Fast News for July 27, 2011

Fast News for July 27, 2011 SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> Conde iPad Situation a "Snake Pit": The New York Observer says the "knives are out" for Conde Nast's Executive Editor of Digital Magazine Development Scott Dadich over the lackluster performance of the company's iPad applications.

>> Time Is a Digital Genius: Time took top honors in a new ranking of magazines' "digital intelligence" (which is meant to reflect the quality of magazines' websites, digital marketing, social-media efforts and mobile presences) from New York University Stern School of Business. The rest of the top 10 all scored in the "gifted" range, from No. 2 People to No. 10 Cosmopolitan. Seven magazines at the bottom of the list were branded "feeble": Traditional Home, Muscle & Fitness, Elle Decor, Star, Men's Journal, Town & Country, and In Touch Weekly.

>> Uh-O: Oprah Winfrey hasn't had the same zing behind her name since she left her show. Her new network, OWN, has taken a ratings beating. Now it appears that Oprah's decline is impacting O, The Oprah Magazine as well. According to the New York Post, ad pages for its August issue are down 31 percent and pages for its September issue are down 18 percent.

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