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7:30 PM ET, August 5, 2011

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New York Post:
Celebrity-mag circulation takes it on the chin  —  The circulation numbers com ing out early next week from the Audit Bureau of Circulations are expected to show a particularly dismal first half of the year for the major celebrity magazines, according to estimates and insider reports.
Discussion: Adweek and The Business Insider
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Many Magazines Eke Out Gains, or at Least Hold Their Ground, in New Circ Report  —  Print Fighting the Undertow at Newsstand  —  Most magazines won't put grand slams up on the scoreboard when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases figures for the first half of the year on Tuesday …
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Calls for CNN Host to Testify in Hacking Scandal  —  LONDON — Piers Morgan, the CNN talk show host and a former editor of the British tabloid The Mirror, faced calls on Thursday from prominent British lawmakers to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating the illegal hacking of cellphone messages.
Anthony Ha / Adweek:
Startups Look for the Future of Social TV  —  With venture capital and investment dollars flowing in, social TV has become one of the hottest startup categories.  —  Now consolidation may be under way.  Social TV startup Philo was just acquired by advertising company Local Response.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
The Onion Testing A Metered Paid Model  —  Some readers' eyes may now start to water when they cut a few layers in to The Onion's website.  —  “America's finest news source” has begun requiring a $2.95pm/$29.95pa charge from non-U.S. visitors who want to read more than about five stories within a 30-day period.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
David Bohrman Leaving CNN  —  After 14 years with CNN, former Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman, named “chief innovation officer” of CNN Worldwide in March, is leaving the company, TVNewser has learned.  —  In a farewell email to staff, Bohrman writes, “I have been offered a fantastic new opportunity …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
New York Times plans new social networking, comment features for fall launch  —  The New York Times is developing a new system for social interaction on its website, with big changes to begin arriving this fall.  —  Following up on speculation that its Times People social network had been shuttered …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Fox News vs. Politico: ‘Obama and His Rapper Friends Did Not Fix Economy’ Report Classic Case of Awful Aggregation  —  Media Matters screen-grabbed what you're seeing on the left from the Fox Nation website earlier today.  Yes: it's real.  They didn't provide context, but we will.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
How The Plunging Financial Markets Will Impact Ad Spending  —  Throughout the past six months, global ad spending forecasts haven't been revised down that much.  Meanwhile, online ad growth has continued to look resilient.  With stock market indexes plunging—the Dow Jones (NSDQ: NWS) …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How The Economist's conversational tweets drive clicks, while Al Jazeera's automation drives retweets  —  The conventional wisdom among digital journalists is that tweeting is better done by humans than robots - an argument that would cause @nytbot5000, the robot that automates Twitter feeds …
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
101 Years-Young: WWD Refreshes Web Presence  —  Citing Women's Wear's roots in the early 20th Century, editor Edward Nardoza announced to readers yesterday a “reimagined” WWD.com on a digital platform where “pages don't yellow or crumble.”  —  The new design has a clean tri-column structure …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Did AOL just out-Flipboard Flipboard?  —  The company's new news app aggregates content based on your interests, reading habits and your friends — and it takes the digital magazine concept to the extreme.  —  By JP Mangalindan, writer-reporter  —  Every issue of Editions takes a top news story and puts it on the cover.
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
TV reporters are getting a touch too personal  —  Upclose and personal is getting, well, a little too personal these days.  —  How so?  —  Earlier this week, ABC's “Good Morning America” presented an interview with Jon Bon Jovi done by Lara Spencer, tied to, it seems, his longevity in the business.
Larry Atkins / The Huffington Post:
Media and Consumers Must Be Careful in Relying on Twitter for Breaking News  —  Last week, a false rumor that CNN's Piers Morgan had been suspended as a talk show host due to his alleged role in phone hacking as an editor for a UK tabloid was spread repeatedly by journalists through Twitter for a brief time.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
 
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