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Media Watch: Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook's Media Command

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2011 at 4:01AM

Anna Wintour still rules the fashion roost. Vogue keeps flying off newsstands, leaving other high-end women's mags to wallow in slow sales. According to Adweek, Vogue’s sales are up 16% since last year’s first-half average, selling about 370,000 per month. Other fashion rags, including Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, have faced a decrease in sales by 21%.
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Anna Wintour still rules the fashion roost. Vogue keeps flying off newsstands, leaving other high-end women's mags to wallow in slow sales. According to Adweek, Vogue’s sales are up 16% since last year’s first-half average, selling about 370,000 per month. Other fashion rags, including Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, have faced a decrease in sales by 21%.

Until now, Facebook had reigned as social media’s strongest driver of web traffic in the United States; now StumbleUpon takes that title, reports Gigaom. StumbleUpon recommends relevant web content to its users, connecting them to sites for which they have indicated interest. According to global web analytics service StatCounter, StumbleUpon has unseated the social media giant as director of web traffic. Meanwhile the person ranked #1 with the most followers on new social network Google +? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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After Netflix announced Tuesday an expansion of its streaming service to 43 more countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico and Brazil, Netflix’s stock soared as high as $291.23. That places the company’s worth at some $15.2 billion, according to THR. Following the Netflix Canadian model, which launched in September, foreign users will have only streaming access. Although pricing was not detailed, it is expected to be similar to the U.S.’s $7.99 per month streaming subscription.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.