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David Cohen

David Cohen, editor of AllFacebook, has been with the blog since September 2011. Prior to that, he worked on other WebMediaBrands blogs (SocialTimes, WebNewser), and as a Web editor for several other sites (Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, Sports Video Group).

CNN Acquires iPad News App Zite

Previously rumored and now official, CNN is acquiring free iPad news app Zite, which organizes news content into a magazine-like format for users of the Apple tablet.

Zite takes user preferences into account in aggregating the content it displays, “getting smarter as it’s used.” It will remain a separate, stand-alone business.

Zite CEO Mark Johnson will continue to oversee day-to-day operations from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, reporting to CNN Digital general manager K.C. Estenson. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but AllThingsD reports CNN paid between $20 and $25 million dollars.

FoxNews.com First, HuffPost Last in Satisfaction Survey

FoxNews.com finished atop the American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings of Internet news and information sites for the second consecutive year, earning the No. 1 spot in each of its two years of being ranked. The Huffington Post, a newcomer to the chart, was not as fortunate.

FoxNews.com recorded a 2011 score of 82 for the second year in a row. It was followed by: ABCNews.com (77); USAToday.com (76); CNN.com and msnbc.com (each at 74); NYTimes.com (73); all others (the remainder of the total industry market share, less the market shares of the ACSI-measured companies, which finished at 72); and HuffPost, which brought up the rear with a score of 69.

ABCNews.com was up two points compared with 2010, and CNN.com picked up one point, while FoxNews.com and msnbc.com were unchanged. NYTimes.com suffered the biggest drop, three points, while USAToday.com and all others each shed one point.

African-American News Sites theGrio, NewsOne Join Forces

NBC News’ theGrio and Interactive One’s NewsOne will coordinate and share editorial content under terms of an agreement between the parent companies of the two African-American-targeted digital news sites.

Interactive One will oversee ad sales for both sites, and the two companies said co-marketing and promotional opportunities can be mined from Interactive One’s digital assets, Radio One’s 52 stations, cable network TV One, Reach Media, and NBC News’ various platforms.

NBC News and Interactive One added that according to data from comScore, the two sites’ combined monthly net audience soared from 661,500 in May 2010 to 2.1 million this past May.

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Experian Hitwise: O’Reilly Factor Tops Cable News Sites, Daily Show Wins Late-Night

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor was the top-ranked cable-news-show website for the week ending June 25, according to data from Experian Hitwise, with MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show grabbing second place, and the No. 3 spot going to Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

Comedy Central continued to occupy the top two slots on the late-night talk-show chart, with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno finished third for the week.

The morning news shows finished in their customary order: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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More changes at CBSNews.com

Eric Schurenberg has left BNET, the CBS Interactive site geared toward business professionals. Schurenberg had been BNET’s editor-in-chief and editorial director of CBSMoneyWatch.com. Content from CBSMoneyWatch.com and BNET will now be incorporated into CBSNews.com and those staffers will now report to Dan Farber who, on Friday, added CNET News to his editorial duties in addition to overseeing CBSNews.com.

MSNBC Letting Facebook Users Decide Which Season of Lockup to Air

MSNBC had a dilemma: With prison documentary series Lockup set to debut another season July 2, the network had two seasons ready to air, on Boston and Tampa, Fla. So it turned to its 102,944 (at post time) Facebook fans to help it decide.

The network posted a poll on the Lockup Facebook page Friday, asking fans to choose whether the season starting July 2 should feature Boston or Tampa.

At the time of this post, Boston was running away with the voting, holding a 996-441 lead, but voting runs through June 26, so Tampa prison aficionados still have time to lock up Lockup.

Experian Hitwise: The Last Word Edges On the Record

The tug-of-war between MSNBC’s The Last Word and Fox News Channel’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren for third-place on the Experian Hitwise chart of the top three cable-news-show websites continued, with The Last Word seizing the No. 3 spot for the week ending June 11 after conceding it to On the Record the previous week. The top two once again were Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, respectively.

Two Comedy Central offerings — The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report — claimed the top two spots on the late-night talk-show website chart for the fourth week in a row, while TBS’ Conan bumped NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon out of third place.

The morning news shows were unchanged, as usual: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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Experian Hitwise: On the Record Is On the Charts

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show maintained their holds on the top two spots of the Experian Hitwise list of the top three cable-news-show websites for the week ending June 4, while Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren seized third place from MSNBC’s The Last Word.

The top two late-night talk-show sites were unchanged for the third consecutive week — Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report — but NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon edged network sibling The Tonight Show with Jay Leno out of the third spot.

As usual, the morning-news-show rankings were: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.
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CNN.com ME Credits ‘Pilates’ for Site’s Success

The key to the dominance recorded in the online news sector by CNN.com? Pilates.

Pilates? Not the workout, but the online strategy CNN.com managing editor Meredith Artley discussed with Simon Owens for Nieman Journalism Lab. Artley said:

What that means, as someone who has friends who do Pilates but has never done it herself, is that it’s about strengthening your core Read more

Experian Hitwise: Rachel Maddow Rebounds

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor continued its run atop the Experian Hitwise list of the top three cable-news-show websites for the week ending May 28, while MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show rebounded to claim second place, and fellow MSNBC offering The Last Word placed third.

The top three late-night talk-show sites were unchanged from the previous week: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, followed by NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

There were no surprises in the morning-news-show rankings: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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