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CES: 2012 Show Draws Record 153,000-Plus Attendees (Multichannel News)
After being hammered by the recession in the late 2000s, the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show hit a high-water mark with more than 153,000 attendees -- the largest turnout in the event's 44-year history, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. CNET: Sure, there were a lot of ultrabooks at CES. PC manufacturers are clearly pushing their new slim, lightweight laptops. But the real story of this year's show turned out to be some incredible advances in television technology, a few truly innovative if quirky ideas, and a lot of products that were expected but did not make much of an appearance. paidContent: Learn what it all means, and check out our coverage in pictures (and links). Inside Facebook: Without even having to build any of its own devices, Facebook was everywhere at this week's CES in Las Vegas. AdAge / Digital: Women are huge users of technology, but many computer electronics makers still struggle with communicating a product's benefits instead of its specs -- a key to marketing effectively to women. AdAge / Digital: Front-facing cameras are everywhere on laptops, tablets, and phones. If the CES in Las Vegas was any indication, they're about to become ubiquitous on TVs, as well. TechCrunch: Smart TVs were everywhere at CES. I must have seen 200 of them while I was there. I could report on specs, resolution, or 3D screens, but really, I am more curious about that word "smart" than I am about the raw specs. Is it merely the sum of new features that defines what a smart TV is or should be? Just what exactly is it that makes a smart TV, well…smart?
Dana Bash: Ron Paul Supporters 'A Little Scary' In Their Emails (HuffPost)
CNN's Dana Bash found herself the target of Ron Paul supporters once again this week. CJR: Reporters on either side of me were frantically jotting down quotes, desperately hoping that Mitt Romney would make some kind of news -- anything to help fill the demands of Twitter, news blogs, news websites, broadcasts, and the next morning's newspaper. AllFacebook: Last Sunday's NBC News/Facebook Republican presidential debate resulted in more than 45,000 comments on the social network, and more than 4,500 questions were submitted, according to a note on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page. Inside Facebook: Romney and Paul have experienced the most Facebook growth of all the GOP presidential primary candidates this week, according to our Inside Facebook Election Tracker.
Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Activist Group Posts Personal Information Of Media Executives (NYT / Media Decoder)
The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has targeted opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement and businesses that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks, has set its sights on a new adversary: media executives.
C-SPAN Will Not Employ Tape Delay On Live Call-In Shows (B&C)
A C-SPAN spokesperson said Friday that the cable public-affairs network would "continue to monitor the situation," but it has thus far opted not to employ a tape delay on its live call-in shows "as we hope to preserve the open nature of our town hall forum."
TCA: Gore Says Current TV Not For Sale (B&C)
Al Gore shot down rumors that Current TV is for sale at its TCA press tour session in Pasadena, Calif., Friday. "No, it's not true, and we're not for sale," network co-founder Gore said. "We love what we're doing." HuffPost: Former Vice President Gore Friday described Current TV as the "consistent" liberal TV network compared with MSNBC, and said it will keep Keith Olbermann in the fold. TheWrap.com / Report From The TCA: Asked if he anticipates Olbermann remaining on the network for years to come, Gore responded with an unequivocal, "Yes." NYT / Media Decoder: Current TV's audience is small -- very small. The channel's executives freely admit that in conversations. But when the executives study the numbers, they say they see a trend that they like. Their viewers tend to be much younger than the viewers of cable news channels like Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.
Pirates! Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, And Silicon Valley (AllThingsD)
On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a daylong private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff. I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled "How Great Is Google?" On Saturday, the News Corp. CEO used his new Twitter account to rail against the search giant, call it a "piracy leader," and gripe that it had too much influence in Washington and the White House in particular. LA Times / Company Town: Murdoch's anger was in response to a statement from Obama administration officials that indicated that the White House would not back key elements of two bills making their way through Capitol Hill -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) -- that critics and media activists argue would hurt freedom of speech on the Internet and favors corporate America over innovation. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: This is going to piss off some people in the Valley.
Matt Lauer used the 60th-anniversary bash for Today to make light of rumors that Ryan Seacrest will replace him on the show.
Never Mind Cord-Cutters And Dish -- DirecTV Raises Rates (paidContent)
Cord-cutting technology was out in force at CES this week, and main rival Dish Network just announced a "company relaunch" that includes, among other offerings, a souped-up DVR capable of recording up to six shows at once. But that isn't going to stop DirecTV from increasing the rates it charges subscribers in 2012.
New York Times, The Daily, And New Yorker Top Performing Titles On Apple's Newsstand (Folio:)
In 2011, one phrase defined the magazine industry: digital editions. Whether publishers were deciding to take the leap into digitizing their publications, or deciding on what app to develop next, digital was top of mind for publishers of all kinds.
Fox News Channel is looking to get more tech-savvy.
Rick DiBella Upped At CNN (TVNewser)
Rick DiBella has been promoted to executive producer of CNN's Sunday shows, State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources. DiBella had been senior broadcast producer for the Sunday lineup.
Andrea Mitchell Producer Jumps To Weekend Nightly (TVNewser)
Jennifer Suozzo, executive producer of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, is joining the mothership as senior broadcast producer of NBC Nightly News weekend editions.
Playboy Enterprises will close its headquarters in Chicago April 30, moving the last of its employees to Los Angeles, where its top executives, including CEO Scott Flanders, have been working for months. LA Observed: If the headquarters relocates with the magazine offices in the old Hilton Hotels HQ on Maple Drive, Playboy will officially share Beverly Hills with Larry Flynt Publications, the adult-oriented publishing empire that began with Hustler magazine.
Piers Morgan Wants To Be More Like Bill O'Reilly Than Larry King (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
After spending two hours dining with Piers Morgan, two things are clear: He loves Twitter, and he loves to talk, mainly about himself and Twitter. Forbes: "I don't get asked about Larry King anymore," Morgan said Friday at a small lunch gathering CNN held to mark the one-year anniversary of Piers Morgan Tonight. "Our overall sense is a good, solid start, rather a nice splash in the ratings, but do we think we can take it consistently higher? We do." TVNewser: "I think we will be evolving the show into a more structured format, bringing more of my personality into it," Morgan said over a lunch with a small group of media reporters. "If you ask me what my favorite shows are on cable, it would be Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart, on network it would be [David] Letterman -- the shows where they have a basic structure you get familiar with, stuff to look forward to." FishbowlNY: Morgan knows a thing or two about running a daily newspaper, having run a pair of tabloids in the United Kingdom. He also knows a thing or two about the new editor of the New York Daily News, Colin Myler.
Longtime CBS News Correspondent Richard Threlkeld Killed In Car Crash (TVNewser)
Richard Threlkeld, who spent 25 years as an anchor and correspondent at CBS News, was killed Friday morning in a head-on car crash on Montauk Highway in Amagansett, N.Y. HuffPost / AP: Threlkeld spent more than 25 years at CBS News before retiring in 1998. He was a reporter, anchor, and bureau chief who covered the Persian Gulf War and the Vietnam War, the Patty Hearst kidnapping and trial, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the execution of Gary Gilmore. He was one of the last journalists evacuated from Phnom Penh and Saigon when those cities fell to the Communists in 1975.