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Study: Number Of Daily Twitter Users Has Doubled (10,000 Words)
A new study from Pew Internet finds that the number of daily Twitter users among adults has doubled since May of last year, even though the overall percentage of Twitter users has only grown 2 percent since that time. The Pew Internet And American Life Project Twitter use within the overall population remained steady over the last year, and usage rates within most major demographic groups changed little over the same time period. The youngest adults (those between the ages of 18 and 24) are the primary exception to this trend -- nearly one third of Internet users in this age group now use Twitter, up from 18 percent in May of 2011 and 16 percent in late 2010. Twitter use by those in their mid-20s to mid-40s largely leveled off in the last year after roughly doubling between late 2010 and mid 2011. CNET Smartphones may have had something to do with increased Twitter usage, Pew suggests, "because smartphone users are particularly likely to be using Twitter." VentureBeat Pew also found that one in five, or 20 percent, of smartphone owners use Twitter and that 13 percent of smartphone owners use Twitter on a typical day. The more basic the phone, the less likely Internet users are to use Twitter, Pew found. AllTwitter The service still performs strongly with minorities, with more than one quarter of black Internet users (28 percent) and 14 percent of Hispanic users active on the platform. Conversely, just 12 percent of whites use Twitter. Poynter / MediaWire Overall, a relatively small share of society is tweeting. Forbes / Mixed Media Still, with Twitter moving toward a rumored IPO, analysts will be watching closely for any signs of moderating growth, especially with all the difficulties around the Facebook offering. Those looking to compare Twitter unfavorably to Facebook can find ample ammunition. Facebook launched in February 2004, making a little more than two years older than Twitter. By the time it was six years old, as Twitter is now, its penetration had already surpassed 50 percent. CNN In February, Pew asked Americans if they "use social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google Plus." Sixty-six percent said yes. That's not an apples-to-apples comparison, since the questions were asked in different ways and since Pew didn't ask about just Facebook specifically. But it's fair to assume the vast majority of those respondents use Facebook, or Facebook in combination with some other social networks.

Times-Picayune Editor On Reporting Ambitions, Salary Rumors (
New Orleans Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss: "In our meetings at Howard Avenue and the East Jefferson bureau you said that you wanted to be told the facts as clearly as they can be told at present. I'd like to do that here."

The New York Times, Washington Post Defend Against Politico's Media Bias Claims (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Politico's executive editor, Jim VandeHei, and chief White House correspondent, Mike Allen, suggested Thursday that The New York Times and Washington Post are biased in favor of President Barack Obama and quick to promote potentially negative stories about presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Politico On the front page of its Sunday edition, The New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding. The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady. Only days earlier, news surfaced that author David Maraniss had unearthed new details about Barack Obama's prolific, college-age dope-smoking for his new book, Barack Obama: The Story -- and the Times made it a brief on A15. Poynter / MediaWire Allen and VandeHei's Politico story, which sort of said Mitt Romney gets more negative coverage than President Obama, has inspired a fair amount of negative coverage about Politico.

Turner's Kent 'Very Unhappy' With Ratings Dive At CNN (B&C)
Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent admitted to being "very unhappy" with CNN's primetime ratings, but said it won't resort to tricks to increase viewership. TVNewser Don't expect Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan or Anderson Cooper to see any major changes to their shows, but there will be changes coming, beyond the recently announced additions of John Berman and Anthony Bourdain. Mediaite He conceded that "we haven't put the best shows on the air," but despite the problems, he praised the network's primetime lineup as having "very high potential." He praised Anderson Cooper as a star who "is not getting a star's ratings... because of lead-ins." THR CNN has typically done well in "hot news environments," such as the start of 2011, which saw ratings spikes thanks to the Arab spring, Japanese earthquake and other news. He said that while the U.S. presidential election has been "pretty boring to people" over the past couple of months, he expressed hope that the race would heat up. HuffPost It seems that CNN is in store for a huge shake-up as it figures out how to turn the situation around. Kent hinted at some changes in the works, saying, "we have some other shows that probably need to be replaced."

Rotten Tomatoes Coming To Sirius XM Radio (THR)
Rotten Tomatoes is taking its act to Sirius XM Radio. The movie-review site owned by Time Warner on Thursday announced the creation of Rotten Tomatoes Radio, a weekly one-hour call-in show to be hosted by the website's editor in chief, Matt Atchity. It will air on Thursdays on the satcaster's Stars Too channel, premiering at 6 p.m. ET June 7. FishbowlLA Atchity is also a regular on The Young Turks satellite movie review Web show "What the Flick?!".

Digital News Pioneer Michael Bloomberg Reads Eight Newspapers A Day (VentureBeat)
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made billions of dollars as the founder of the disruptive digital news and data service that bears his name, prefers to get his news the old-fashioned way: On dead trees. FishbowlNY "The fallacy with [reading news on the Internet] is I don't know what I want to read," said Bloomberg. "I want someone to tell me what to read." He also said that he prefers magazines the old fashioned way, despite having an iPad.

How Important Are All Those Ugly Tweet Buttons To News Sites? (Nieman Journalism Lab)
News sites today are pockmarked with sharing buttons, those little "tweet this" or "like that" rectangles attached to seemingly every story these days.

Judge Allows Class-Action Suit Over Google's Book Scanning (NYT / Media Decoder)
A federal judge in Manhattan granted class-action status on Thursday to authors suing Google over the company's ambitious book-scanning project, allowing the long-stalled case to move forward. paidContent The ruling is a setback for Google, which asked Judge Denny Chin earlier this month to remove The Authors Guild and a photographers' group from the lawsuit. Google had also argued that a class action was not appropriate because many authors were in favor of having their works appear in the company's search results. Bloomberg The suits stem from Google's plan, announced in 2004, to digitally scan books from public and university libraries to provide short snippets of text to people who use its Internet search engine. The Authors Guild, individual authors and publishing companies sued in 2005, claiming the Mountain View, Calif.-based company hadn't sought authorization from the owners of the works.

Sneak Peek: NY Times Magazine's 'Innovations Issue' Thinks Big With Four Covers, Four Logos (UnBeige)
The New York Times Magazine's annual innovations issue arrives Sunday, stuffed with big ideas ranging from planet-saving bugs to futuristic family reunions. The magazine's crack design team took the theme to heart with an innovation of its own: an ambitious split run of four covers, each featuring a (gasp!) re-imagined version of the Gray Lady's famed blackletter logo.

GQ Joins Forces With Nordstrom (FishbowlNY)
GQ is teaming up with Nordstrom to take advantage of a shared consumer demographic. WWD / Memo Pad Beginning with the July issue, GQ editors, in consultation with Tommy Fazio, men's trend director at Nordstrom, will choose 12 to 18 items a month from the pages of the magazine to spotlight as a "GQ Selects" choice. Readers will be directed to the GQ or Nordstrom websites to learn more about the program and shop the chosen items. Folio: Chris Mitchell, the magazine's vice president and publisher, says GQ plans to do more of these collaborations -- specifically, one with Bloomingdale's this fall, timed with a major in-store initiative.

Tim Stevens Is The Nicest Guy In Tech (Fortune)
Tim Stevens was not happy. Last March, the incoming editor in chief of website Engadget was struggling as he took over one of the world's most popular blogs. Even under ideal circumstances, the task would have been daunting. But something bigger gnawed at him. His roster of writers, who turn out breaking news, reviews and videos 24 hours a day, was about to be gutted and there was little he could do.

Condé Nast Finds Magazine Readership Growing Among Millennials (Adweek)
It's a fairly common assumption that millennials don't read print media because they're all too busy browsing blogs, clicking on Facebook links and watching YouTube videos to crack open a physical magazine. Well, a new study from Condé Nast says young people's magazine readership is actually the highest it's been in decades.

Facebook's Saverin: Citizenship Renunciation Increased His Tax Bill (Forbes / Tim Worstall)
Eduardo Saverin famously renounced his U.S. citizenship last fall. The news broke just a few days before the Facebook IPO and there were immediate cries that he was just a tax dodger, spurning the country that offered him the chance to make such a fortune and so on. There's even the usual grandstanding from a politician or two about how the law must be changed to punish such behavior. Yet, as I noted at the time, it was entirely possible that his giving up his U.S. citizenship could actually increase his tax bill, not reduce it. AllFacebook Worstall pointed out that Saverin actually renounced his citizenship last fall, and he is required to calculate his tax bill as if he had just sold everything he owned at the time of his action, adding that Facebook stock was trading at a significantly higher value on secondary markets back then, meaning that, as he put it, "Saverin locked in a tax bill at pretty much the peak of Facebook's valuation."

Wired To Release Inaugural Issue On iPad (WWD / Memo Pad)
When Wired published its May 2011 issue for free on the iPad it was downloaded more than 200,000 times. Editors are betting that figure will be beat when its inaugural issue, originally published back in January 1993, is released for free Friday on the device. FishbowlNY The articles have been revamped for the tablet and it also comes packed with a 12,000-word story on the team who started it all.

How Hulu's Battleground Changed The Web TV Ballgame (GigaOM / NewTeeVee)
A TV show that won't air on any TV network? Quite a few people were hesitant when producer J.D. Walsh told them about his political comedy series project Battleground going to Hulu last year.

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