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Savannah Guthrie And Matt Lauer Make Formal Today Debut (TVNewser)
Monday morning was the first official day behind the anchor desk for the new Today anchor team of Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. After the opening credit, which included the voiceover announcer saying "Savannah Guthrie" for the first time, Lauer formally welcomed her to the program. TVSpy "It truly is a new day around here," Lauer said, welcoming Guthrie to the host desk. NYT / Media Decoder After the welcome video Monday, Guthrie acknowledged Ann Curry's sudden departure by saying of her new position as co-host, "This was a little unexpected, as we all know." She went on to say, "I'm so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women that I admire," and mentioned Curry and other former hosts by name. New York Daily News Today later ran a video clip package extolling Guthrie -- something it conspicuously did not do when Curry left the show at the end of June. Washington Post / The TV Column Monday was carefully tailored to show us what Guthrie has got that Curry had a great big lack of.

Microsoft Scoops Up Perceptive Pixel, The Start-Up Launched By Multi-Touch Pioneer Jeff Han (AllThingsD)
Microsoft announced at its partner conference Monday that it is buying Perceptive Pixel, the New York-based company started by multi-touch pioneer Jeff Han. The company is perhaps best known as the maker of the technology behind the giant touchscreen used by CNN. Reuters Microsoft, which recently agreed to buy online social network Yammer Inc for $1.2 billion in cash, did not disclose the value of its planned acquisition of Perceptive Pixel. Wired Given the ongoing Apple-Samsung lawsuit over the 10-inch Galaxy Tab, and the tech world's instinct these days to sue first and negotiate later, it's in Microsoft's best interest to release its upcoming Surface tablet with its own arsenal of patents to fight off potential lawsuits. TVNewser Perceptive Pixel produced the "Magic Wall" that started the whole cable news touchscreen craze on CNN back in 2008. ABC, Bloomberg, ESPN, Fox News, Univision and The Weather Channel also use displays from the company. Ironically, MSNBC originally used the "surface" touchscreen from its then-partner Microsoft, rather than a Perceptive Pixel display. NYT / Bits To Microsoft, though, gargantuan touch screens are the whiteboards of tomorrow.

Survey: Smartphones Remain Favorite Mobile News Source Among Young Adults (Poynter / MediaWire)
Tablets like the iPad, while still outnumbered by smartphones, are emerging as the favored mobile devices for news consumers who were traditional print readers and have a willingness to pay for content. That's the general theme in the latest release of data from Roger Fidler's tablet research project. The iPad and other tablets may prompt newspapers to start changing when they update content, reports Fidler, program director of digital publishing at Reynolds Journalism Institute. Here's why: His study found that tablet owners tend to use their devices more frequently at home after 5 p.m. Reynolds Journalism Institute Among the mobile news consumers we surveyed, 40 percent owned large media tablets (mostly iPads). About half said it was their most frequently used mobile device for consuming news. Adweek With mobile devices, magazines have more ways than ever to distribute their content -- and more ways of getting ripped off.

Legal Fight Over Dish's Auto Hop Set For California (TheWrap)
A New York federal judge said the fight over Dish Networks' new ad-skipping Auto Hop feature will play out in California. THR / Hollywood, Esq. Venue has been at issue in the case since Dish filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York the same day Fox and other television networks filed in Los Angeles. The networks claimed Dish raced to the courthouse to secure a more favorable venue. Now, in a move that will mean several lawsuits will proceed at once on multiple coasts, a judge has lifted an injunction and dismissed parts of Dish's lawsuit against the networks. LA Times / Company Town The Auto Hop, launched by Dish in May, uses technology that essentially allows consumers to bypass commercials from recorded programs that have aired on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Adweek Dish wanted the case to be tried in New York where a previous case involving DVRs could give Auto Hop legal precedent. Bloomberg Businessweek "Dish's filing was motivated by a fear of imminent legal action by the networks and was, thus, improperly anticipatory," U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said in her opinion Monday. She said it was inappropriate to consolidate the cases in New York "because three of the sets of parties claiming injury have chosen another forum for their claims." Ad Age / Media News Swain did rule in favor of allowing to Dish to present its claims against Walt Disney's ABC in New York. ABC is the only big broadcaster who has yet to file suit against Dish's Auto Hop.

Ex-Patch EIC: Journatic Episode Illustrates Cost/Quality Issue In Hyperlocal (StreetFight / Brian Farnham)
Well, that didn't take long. Journatic was bound to make a mistake or two when they took over the Tribune Company's large TribLocal ops. But the cost-and-scale-minded content startup has really stepped in it with a fake byline debacle, and it will be interesting to see if what they just stepped in was a mess they can clean off their shoe and move on from, or a fatal landmine.

ABC News Readies Good Afternoon America (TVNewser)
Monday the Good Morning America brand moved to the afternoons with the launch of Good Afternoon America. The one-hour show, hosted by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, wrapped up rehearsals over the weekend. HuffPost / AP ABC's GMA has watched its competitors at NBC's Today stretch its show to four hours in recent years, so it is trying out its own expansion. The hour-long GAA is airing for nine weeks as a summer replacement series. New York Daily News Officially, ABC's new GAA, launched at 2 p.m. Monday, is just keeping that time slot warm for the summer. Nine weeks from now, on Sept. 10, General Hospital will move from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m., Katie Couric's new talk show will take the 3 p.m. slot, and GAA will disappear. But James Goldston, the new senior vice president for content and development at ABC News, won't discourage the notion that if GAA does anywhere near as well as its parent GMA has done over the last year, ABC wouldn't be averse to finding it a more permanent home.

TED Books Launches iOS Store, With Subscriptions (paidContent)
Conference organization TED already publishes eBooks. Now it is selling them through a new app, Ted Books for iOS. AppNewser Built by publisher and development company Atavist, the new Ted Books app will extend the functionality of TED's eBooks by allowing authors to add audio and video to their books. HuffPost Each book is 15,000-20,000 words long, digital only, with a new title published every two weeks. Individual titles can be purchased for $2.99; however, a $14.99 subscription can be bought that lasts three months -- essentially, the next six books for the price of five. For the first 90 days, this will also include full access to the back catalog of existing eBooks. Attendees at TED's legendary conferences receive a year's subscription for free.

Kim Dotcom Responds To Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have A Case' (THR)
A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The decision has sparked a fiery response from Dotcom, who discussed it in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Monday night.

Seattle Times' Methadone Series Wins Associated Press Media Editors' Public Service Award (HuffPost / AP)
The Seattle Times' investigation of the state of Washington's practice of steering people to methadone to reduce its Medicaid costs won a Public Service award from the Associated Press Media Editors association.

Two Guys Made A Website, And This Is What They Got (NYT / Media Decoder)
Upworthy, a news aggregation site that began publishing on March 26, is serious news built for a spreadable age, with super-clicky headlines and a visually oriented user interface.

Who Reported It First? Who Cares? (The New Republic)
Can we talk about the nonsense of caring about which news outlet first reports a big piece of news? I'm not talking about a genuine scoop -- a report that wouldn't have otherwise come to light -- but about news that we're all eventually going to find out anyway. Who Mitt Romney selects to be his running-mate, for instance, or whether the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate. Adweek Adweek reached out to a few journalists who have made a name for being fast and accurate for their reactions to TNR's Amy Sullivan's piece and their feelings on the journalistic culture of micro-scoops.

Oprah Builds A Network: Winfrey Tries To Play OWN's Troubles For Ratings (Ad Age / Media News)
Oprah Winfrey has a long history of turning her personal struggles into "aha! moments" that resonate with viewers. Now she is hoping to turn the troubled start for OWN into ratings for the network with the two-part documentary Oprah Builds a Network. HuffPost The first part of the special premiered Sunday, and offered a behind-the-scenes look at Oprah's first year as OWN's CEO. The network debuted in January 2011 and she took over last July, after it floundered in the ratings.

Laura Lancaster, NBC Head Of Drama Programming, Is Out (TheWrap)
Laura Lancaster, NBC's executive vice president of drama programming, is out after six years, TheWrap has learned. FishbowlLA What happens when you're the person behind such NBC duds like Prime Suspect and The Playboy Club? You get shown the door after six years with the network. Variety Lancaster was a holdover from the previous regime at NBC who managed to stay in place once Robert Greenblatt was installed as chairman of the network's entertainment division, which led to multiple departures including her counterpart on the comedy side, Jeff Ingold. THR Lancaster's upcoming drama slate includes fall launches Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as midseason entries Do No Harm and Infamous.

What's Really Going Wrong (And Right) At The Washington Post (Poynter / Biz Blog)
Not so long ago, Donald Graham was being lionized as the model of a results-driven CEO. Even The New York Times, a sometimes catty rival to other high-profile papers, quoted a Post staffer who hailed Graham's Washington Post as America's "best-run newspaper company." In 2012, the tide has shifted with a whoosh. AllThingsD In a partnership for the coming Summer Olympic games in London, the Washington Post will work with the makers of Socialcam, the mobile video-capturing application currently circulating widely across Facebook.

Some Shows Need Commercials; We Nominate HBO's The Newsroom (Ad Age / Tuning In)
Imagine if someone force-fed you giant hunks of cauliflower and broccoli for an hour or more. For the first 10 minutes of this process, you might think, "At least I'm getting lots of fiber and minerals." But by the last quarter-hour, you'd just be trying to escape. Unfortunately that's the kind of comparison that comes to mind watching HBO's new Aaron Sorkin series, The Newsroom.

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