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New York Times Website Back up After Cyberattack (USA Today)
The New York Times‘ website was back in business Wednesday, a day after it was hacked by what appears to be the Syrian Electronic Army. “The situation is close to being fully resolved,” said Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy, in a statement. LA Times The take-down of the Times‘ website for nearly two days this week exposed how easily computer hackers can exploit the Internet’s Achilles’ heel. As the website was being restored Wednesday, the tech industry scurried to assess the high-profile cyberattack and weigh what measures could be taken to prevent a similar breach. The Washington Post These attacks, which continued to effect some users of the Times and Twitter well into Wednesday, may have such long-lasting effects for two reasons, said Kenneth Geers, a senior global threat researcher at the security firm FireEye. For one, it takes a while for DNS information to move throughout the network — which could explain why some, but not all, users had trouble with the sites under attack. Geers also said that those in charge of security for the Times and Twitter may not have expected this kind of attack, and were caught unaware. “Some networks may never be the same” after this kind of attack, he said. Bloomberg Chalk one up for Twitter Inc. While The New York Times and Google Inc. had visitors to their sites redirected this week by hackers, the microblogging service was better able to deflect attacks because of a simple tool called a registry lock.
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Report: More Than 200 Layoffs at Gannett’s Community Papers (Gannett Blog)
Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing newspaper division has now cut an estimated 218 jobs across at least 37 worksites, according to Gannett Blog readers. These figures are very preliminary and are almost certain to rise in the days ahead as more employees are notified. Most of the job losses were through layoffs over the past 24 hours, with a much smaller number comprising open positions that have been permanently eliminated, according to these readers. Other cost-cutting measures across the 81-title division include eliminating travel spending — all, in response to weaker-than-expected advertising revenue in the second quarter that may be spilling over into the current one. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nine positions are being eliminated at The Post-Crescent in Appleton and seven at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Among those cut was longtime Press-Gazette editorial cartoonist Joe Heller, sources said. The layoffs include both journalists and non-newsroom employees. Cincinnati City Beat Because of Gannett’s secrecy with staffing issues, it’s difficult to confirm any specific report. No names have been provided yet. JimRomenesko.com Here are the layoff reports I’m getting from Gannett papers.
Gannett’s USA Today Sports Media Group has acquired Fantasy Sports Ventures (FSV), parent of Big Lead Sports, a popular sports blog. Gannett already had a minority stake in FSV, but with the new deal in place, the company gains complete control over all of FSV’s properties.
The acquisition will boost USA Today Sports Media Group’s web traffic significantly. “The Big Lead sites have done a great job developing unique, independent voices and distinct points of view,” explained Dave Morgan, the USA Today Sports Media Group’s Senior Vice President of Content and Editor-in-Chief. “This acquisition extends our reach and deepens our engagement with core sports audiences, and is a strong complement to our position as a leading national sports property.”
Other sites that are now under the Gannett umbrella as part of the deal include BaseballHQ.com, KFFL.com, TheHuddle.com, Baseball-Reference.com, HoopsWorld.com, HoopsHype.com and more.
While Gannett is ordering 17,000 employees to take unpaid furloughs, they have also found a way to create a new position for their flagship title. Yesterday USA Today president and publisher David L. Hunke appointed Tom Beusse president of USA Today Sports Media Group. A company press release indicates that Beusse will manage the national sports agenda for USA Today as well as Gannett’s 82 newspapers, 23 television stations, and websites including highscoolsports.net and bnqt.com.
Beusse comes with over two decades of industry experience and most recently served as president and CEO of Westwood One radio network. He also was president of Time4 Media and Rodale’s Sports Group.
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Folio: Battered consumer business magazines hope to bounce back in the New Year.
Layoffs, Closures Expected At RBI|2010 Looks Promising For Gannett|New Year’s Resolutions|Ad Spending|Tina Brown on Newspapers
WWD: Some New Year resolutions from magazine editors, including getting more ad pages and booking more celebrities for covers.
Wall Street Journal: Ad spending may have ticked up at the end of 2010, giving some hope for the coming year, but publishers are still cautious.
Daily Beast: Tina Brown says stop blaming the Internet for the death of newspapers. “American newspapers are dying mostly because they were so dull for so long a whole generation gave up on them. They needed to innovate back in the Fax Age of the 1980s but were too self-important and making too much money with their monopolies to acknowledge it.”
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Editor & Publisher: Gannett has issued a list of priorities to its papers’ editors, asking them to beef up investigative reporting, reposition Web sites for breaking news, and better engage young readers and Sunday readers.
Broadcasting & Cable: An exclusive Q&A with Jay Leno. He talks about the negative press he’s received recently and what’s it’s like to work at NBC: “I find there’s a lot of anger at NBC. But it’s like I say to the people who write the dramas: If I weren’t doing this, it would be “Dateline” five nights a week or reality shows. We’ve kept work in California, we have 22 WGA writers, but there’s always going to be anger and resentment. The last couple of weeks I’ve seen some articles that are a little more, ‘It’s not Jay’s fault, its NBC’s fault,’ and that’s OK, I get it. But when your name’s on the thing, you take the hit and that’s fine.”
However, the company did post a 18.4 percent decrease in net operating revenues compared to the same period last year, and earnings per share were down 55.1 percent. Operating expenses also decreased, revealing a more efficient business. (Did all those layoffs over the summer help contribute to that?)
“We finished the quarter on a stronger note with better than anticipated results due primarily to better trends in advertising and great efficiencies across all of our business segments. Our results for the quarter exceeded the high end of previously announced estimated ranges for revenue, operating cash flow, and earnings per share…Third quarter year-over-year comparisons of publishing advertising revenue were a few percentage points better than year-over-year comparisons for the second quarter and September was our best comparison month of the year.”
PRNewser: Interesting poll: Which Tactic Did You Employ the Last Time You Released Big News? 48 percent say “Posted on a wire and pitched the release.”
Boston Globe: New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson visited Boston yesterday, thanking employees of The Boston Globe for helping to improve the financial status of the paper, making it possible for the company to maintain ownership of it.
All Things Digital: NBC Universal showed some improvement over previous quarters when owner General Electric reported its third quarter results earlier today. This should make Comcast investors happy.
Rather’s CBS Suit Dismissed|Gannett Says Thirds Q Results Will Surpass Expectations|Advanstar Restructures|NPR CEO Vivian Schiller
TVNewser: Dan Rather‘s $70 million lawsuit against former employer CBS Corp. has been dismissed. And in other CBS news, check out this profile of “60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts, who reveals he was functionally illiterate until he was 12.
Associated Press: Gannett‘s shares jumped 18 percent in premarket trading today after the media company announced that its third quarter earnings were likely to surpass expectations. Gannett will publish its earnings October 19.
More: A profile of Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of National Public Radio. “We have a lot of women in senior leadership,” Schiller said of NPR. “I was the first female CEO. But our head of news is a woman, our general counsel is a woman, our new senior vice president of administration and finance is a woman, our head of communication is a woman. The spirit of Cokie [Roberts] and Linda [Wertheimer] and Nina [Totenberg] and Susan [Stamberg[ very much pervades it.”
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