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CNet Launches a Magazine

Fans of CNet.com, the tech website, say hello to CNet, the magazine. The New York Times reports that the site sees this expansion as a necessary step in becoming a “multiplatform brand.” Also, as a way to remind people that LL Cool J is cheesy as hell.

CNet is a quarterly publication, available for $5.99 a pop. It offers original content, so cnet.com visitors will have something new to check out. There have been 200,000 copies of CNet printed, and they’re on sale at newsstands and stores like Walmart and Target.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Raven to Retire From A&E | NBC Undecided on Virgin Galactic Series

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A&E Networks Chairman Abbe Raven to Retire (THR)
Cable pioneer Abbe Raven is set to retire. Her last day as chairman of A&E Networks will be Feb. 2. The news comes nearly a year after Raven’s protégé, Nancy Dubuc, was elevated to CEO and Raven to chairman. Deadline Hollywood Dubuc took oversight of the day-to-day operations of the company, while Raven remained in charge of A&E Networks’ long-term business and revenue opportunities, including distribution, as well as public policy initiatives and corporate outreach. A year ago, Dubuc also took over distribution. She will remain president and CEO. Variety Raven’s role as chairman will not be filled. Raven is without question one of key architects of A&E Networks’ growth, particularly in the past 15 years. The company, a joint venture of Hearst Corp. and Disney, is home to some of cable’s most prosperous channels, but as a private concern it is shielded from quarterly earnings scrutiny. Under Raven and Dubuc, A&E has rapidly expanded its domestic and international portfolio, which generates an estimated $3.8 billion in annual revenue. TheWrap Prior to her position as president and CEO, Raven held high level executive roles at the company’s properties A&E Network, The Biography Channel and The History Channel. WSJ The handoff also comes at a challenging time. After setting cable-television ratings records last year with hits like Duck Dynasty on A&E and The Bible on History, the company’s two biggest channels have endured sharp declines this year. A&E’s ratings are down 32 percent so far this year in total viewers and 25 percent in its target demographic of 25- to 54-year olds, while History’s ratings are down 15 percent in both total viewers and those 25 to 54.

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Guardian US Adds Executive VP of Sales

GuardianUS_CarterBrokawAnd according to the latest comScore figures, Carter Brokaw has a robust product to work with. In August, the U.S. side of The Guardian racked up nearly 19 million unique visitors (including traffic from mobile devices).

Brokaw’s arrival, officially announced today, began October 8. He was previously a chief revenue officer with Slacker Radio and Meebo Inc., which was acquired by Google last year. He has also worked for Warner Music and CNET. From today’s announcement:

Carter spent over 10 years at CNET Networks, most recently as vice president of global sales. He helped the company architect a highly profitable integrated marketing platform for top-tier OEM’s and pioneered one of the first pay-for-performance revenue models, establishing a blueprint for online reseller merchants.

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Who Will Pay For News Content Online?

wwpost2.jpgBack in November, New York magazine asked of 100 people walking around SoHo about online content, and found that while an almost equal number admitted to getting just as much information from traditional newspapers as from the Internet, the majority (63 percent) said that they wouldn’t shell out cash to read The New York Times online.

Now a new poll by CNET proves that this particular subset of New Yorkers may have not have been the norm: the number of people unwilling to pay for content in America is actually much higher.

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Twitter Outage: What Happened

failwhale.jpgOkay, the Twitter outage yesterday wasn’t the end of the world. But it did put a crimp in our usual routine and made gathering breaking news and information that much more challenging for a good part of the day.

Yesterday, Twitter said its technical difficulties were a result of a denial of service attack, but what kind of person or group can launch such an attack and why would they do it? And can it happen again?

Our colleagues at WebNewser have a full report on the attacks that slowed down Twitter, as well as Facebook, LiveJournal and Google’s Blogger site. The attack seems to have been targeting a blogger from the Eastern European nation of Georgia, which is currently in the midst of a war with Russia, Facebook’s chief security officer Max Kelly told CNET News.

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Les Moonves and CNET: Out to Kill the Newspaper Star?

moonvesmixx.jpgLes Moonves hates newspapers! Or at least that’s the impression one might get based on recent comments he made recently at an annual advertising conference. The CBS head, who recently spearheaded the company’s surprising $1.8 billion purchase of CNET earlier this year, says that one of the upshots of CBS’s foray into the new media world is that it will “eliminate the need for dead tree media.”

One of the advantages of the Internet is we’re taking money away from the newspapers.

LAT In 90 Seconds

syesha_mercado_500.jpgUnclear on the Concept: A note to the latimes.com headline writers. You can’t say “Spoiler Alert” and then follow that up with a colon and the actual spoiler. That’s not an alert. That’s a headline that tells you exactly what’s going to happen on American Idol before you’ve had a chance to watch it. Sheesh.

38894550-15104013.jpgNew Deal Catapults CBS To One Of The Top 10 Internet Companies: CBS Corp. agreed to buy CNET Networks Inc., the Internet news and entertainment company, for $11.50 per share, or about $1.8-billion in cash.

ashlerills.jpgThis Never Woulda Happened On Friendster: A federal grand jury in L.A. indicted a 49-year-old woman of fraudulently using a MySpace account to “cyber-bully” a Missouri teenager “who later hanged herself because she believed she was being rejected by a 16-year-old boy she met on the social networking website.” Yeah. Try living with that.

Gerstmann Gone from Gamespot–What Really Happened?

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Kyle Orland has been all over the Gamespot drama saga. Just to catch you up:

Jeff Gerstmann, the editorial director at CNET’s Gamespot.com, was abruptly fired last Wednesday after 11 years at the site. There’s a rumor going around that Gerstmann was canned because he was overly critical of Kane & Lynch, a game that was heavily advertised on the site. Eidos,the publisher, allegedly threatened to pull hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising if Gerstmann wasn’t fired.

CNET has denied that the firing was based on advertiser pressure, Eidos has issued a blanket “no comment” and Gerstmann isn’t talking about the circumstances surrounding the firing (citing “legal reasons”).

Despite this, the gaming community is up in arms over the issue, vandalizing “user review” pages on Gamespot, posting criticism on the site’s forums (over 12,600 posts at last count) and planning boycotts and protests at the CNET offices. Rival publisher Ziff Davis staged an impromptu rally at their offices (across the street from CNET) and gaming blog destructoid.com has changed their front page banner to criticize Gamespot.