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Media Critic Wades Through a Very Muddy YouTube News Story Trail

As The Guardian‘s head of media and technology Dan Sabbagh reminds at the end of his brief but very fun summary of some widely disseminated upside-down coverage of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment being stripped of billions of YouTube channel views, “partial facts + total conspiracy = extra Web traffic.”

His main target is cross-town rival The Daily Mail, but there are dozens of other outlets that also got the story wrong. This despite that fact that on December 21, Billboard reporter Alex Pham laid it all out as plain as a Rihanna-Chris Brown NBA courtside sighting. There were no “fake” YouTube channel views; rather, the reason the music labels had their counts adjusted downwards was because of something much more mundane. Per Sabbagh’s wrap-up:

Universal and Sony have, since 2009, been moving their music videos away from their YouTube channels and over to Vevo, the music industry site the two companies own with some investors from Abu Dhabi. YouTube, meanwhile, thinks that is only right to count channel video views for videos that are still actually present on the channels – which means that whenever YouTube got round to reviewing the music majors’ channels on its site, a massive cut was always going to be in order…

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LAT ’s Alex Pham Makes a Beeline for Billboard

Geoff Boucher’s decision to take his Hero Complex 2.0 show to EW is not the only major October 1 start date news of the day involving a valuable LA Times Calendar contributor. The same is true of entertainment and technology reporter Alex Pham.

On that same Monday, Pham will begin the next phase of her career as senior correspondent for Billboard, which has been doing a good job recently of reinventing itself on the Web. Her very fertile beat will be emerging technologies in music. From today’s release:

Pham will be responsible for covering new platforms and technologies in and around the music space, including startups and investments, Silicon Valley, and top companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Pham will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Billboard deputy editor Yinka Adegoke

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Google’s ‘Panda’ Still a Bear for Demand Media

Although there are several silver linings in the fourth quarter 2011 results released by content firm Demand Media, the bottom line is that the six-year-old outfit is still reeling from changes made last spring to Google’s search algorithms. The Silicon Valley giant’s much publicized adjustments, nicknamed “Panda,” chunked out 25 percent of Demand’s Web traffic and four-fifths of its stock price.

LA Times reporter Alex Pham chatted with Demand co-founder and CEO Richard Rosenblatt (pictured) in the wake of these Q4 numbers. The executive outlined how the company hopes to continue rebounding:

Among Demand’s initiatives: a greater emphasis on videos and photos, as well as the type of content such as humor that’s more likely to be shared on social networks such as Facebook.

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Dumb Idea of the Week: French Kiss Video Bowling

Here’s a concept product that gives whole new meaning to “slobbering guy in the corner gets to play the winner.”

Per Alex Pham of the LA Times, the strangest video game unveiled at this week’s big E3 convention is the Kissing Controller from Hye Yeon Nam. Fixodent is used to affix a tiny magnet to Player 1′s teeth, and from there, it’s just a tongue flick away with receiver-outfitted Player 2 to a strike, spare or—perish the poor kissing thought–gutter ball:

The game is not a commercially available product–yet. Nam, a 32-year-old doctoral student in digital media and computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, developed it for a couple that was engaged. “We just wanted to have fun with it,” Nam said.

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The Economics of Zynga

In the wake of LinkedIn’s rock solid IPO, the social networking buzz on Wall Street has shifted to Zynga, the social games behemoth with offices in San Francisco and Marina del Rey. It’s going to be another monster.

Perhaps one day, an IPO will circulate to all those who “like” Goldman Sachs on Facebook; under a heading like NYSEVille, players will be able to buy, sell, and trade commodities in a weird world launched each day by ceremonial bell ringing. In the meantime, there’s this fascinating tidbit from LA Times writer Alex Pham‘s recent profile of the company:

Brian Reynolds, Zynga’s chief game designer, in February 2010 gave a rare clue to the financial math involved in social games during a talk at an Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences convention in Las Vegas. Reynolds said social games focus on the number of “daily active users.” In Zynga’s case, that number is around 49 million, according to

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Newspaper Blogs Most Popular List by Simon Owens

n48505698_6272.jpgMedia blogger, Simon Owens over at Bloggasm…how can we put this gently…has a lot of time on his hands? In a good way…he could be putting his time toward something destructive…more so than media blogging…

Anyway, he ranked the top 50 newspaper blogs:

To determine this, I combed through the hundreds of blogs at the top newspaper sites and calculated each of their Technorati rankings. A Technorati ranking is based on the number of inbound links from separate blogs in a six-month period, and is a decent indicator of a blog’s popularity. Once I determined the rankings, I ordered them from popular to least popular. Below, you will find the 50 most popular newspaper blogs.

LA Times has nine in the top 50. In the top half are Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman at Top of the Ticket, group blog LA Now, Alana Semuels, Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, David Sarno, Jessica Guynn, Jim Puzzanghera, Jon Healey, Mark Milian, Michelle Maltaisare at Technology and Sal Morgan and Elizabeth Snead at Dish Rag. Now when you see these people at cocktail parties you can intro them as a ‘high ranking blogger’ and see if they won’t try and correct you. Email us if they do.

Whole list is here.

LAT In 90 Seconds

Graph Of The Day: Geoff Boucher takes in the landscape at the Spike TV Scream Awards and notices George Lucas (whom he’s met before): “Backstage, Lucas, standing not far from black-clad rock star Marilyn Manson and comic-book industry icon Stan Lee, seemed a bit dazed by the strange confluence of pop culture streams. ‘This,’ he muttered, ‘is something.’”

42809413-17122337.jpgIn Overdrive: We enjoyed Alex Pham‘s piece today about how kids are decided to major in video game programming, but “Part Two of Three?” Really? With two wars going on, an election a few weeks away and the economy in the toilet, we have a tough time believing stories about the gaming industry really require the serial treatment.

41492663-07151600.jpgMr. Blackwell, 86: Mr. Blackwell died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was, we’re guessing, wearing a hospital gown.

We (Heart) LAT Tech Geeks

buchheit1.jpgThe PR department at the L.A. Times just sent us an e-mail (see below) promoting the Business Section’s new blog — as if we needed the introduction!

We have already become addicted to the musings and findings of Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, Joseph Menn, Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn.

From schadenfreude (or to use a newspaper term “breaking news”) about Henry Nicholas‘ indictment to that YouTube-as-marketing-tool issue we told you about yesterday, Technology never seemed so … digestible. (We were going to say “cool,” but then we’d lose our spot in the Mean Girls clique.)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

28542144-03132327.jpgWho’s Her Daddy? Britney Spears’ father, James Spears, and her attorney John Eardley are fighting over who has the right to control her “finances and life” while the pop star’s estate is in conservatorship. If we were either one of these guys, we’d quietly step aside and let the other schmuck get the job. Sure, there’s a lot of money at stake, but at the end of the day, do you want to be the guy labeled as “responsible” for the train-wreck that is Britney Spears?

36027679-25113003.jpgGrand Theft Merger 2: It looks as though Take-Two will have to accept EA’s bid and declare Game Over. Alex Pham asks whether this is a sign of the end for mid-size video game companies. Hit “X,” “Y” “A” and “D” for your answer. Or just read to the end of the story.

36069535.jpgSnide Men Of News: Reporter Matea Gold takes a hardball look at Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.

LAT In 90 Seconds

36028716.jpgGrand Theft Merger: It didn’t take long for the video game publishing business to start imitating the rest of the entertainment world. On Sunday, Electronic Arts Inc. launched a $2-billion takeover bid for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., “stepping up the industry’s torrid pace of consolidation,” and the entire industry is all twittepated by indies, according to Alex Pham.

36042174-24223342.jpgWant An Oscars Wrap-Up: Neither do we, but Mary McNamara keeps it short and sweet. Plus, it’s an excuse to post Jon Stewart’s mug. We like us some Jon Stewart.

36040314-24220251.jpgDiablo Cody Timeline: For whatever reason, the LAT decides to publish a where-did-she-come-from timeline after Cody’s win for best original screenplay.