“With Tumblr growing rapidly, it’s attracted a number of media organizations both local and national that are looking to engage their audience in a new way and perhaps attract new readers.” [Mashable]
“Based on interviews with more than 20 employees and former employees of Tribune, Mr. Michaels’s and his executives’ use of sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective shocked and offended people throughout the company. Tribune Tower, the architectural symbol of the staid company, came to resemble a frat house, complete with poker parties, juke boxes and pervasive sex talk.” [NYT]
“Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced this afternoon that Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post’s media critic and an investigative reporter, will be taking over as the site’s Washington Bureau chief.” [NY Observer]
“We can guess that the deal follows the pattern established with the precedent Netflix set in its January deal with Warner: Netflix agrees not to rent Sony’s movies for the first 28 days after they go on sale. In return, it will pay the studio a reduced fee when it does rent the discs, and will get more movies to offer via its growing Web streaming service.” [AllThingsD]
“Tina Brown, one of New York’s best-established British media figures, has set her sights on Newsweek, the historic but ailing weekly news magazine, in a move that could intensify her rivalry with Arianna Huffington, proprietor of internet magazine the Huffington Post.” [The Guardian]
“Gawker Media’s Deadspin sports site says it will publish nude photos of Brett Favre today, along with some voicemails it says the quarterback left for a woman who is not his wife.
Which means that corner of Deadspin is going to be very, very popular today… As well as unprofitable, says Gawker Media owner Nick Denton.” [AllThingsD]
“Google News is currently testing a new feature that allows users to integrate their Twitter accounts with the news aggregator… If you enter your Twitter username into the open text box and hit ‘save,’ a list of updates featuring news articles by those you follow will appear.” [Mashable]
“In a new study about the news consumption and sharing habits of its international readership, CNN found that 43% of online news sharing occurs via social media networks and tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, followed by e-mail (30%), SMS (15%) and instant messenger (12%).” [Mashable]
“The $4.99 app, which was developed in partnership with Scrollmotion, is truly ahead of its peers in the magazine industry. There are no unsightly scroll bars or static pages; each page has been elegantly reformatted and asks to be touched and played with, fashioning an experience that is far more beautiful and engaging than the one rendered by the print version of the magazine.” [Mashable]
“The Economist is overcoming a distribution bottleneck by taking its Intelligent Life quarterly to the U.S. on iPad only… In North America it [was previously] only available via subscription.” [PaidContent]
“On the ninth floor of a nondescript building in New York City is a very unique company that is poised to change the future of publishing. This company has more than 11,000 apps in the App Store, deals with some of the biggest players in publishing and is able to build apps both quickly and inexpensively. It’s also a company that, for now, is virtually unknown.” [Mashable]
“The New York Times Company, News Corp and the Gannett Company (publisher of USA Today) are developing apps for the Android-based tablet, which is scheduled to become available to consumers in the UK on November 1 and in the U.S. later this year.” [Mashable]
Lauren Indvik is an Assistant Editor at Mashable‘s New York office, where she edits and writes news related to media, marketing and fashion. Before Mashable, she led social media strategy and execution at TheStreet. Lauren holds a B.A. in English Literature with Honors from Dartmouth College. She doesn’t miss the cold.
Lauren can be reached at laureni at mashable.