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Media Watch: Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft Team Up for Ads, Google+ Welcomes News, NY Times Sues HuffPo

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 9, 2011 4:48 PM
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Media Watch: Twitter Proves People Are Happiest on Weekends, Netflix vs. Amazon

Looking at a catalogue of real-time updates from Twitter, scientists at Cornell University were able to track mood changes throughout the day and week, and found confirmation of the obvious: people are happiest on their days off. Cornell University analyzed over 500 million Tweets from 2.4 million people, from 84 countries and using a computer program to look at words indicating positive or negative moods, found that positive attitudes peaked early in the morning and then again around midnight. Moods dipped in the middle of the workday and peaked on weekend mornings.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 6:19 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Talk, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball, Gordon-Levitt Interviewed on 50/50

Weekly Wrap: Oscar Talk, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball, Gordon-Levitt Interviewed on 50/50
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  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 23, 2011 10:29 AM
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First Look: REM Remix The End of TV As We Know It

This YouTube REM Remix captures the frenetic pace of obsessive screen-watchers. Like me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2011 12:09 PM
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Weekly Wrap: TIFF: Moneyball, Descendants, Deep Blue Sea; Reviews Kevin, The Lady; Media Watch

Weekly Wrap: TIFF: Moneyball, Descendants, Deep Blue Sea; Reviews Kevin, The Lady; Media Watch
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  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2011 5:20 AM
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Tech Watch: Is Twitter a Media Company or a Social Network? Google Buys Zagat

While the social network that prides itself on instant updates was always guarded about updating its numbers, Twitter now claims 100 million active users--tweeting, following, and reading content on the network. Tech Crunch (whose own AOL future post-Michael Arrington is in some turmoil) reported that Twitter is looking to increase the presence of "promoted tweets."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 5:32 AM
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Media Watch: Fox Sets Up Sub Paywall, Time's High Digital IQ, Facebook vs. Nirvana, Google+

On Tuesday, Fox announced that it will stop free next-day streaming of its TV shows on Fox.com and Hulu.com, unless viewers subscribe to the services. Cable and satellite users will need to submit a user name and password; the shows will be available for free viewing eight days after their initial release date.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 27, 2011 4:03 AM
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Media Watch: AP to Link to Newspapers with Scoops, Hulu Worth Nothing without Exclusive Content

The AP has decided to give some credit where it’s due; they will acknowledge (and maybe even direct traffic to) news organizations that break big stories. Starting August 1, when the AP uses a local story, they will link back to the original. Nieman Lab disclosed the AP staff memo and reports: “because the AP is a cooperative, it has no legal obligation to credit its members. But ‘that’s a legal point, not a journalistic one,’ said Mike Oreskes, AP’s senior managing editor.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 21, 2011 9:46 AM
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Social Media Watch: Facebook Employees Sign Up for Google+, Most Active Users at Twitter or Facebook

While Google+ hopes to replace Facebook as a social media site that allows you to compartmentalize your image, high-ups at Facebook have been signing up in droves for Google's new platform. See the complete list of Facebook employees using Google Plus at All Facebook, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, vice president Christopher Cox and vice president of human resources, Lori Goler. So far, Google+ has accumulated 10 million users in just two weeks, good progress but nowhere close to Facebook's 750 million. Perhaps Facebook's principals are conducting some competitive research at Google+ or maybe this is a friendly gesture to say that all social media can coexist together?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 8:00 AM
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TMZ Sex Professor Harvey Levin Explains It All to You

Do you know what soaking is? As TMZ's Harvey Levin (@HarveyLevinTMZ) promoted a TMZ Live story on Twitter, he felt called upon to define--to those who were not in the know--what sex-forbidden Brigham Young University kids mean when they say that "soaking" is not sex. He started out tweeting thus: This is the most fun I've ever had doing @TMZLive today.. talking about soaking and how BYU students do it to get around the no-sex policy
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 9:58 AM
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