The New York Times accidentally sent out an email to subscribers (and non-subscribers) this morning telling them that their home delivery had been canceled. The NYT later sent a follow-up email apologizing for the mistake.
In an effort to appeal to the self-improving side of gamers, GameStop is launching a "Play Your Way" sweepstakes, offering four luxury Caribbean vacations, linked to the purchase of such fitness-inspired titles as Kinect Sports Season 2, Just Dance 3, The Black Eyed Peas Experience and Zumba Fitness: Join the Party. As an added incentive, the Grapevine, Tex.-based retailer is offering a free FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker (a $10 value) via mail, with the purchase of an Xbox 360 Console with Kinect and a qualifying Xbox 360 game, while supplies last.
Nielsen today posted its lists of top digital properties for 2011. No big surprises: Google was the most visited site, Facebook the most popular social network and YouTube the No. 1 video site. When it came to smartphone makers, Apple led the way thanks to the iPhone. With Facebook trailing Google in monthly traffic by only 16 million visitors (153.5 million versus 137.6 million), it will be interesting to see whether the social network can overtake the search giant as the top site in 2012. The full lists are here.
Al Jazeera English, the international English-language news channel produced and distributed by Arabic news organization Al Jazeera, has crossed the 250 million-subscriber mark, making it one of the most globally distributed channels. The network, which is available in 130 countries, had some significant distribution milestones in 2011, including launches in New York, Chicago, India, Peru, Chile and Mexico, and a significant expansion in Canada.
“Facebook” was the most-searched term in the U.S. online for the third year in a row, according to new data from Experian Hitwise. The social network accounted for 3.1% of all searches in 2011, a 46% increase from last year. Four variations of “Facebook” were also among the top10 along with others including “YouTube” and “Craigslist.” Facebook was also the top-visited site for the second year, accounting for 10.3% of all U.S. visits between January and November 2011--a 15% increase from 2010. Google.com ranked second, with 7.7% of visits — a 7% increase— followed by YouTube (3.2%), Yahoo! Mail ...
After launching Livestand last month, Yahoo today unveiled a new set of features for its personalized digital magazine including Twitter integration, local deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial and a "guest mode" to take a tour of the app without having to sign in. Livestand also add content from more publications including Yahoo's women-focused Shine property and MIT's Technology Review. Read more here.
As the iPad and Kindle Fire vie to be the season’s top stocking-stuffer, a new survey says shoppers are keeping an open mind when it comes to buying a tablet. While most tablet buyers in the last three months have opted for an iPad, only 16% entered the market fixed on getting the Apple tablet. That suggests an opening for competitors, especially Amazon, whose tablet is enjoying strong holiday sales. The study by Maritz Research, says among those planning to buy a tablet in the next three months, 44% are committed but haven’t decided on a brand. Another 22% ...
'Tis the time of year for possible nervous TV cancellations -- with fervent fans looking to offer up their support. NBC's "Community" will get just that on Thursday, as fans are planning a flash mob at Rockefeller Center at 1 p.m. The show has been pulled from NBC's midseason schedule -- but network executives haven't disclose whether it is coming back or not. Organizers are asking people to bring tiny Christmas trees and sport faux goatees -- in connection with one recently theme episode. The lowly rated series has been averaging just 3.6 million viewers so far this season.
Mark Kortekaas, former CTO of CBS Interactive, has been named SVP of digital for USA Today’s sports media group. Created in January, the group encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY, as well as Gannett’s 81 daily media properties, 23 broadcast television stations, HighSchoolSports.net, BNQT.com and MMAjunkie.com. Kortekaas was most recently based in London with the BBC, where he served as general manager of its online technology group and, previously, as its controller for audio, music and mobile. Prior to that, he was at CBS Interactive, where he helped develop its popular “March Madness on Demand” video platform.
For the first time, the Super Bowl will be streamed live in the U.S., according to an announcement just made by the NFL and NBC.