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Nilay Patel leaves The Verge for Ezra Klein’s Vox

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Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel will become acting managing editor of Ezra Klein's Vox, Kara Swisher reports. Both publications are owned by Vox Media.

Patel won't stay long at Vox, Swisher writes: "Sources said he will later move on to work on the site related to Vox Media’s purchase last November of the Curbed Network of sites that focus on real estate and restaurants, with its founder Lockhart Steele."

In a post published on Vox's Facebook page Monday, Patel writes, "This is going to be fun."

Last year I interviewed Patel, a copyright attorney, about what a writer with a legal background can bring to a publication. “There’s this whole army of unemployed law-school grads and none of them is competing with me," Patel said.
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You can use Getty Images for free, sort of

The Wall Street Journal | The Verge | BBC | Nieman Lab The "sort of" is you're using Twitter, Tumblr or "non-commercial WordPress blogs," Georgia Wells reported in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday after Getty Images announced they'd make a whole lot of images available for free.
On Wednesday, the company unveiled the embed tool, which will allow users to include images on websites, such as non-commercial WordPress blogs. The eligible images also come with buttons for Tumblr and Twitter, where a link to the image can be shared. (The image itself doesn’t appear on Twitter, however.)
Poynter is a nonprofit, and we do use WordPress. But we do sell ads against our content. So I think it's OK that I pulled this shot this morning, because, well, look at that guy. (more...)
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Knight wants to help fix the Internet

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The first Knight News Challenge of the year asks: "How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?"

Knight, with help from the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million for the winning ideas. The challenge aims "to attract a broad range of innovative ideas from journalism, policy, research and education."

The challenge comes just after Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel wrote a much-passed-around essay called "The Internet Is Fucked (But We Can Fix It)." Its thesis: "the internet is a utility, there is zero meaningful competition to provide that utility to Americans, all internet providers should be treated equally, and the FCC is doing a miserably ineffective job."

Patel is skeptical that the market can address these problems on its own, because of lack of competition among Internet providers. He suggests pressure on the FCC to stop Comcast's planned merger with Time Warner, for instance:
American politicians love to stand on the edges of important problems by insisting that the market will find a solution. And that’s mostly right; we don’t need the government meddling in places where smart companies can create their own answers. But you can’t depend on the market to do anything when the market doesn’t exist.
Last month Dan Gillmor called on major philanthropic foundations to help address what he called the "the forces of centralization" he says are "inexorably strangling democratized technology and communications."
Please fund a bunch of research and development of open technologies and services. In other words, help re-create an infrastructure for tech liberty. Don't pick winners. Pick possibilities and help as many as possible, building on current experiments and projects and finding new ones that sound promising. Understand that most will fail, and be fine with that.
Knight plans a panel during SXSW called "Remember When the Internet Was Free?" on Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m.
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Paul Miller returns to Internet: ‘There’s only so much navel-gazing that one guy can do’

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Tech writer Paul Miller's dreams of an analogue existence during his year away from the Internet didn't come true: "I just didn't really do much of that," he says about going to the library and using the post office.

He planned to leave reporting altogether, feeling like "there's always more and more news to cover," as he says in a video about his experiment. But instead of feeling free, he writes in an essay, he became something of a hermit: "Instead of taking boredom and lack of stimulation and turning them into learning and creativity, I turned toward passive consumption and social retreat."

A year in, I don't ride my bike so much. My frisbee gathers dust. Most weeks I don't go out with people even once. My favorite place is the couch. I prop my feet up on the coffee table, play a video game, and listen to an audiobook. I pick a mindless game, like Borderlands 2 or Skate 3, and absently thumb the sticks through the game-world while my mind rests on the audiobook, or maybe just on nothing.
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Greg Sandoval, who quit CNET, joins The Verge

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"I’m saved," Greg Sandoval wrote on his blog Sunday, announcing he was joining tech site The Verge as a senior reporter. Sandoval quit his previous employer CNET after he announced on Twitter, "I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence." CBS owns CNET and forbade the site to give an award to a product from Dish Network, with which it is engaged in litigation.

"He’s obsessed with getting the news — the real news — and I find that kind of energy infectious,” Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky told Brian Stelter.

Sandoval writes that he has a "written guarantee from management that nobody from the business side of the company will ever have any authority over my stories."

Related: Carl Franzen also joins The Verge; he comes from Talking Points Memo, where he was a tech reporter.

Previously: CNET reporter quits after reports that CBS impinged on editorial decision | CBS again impinges on CNET’s editorial independence | In BitTorrent case, CBS argues for CNET’s editorial independence
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Why publishers should follow the Verge-HuffPost aggregation dustup

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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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Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds

Instagram's famous new terms of service go into effect Saturday. News organizations just got a serious warning about plucking photographs from Twitter. Wouldn't this be a great time for a news org to have a copyright lawyer on staff?

Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel is a former copyright attorney. Last December, when what seemed like the entire Internet freaked out about Instagram's new terms, Patel wrote a post explaining why they "actually make things clearer and -- importantly -- more limited." Instagram caved anyway. "That certainly sounds like a win for consumers, but it's actually a loss," he wrote:
[T]he newly-reinstated terms of service clause is objectively worse for users than the new one, and it's worded far more vaguely — the language feels familiar and comforting, but you're giving up more rights to your photos.
"Tech bloggers in particular are trained to believe they can horsepower their way through a story," Patel told Poynter in a telephone interview. "You need to have the training." (more...)
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