere on CNN later this week, with ads shot to look like they're "in the fabric" of the show, as a director of marketing at the insurance company notes. "In the first ad break, Tom Wilson, Allstate’s chairman, president and CEO, will appear and talk directly to viewers about the program," writes Brian Steinberg. Read the whole story...

  • 'Food&Wine' Launches FWx, Site For MillennialsAdweek

    Time Inc.'s Food & Wine mag is introducing a site targeted to Millennials, FWx, "designed responsively with smartphones in mind, with a heavy emphasis on content related to eating and going out," writes Lucia Moses. Contributors include less-traditional folks like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" writer Noah Kaufman. Read the whole story...

  • Survey: More Americans Would Rather Give Up TV Than InternetMashable

    More Americans would rather give up TV than the Internet, with 46% in a new Pew Research study saying that the Web would be the hardest technology for them to forego, with cell phones no. 2 and TV the third. That's a change from a few years ago, when TV was the no. 1 item Americans refused to give up. Read the whole story...

  • ESPN Debuts 15 College Conference ChannelsVariety

    ESPN is launching 15 national channels for that same number of college athletic conferences, "stocked with live events and on-demand replays – streamed over the Internet, initially to Apple TV and Roku devices," writes Todd Spangler. Read the whole story...

  • Netflix Revenue Higher Than Many Cable Channels (Not HBO, Yet)Re/code

    Netflix, which "makes no bones about the fact that it wants to be HBO," is actually "closing in on the pay channel, at least in terms of revenue: Last year, Netflix’s streaming business generated $3.5 billion, while HBO made $4.9 billion from subscription fees," writes Peter Kafka. And Netflix revenue already outpaces that of other big cable channels, such as AMC, Starz and Showtime. Read the whole story...

  • Amazon Music Coming Soon (Or Not)Re/code

    Rumored for some time, Amazon is reportedly closer than ever to launching a music service. Amazon is engaged in “more serious talks” with big music labels about a Spotify-like music subscription service -- which would likely tie into its Prime delivery service -- sources tell Re/Code. Yet, “one label source reports that Amazon isn’t close to getting a deal done, because its executives are asking for a substantial discount on the pricing the labels have given to other services.”
     

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  • Analysis: TV Execs Must Be Cheering Non-Obscure Oscar NomsThe New Yorker

    After some years of obscure movies being feted during the Academy Awards, TV executives should be happy about the slate of nominees up for Best Picture and Best Actor nominations in Sunday's telecast: "We now have nine good movies jostling for Best Picture; we have a cluster of major stars" and "a box-office that is worthy of the occasion," writes Anthony Lane. His slightly tongue-in-cheek analysis of the Oscars begins with a snappy lead well worth reading, all about a deer urinating on Adam Sandler's face (trust us; you gotta be there). Read the whole story...

  • Agencies Will Help Brands Tweet During OscarsAdweek

    Yes, there will be branded tweets during Sunday's Academy Awards broadcast. "A quick poll of agencies showed that they'll be helping many more clients attempt real-time this weekend compared to '13," writes Christopher Heine. "And their performance on the Twitter stage could influence real-time marketing budgets for the rest of the year." Read the whole story...

  • Why Web Sites Are Going Grid CrazyThe Atlantic Wire

    The “White Text on Gray Rectangles School” of news site design is having of a moment, The Atlantic observes. But, it’s not because the layout is particularly responsive, according to Ethan Marcotte, whom The Atlantic considers the godfather of responsive Web design. Rather, “the grid … lets [publishers] ‘promote’ many stories above the fold -- to showcase the work of many writers on the Web site’s most prominent page.” Plus, “the grid also looks like some popular social networks.”
     

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  • Icahn Turns Up Heat On EBayBusiness Insider

    Activist investor Carl Icahn is stepping up his efforts to shake up eBay. In a new letter, “Icahn goes after board member Scott Cook -- who runs a company that Ichan argues is a competitor,” Business Insider reports. As Icahn writes, “Having Mr. Cook on the board while planning PayPal’s future is akin to having Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks, sitting in when the Denver Broncos were constructing their game plan for the Super Bowl (then again, maybe he did).”
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  • Get Up To Speed On Don Draper's Journey In Two Minutes!Adweek

    Getting excited about the return of AMC's "Mad Men" April 13? Then watch this network promo that nicely encapsulates the key moments  of the show, including a glimpse of dearly departed Lane Pryce -- and, in what we'd call a sexist bit of cropping, only the naked back and then spread legs of Linda Cardellini's Sylvia. (But, hey, one could argue that she's functioning here as sexual plot device, so that's all that's required.) Read the whole story...

  • Who'll Be In Oscars' 'Memoriam' Sequence? Tougher Call Than Usual The Wrap

    It's a tougher year than usual for making the always-controversial decision of who will be featured in the Academy Awards' "In Memoriam" sequence honoring those who died, since the list includes 27 deceased Oscar nominees and winners -- and time allows for only about 30 folks to be included, which could mean leaving out "two past presidents of the Academy, a producer who is tied for the most Best Picture wins of all time... and the man whose name is on the theater in which the Oscars are held," writes Steve Pond. Read the whole story...

  • 'Self' Mag Debuts Branded Frozen Food LineAdweek

    Self magazine is launching a line of branded frozen foods: "eight health-conscious entrées" that "aspire to be high-end" in keeping with parent company Condé Nast's heritage, so are priced at around $4.99, writes Emma Bazilian. Yep, it's a first for the glossy publisher.  The Self Healthy Kitchen Line, a partnership with Benevida Foods CEO and chef Calvin Harris, "is rolling out to 2,900 stores across 37 states, including Kroger, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods' Northwest locations," according to Bazilian. Read the whole story...

  • 'New York' Mag Publishes First Biweekly IssueWomen's Wear Daily

    The first biweekly edition of New York magazine is on newsstands today, launching a regular six-page fashion spread. That's the only specific change mentioned in this interview with magazine Editor In Chief Adam Moss, who notes that “The decision to go biweekly was just a moment when we rethought the whole magazine. And to say we rethought the whole magazine isn’t to say we changed the whole magazine, but we did think about every part of it." Read the whole story...

  • NBC Orders Jennifer Lopez Series For 2015 SeasonThe Hollywood Reporter

    "Shades of Blue," a drama starring Jennifer Lopez and produced by Ryan Seacrest, is going straight to broadcast for the 2015-16 season at NBC. The network ordered 13 episodes of the show about "a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read the whole story...

  • Time Inc.'s 'All You' Expands Newsstand Distribution Beyond WalmartAdweek

    In April All You, a Time Inc. women's magazine, is expanding its distribution outside of Walmart, where it was on sale exclusively for 10 years, to outlets including Barnes & Noble, Target and Kroger. The pub also raised its rate base by 50,000 copies. Read the whole story...

  • Roku Mulls IPOBloomberg

    Roku, which makes set-top boxes connecting TVs to the Internet, is "weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter," writes Bloomberg reporters. No formal decision has been made yet, but "Roku recently spoke with banks about the possibility of doing an IPO." Read the whole story...

  • Independent Cable Nets Divided On Comcast MergerAdweek

    Everybody else has chimed in with reactions to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, so here are opinions from an industry segment very directly affected: independent cable channels, which will each "have to negotiate [with the larger entity] on their own individual merits," writes Sam Thielman. Ovation, which was dropped by Time Warner Cable for a while, is in favor of the deal, while health and lifestyle network Veria Living is less happy: "I think there needs to be an aggressive approach from the government in putting conditions on this merger," says Eric Sherman, Veria CEO. Read the whole story...

  • 'Maxim' Sues Darden For Bungled Buyout AttemptNew York Post

    Alpha Media Group, Maxim's parent company, is suing media mogul Calvin Darden Sr. "over the $31 million buyout of the glossy men’s mag that was bungled by his alleged scammer son," writes New York Post reporters. "The $38 million suit follows last week’s arrest of Darden’s son, 39-year-old Calvin Darden Jr. by the Feds." Read the whole story...

  • Ads With Same-Sex Couples Abound, Some Making Tolerance Message During OlympicsNew York Times

    February has been a big month for debuts of ad campaigns featuring same-sex couples, from a Banana Republic print ad to the Coca-Cola spot that aired both during the Super Bowl and opposite the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. That placement, along with two Chevrolet Olympics ads featuring same-sex couples, were presumably meant to send a message of inclusion opposed to the Russian government's anti-gay policy -- though a spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliances Against Defamation said Olympics sponsors could have gone further and made a direct message condemning Russian policies. Read the whole story...

  • Amazon Readying Set-Top BoxRe/code

    As expected, Amazon is reportedly readying its own Web TV box, which will run Google’s Android operating system. “Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again,” Re/Code reports, citing sources. Competing directly with Apple and Roku, “An Amazon box will allow its customers to easily watch [Amazon content] stuff on their TVs.” An Amazon set-top box was originally expected to launch, last year.
     

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  • In Defense Of Hard PaywallsColumbia Journalism Review

    Though increasingly rare, “hard paywalls” -- which deny readers even a taste of digital content without paying subscription fees -- can work. Take The Times of London, which -- along with sister paper The Sunday Times -- have 153,000 digital subscribers paying upwards of $10 a week. “That adds up, very roughly, to $60 million a year in paywall revenue,” Ryan Chittum writes in The Audit, Columbia Journalism Reviews’ business section. “And digital subscribers are still growing at a healthy clip, up 38% from two years ago.”
     

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  • Fosun Likely To Buy 'Forbes' For Less Than $250MThe Deal

    Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd., front-runner to buy Forbes Media, will most likely pay "a much lower price than private equity minority stakeholder Elevation Partners LP was hoping to receive" -- probably less than $250 million for the magazine, writes Jonathan Marino.

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  • 'NY Times' Eliminates Programmatic Ad Director JobAdvertising Age

    The New York Times' first programmatic advertising director, Matt Prohaska, has been let go, noting that his job "has been eliminated," reports Tim Peterson. Prohaska was hired less than a year ago. "His exit is a bit surprising given The New York Times' embrace of automated ad sales under advertising boss Meredith Kopit Levien," writes Peterson. Stiil, the paper "has also embraced new so-called native ads that appear to be the polar opposite of ads sold programmatically." Read the whole story...

  • Content Pirates Rolling In Ad DollarsVentureBeat

    Last year, Web sites that specialize in pirated content took home about a quarter of a billion dollars in advertising, according to a new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance. More startling still, “The 30 largest pirate sites -- the report focused on movie and TV content -- will make an average of $4.4 million annually from ads,” Venture Beat reports, citing the DCA’s data. “Since their content is priceless, literally, these sites can have profit margins in the vicinity of 80 percent to 94 percent.”


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  • GQ Mulling Retail VenturesWomen's Wear Daily

    Conde Nast's GQ magazine's partnerships with various retailers, most recently men’s wear pop-up market Northern Grade, is part of a larger effort to expand revenue streams, with "perhaps an e-commerce or brick-and-mortar grab" in the future, writes Alexandra Steigrad. Read the whole story...

  • AP Microsites Shine During Winter OlympicsPoynter

    The AP’s ongoing efforts to provide members with white-label sports-based microsites are reaching new heights with the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “Around 600 news organizations -- mostly newspapers but also radio and TV stations -- are taking advantage of customizable, AP-hosted Web content for the Olympics,” Poynter reports. “Each news outlet with an AP membership can add AP widgets to its homepage or sports page, and those widgets link to an individually branded microsite containing AP content.”
     

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  • Bravo Orders Its First Scripted SeriesThe Wrap

    Bravo ordered the series "Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” starring former  "House" star Lisa Edelstein, as its first scripted show. So far two other attempts at the scripted genre so far have not worked out for the cabler known for its reality shows. Read the whole story...

  • Vice/FremantleMedia Forge Foodie BrandVariety

    Expanding into new territory, Vice Media and FremantleMedia are co-creating a multichannel food platform for millennials. “Initially, the [joint venture] will be a Web channel on Vice, but the project is structured to leverage FremantleMedia’s position to sell the content to TV networks globally,” Variety reports. “The Vice food vertical will comprise a mix of video, articles, how-tos, recipes and events.”
     

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  • New Approach To Figure Skating Coverage Brings Good Ratings For NBCAwfulAnnouncing.com

    NBC is getting positive early ratings for its new-this-year approach to covering figure skating in the Winter Olympics: airing all the performances in the competitions during the day, and selective taped coverage in prime time, with a different set of announcers for each daypart, reports Ken Fang. He also reviews the performance of the new announcers, who include former Olympics skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir -- whom he calls "delightful." Read the whole story...

  • Studios Spend Lavishly In Final Ad Push For Oscar-Nominated FilmsThe Wrap

    In the final weeks of the race to win Academy Awards, movie studios are spending lavishly on ads for both Best Picture  -- and even on "campaigns like the one for 'Despicable Me 2,' which received animated-feature and original-song nominations," writes Steve Pond. In fact, "one veteran of the Oscar wars estimates that this could be the most expensive year ever..." In his post, Pond also decodes the messages in these final ad campaigns -- like "Marty and Leo kick butt" for "The Wolf of Wall Street." Read the whole story...

  • CBS Orders 'CSI' Spinoff Focused On CybercrimeVulture/New York Magazine

    Cybercrime will be the topic of a new spinoff of CBS' "CSI" franchise. Not sure if this is the official name, but Margaret Lyons floated "CSI: The Internet" in her report. Read the whole story...

  • Google To Glass Users: Don't Be A "Glasshole!"Cnet

    Google is investing ample resourses into Glass, so it doesn’t want a few “glassholes” -- people who use the headgear to annoying and/or creepy ends -- ruining it for everyone. Trying to curb such bad behavior, Google has released an etiquette guide for Glass “explorers,” i.e., beta-testers. “Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy,” Google suggests. In the words of CNet’s Chris Matyszczy: “Google is keen to help the nerds assimilate with the world as it sadly is.”
     

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  • 'Hadar,' Fashion Pub For Orthodox Jewish Woman, Set To Publish JNS.org

    Who knew? The third edition of "Hadar," (English translation: "Glorious"), an upscale fashion magazine for Orthodox Jewish women, is coming out "just after Purim," (after March 16), "available for $3.99 in stores throughout the New York/New Jersey area and for purchase online," writes Maayan Jaffee. Owner/content director Bari Weizman is "reaching out to and sometimes securing national advertisers." Read the whole story...

  • Disney To Buy Discovery? Comcast Deal Could Accelerate More Cable Biz M&A The New York Times

    Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable, announced last week, would create a behemoth that "could touch off a once-in-a-generation frenzy of deal-making," among cable networks and other cable operators, writes David Gelles. Among the possibilities discussed here: Disney buying Discovery, Viacom "consumed into a larger entity,” according to an analyst, and other cable operators like Charter, Cox and Cablevision consolidating. Read the whole story...

  • New Comcast Deal Might Hurt Cord-CuttersThe New York Times

    "But can cord cutters truly escape the cord? And are they, in fact, saving much money at all?" "No" would seem to be the answer to both these questions, especially in light of last week's announcement that Comcast would be buying Time Warner Cable, writes Farhad Manjoo. "Critics of the... deal argue that it will eventually give Comcast the power to raise prices for its broadband and cable TV services and especially to hold its Internet-only subscription prices so close to its TV-and-Internet prices that few people will see much use in declaring their cable independence." Read the whole story...

  • Google, Apple Eye Wearable Tech Maker Basic ScienceTechCrunch

    Trying to fortify their wearable tech efforts, Apple and Google are reportedly eying Basis Health Tracker Watch maker Basic Science. “We’ve heard that the company has been shopping itself around over the past few weeks and has spoken to Google, Apple and possibly Samsung and Microsoft about a potential sale,” TechCrunch reports. “The price we’ve heard for any possible activity is ‘sub-hundred million.’”
     

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  • How Big Are GoPro's Media Ambitions?Engadget

    While its brand is synonymous with a little block of hardware, GoPro’s greater ambitions are to establish itself as a media giant. “It's got all the hallmarks of a burgeoning media company, which is no panacea, but it's certainly an area that sets the stage for ongoing expansion,” Engadget reports, noting the parallels between GoPro and brand-cum-media maven Red Bull. “At the moment, GoPro curates everything on its channel -- but it's clearly aware of the large, untapped store of media out there.”
     

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  • Pandora Targeting Ads By Political PreferenceThe Wall Street Journal

    Next week, Pandora is expected to start letting advertisers target listeners based on their perceived political leanings. To do so, “The company matches election results with subscribers' musical preferences by Zip Code,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Then, it labels individual users based on their musical tastes and whether those artists are more frequently listened to in Democratic or Republican areas.”
     

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  • Yahoo Buys Video Platform DistillComputerworld

    Yahoo just bought collaborative video interview platform Distill. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it mostly likely required a little pocket change from Yahoo. Now, “the staff from Distill will be working at Yahoo in mobile advertising,” Computerworld reports. “The Distill staff said they will be drawing on their expertise from their stint at Tapjoy ‘to help build out Yahoo's mobile advertising solutions.’”
     

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  • 'The Week' Licenses Middle East EditionMedia Week

    The Week is licensing a Middle East edition of itself with United Arab Emirates publisher Motivate. The company already publishes a U.S. and U.K. version, and shuttered an Australian edition in fall of 2012. Read the whole story...

  • Apple Rethinking TV PlansWall Street Journal

    Rather than license TV programming for its own Web-based TV service, Apple is reportedly working with media companies and pay TV distributors on the launch of a branded set-top box. “In the current discussions, which involve at least two big media companies, Apple envisages working with cable companies, rather than competing against them,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “For programming, it would rely on cable providers to acquire programming rights from media companies, rather than acquire them on its own.”

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  • How 'USA Today' Will Double Its Circulation This YearThe Wrap

    USA Today Publisher Larry Kramer says the paper will double its print circulation this year through its partnership with "Gannett’s 80 other regional papers, placing full sections of USA Today editorial content and advertising in Gannet’s top newspapers," writes Sharon Waxman. ”USA Today appearing in a local newspaper is like NBC News appearing on the local affiliates airwaves," Kramer tells Waxman, and he plans to "extend USA Today’s brand into regional newspapers not owned by Gannett." Read the whole story...

  • Are Apple, Amazon And Google Here To Stay?The New York Times

    What digital platforms and gadgets are going to survive the test of time? It’s a critical investment question for consumers and marketers alike. The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo thinks he has the answer. Along with attention to quality, “the point is to minimize the danger of getting locked into any one company’s ecosystem,” he writes. To do so, he strongly suggesting betting on Apple for hardware, Google for digital services and Amazon for content.
     

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  • Barbie To Appear In 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Edit & AdAdweek

    Mattel's iconic doll Barbie will appear in both the edit and ad sections of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, posing for a feature spread as well as an advertorial centered around the doll's "new '#unapologetic' campaign, which celebrates Barbie’s (sometimes divisive) role in society," writes Emma Bazilian. Read the whole story...

  • Newspapers' Decline Sign? Former 'Times' Editor's Move To Online Journalism Gawker

    The fact that former New York Times editor and columnist Bill Keller is leaving the Gray Lady to lead online journalism startup The Marshall Project "is a great flashing sign that reads, 'Newspapers are the past,'" writes Hamilton Nolan.  Still, "a former Times editor going to a news startup is a big deal. News startups realizing they shouldn't hire former newspaper editors to lead them will be a bigger deal." Read the whole story...

  • Hearst Unveils New Corporate WebsiteMashable

    Hearst launched a revamped corporate website -- "a highly functional exercise in native self-promotion" of the company's products, not only magazines like Cosmopolitan but 29 TV stations, writes Jason Abbruzzese. Read the whole story...

  • CBS Doubles Its Hulu Plus LibraryVariety

    CBS doubled the number of episodes it's providing to Hulu Plus, to a total of 5,300 on "a multi-year, non-exclusive basis," for such series as  “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “United States of Tara," writes Andrew Wallenstein. Read the whole story...

  • Conde Nast Invests In Programmatic Platform iSocketAdweek

    Condé Nast is investing in programmatic buying platform iSocket -- a sign that "traditional publishers are getting even deeper into automated buying," writes Emma Bazilian. "ISocket revealed today that it has received $5 million in new funding led by Time Warner Investments and Condé Nast..." Read the whole story...

  • Getty Images, Leanin Create Photo Gallery Of More Powerful Women's ImagesMashable

    Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg-co-founded Leanin.org. are partnering to launch a stock photo gallery of "2,500 images that offer more positive and powerful perceptions of women," writes Kurt Wagner. Read the whole story...

  • Report: Charter Plans Hostile Takeover Move For Time Warner CableThe Wall Street Journal

    Charter Communications will begin "one of the biggest recent hostile takeover bids" next week when it nominates "a full slate of candidates for Time Warner Cable Inc.'s 13-member board," according to plans divulged by anonymous sources cited by Wall Street Journal reporters. "Charter, the fourth largest cable operator by subscribers, has been attempting to bring Time Warner Cable, the second biggest cable company, to the negotiating table for a merger deal since late last spring." All three of Charter's offers have been rejected. Read the whole story...

  • Web Rallies To Protest FISA Improvements ActNBC News

    With the National Security Agency squarely in their sights, so-called Web freedom activists are "planning a day of protest against mass surveillance," on Tuesday. “In a movement called ‘The Day We Fight Back,’ thousands of Web sites will host a banner urging people to call Congress in opposition to the FISA Improvements Act, which was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.),” NBC News reports.
     

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  • 'NY Times' Racks Up Three-Quarters Of A Million Digital SubscribersMediabistro

    The New York Times had 760,000 digital subscribers by 2013's Q4, with revenue from digital-only subscribers increasing 36% year-over-year. But "total revenue was essentially flat for the year," writes Chris O'Shea. Read the whole story...

  • Icahn Drops Apple Stock-Buyback PushLos Angeles Times

    Carl Icahn still believes that Apple should redistribute its wealth, but, at least the time being, the famed investor will no long push the matter with shareholders. As such, Icahn said he was dropping his shareholder proposal that would have asked Apple to buy back $50 billion of stock this year. “The move came after an influential advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services, weighed in on the debate by telling shareholders they should vote against Icahn's proposal,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
     

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  • 'WWD' Uses Google Glass To Report On NY Fashion WeekWomen's Wear Daily

    Women's Wear Daily reporters will be wearing Google Glass to cover New York Fashion Week, which will "allow the team to capture videos on the fly and create other interactive content, including GIFs, from behind the scenes," writes Belisa Silva. Read the whole story...

  • First Look Media Launches Snowden-Focused Digital Magazine Politico

    First Look Media, the new journalism venture backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, will launch its first digital magazine next week. Omidyar announced on his web site that it's initial focus will be "in-depth reporting on the classified documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden." The new site will be led by journalists including Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Read the whole story...

  • CNN Shuts Down CNN LatinoYahoo! News

    CNN is shuttering the year-old CNN Latino, the eight-hour programming block of news and lifestyle content targeted to Hispanics, because it failed to reach "business expectations," according to the company. Read the whole story...

  • 'Seventeen' Relaunches YouTube ChannelVariety

    Seventeen magazine is relaunching its YouTube Seventeen Channel with original content from five YouTube personalities, as well as "introducing a related multichannel network for fan-contributed content," writes Todd Spangler. Read the whole story...

  • Report: Six Big Media Firms Control TV Ad PieLos Angeles Times

    "A handful of media giants control the advertising and subscription pies" in the TV biz, an unsurprising conclusion from a new report by Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger. Top six in ad revenue, in order: NBC (with about 20% of the $37 billion market), Disney (17%), Fox (12%), CBS (11%), Viacom (11%) and Time Warner (10%).

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  • How Lame Is 'NY Times' Op-Ed Dept.?New York Observer

    Pretty lame, according to this scathing attack on the Times' editorial department -- a topic that seems oddly timely, considering one of the most hotly debated topics this week was a letter published under the purview of that department: Dylan Farrow's accusation that Woody Allen molested her. Meanwhile, Times executive editor Jill Abramson defends the department, as quoted at length in a post in Capital New York. Read the whole story...

  • How New 'Good Housekeeping' Editor Will Update Veteran PubAdvertising Age

    Jane Francisco, brought in as editor last November to "evolve" the 129-year-old Good Housekeeping, has already revamped the cover's graphic significantly with the March issue, "infused personality into its social-media feeds," and might consider changing the pub's admittedly old-fashioned name, reports Michael Sebastian. More changes should come. Read the whole story...

  • Big Oscar Spenders -- Hyundai, Pepsi -- Drop Out Of This Year's TelecastAdweek

    Hyundai and Coca-Cola  have backed out of sponsoring the Academy Awards this year, after lengthy tenures (five years for the carmaker, eight years for the beverage giant) as exclusive, top-spending advertisers in their categories, according to Anthony Crupi. But these spots were snapped up in short order for the March 2 telecast by General Motors and Pepsi, sources say. Read the whole story...

  • Time Inc. Begins Second Round Of LayoffsAdvertising Age

    Time Inc. began its second round of anticipated staff layoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 4. "The ultimate number of cuts will be less than 500, according to a person familiar with the process," writes Michael Sebastian. Among those leaving: David Geithner, exec VP-president of the Style and Entertainment Group, and Ed Kelly, CEO of American Express Publishing, Read the whole story...

  • Why Big Live Events Like Super Bowl Are Bound To Grow Ratings

    "At a time of atomization in which we all end up down the hobbit holes of our special interests, big live television fulfills" a real human need for group connection, writes David Carr -- a  prime reason why a few events like the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the Oscars have grown ratings each year,  "even as network ratings have dropped 29 percent over the last decade." Read the whole story...

  • Report: Disney, Dish, Close To Settling Ad-Skipping SuitBloomberg

    Walt Disney Co. is close to settling a lawsuit over Dish Network's ad skipping technology, which "could make ad-skipping a regular feature of TV viewing, and ease the tension between Dish and other programmers," according to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg reporters. "By agreeing to let Dish customers skip ads on ABC network programs they have recorded, Disney could receive higher monthly subscriber fees." Read the whole story...

  • Lawsuit Could Kill Conservative Pub 'National Review' The Week

    The almost-60-year-old conservative pub National Review is facing a lawsuit by climate scientist Michael Mann that threatens its survival, writes Damon Linker. Though the magazine "enjoys circulation roughly equivalent to that of The Nation, the American Left's leading journal of opinion, and more than twice that of William Kristol's The Weekly Standard, its primary competition on the Right," it lacks a legal budget large enough to pay a substantial settlement or penalty if it loses the suit. Read the whole story...

  • 'Outside' Magazine Forms Travel DivisonFolio

    Mariah Media's Outside magazine is debuting Outside GO, a division that will book adventure travel trips in partnership with the company Uncharted Outposts. "Destinations and adventure travel are a big editorial category for Outside, making the travel business a somewhat natural revenue extension for the brand," writes Bill Mickey. Read the whole story...

  • Report: Time Inc. To Shut Down 'Executive Travel' MagSkift

    Time Inc. is shuttering Executive Travel, according to reports from Skift, in a move "consistent with press speculation about a large round of layoffs on both the editorial and business sides of Time Inc. titles prior to this spin off," writes Jason Clampet. The high-end travel mag, previously published six times a year, was acquired from American Express Publishing in October. Read the whole story...

  • 'NY Times' Faces Video Quandary: Still Not Enough Content Capital New York

    The New York Times' digital video department "has become an essential component of the company's growth strategy," but is facing a dilemma: "When you're in the business of the type of video that attracts advertisers who pay the big bucks, creating inventory turns out to be an extremely resource-intensive and time-consuming endeavor. Demand can therefore outpace supply," writes Joe Pompeo. Last year, in fact, the pub failed to deliver content for two big video deals -- one with Acura and the other with Microsoft. Pompeo surveys the problem and how the company is aiming to solve it. Read the whole story...

  • Versa Launches Sponsored Op-Ed NetworkTechCrunch

    In another sign that news media ain’t what it used to be, a startup named Versa is launching a network for “sponsored” op-eds. Making its “Featured Perspectives” service possible, Versa just raised additional capital from The Omidyar Network, and other investors. As TechCrunch reports, Versa previously went by the name ElectNext, and specialized in publisher widgets that displayed contextual political data.
     

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  • Print Coupons Still Beat Digital Deals In Moms' StudyAdweek

    Moms are still looking to print rather than digital media for special deals, with 78% of moms surveyed by Womensforum.com depending on print ads and 65% on supermarket circulars to find coupons. Meanwhile, 55% "said they often get coupons online, too," writes Christopher Heine. Read the whole story...

  • Last.fm Taps Spotify For Track PlayerCnet

    Last.fm, CBS Interactive’s Web radio unit, has tapped Spotify to offer users an on-demand track player. Per the pact, Spotify’s playbar is being added to the bottom of Last.fm's site, “where users can play and control any song in Spotify's catalog,” CNet reports. “The inability to play entire catalogs of artists -- something that requires onerous negotiations with labels to reach expensive licensing deals -- has long been a missing link of Last.fm's discovery service.”
     

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  • Hale Global Guts Patch StaffJimRomenesko

    Not wasting any time, Hale Global -- which recently bought a majority stake in Patch from AOL -- has reportedly laid off nearly two-thirds of the service’s editorial staff. And that may be a best-case scenario, considering that some Patch employees are suggesting to Romenesko that 90% of Patch staff are getting kicked to the curb. “Patch senior vice president/revenue Jim Lipuma has also left the company,” Romenesko reports. Officially, Hale Global and AOL created a joint venture to run Patch.
     


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  • Comcast Enjoys Steep Rise In Profits, Subscriber Increases The New York Times

    Good news for Comcast in its Q4 returns: The cable provider and owner of NBCUniversal tracked a 26% increase in net income compared to 2012 numbers, to a total of $1.9 billion. And for the first time in more than 26 quarters, it added 43,000 TV subscribers, reversing a longtime downward spiral. "Comcast’s results met or exceeded estimates across most of its units," writes Ravi Somaiya. Read the whole story...

  • Mag Tracks 1.25M Uniques, Aims For West-Coast Thought-Leader StatusColumbia Journalism Review

    Six-year-old magazine Pacific Standard is tracking its best-ever month of online traffic, 1.25 million unique views, with readers drawn to two different stories, one on online harassment of women, the other a human-interest/trend feature about artisanal toast. Sara Laskow profiles the print and online pub, which aims to overturn the idea that "thought-leader magazines get published on the East Coast, and that’s that." Read the whole story...

  • Apple's TV Ambitions Take Shape9to5Mac

    Still no sign of an actual TV set, but big things are happening within Apple’s TV division. Apple’s Online Store just added an entire Apple TV section, while “the Apple TV is now promoted as a full product line alongside Macs, iPads, iPods, and iPhones,” 9To5Mac reports. The company is also reportedly working on a new set-top-box, “If Apple were to launch such a product in the near-future, it would make sense for it to have a dedicated, unhidden spot on Apple’s online store,” 9To5 reasons.
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  • OMG: 'O' Mag Without Oprah On The Cover?Mediabistro

    According to reports, Oprah Winfrey is considering retiring her post as permanent cover model for Hearst's O magazine -- an idea that causes some fun reactions from commentators here. Then there's this critique on a possible Oprah replacement: " If the publication does indeed choose to 'decorate big letter O’s, depending on the month,' they’re not trying hard enough," writes Richard Horgan. Read the whole story...

  • Dish, DirecTV Team Up To Sell Custom Political AdsReuters

    Satellite TV competitors Dish and DirecTV are partnering to sell customized political ads, using technology that lets them "send one commercial to a 50-year-old swing voter in Florida, while a neighbor would be beamed a different commercial at the same time even if both people were watching the same program," writes Liana B. Baker. In other words, addressable ads -- which could be sold as early as February "in the lead up to the midterm elections in November," writes Baker. Read the whole story...

  • Some Game Companies Pay For Mention On 'Conan,' But Don't Disclose Deal Re/code

    Some videogame companies were paying to be featured in Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" reviews during his TBS late-night talk show, but that fact was not disclosed to the audience because the segments "are not serious reviews nor endorsements — they are strictly comedic sketches,” according to a "Conan" spokesperson questioned by Eric Johnson. In this post, Johnson delves into the ramifications of this finding, concluding that because TBS is owned by Time Warner Inc, which is not a cable operator per se, "it’s not clear how the FCC could take action, even if it got a complaint." Read the whole story...

  • Ezra Klein's New Vox Venture Has Its SkepticsReuters

    Not everyone is sharing in the enthusiasm over Ezra Klein’s decision to launch a new online property under Vox Media. “The Web -- so elemental in making Ezra Klein a big and sudden success -- is also his biggest threat,” Jack Shafer opines on Reuters.com. “Had Klein housed his new operation in a place like ESPN, where Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight now resides, I would be expressing more optimism about his future,” he adds. “ESPN occupies the safest moat in all of media, and as long as Silver anchors his enterprise in its waters, he will be safe.”
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  • Longform Journalism's Next Step: The Story Becomes Publishing Unit?Medium

    "The world needs a new way of publishing and distributing longform journalism," writes Hamish McKenzie. He suggests that "publishers need to shift their emphasis to individual story units," with stories themselves becoming "platforms. Once the story is realized as the central force for reader attention, you can build an experience around it. That experience might include ads, but it might also include software applications, shopping opportunities, financial transactions, and donations." Read the whole story...

  • Report: Olympics Ad Revenue Could Top $1BAdweek

    A Kantar Media report estimates overall ad sales revenue from the Sochi Olympics could add up to a record $1.05 billion, but several factors need to pan out first. First off, "that as many as 11,000 30-second units [are] carved out of the Sochi coverage," writes Anthony Crupi. Current sales numbers? NBC recently "said that it has sold north of $800 million in Olympic ads, adding that it will hold back an undisclosed percentage of available inventory as a hedge against make-goods." Read the whole story...

  • Vox Media Scores Ezra KleinThe New York Times

    Representing a real coup for Vox Media, the publisher of SB Nation and The Verge is bringing on The Washington Post wunderkind Ezra Klein to launch a new title. David Carr sees the move as a “parable of Old Media cluelessness -- allowing a journalism asset to escape who will come back to haunt them.” After years of second-class citizenship, Carr suggests that pure digital media companies like Vox are finally earning the respect of the media establishment.
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  • Grammy Ads Hit Record High Of Almost $1M ApieceBillboard

    Ads for Sunday's Grammys telecast sold for a record high of almost $1 million for a 30-second spot. (OK, that sounds low compared to the $4 million average for a Super Bowl spot -- but still, not exactly chicken feed.) "CBS sold 90% of the ad inventory during its upfront marketplace over the summer to advertisers for an average of $800,000 to $850,000, according to five executives familiar with this year’s buying market," writes Andrew Hampp. Read the whole story...

  • 'NYPost' Pegs Digital Strategist As PresidentCapital New York

    The New York Post’s Grade-A gossip has never been more popular online. In fact, "[It] was a record month for nypost.com and pagesix.com," the Post’s publisher Jesse Angelo told staff in a new memo obtained by Capital. “We saw 14.4 million unique users across desktop and mobile for the month -- up from the previous record of 12.1 million.” The revelation was included in Angelo’s announcement that he is bringing on digital strategist David Brinker as president of the newspaper.
     

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  • Apple Prepping New TV Set-Top-Box9to5Mac

    While the tech world awaits word of an actual Apple television set, the company is reportedly readying a new Apple TV set-top-box. “We are led to believe that the new device, which is said to be a set-top box rather than a full-fledged TV set, will likely be introduced in the first half of 2014,” 9To5Mac reports. “Our sources previously indicated that Apple is experimenting with new input methods for TV-related products, such as motion controls, but it is unclear if that Kinect-like interface is in the cards for this year’s Apple TV product.”
     

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  • 'USA Today' Expands Analysis Of Ads In Super Bowl MeterAdweek

    Partnering with Adobe, USA Today is "adding a layer of analysis" to its Super Bowl Ad Meter program, created in 1989 "to gauge consumers’ responses to TV’s most expensive ads," writes Lucia Moses. This year, results from the viewer voting pool "will be sliced and diced by characteristics including gender, age, geography and household income," writes Moses. Read the whole story...

  • Fox To Test First Super Bowl Streaming AppSports Business Daily

    Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first such game to be streamed through an app, available as a mobile feature of FoxSportsGo.com.  "Like prior Super Bowl streaming efforts by NBC and CBS, Fox will run separate commercials during the live game stream while also offering digital replays of the televised ads," writes Eric Fisher. "Network officials declined to specify ad rates for the digital ads." Read the whole story...

  • Agency Owners Bullish On Acquiring Analytics Firms, Cool To Ad Tech DealsAdweek

    Ad agency and media owners would much rather buy analytics companies than ad tech firms, according to an annual survey by AdMedia Partners. Only 27% of respondents said they wanted to acquire tech companies, as opposed to 61% expressing interest in analytics firms. Read the whole story...

  • TV Icon Bill Cosby To Develop NBC Family ComedyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Bill Cosby, whose "Cosby Show" garnered hit ratings and critical gold for NBC from 1984 to 1992, is re-teaming with the network and with the former producer of his show, Carsey Werner's Tom Werner, to develop a multigenerational family comedy. The show "is being eyed for development outside of the traditional pilot season window," writes Lesley Goldberg. Read the whole story...

  • Hearst To Debut 'Town & Country' U.K., Delays 'Bazaar France'Women's Wear Daily

    Hearst U.K. will debut a British version of Town & Country magazine in May. Harper’s Bazaar France, originally set to launch this year, will instead premiere in 2015 "as it hunts for a new editor in chief, according to industry sources in Paris," Women's Wear Daily reporters write. Publishers for the French edition are Hearst Magazines International and Groupe Marie Claire. Read the whole story...

  • Aristotle Had Virality PeggedThe New Yorker

    As it turns, Aristotle figured out what makes content viral over 2,000 years ago. “The answer, he argued, was three principles: ethos, pathos, and logos,” Maria Konnikova writes in The New Yorker. “Content should have an ethical appeal, an emotional appeal, or a logical appeal.” Konnikova checks in on a couple of researchers at Wharton who are building on Aristotle’s original findings.
     

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  • Time Warner Cable's CEO Stands Firm On Company's Purchase PriceMultichannel News

    Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus is "not negotiating” on terms for the company's purchase, which will not go below $160 per share, he tells Mike Farrell. Last week TWC rejected a $132.50-per-share bid from Charter Communications. Read the whole story...

  • Amazon Exploring Web TV ServiceThe Wall Street Journal

    Amazon is reportedly readying a Web TV service, and has already floated the idea with top networks about licensing their programs. “The new service it has discussed with media companies would offer live TV channels, such as those available now on cable or satellite TV,” The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. “Through its Prime Instant Video service, Amazon now offers various TV shows and movies on demand for subscribers to its Prime free-shipping service.”
     

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  • MSNBC, Christie, Face Public Severing Of Once-Cozy BondThe New York Times

    MSNBC's formerly positive coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as "a Republican who cut against the party grain and lit up the screen with his everyman-ish, Springsteen-loving spontaneity" has, due to Bridgegate, "curdled in a spectacularly public fashion," writes Michael Barbaro and Bill Carter. "Detailed dissections of the case, and a rotating cast of indignant lawmakers from New Jersey, are now a staple of the network’s shows." Meanwhile, Christie cries foul, denouncing MSNBC as "partisan" and "almost gleeful" in its criticism of him.

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  • More Competiton For Weather Channel: AccuWeather Channel To Debut Atlanta Business Chronicle

    AccuWeather Inc. announced it will be launching a 24/7 TV channel -- a move it's been planning for a while, but decided to showcase now in light of the Weather Channel's being pulled off DirecTV due to a carriage dispute last week. Read the whole story...

  • Ad Revenue Up 30% For Puppy Bowl, Cats To Hang Out In Sheba VIP SuiteAdvertising Age

    Ad revenue is up 30% from last year's total for The Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's 10-year-old alternate programming to the Super Bowl -- with nine sponsors, 3 more than in 2013. The newest is AT&T. Also new is a move to appease the cat lovers: a VIP suite sponsored by Sheba cat food, where felines will be around. Read the whole story...

  • HBO Go Coming Soon To PlayStation 3Variety

    HBO Go will be available on Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console soon, the company announced, although it did not specify exactly when. Next will be an app of the broadband video service for the just-released PS4. Read the whole story...

  • Gates Filling Leadership Vacuum At MicrosoftRe/code

    There’s no chance of Bill Gates reclaiming the CEO spot at Microsoft, but, once the company finds a replacement for Steve Ballmer, its founder is expected to play a more prominent role than in recent years. “While some investors have dropped hints in the media that he [along with Ballmer] should head for the exit … [Gates] is more likely to remain visible … as well as more active within the company,” Kara Swisher reports, citing sources. “This is no surprise given Gates’ very active mind.”
     

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  • Ad Regulator Criticizes 'Shape' Mag For 'News'-Labeled AdvertorialThe New York Times

    Advertising regulator National Advertising Division rebuked Shape magazine for a September advertorial labeled "news" that promoted its own product, Shape Water Boosters. The magazine “blurred the line between advertising and editorial content in a way which could confuse consumers,” according to the ruling. But "the publisher said that the ad required no disclosure because a connection between the publication and its branded products was obvious," writes Andrew Adam Newman. Read the whole story...

  • Hollywood Going All DigitalLos Angeles Times

    Stateside, Paramount Pictures just became the first big Hollywood studio to stop releasing major movies on 35-millimeter film. “The studio's Oscar-nominated film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is [its] first movie in wide release to be distributed entirely in digital format,” the Los Angeles Times reports, citing industry execs. “The decision is likely to encourage other studios to follow suit, accelerating a complete phase-out of film that could come by the end of the year.”
     


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  • 'NYTimes' Redesign Gets Mixed ReviewsThe New York Times

    Since its recent redesign, editors at The New York Times claim to have seen a measurable increase in visits to NYTimes.com, as well as time spent by visitors. The paper of record has also experienced its fair share of reader criticism, according to its public editor, Margaret Sullivan. Among other complaints, some readers say the new font is too small; navigating around the site and printing stories have become a chore; and the cartoons are impossible to find.
     

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  • Study: Combined Twitter-TV Ads 35% More Effective Than TV Ads AloneTVUSA.ws

    TV commercials work more effectively when combined with Twitter paid ads, according to a study by MarketShare. In a survey of new mobile service subscribers in the U.K., carriers that used both Twitter and TV ads averaged customer acquisition costs of $85 -- 35% better than the average new customer cost of $131 for TV ads alone.

    “Now more than ever, major brand marketers need to understand the complex interplay between different marketing channels, and online-offline in particular,” said Jon Vein, co-founder and CEO of MarketShare. Read the whole story...

  • Rdio Frees Up Service (With Ads)The Next Web

    On the heels of a similar move by Spotify, Rdio is making its music streaming service free to all US Web users. “In other words, you can access the company’s over 20 million songs, as well as albums, playlists and stations from any computer without paying a dime,” The Next Web reports. In addition, “Rdio says it has added ‘in-stream messaging’ (read: ads) to its Web service.”
     

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  • Capital New York To Debut Monthly Print MagAdvertising Age

    Capital New York is launching a free monthly print version Jan. 27 with a small run (about 8,000 copies) distributed in Manhattan and Albany. The move "underscores a growing if limited embrace of print among digital-only media properties, with several Web sites introducing some version of a physical magazine," including Capital sibling Politico and the upcoming print revival of the presently digital-only Newsweek, writes Michael Sebastian. Read the whole story...

  • Yahoo Loses Editor-in-ChiefRe/code

    It’s turning out to be a tough week for Yahoo and CEO Marissa Mayer. Following the firing of COO Henrique De Castro -- one of Mayer’s first major hires --Yahoo’s Editor-in-Chief Jai Singh just quit. Even worse, as Kara Swisher sees it, is Mayer’s decision to put CMO Kathy Savitt in charge of the media unit. “Appointing a marketing person to be in charge of editorial is probably enough … for many journalists to run screaming.”
     

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  • 'Glamour' Mag's Ad Boosts Come After Edit, Ad Staff ChangesWomen's Wear Daily

    Glamour magazine enjoyed "its strongest first quarter in five years, with advertising up 12 percent, or 34 pages, for the first quarter of 2014 versus the prior-year period," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Gains come after publisher Connie Anne Phillips "brought in five new positions on the ad side, including a luxury director, a retail director, a head of digital sales, a Detroit director and an executive director of integrated sales." And Anna Wintour, as parent Conde Nast's artistic director, made some editorial staff changes. Read the whole story...

  • Netflix To Stream 'Marco Polo' Series Later This YearWall Street Journal

    Netflix picked up exclusive rights to stream the nine-chapter series "Marco Polo," starting in late 2014. The series was originally developed at the Starz channel. Read the whole story...

  • 'Financial Times' Premieres Samsung Smart TV AppTalking Biz News

    The Financial Times is partnering with Samsung Smart TV to make its videos available on the big screen. With the use of the FT app, Smart TV owners can now watch videos covering "issues in politics, business and finance," writes Chris Roush. The app "also broadcasts culture and lifestyle features and a text scroller of the latest FT news headlines." Read the whole story...

  • Spotify Drops Free Listening LimitsThe Register

    Surely music to consumers’ ears, Spotify has scrapped restrictions on free listening. “Previously, the service capped the number of hours you could listen to music without a subscription,” The Register reports. “Industry sources suggest that Spotify's maturing advertising sales operation -- and a different advertising marketplace -- have helped it to increase its advertising rates, and thus pay the royalties required by record companies and music publishers.”
     


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  • Report: Google Only Serious Bidder For NestRe/code

    While Nest’s $3.2 billion price tag might suggest a bidding war, Google was reportedly the only serious bidder for the smart-home startup. “Sources familiar with details of the acquisition said that Google was the only serious bidder and Apple was not in the mix,” Re/Code reports. Google Ventures, it’s worth noting, was a top backer of Nest.
     

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  • Native Ads: Publishers Shortchanging Marketers?Adweek

    "Are publishers doing native on the cheap?" asks Lucia Moses in this post that looks at how publishers and brands are actually working with writers in this suddenly hot arena. "One brand marketer told of an established news organization promising native content produced by its top journalists but that ultimately used marketing freelancers," writes Moses.

    “They represented themselves as giving access to their editorial staff,” an unnamed exec tells Moses. “Then they delivered articles written by copywriters instead of journalists.” Read the whole story...

  • Backlash To 'NYT,' 'Guardian' Stories Underscores Uneasy Bond Between Trad Journalists & Social MediaColumbia Journalism Review

    An outpouring of negative reactions to stories written about Lisa Bonchek Adams, who has been blogging and tweeting about her experiences as a stage IV breast cancer patient, show how difficult it is for traditional journalists to cover social media well. Former New York Times editor Bill Keller and his wife, Emma G. Keller (the former writing in the Times, the latter in The Guardian, which has since deleted the post) touched off a backlash because "neither have actually understood how social media works as a conversation and as a community," writes Zeynep Tufecki in Medium.

    Complicated but fascinating story. Read the whole story...

  • 'Chicago Sun-Times' Tests Bicoin PaywallSan Francisco Chronicle

    Sure to confuse a lot of local readers, the Chicago Sun-Times plans to test a bitcoin-based paywall. And, surprise, surprise, “The set-up is a little complicated,” SFGate.com writes. “As soon as someone goes to Suntimes.com, they will encounter the BitWall paywall,” it reports. “To read articles, users will have to make a donation (via bitcoin) to the Taproot Foundation … The Sun-Times will then use a bitcoin exchange, like Coinbase, to convert it back to USD.”
     


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  • Fox Drops Out Of Pilot SeasonBloomberg

    Fox will no longer participate in pilot season, moving instead to "year-round development of television series... in an approach that more closely resembles cable TV’s process," writes Andy Fixmer. The network will still, however, hold its own upfront presentation in May.

    In other news, the company will promote its coverage of the Super Bowl on all its channels. For example, "Nat Geo will run Super Bowl bumpers in primetime all week leading up to the game, while FX has Fox Sports mascot “Cleatus” hosting a robot movie marathon the night of Feb. 1," writes Capital New York's Alex Weprin. Read the whole story...

  • ICrossing Faces Staff ExodusAdweek

    New York-based digital agency iCrossing has "suffered considerable upheaval among its upper-level creative talent, experiencing an exodus that raises eyebrows even in the revolving-door world of advertising," writes Christopher Heine. The latest exit at the Hearst-owned shop: the head of social, Amanda Peters, who left "for another opportunity," according to Heine. Read the whole story...

  • 'NYT' Native Ad Program Sees Role For Ad AgenciesRebecca LIeb

    "We’re mostly working with the brands, but there’s a huge role for the ad agencies and the PR agencies," notes New York Times’ EVP Advertising Meredith Kopit Levien of the paper's just-launched native ad program in this Q&A with Rebecca Lieb. "We’ve tried to organize in a way that’s friendly to an agency buying."

    Another question Levien addresses: whether freelancers writing native content can also write for the editorial sections of the paper.

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  • 'Mad Men' Sets ETA For New Season Hitfix

    Add this to your schedule now: "Mad Men" will return on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. The show, which has become an ad industry institution, inspiring the byline of Richard Whitman for MAD MediaPsssst, will split its seventh, final season into two parts, airing seven episodes this year and seven in 2015. Read the whole story...

  • 'Hollywood Reporter' Hires Lindgren As Acting EditorMediabistro

    The Hollywood Reporter has hired Hugo Lindgren as acting editor for three months while editorial director Janice Min takes charge of Billboard. Lindgren was mostly recently editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine. "This is another masthead coup for Min and suggests perhaps that the industry and culture purview of The Hollywood Reporter print side will be venturing even further into Vanity Fair-style territory," writes Richard Hogan. Read the whole story...

  • Dick Clark Productions Enjoys 'Unlikely Comeback'The New York Times

    Dick Clark Productions, a "small, musty company, founded 57 years ago with 'American Bandstand,'" is undergoing an "unlikely comeback," writes Brooks Barnes. Key to the good news: "Networks these days crave event television, and, increasingly, Dick Clark's live, star-studded spectacles are delivering it."  There are 14 shows the company will deliver this year, among them Sunday's Golden Globes and the new People Magazine Awards.

    And speaking of awards shows, Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday by "Chris Hemsworth, an actor whose films tend to show up at the Academy Awards only in categories like Best Visual Effects," and AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, writes The Wrap's Steve Pond. Read the whole story...

  • 'Jewish Daily Forward' Aims To Push Envelope With VideoAmerican Journalism Review

    The Jewish Daily Forward "is pushing the envelope in streaming media," writes Josh Davidsburg. At the now-weekly newspaper, which has gone through many incarnations since it was founded in 1897 as a Yiddish daily, editors are "trying to position ourselves as the home for Jewish video," editor in chief Jane Eisner tells Davidsburg. "Every day we publish two videos on our homepage. Sometimes it’s our original work; other times it’s video that [we think]  is just great."
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  • Almost Half Of U.S. TV Viewers Use Second ScreenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Nearly half (44%) of Americans use a second screen while watching TV, according to a just-released study by NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association that indicates "there are opportunities to increase [second screens’] appeal." For among the second-screen users, "only 13 percent say that it makes the program-viewing experience 'much more enjoyable,'" writes Alex Ben Block. "A significant 67 percent report that it makes their TV viewing 'somewhat more enjoyable.'" Read the whole story...

  • Time Warner Cable Loses 215,000 Customers In Q4Bloomberg

    Time Warner Cable lost 215,000 TV customers in  Q4 2013, bringing losses for the year to a total of about 825,000, up from 530,000 in 2012. "Charter may unveil a $62 billion bid for Time Warner Cable as soon as this week, people with knowledge of the matter have said," writes Alex Sherman. Read the whole story...

  • Survey: Fewer Americans Recognize Top TV News AnchorPew Research Center

    Only 27% of participants in a Pew online survey correctly identified Brian Williams as anchor of NBC Nightly News (the top-rated broadcast evening news show) -- a significant comedown from the 47% who could identify Dan Rather, anchor of then-top-rated CBS Evening News in 1985. "The lower public awareness of news anchors reflects a large decline in the audience for nightly network news since the 1980s," writes Rob Suls. Read the whole story...

  • Amazon Signs Deal To Stream CBS' 'Extant'Reuters

    Amazon 's Prime Instant Video program will stream the CBS science-fiction show "Extant" four days after its June debut, according to an exclusive, just-brokered deal. Amazon has a similar deal with PBS for "Downton Abbey." Read the whole story...

  • NBC Prepares For Stressful, Perhaps Higher-Rated OlympicsCapital New York

    Covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will definitely be stressful for NBC, what with terrorism threats and Russia's anti-gay laws providing ready-made controversy. Still, "in a perverse way, the uncertainty surrounding the games makes for something amounting to 'Must See TV,' as viewers may tune in to see if anything unexpected happens," writes Alex Weprin.

    Weprin reports on a press conference where the network addressed the issues surrounding the "interesting ride" coming up -- as “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer put it. Read the whole story...

  • Dr. Oz To Be Cover Boy For First Ish Of His MagNew York Post

    Hearst shipped its newest magazine to the printers -- Dr. Oz The Good Life, set for a Feb. 4 newsstand launch -- with the good doctor's image as the cover shot. "By taking the cover himself, the health and fitness guru is following the trail blazed by other eponymous magazines — including those produced by Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray," writes Keith Kelly. Still, it's unclear whether Dr. Oz will always be the cover image, as at least Winfrey and Ray continue to be. Read the whole story...

  • 'San Fran Chronicle' To Send Reporters To Digital Boot CampMashable

    The San Francisco Chronicle is sending all its reporters to a two-month "digital and social media boot camp," as part of "a radical plan to arrest circulation decline and remain relevant in the digital age," writes Chris Taylor.

    "The approach is novel for newspapers," Audrey Cooper, the pub's managing editor, tells Taylor. "It physically removes reporters from the traditional newsroom and gives them new digital metrics, such as engagement time, to judge whether their stories have reached our core audience." Read the whole story...

  • 'GQ' Mag Barbershop To Open At Barclays CenterAdweek

    GQ magazine is opening its first branded barbershop this Friday at sports and event arena Brooklyn's Barclays Center, in partnership with Fellow Barber. The pub had previously opened GQ-branded bars "in far-flung locations like Istanbul, Moscow and Dubai (next up: Kazakhstan) and even [developed] a GQ-branded car (the Fiat 500c GQ Edition)," writes Emma Bazilian. Read the whole story...

  • CNBC Questions Analyst Who Blacklisted Apple On Moral GroundsCNBC

    Ronnie Moas, the financial analyst in the spotlight right now for blacklisting Apple and Amazon on moral grounds, appears on CNBC's "Smart Money," and he comes across as high-minded, but nervous and defensive. "It's disgraceful" that nobody's looking into the way employees at such companies are being treated, he says. 

    "I recently read something about Amazon and how much pressure is on their employees … and at the same time Jeff Bezos with his obscene net worth of $27 bln was on his yacht in the Galapagos Islands. $27 bln and this man is not treating his workers fairly? It boggles the mind," he wrote in his report. Read the whole story...

  • What 'NYT' Social Desk Learned About Successful TweetingNieman Journalism Lab

    "Let journalists deliver the news" is just one of the lessons the New York Times' social media desk learned in 2013, writes Michael Roston, social media staff editor at the paper. "We focus on retweeting reporters and editors who are directly involved in covering the news, steering clear of external sources of information whose accuracy we cannot count on."

    Roston also analyzes some of the year's successes and less-than-stellar moments in this piece. Read the whole story...

  • IPOs Drove VC Dollars In 2013VentureBeat

    In 2013, venture-backed companies generated $56.5 billion in exits, according to research firm Pitchbook. “A total of 1,814 investors had exits,” notes VentureBeat. Where did all the money come from? “Last year saw 107 IPO exits, which is the most since 2007, the year before the Great Recession … Merger-and-acquisition activity had its slowest year since 2009.” All told, VCs invested $49.9 billion of capital in 6,185 deals.
     

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  • How Netflix Organizes EntertainmentThe Atlantic Wire

    Netflix is hardly the only company using tons of meta-data to organize, target and recommend content. Yet, its approach appears to be particularly worthy of investigation. “If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of ‘personalized genres’ need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe?” The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal wonders.
     


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  • First: 'NYT' Movie Critic's Tweet Used In Ad CampaignThe Wrap

    An ad for “Inside Llewyn Davis” excerpted an edited tweet from New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott, marking probably the first time a critic's Twitter musings had been so used. In response, Scott tweeted: “We have reached a strange new place in marketing when tweets become full-page print ads. 'I think you’d like this movie’ -- A.O. Scott, phone conversation with his mother.”

    However, "CBS Films' use of the partial tweet -- if, as it seems, it came without Scott's full permission, seems to be a straightforward violation of Twitter's rules about the use of tweets in ads," writes Owen Thomas in ReadWrite. Read the whole story...

  • Media Giants Get 60+% Of Profits From Cable Nets The Hollywood Reporter

    Cable networks made sure their parent companies stayed in the black, "contributing more than 60 percent of nearly all entertainment giants' operating profits," due to "ad growth and gains from carriage fee negotiations," writes George Szalai. He cites The Hollywood Reporter's "analysis of data from the first three quarters of 2013." However, "CBS Corp., which has a smaller cable portfolio, is the exception, though its growth outpaced most peers," he writes. Read the whole story...

  • 'Advertising Age' Goes BiweeklyMediabistro

    Advertising Age is cutting its print frequency down to 25 issues a year, though the minimum number of pages for those editions will increase by 50%. "In related news, Ad Age has promoted its editor, Abbey Klaassen, to associate publisher, editorial and audience," writes Chris O'Shea. Read the whole story...

  • 'Two' CBS Comedies Drive FCC ComplaintsAdweek

    CBS comedies "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men" racked up impressive numbers of viewer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission in the past few years -- 91 and 98, respectively, "according to documents unearthed by the Government Attic Web site via the Freedom of Information Act," writes Anthony Crupi. Most of the complaints "have to do with viewers’ concerns with sexual innuendo and coarse language," he writes. And "some of the written communiqués filed away by the FCC are (unintentionally) funnier than anything you’ll see or hear on either show." Read the whole story...

  • Bauer Cuts Rate Base For 'Closer' MagAdweek

    After initial lukewarm sales, Bauer Publishing is cutting its 2014 rate base for Closer, the celeb mag targeted to 40-something women that launched the end of October. The rate base is now 100,000, down from the original circulation promise of 150,000. Read the whole story...

  • ABC Blocks Time Warner, Dish Subscribers From Immediate Online AccessFierce Cable.com

    ABC has begun to limit immediate access of new complete episodes of its shows on ABC.com "to customers of pay TV providers that it has signed to TV Everywhere authentication deals," writes Steve Donohue. That means subscribers of major pay TV systems such as Time Warner Cable, Dish and DirecTV will find ABC shows off-limits in the week after their premiere. Read the whole story...

  • 'NYT' Finances Reach High PointQuartz

    The New York Times ended the year on a high note: "Shares in the [company] climbed above the $16 mark [on Dec. 30] and look poised to end 2013 at their highest levels in more than five years after rising more than 90% since the start of the year," writes John McDuling. That "might seem curious, [though,] given that advertising revenue at the company fell for the 12th straight quarter in October, to its lowest level since 1998." Read the whole story...

  • Soap Operas Rebound In Q3CNBC

    Daytime soap operas -- a TV genre long left for dead -- have been having a bit of a comeback, with a ratings surge "for the first time in years" in 2013's third quarter, writes Catherine Boyle. "Part of this is due to new story lines and characters targeting the key female 18-49 demographic but the answer may also lie in using social media and the internet," she adds.

    "The number of tweets about TV increased by 38 percent between the second quarter of 2012 and the same time in 2013, according to Nielsen. And for the first time, Nielsen identified a link between a spike in Tweets about a TV show and its ratings." Read the whole story...

  • AOL Finds Buyer For Winamp, ShoutcastTechCrunch

    Radionomy, a Brussels-based aggregator of online radio stations, has reportedly agreed to buy Winamp and Shoutcast from AOL. “Radionomy has some 6,000 stations in its catalog already, with an emphasis on a do-it-yourself platform that anyone can use to create a channel,” TechCrunch reports. “Shoutcast’s 50,000-strong catalog of radio stations will be a major boost on that front … Winamp’s media playing software could be used to help program those radio stations and offer additional services.”
     

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  • NY 'Daily News' Hires Boroughs EditorCapital New York

    The New York Daily News has hired Jotham Sederstrom, formerly of The New York Observer, as editor of its boroughs coverage."The move will no doubt reassure News staffers who had been worried that 'New York’s hometown newspaper' might be pulling back on the comprehensive local coverage that has helped distinguish it from the New York Post over the years," writes Joe Pompeo. Read the whole story...

  • Cable TV Viewing Bounds Ahead Of Broadcast, But Gains UnevenUSA Today

    What cord-cutting? Despite the growth of on-demand video streaming, cable TV also had some impressive gains: "Viewers spent a record 17.2 hours per week watching ad-supported cable networks in 2013, rebounding from a slight dip last year, while the big four networks claimed a combined 7.5 hours, another low," writes Gary Levin. Still, "half of the top cable networks saw prime-time audience declines." Read the whole story...

  • Esquire Network Makes Less-Than-Stellar DebutWomen's Wear Daily

    Ratings are in for the first three months of Esquire Network, the pub's cable TV channel, and the figures are less-than impressive: "Although NBC said Esquire would be available in 75 million homes, the channel has had trouble luring in even a fraction of that audience, amassing an average household viewership of 55,000 during prime time, according to data supplied by Nielsen," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Read the whole story...

  • 'New York' Mag's Restaurant Critic Finally Shows His Face In PrintNew York Magazine

    This week's New York magazine features a cover photo of the pub's food critic, Adam Platt, who abandons "the myth of anonymity" with a thoughtfully written piece that skewers "this dated charade" in a "crowdsourced age, [when] no one’s really anonymous anymore."

    "A couple of months back, the proprietors of the clam shack ZZ’s Clam Bar sent a bouncer over to boot me from their restaurant, presumably in retribution for an unflattering review," Platt writes. "Now that the great anonymity charade is over, maybe the bouncers will recognize me before I walk in the door." Read the whole story...