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SpinMedia Adds Vibe Magazine to Its Digital Portfolio, Minus the Magazine (AllThingsD)
SpinMedia is buying Vibe, the 20-year-old hip-hop and R&B magazine, from a consortium led by Intermedia and Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies. It plans on ending Vibe‘s print run in the coming months, and will add Vibe.com to its roster of 40+ pop culture and music sites. This will be bad news for some of Vibe Media’s 52 employees, who were told Thursday that layoffs will accompany the change of ownership. FishbowlNY SpinMedia’s official statement implied that this is what Vibe readers want. They’re accessing the magazine online and through their phones, the company said. And maybe that’s true. But still, it’s always sad when a magazine disappears. NYT After it bought Spin last summer, Buzz Media promptly shut down the print magazine and laid off a third of its staff. It said it would concentrate on the website and consider eventually reviving the print version of Spin in some form. Since then, Spin‘s online traffic has doubled, but Mr. Hansen said that the company was no closer to reviving the magazine.  Ad Age / Media News Time Inc. sold Vibe in 1996; the buyers sold Vibe again 10 years later. It went out of print in 2009, but returned within months under yet another set of owners, investors led by InterMedia Partners. Last summer the magazine said it would embrace electronic dance music along with its usual hip-hop and pop culture coverage.  Read more

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Q&A: Zite President Ali Davar Responds to Early Feedback on His ‘Intelligent’ iPad Magazine

An iPad magazine called Zite has recently joined the ranks of Netflix and Mashable Follow in allowing users to curate their own content from multiple sources.   Following its launch in mid-March, Zite was the number one free news app on iTunes, with 100,000 downloads in the first five days and 160,000 by the end of the month.   Early adopters responded well to the app, requesting – and receiving –  additional features like Instapaper for offline reading and Delicious for bookmarking articles.  But publishers had a few concerns.  We asked Zite president Ali Devar to explain the app and to tell us what’s next for the company.  Read his responses after the jump:

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