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Media Watch: Fox Sets Up Sub Paywall, Time's High Digital IQ, Facebook vs. Nirvana, Google+

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 27, 2011 at 4:03AM

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.
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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.

-Compared with 87 other magazines’ digital intelligence, Time has the highest IQ. Think tank L2 measured the quality of magazine's websites and social media, finding that Time’s Twitter had personality, a fantastic Facebook page and great digital access. AdAge reports that the top ten magazines included: People, Self, New York, GQ, and Cosmopolitan, while The Economist, National Geographic, The New Yorker fell just outside of the top ten.

-Even Google employees are surprised by how many people like Google+. A week ago, Google+ counted 10 million users, and Business Insider reports that the company is pleasantly surprised by this number. It seems Google was worried that they would create another “Buzz-like dud.” Business Insider figures that this most likely resulted from anti-Facebook sentiment and the invite-only model, because people couldn't complain about the scarcity of content: “When you show up to an invite-only party and you're the only one there, it's not weird.”

-2011 meets 1991: Facebook asserts that Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover, featuring a floating naked baby boy reaching for a dollar in a pool, violated its Terms of Use when shots of the album were uploaded to Nirvana’s Facebook page. Nirvana will issue a Super Deluxe Edition of the album on its 20th anniversary in September.

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Media, Twitter, Google, Facebook


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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.