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WSJ's Facebook Pages Target Of 'Comment Flashmob' (WSJ / Digits)
A number of Facebook pages run by The Wall Street Journal were the target of an apparent spam attack by a group claiming links to online hacking group Anonymous. FishbowlNY Anonymous, the online hacking group, has inundated several of the Journal's Facebook pages with comments that protest the way it was portrayed in an article published Feb. 21.

Who's Winning The Twitter Republican Primary Race In Each State? (AllTwitter)
The top four Republican presidential candidates are battling it out on televised debates, attack ads, and, yes, on Twitter. So who's winning the race in 140 characters or less?

Whitney Houston Funeral Drew Millions On TV And Online (NYT / Media Decoder)
Millions of television and Web viewers spent time Saturday afternoon watching the funeral service for Whitney Houston, the pop music icon who died a week earlier.

Chelsea Clinton Said To Be Close To Extending NBC News Contract (NYT / Media Decoder)
NBC News is close to signing an extended deal with Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, who joined the network as a special correspondent in December.

Comcast Takes Aim At Netflix With 'Streampix' (Multichannel News)
Comcast -- looking to take a bite out of Netflix's hide -- this week is launching Xfinity Streampix, a new multiscreen subscription video service that provides movies and full series of past-season TV shows that will be included in several premium bundles and offered for $5 per month with other video packages. WSJ Comcast's service will cost $4.99 per month for most Comcast subscribers, cheaper than Netflix, which offers similar types of programming and charges $7.99 per month. GigaOM / NewTeeVee Importantly, Comcast has no plans to make Streampix available as a stand-alone service: To get it, you must subscribe to Comcast's video services. That means so-called cord-cutters, or Internet-only subscribers, need not apply. But the Xfinity Streampix offering can be seen as a direct shot at streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Wired / Epicenter Think about it like a mini-Hulu Plus, only trading off Fox shows for more kids' TV. Comcast's programming partners at launch include ABC/Disney, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Cookie Jar. The service will initially be available for PC, Mac, iPad, and iPhone, with support for Xbox 360 and Android devices to come. LA Times The flurry of announcements demonstrates the fervor with which traditional video providers like Comcast and cutting-edge ones like Netflix are seeking to attract and retain consumers who have a growing number of entertainment viewing options. NYT / Media Decoder As the nation's largest cable company, Comcast has aggressively led efforts to deliver content on multiple platforms via a subscription model. The effort, known as TV Everywhere, is aimed at keeping customers from canceling the monthly cable bill. Comcast lost 17,000 video customers in the quarter that ended Dec. 31, compared with 135,000 in the same period in 2010. Adweek A large part of the TV industry doesn't want to deal with Netflix because they'll lose life-sustaining revenue streams of subscriber fees and advertising. If Streampix and its ideological twin, TV Everywhere, hit it big, they could help create a new model for cable companies losing money to cord-cutting consumers.

Google TV Hits KC (NY Post)
Call him Larry the Cable Guy. Google CEO Larry Page is ready to launch a pilot pay TV program to rival Time Warner Cable in Kansas City, Mo.

Comcast Latest Media Big To Romance Latinos (NY Post)
Hispanic-focused media programming is muy caliente. Cable operator Comcast agreed to carry two new Hispanic-run TV cable channels, joining a growing march of media heavyweights targeting not just the $1.2 billion in advertising spent on Spanish network TV, but on growing their slice of the $60 billion now spent with mainstream TV. Just how serious is Comcast about attracting Latino and African-American viewers?

Two Western Journalists Killed In Syria, Opposition Activists Say (CNN)
Two Western journalists were killed Wednesday in the Syrian city of Homs amid heavy shelling from government forces, opposition activists said. GigaOM / NewTeeVee Syrian citizen journalist Rami Ahmad Alsayeed was killed by the country's armed forces Tuesday, according to a blog post by live streaming provider Bambuser.

Bloomberg Tries A Dinner Setting For Its New Primetime Show (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
On a seasonably cold Monday night in Manhattan earlier this month, four hedge fund managers -- who oversee more than $20 billion in assets between them -- gathered in a private back room of The Modern, Danny Meyer's bustling, upscale restaurant adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art.

A Change At The Top Of The Huffington Post's Business Desk: More Of Peter Goodman On The 'Middle Class' (Capital New York)
When Arianna Huffington hired Peter Goodman away from The New York Times to serve as editor of her website's business and technology verticals back in September 2010, the move was surprising for several reasons.

LA Times Hires New Healthcare Reporter, Shuffles Staff (FishbowlLA)
Last week, while we were apparently busy doing our pre-Valentine's Day stretching regimen, the Los Angeles Times announced a series of hires and staff moves.

THR Editor Moves Over To The Daily (FishbowlLA)
When we recently interviewed The Daily's West Coast editor, Richard Johnson, he indicated that plans were afoot to add an additional staffer in Los Angeles. Tuesday, that intention was officially carried through.

Top Five March Boxscores: Vanity Fair Takes Fashion Mags On Ad-Page High (minOnline)
March 2012 was a successful advertising season for almost all of the fashion magazines compared with last year, and the publishers were enthusiastic about 2012.

Harper's Bazaar Publisher Carol Smith On How Her Magazine Is Different From All Those Other Fashion Magazines (New York / The Cut)
Last summer, longtime Elle publisher Carol Smith -- who was at the helm when Elle started working with Project Runway, and when, in 2009, it sold more ad pages than Vogue -- joined Harper's Bazaar. Since then, the titles' parent companies, Hearst and Hachette Filipacchi, officially merged (keeping Smith oddly close to home, as Elle has now moved into the building), and Bazaar underwent a major redesign, the debut of which dropped this month.

Miller-McCune Is Now Called Pacific Standard (FishbowlLA)
Miller-McCune has a new name -- which can only be a good thing. The magazine is now called Pacific Standard.

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