ABC News applies two years of use to new iPad strategy

The distinctive three-dimensional globe is giving way to a new three-edition iPad app strategy for ABC News. The new version relies not on ideas about what iPad users might want — as was the case when it first launched in July 2010 — but on nearly two years of usage.

Who is Ross Levinsohn? Yahoo’s new salesman-in-chief

Ross Levinsohn has a lot of new responsibilities as interim CEO of Yahoo but one of the most important roles is as salesman-in-chief. He not only has to pitch the media company to advertisers — he has to sell the image of what Yahoo does right.

Vid-Biz: CBS, MySpace, Long Tail

CBS Launching Katie Couric Web Show; weekly “online conversations” with the CBS news anchor to feature big names and run for 20-30 minutes each. (Media Decoder)
Report: MySpace Plans to Launch New Vid Service; with some help from Hulu, the site will supposedly offer more feature films, TV shows and music videos. (CNET)
Study: Netflix Data Contradicts the Long Tail Theory; academic paper finds that people still mostly want to watch the hits. (The Hollywood Reporter)
12seconds Releases iPhone App; 12mail lets you send short video messages to your Facebook and Twitter contacts. (12mail iTunes link)
Republicans Mobilize to Block FCC Net Neutrality Plan; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.-Tex.) introduces amendment to prohibit the FCC from spending money to create “new regulatory mandates.” (Multichannel News) But at least NBC’s Jeff Zucker Likes Genachowski’s Plan; especially the bits about distinguishing between legal and illegal content. (Multichannel News)
Comcast Kicking Off Media Blitz for Fancast; the premium content portal looking to take on Hulu with prime-time TV ads. (Ad Age)
Nokeena Changes Name to Ankeena; switch made because of unspecified trademark issues. (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)

Vid-Biz: Scientology, FOX Sports, Couric

More than 4,000 Anti-Scientology Vids Receive Takedown Notices; the American Rights Counsel LLC issues notices (whether or not the group is affiliated with the Church of Scientology is unknown), temporarily suspending many accounts. (EFF Deeplinks Blog)

FOX Sports President Not So Into Streaming; despite the big year for sports online, Ed Goren is cautious and concerned about what online video will do to TV ratings. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Katie Couric Letting Loose Online; CBS’s embattled Evening News anchor finding fun in her job though online video news extras. (LA Times)

YouTube Kicks Off Journalism Contest; vid site partners with the Pulitzer Center to invite aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not get coverage in the mainstream media. (YouTube Blog)

Babelgum Re-Ups Its Online Film Festival; Spike Lee will once again be jury chairman for this contest. (Variety)

iWidgets to Syndicate CBS Shows; partnership will allow users to watch full episodes of shows like CSI directly from social networks. (release)

Metallica Launches YouTube Promotion; the Napster killers have put together a collection of videos of bands covering Metallica songs. (Listening Post)