Archives: June 2007
The wait is almost over: The iPhone arrives at 6PM tomorrow. The reviews are already rolling in. Across the board, experts complain about AT&T’s service, but enjoy the phone and agree it’s a huge advance. Whether the iPhone is part of Steve Jobs‘ diabolical scheme to light Bill Gates on fire is still up for debate.
- A brilliant video review from the NYT‘s David Pogue.
- The WSJ‘s Walt Mossberg‘s take (and requisite video).
- A countdown from our own Mobile Media News blog.
- Newsweek‘s Steven Levy weighs in.
- The USAT has its own opinions.
Ow-ah. Six months after Vanity Fair was launched in Germany as a weekly magazine, Der Spiegel reports Condé Nast is running into major problems with Deutsche-Vanity Fair. A few of the highlights:
- Condé Nast is spending €
500,000 (US$670,000) weekly on the magazine, which is also suspected of exaggerating a sold print run of 120,000.
- The usually mild-mannered Spiegel accuses Vanity Fair EIC Ulf Poschardt of “flamboyant arrogance” and his staff of “burn-out syndrome.”
- A photo shoot in Dresden is a sign of the editors’ “desperate search for glamour.”
- Editors are complaining that the magazine lacks “political relevance and journalistic seriousness.”
- In a German version of the Bono/Africa VF stunt, German pop star Herbert Gronemeyer guest edited an issue of the magazine and “received little in return.”
- Poschardt claims overblown expectations as a “result of the magazine’s association with the legendary US edition of Vanity Fair.”
- German Condé Nast publisher Bernd Runge dodged questions about the magazine’s circulation.
Aww, how cute
Statement released by Wall Street Journal reporters this morning:
Wall Street Journal reporters across the country chose not to show up to work this morning.
We did so for two reasons.
First, The Wall Street Journal’s long tradition of independence, which has been the hallmark of our news coverage for decades, is threatened today. We, along with hundreds of other Dow Jones employees represented by the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees, want to demonstrate our conviction that the Journal’s editorial integrity depends on an owner committed to journalistic independence.
Bon Jovi: First #1 Since ’88 | Hef To Open China Mansion | Julia Allison: Star Rising | Portfolio‘s Weak Web Site
- Billboard: Bon Jovi Score First #1 Album Since ’88
- AP: Hefner To Bring Playboy Mansion to China in 2009
- Eat The Press: Why Julia Allison’s Good For Star
- East Bay Express: Vice, Fader, Filter Spawn Record Labels
- NYP: Rough Start For Whitaker @ NBC?
- Gawker: Portfolio Site Struggling In Beta Until Fall
CNBC MEDIA ALERT: CNBC’S MARIA BARTIROMO INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR MICHAEL MOORE BEFORE HE JOINS NURSES AT WALL STREET PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY ON CNBC’S “CLOSING BELL”
Google quietly released a new all-image version of Google News. By hovering over images (above), users can view snippets of the relevant story. Over in the U.K., the Press Gazette notes that the real story is that it might mark the first baby steps towards a video version of Google News. Interestingly, it’s possible for users to restrict the images to only those of faces — a side benefit of Google’s acquisition of Neven Vision.
Poor — and we mean that literally — Laura Albert. After being found guilty in the “J.T. Leroy” case, she’s still trying desperately to extend her 15 minutes of fame. Albert told the New York Post that she would like to pose for Playboy. Of course, there’s no word on whether Playboy actually has any interest in Albert doing a photoshoot for them. But then again, Albert does like her breasts and once mused about being on the cover of Vanity Fair. So it goes.
This week’s upcoming Time magazine cover story is an “exclusive” interview with Rupert Murdoch. Eric Pooley, the former Fortune editor, conducted the interview, and dare we say it contains the best package of Rupe soundbytes we’ve heard since the Dow Jones saga began.
Highlights (and notice he’s already using “we” when referring to the Wall Street Journal):
“What if, at the Journal, we spent $100 million a year hiring all the best business journalists in the world? Say 200 of them. And spent some money on establishing the brand but go global … And then you make it free, online only. No printing plants, no paper, no trucks. How long would it take for the advertising to come? It would be successful, it would work and you’d make … a little bit of money.”