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Media Stocks: The State of the Top 13

For all the misery and layoffs in the media sector this week, it was actually an okay week on Wall Street for the 13 biggest publicly traded companies. Considering the state of the industry, that’s actually a win. Jump to see which companies profited from the continued chaos.

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Has Google Been Hacked? ‘This Site May Harm Your Computer’ Appears on All Search Results


Currently all searches on Google appear with the warning message “This site may harm your computer.”

Only two links pop up in a search for news on the topic [more now]: one from a site called Thaindian News, which says,

“At roughly 9:40 pm on 31st Jan 2008 (Thai time GMT +7), any search result on showed the message “This site may harm your computer” for all websites including

We wish to reassure users that does not indulge in these activities and this is a goof up by Google affecting all websites.

And one from, which currently won’t load. Meanwhile Twitter is all over it! Is this the result of a hacking, or a glitch, or merely some formal announcement that Google is officially stepping into its role as Big Brother?

UPDATE A friend in the UK says Google is working fine there.

UPDATE Just did a search at 10:28am and the problem appears to be fixed. Slightly more info here.

UPDATE Google’s explanation.

False Media Rumor Rocks Twitter


Twitter was ablaze Friday evening, thanks to TheMediaisDying, the ten-week-old Twitter account that posts news of media closures and layoffs and is obsessively followed by many media watchers. It published an item Friday evening saying the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was “officially closing.” However, the bad news turned out not to be true for the time being, and was the unfortunate result of a bad tip that spread rapidly across the microblogging platform even as its veracity was being publicly questioned.

Back on January 9, Hearst Corp. announced it was putting the Post-Intelligencer on the block and would shut the paper down if a buyer wasn’t found within 60 days. Friday’s initial TheMediaIsDying post about the P-I, however, indicated the paper was closing ahead of schedule. FishbowlNY spoke with Post-Intelligencer managing editor David McCumber shortly after the message first appeared on Twitter, and he told us TheMediaIsDying’s original report about his paper was false “as so many rumors are on Twitter.” So, we pieced together how the inaccurate story made its way on to myriad media watchers’ screens.

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23/6 Closes Its Offices, Downsizes to Three Staffers

236hffgg.pngFBNY has learned that 23/6, the online humor site launched in 2006, has been downsized to three staffers and has closed its offices. The site will continue as a Huffington Post vertical, to be run out of the HuffPo offices, and will use freelance pieces from the staffers who have been let go. We’re told that Sarah Bernard, former HuffPo GM and president of 23/6 is not staying on.

Huffington Post acquired 23/6 earlier this month from IAC after the company pulled its support at the end of 2008.

Former CBS EP Shelley Ross Changes the Music

Via TVNewser comes word that former CBS Early Show EP (and big spender) Shelley Ross has some retirement tips! In case you are not yet ready to give retirement a go now may be a good time to check out our job boards.

Patrick Gavin Bids Farewell, FBDC Hires Two New Bloggers

100_gg3032.jpgToday is Patrick Gavin‘s last day at FishbowlDC before he departs for parts unknown (commonly referred to as Politico). Read his goodbye to all that note here.

Meanwhile has hired two bloggers to take his place: Matt Dornic and Christine Delargy. Dornic runs local PR shop 3 Dog Agency and Delargy works in broadcast news in DC. Both start Monday so be sure to check them out!

Tahoe Daily Tribune to Only Publish 3 Days a Week


AP reports:

The Tahoe Daily Tribune will reduce its days of publication from five to three effective Feb. 2 due to increases in the cost of newsprint and the sour national economy, its publisher said in Friday’s edition.

The paper founded in 1958 and now owned by the Reno-based Swift Communications will be published on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays instead of the current schedule of Monday through Friday,’ publisher Mary Jurkonis said.

Via TheMediaisDying

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Did Sporting News Just Send Us a Promotional Magnifying Glass?


Amazingly, yes. We’re v. happy you were named one of Min’s top launches, but don’t these people know the media is dying?