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

by Maggie Lange
July 27, 2011 4:03 AM
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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.

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