Articles about "Huffington Post"


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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Why publishers should follow the Verge-HuffPost aggregation dustup

Techdirt | BuzzFeed

It might be hard to understand why staffers at tech site The Verge complained so loudly about a Huffington Post "linkout" that sent readers to a Verge feature. After all, isn't the Web built on such selfless acts of curation?

"I'm sort of at a loss as to how anyone might think that the HuffPo snippet and link takes away from the original," Techdirt Editor Mike Masnick wrote Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Huffington Post Senior News Editor Whitney Snyder roared to the defense of his organization's linking practices. (more...)
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Trymaine Lee: New MSNBC gig is a chance to ‘flex different muscles’

Maynard Institute
Trymaine Lee, the Huffington Post reporter who helped move the Trayvon Martin story into the mainstream, is taking a job at MSNBC.

Reached by phone, Lee told Poynter he was taking most of November off to spend time with his daughter, who was born in August. His exact role at MSNBC "will be tightened" after he gets there, he said, but he expects to focus on what he said were "issues that are important to progressives," such as gun rights and gun control.

As a police reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Lee was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its Hurricane Katrina coverage. He also contributed reporting to The New York Times' Pultizer Prize-winning coverage of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall, Richard Prince writes. (more...)
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What Nate Silver’s success says about the 4th and 5th estates

Many are declaring the 2012 presidential election a victory for Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog. His success this political season — in both predicting the electoral college vote and in driving traffic to the New York Times — … Read more

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Huffington Post, Gawker websites go down as newsrooms lose servers, power

The Huffington Post website is down Tuesday morning, along with all the Gawker sites. BuzzFeed was up and down Monday evening, as teams shifted publishing to social platforms including Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. While most major news websites in New Jersey and New York continued to publish as planned, others did not fare as well once water began pouring in and pockets of the city lost power due to Sandy.

Huffington Post Communications Director Rhoades Alderson explains what happened:
Our primary datacenter (Datagram) is in New York City and the backup is in Newark. Those host the fronted web servers, while the comments, statistics, analytics, and data are all hosted elsewhere in places unaffected by the storm. ... (more...)
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Huffington Post leads news sites with the most viral stories on Facebook

BuzzFeed
Matt Buchanan publishes a list of the news websites that have the most stories that go viral on Facebook (getting at least 100 "interactions"). It's based on all Facebook sharing activity in September, as tracked by Newswhip.

It's probably no coincidence that the top three websites -- Huffington Post, Daily Mail, and Yahoo -- use "frictionless sharing" apps to automatically share some users' article-reading activity with their Facebook friends. While the apps push the boundaries of reader privacy, they also effectively spread stories.

Following them are some legacy media websites: BBC, The New York Times and The Guardian.
A few of the 40 most-shared news websites on Facebook.
Earlier: Huffington Post dominates Facebook’s most-shared politics stories last year | With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy
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How the Huffington Post handles 70+ million comments a year

The Huffington Post has accumulated more than 70 million comments so far this year, far surpassing the 2011 total of 54 million.

To take a single example, its post (the first published) with the now-famous video of Mitt Romney’s “47 … Read more

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Huffington Post, Newsweek use coat-hanger imagery for GOP platform

On Tuesday the Republican Party approved a plank to its convention platform opposing abortion in all cases.

The Huffington Post responded with an arresting homepage image:



As Erik Wemple reported first, HuffPost front-page editor Whitney Snyder and senior editor Danny Shea conceived the idea, which Arianna Huffington "loved." Reached by phone, founding editor Roy Sekoff said the image "went right up to the line of offensive" and reminded him of George Lois' classic Esquire covers and that he wants the site's "tops" to have "the same power." (more...)
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Huffington iPad mag stops charging, renewing concern about readers’ willingness to pay

Capital New York | GigaOM
The Huffington Post's new weekly iPad magazine -- originally priced at 99 cents / $1.99 a month / $19.99 a year -- is dropping its price to zero after five issues, Joe Pompeo reports. AOL claims about 115,000 downloads of the app, Pompeo writes, but it wasn't clear how many of those ever paid for an issue (the first month came free).

The moves comes shortly after The Daily, News Corp.'s iPad-only newsmagazine, laid off 50 staffers and scaled back content.

Mathew Ingram's analysis is that single-source apps "don’t fit the way content works anymore":

Whether media companies like it or not (and they mostly don’t), much of the news and other content we consume now comes via links shared through Twitter and Facebook and other networks, or through old-fashioned aggregators — such as Yahoo News or Google News — and newer ones like Flipboard and Zite and Prismatic that are tailored to mobile devices and a socially-driven news experience. Compared to that kind of model, a dedicated app from a magazine or a newspaper looks much less interesting, since by design it contains content from only a single outlet, and it usually doesn’t contain helpful things like links.
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‘Being in the belly of the beast at HuffPo drained me,’ co-founder says

Atlantic Wire
Former Huffington Post co-founder and current BuzzFeed founder/CEO Jonah Peretti explains the difference between the two Internet news startups:
I got excited about The Huffington Post. But after doing it for a while, it got exhausting. I started to get fatigued by partisan journalism and partisan reporting and columnists who have to be controversial: This is wrong, this is right. Being in the belly of the beast at HuffPo drained me.

That's why meeting and working with Ben Smith has been so refreshing. He just says, let's find out stuff that no one knows and get that information to the public.
Earlier: Why BuzzFeed as a real news site is no laughing matter (Poynter) | BuzzFeed to open D.C. bureau (Poynter) | Stephen Foley profiles "nerd-genius" Peretti (The Independent)
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