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The Morning Fix: Young people aren't watching TV. New iPad buzz.

February 9, 2012 |  8:41 am

After the coffee. Before plotting my revenge on Joe Flint for making me fill in for him during his vacation.

The Skinny: It's been a long week, folks, am I right? I don't know about you, but I'm going to be dragging my boyfriend to the theater to see "The Vow" this weekend, where Channing Tatum's deep green eyes will help me to forget the stresses of work. Thursday's stories include rumors of a new iPad, News Corp.'s money triumphs and woes, and shocking news about young people and television viewership.

The Daily Dose: Speaking of “The Vow,” the tear-jerker set to top the box office this weekend will be Spyglass Entertainment’s swan song. The amnesia romance was co-financed by the film finance and production company for about $30 million. The film was set up with Sony’s Screen Gems label just before the heads of Spyglass -- Gary Barber and Roger Bimbaum -- became the chief executives of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Spyglass helped bring a number of hits to the big screen over the last decade, including “The Sixth Sense” and “Star Trek.”

Get your camping gear ready. Hardcore Apple geeks may soon be lining up outside the company's stores nationwide, because word on the street is that the successor to the iPad 2 may be revealed in March. The next generation of the tablet will likely have a crisper display and run faster, due to an updated chip and graphics processing unit. More on the rumors from All Things D.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? News Corp.'s quarterly profit may have risen 65%, but the company's bills related to its London phone-hacking scandal continue to rise. The company incurred an $87-million charge stemming from costs relating to the scandal this quarter alone, and the company says it is unsure how many more tens of millions it will have to shell out this year as the investigation continues. More from the Los Angeles Times and the Telegraph.

The youngs don't have time for TV. In Earth-shattering news, it seems that those young folks are increasingly watching less television via a traditional TV set. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of that thing they call the Internet, young'uns are spending more time texting, Twittering, playing video games and watching video online. As a result, per a new study by Nielsen, Americans ages 12 to 34 are watching less traditional TV. The New York Times says this means adults between 25 and 34 watched about nine minutes less of television a day in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same period in 2010. 

Better check yourself before you wreck yourself. CNN political analyst Roland Martin was suspended by the network after he sent out a slew of "regrettable and offensive" tweets during the Super Bowl. The tweets in question appeared to be homophobic, centering around a pink outfit worn by a New England Patriots player and soccer star David Beckham's revealing underwear ad. "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl," read one of Martin's tweets. Details of the suspension are at CNN. 

Party crashing. Everyone knows the hottest Oscar party in town is Vanity Fair's exclusive fete, but how much would you pay to stargaze? Two tickets to the fancy Sunset Tower Hotel bash -- which has an invite list that caps off at 500 guests -- are being auctioned off for charity, and so far the highest bid is $16,000. I mean, honestly, who wouldn't pay that much for a glimpse of Ryan Gosling? Bloomberg tells you how to place your bid.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: You know that controversial Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super Bowl commercial? Yeah, it wasn't actually shot in Detroit. Funding has plummeted 41% at public television station KCET. Peace out, Hugh Laurie:  After eight years, Fox's "House" will wrap after this season.

-- Amy Kaufman

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Photo: Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star in "The Vow." Credit: Sony Pictures