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Mobile Media Mavens Like Funny Videos, Baseball

The ad dollars may not be there yet, but the eyeballs are certainly arriving. Here’s more evidence that mobile phone (and iPad) users are consuming lots of entertainment on their gadgets, via two media company data points/press releases:

  • Break Media, the dude-centric content/ad network that revolves around, says it is now generating 10 million monthly “mobile visits” and 100,000 visits from its mobile app every day. Break says video views on mobile devices and other gadgets now account for 12 percent* of its overall total; it also says users have downloaded its Apple iOS and Google Android apps 1.5 million times in the last 18 months.
  • Meanwhile, MLB Advanced Media, pro baseball’s digital arm, says that more than half of its traffic came via mobile apps and mobile Web sites last month. That’s the first time has seen mobile beat out wired views.

Important to remember that we’re also seeing evidence that “mobile” doesn’t necessarily mean on the go — lots of mobile views are apparently being generated by devices people are using at home or at the office.

[Note: An earlier version of Break’s press release said the company was generating 22 percent of visits from mobile devices.]

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald