The Morning Fix: Facebook gets older; Moguls and LeBron to mingle at Sun Valley; beware of Twitter grifters!
After the coffee. Before the two flights to get to Sun Valley.
Mogulfest 09 The Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley kicks off today with the usual assortment of old media stars (Viacom, News Corp., etc.), new media (Facebook, Twitter) and a few surprises (LeBron James). The tone may not be upbeat given the economy, but attendance does not look to be down and it things get to grim in the sessions there is yoga and knitting and bridge also. The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times.
First mom was on Facebook. Now grandma is! Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg may not want to talk about this at the Sun Valley mogul conference this week, but his social networking site now has more users over the age of 55 than it does high school student users. There are lots of reasons for this including some having to do with how people may not be disclosing information the way they used to on the site. Tech blog ReadWriteWeb tries to break it down.
What happened to paper routes and mowing lawns? Ari Weinstein, a 15 year-old, is spending his summer figuring out how to hack into iPhones to download non-Apple endorsed applications, much to the chagrin of Steve Jobs & Co. The Wall Street Journal.
PG for Potter. The latest "Harry Potter" will be PG, not PG-13 as the last two installments were, which may boost box office more, says Variety.
Mr. Glickman stays in Washington? Motion Picture Association of Amercia President Dan Glickman is toying with running for Senate from Kansas, reports Politico. Glickman's contract is up at the end of next year although there has been speculation that he would leave his post before then.
In the Los Angeles Times: Dan Neil on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps return to product endorsement after his pot smoking flap. Beware the Twitter grifters. If someone is offering to help you get paid for tweeting, don't breakout the checkbook just yet. John Horn on Sony's gamble on a Lance Armsrong documentary. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled against Michael Jackson's mother's push to be executor of the pop star's estate.
-- Joe Flint