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Arianna Huffington made $21 million from HuffPost sale

In the 2011 sale of The Huffington Post to AOL, Arianna Huffington walked away with a total of $21 million, according to an internal AOL memo published today on The Smoking Gun. That number is much lower than was earlier speculated, The Smoking Gun reports.

The memo was part of a court filing last week in Peter Daou and James Boyce's ongoing lawsuit against Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and the publication. Daou and Boyce claim the idea of the site was theirs.
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Huffington Post will end anonymous comments

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Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier, and I just came from London, where there are threats of rape and death threats,” Barb Darrow reports Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said at a conference in Boston. Huffington said the site would rescind anonymity in September: “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity."

In an email to Poynter, Huffington Post spokesperson Rhoades Alderson confirms the move and says HuffPost's army of moderators -- it has about 40 -- "will be freed up to engage more with the community, facilitating the kinds of productive conversations our community members want to be having." (more...)
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Stephen Colbert, Arianna Huffington among this weekend’s commencement speakers

Stephen Colbert is scheduled to speak Saturday at the University of Virginia. Arianna Huffington will speak at Smith College Sunday.

They're among the many journalists who've spoken or are scheduled to speak at commencement ceremonies this spring, as many did last year.

Below, a roundup of scheduled speeches as well as some of the ones already delivered. Got an addition? Email me: abeaujon@poynter.org.

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Lawsuit over HuffPost’s origins will proceed, but CEO Armstrong won’t be questioned

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Like The Huffington Post’s annual What Time Is the Super Bowl? page, Peter Daou and James Boyce’s suit asserting they’d helped start the site just won't die.

New York Supreme Court Judge Charles Ramos Wednesday ordered Arianna Huffington, Ken Lerer and the Huffington Post to answer the Democratic consultants' complaint, which charges that they'd written documents that became the framework for the site.

Ramos also quashed a subpoena Doau and Boyce's lawyers hoped to issue to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Armstrong engineered AOL's purchase of The Huffington Post in February 2011 but was not an original founder of the site. The plaintiffs "have not demonstrated that Armstrong had any information other than that of his company, AOL, regarding the reasons for purchasing the Huffington Post," Ramos wrote. (more...)
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Huffington tells Colbert: ‘You just won a mere Peabody, we won a Pulitzer’

Arianna Huffington appeared on "The Colbert Report" Wednesday night to talk about her website's first Pulitzer Prize win. Huffington Post started in 2005, the same year as Stephen Colbert's show. "And you and I are just racing toward the accolades," he said, then asked: "What specifically did Huffington Post win for? Was it for Heidi Klum nip slips? What was the article?" Here's the exchange that followed:
Huffington: You know what Stephen, I have a feeling that you're just bitter and jealous.
Colbert: Am I? Am I? How's your Peabody, baby? How's your Peabody? Maybe my Peabody could fight your Pulitzer. ... As a website you win a Pulitzer Prize, right? You can also win a Peabody with a website.
Huffington: Who needs a Peabody when you have a Pulitzer? ... You need to stop aggregating the Huffington Post. Do you know how much of our material you use?
Colbert: All of it. ... A year ago I started the Colbuffington Re-post. You aggregate from all over the Internet, and I re-aggregate from all over your website. And I hope you're here to give me my re-Pulitzer.
After the jokes, Huffington talked about David Wood's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Wood told Mallary Tenore on Monday about his win, "It’s an affirmation of what Arianna said: ‘You can do great journalism from any platform.’ ” Here's full video of Huffington with Colbert: (more...)
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Who’s right about Arianna Huffington’s role at AOL?

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TechCrunch has confirmed Business Insider’s report that Arianna Huffington’s role at AOL has been reduced. TechCrunch -- owned and operated by AOL -- published a story late Thursday night saying that Jay Kirsch now runs TechCrunch, Engadget, Moviefone, Stylist, AOL Video, AOL.com and TUAW. Kirsch became responsible for the Tech sites’ business operations in December 2011, when Heather Harde left her position at AOL as GM of TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW. The business responsibilities Kirsch gained then were Harde’s, not Huffington’s. Kirsch was part of the February announcement that TechCrunch had a new editor.

But Alexia Tsotsis now reports that Kirsch “will be looking for an Editorial Manager to fill a role under him and deal directly with each individual site, according to sources.” If true, that means Huffington no longer has editorial control over all the AOL brands and Web properties she began managing when AOL purchased her  website over a year ago. Tsotsis’ reporting follows Nicholas Carlson’s story that Huffington was demoted, which was a response to Brian Stelter's story in The New York Times.

Carlson said by phone Thursday night that his curiosity was aroused when he read Stelter’s story, “Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping" so he checked with "very good sources" who told him that “all these media brands were hers, and now they’re not."

I’m awaiting an official response from The Huffington Post and AOL about what, if any, changes have occurred regarding oversight of these sites and Huffington’s role with them. I’ll update when I hear back.
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Huffington to news orgs: Stop fetishizing social media

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Arianna Huffington, whose eponymous site is uber-optimized for social media, says the media is too obsessed with "going viral" instead of reporting substantive news. In a lengthy column, Huffington acknowledges that HuffPost is "as aggressive as any media outlet in using social media," but warns:
The media world's fetishization of social media has reached idol-worshipping proportions. Media conference agendas are filled with panels devoted to social media and how to use social tools to amplify coverage, but you rarely see one discussing what that coverage should actually be about. ... Social media are a means, not an end. And going viral isn't "mission accomplished," regardless of what it was that went viral.
Earlier: Plea to journalists: Stop using social media as cover for bogus trend stories (Poynter)
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Lawsuit over Huffington Post origins can go to trial

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A New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit claiming that Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer stole the idea for the Huffington Post has enough merit to go to trial. Jeff Roberts reports that a judge ruled that plaintiffs Peter Daou and James Boyce's claim could go forward "under a New York law that allows people to sue if someone steals an idea that is both novel and concrete. In the ruling, the judge noted that Huffington appeared to have conceded that the idea was indeed a new one when she told Playboy in 2006, 'There’s a tremendous advantage in being the first with something ... We were the first hybrid of news and group blog.' " Roberts reports that the ruling, which he has in his post, increases pressure on Huffington to settle. AOL spokesman Mario Ruiz responded to the lawsuit thusly: "Seven out of the eight claims were thrown out. To describe this as any kind of victory is as laughable as their lawsuit." || Earlier: Democratic consultants accuse Huffington of stealing their ideaHuffington Post: Vanity Fair should have killed ‘nonstory’ about lawsuit
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Analysts: AOL may be worth more broken into pieces and sold

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AOL's Internet access business, in particular, would be good to unload, say analysts. They also point out that closing Patch, which has reporters in 850 towns, would free $160 million and lift AOL into profitability. (AOL lost $11.8 million in the second quarter.) AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong argues that the kind of content that Patch sites post is the Internet’s future growth engine. Analyst Sameet Sinha tells Verne Kopytoff: “Frankly, AOL hasn’t delivered on its [turnaround] promise yet. It’s just been a series of stumbles.” || DigiDay: AOL's chief ad man talks tough, and says Patch "is another example of AOL leading in the marketplace." || Bloomberg.com: For a private equity firm that’s looking for the cheapest way to get online, AOL is trading for 57 cents on the dollar.
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Patch’s deal with Newark mayor ‘looks just a little too cozy’

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James Rainey says of Newark Patch "partnering" with Mayor Cory Booker: "It doesn't really matter whether Patch's executive overseer, Arianna Huffington, is merely a good friend of Mayor Booker, as she says, or had a romantic relationship with him, as others have suggested. Either way, the new journalistic arrangement looks just a little too cozy."
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