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BuzzFeed launches open-source news lab

Wired | BuzzFeed On Wednesday, BuzzFeed announced a new project, "BuzzFeed Open Lab For Journalism Technology and the Arts." The lab has been in development for the last six months and will be based in San Francisco, writes Mat Honan, BuzzFeed News' San Francisco bureau chief: When you think about media experiments, you probably think about advertising … Read More
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Meet Cafe.com, the political news site with a sales strategy

BuzzFeed BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Thursday profiled Cafe.com, a news site that's aiming to be a "blend between Vox, BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and Amazon." Here's the pitch, as told by founder Vinit Bharara to Smith: “We’re trying to create these big blocs of communities,” Bharara said. Rather than simply serve readers display ads, the challenge … Read More
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'Mad Men' actor to BuzzFeed staffer: 'I’m sweating like a rapist'

BuzzFeed | The New Republic | CJR Paul Johansson, the actor who played sleazy ad man Ferg Donnelly on the AMC drama "Mad Men," allegedly made several sexual overtures during a session with BuzzFeed staffers at the company's Los Angeles office last month. He was at BuzzFeed's office to be recorded for an article published … Read More
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Publishing news direct to Facebook is a big step -- but the Apocalypse is not upon us

Sceeenshot from Facebook My read on Facebook's deal with nine news publishers to post some material direct to the platform: yes, it's a significant business development but by no means apocalyptic, as some commentators are suggesting. Here's why: Good company: It was artful of Facebook and the publishers to assemble nine prominent brands to launch the experiment  … Read More
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de Blasio accidentally sends NYT reporter email about subway gripes

New York | The New York Times A New York Times story published Tuesday morning documenting Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway angst was made possible by an errant email sent to a reporter from the paper. Michael Grynbaum explains how the "stern, bullet-pointed missive" found its way to a Times reporter's inbox: Mr. de Blasio, who has … Read More
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If it's noteworthy, count on news outlets to spoil it for you

In the era of instant news that accompanies readers wherever they go, special attention has been given recently to preserving a blissful state of ignorance around watershed moments in pop culture. The NCAA men's basketball championship. The Grammy Awards. The plot twists that define wildly popular TV shows. In each of these cases, a news alert could spoil a … Read More
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When April Fools' Day goes wrong

Business Insider | BuzzFeed | Digiday When April Fools' jokes fall flat, they can really fall flat. Just ask the editors of The Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Virginia. Business Insider writer Peter Jacobs reports that for this year's April Fools' issue, the newspaper's editors decided to run a phony story making … Read More
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Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook

News and commentary this week that leading news organizations are close to striking a deal to publish directly to Facebook's platform reminds me, and others, of an industry faceoff six years ago with Google. As you may recall, Rupert Murdoch had denounced Google for "stealing" content in its news summaries.  William Dean Singleton, chairman of MediaNews … Read More
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Reddit rolls out embeddable comments in countermove to BuzzFeed

Slate Reddit On Monday, Reddit announced the unveiling of a new feature that could make life for BuzzFeed and Gawker a little more awkward: embeddable comment threads. From now on, if media outlets want to use content from Reddit, they can embed comments from the site's users directly in their stories, just as they have been able to … Read More
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BuzzFeed gets into the podcasting game

Wall Street Journal | Another Round | Internet Explorer On Tuesday, BuzzFeed became the latest news organization to begin offering podcasts to its audience. The inaugural editions of "Internet Explorer" and "Another Round," BuzzFeed's first two podcasts, went live on iTunes early this morning. The Wall Street Journal's Steven Perlberg reports: Both weekly podcasts are … Read More
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SXSW report: Washington Post's digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper's fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post's number of unique … Read More
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Tech blog Gigaom shuts down

Good morning. Here are 9 media stories. 'This hurts more than I can say' Gigaom, the tech blog founded in 2006 by journalist Om Malik, has shut down due to apparent financial problems. Several staffers, including senior writer Mathew Ingram, tweeted about the news Monday. "This hurts more than I can say: I was just told Gigaom is shutting … Read More