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InTouchWeekly.com Gets a New Look

If you go to the new In Touch Weekly website unveiled today by Bauer XCel Media, it appears at first as if there is only a single story posted. Something about Michael Sheen, Sarah Silverman and matrimonial handicapping.

But start scrolling down and the next story… and the next… and the next appear one after the other as if out of Web thin air, bannered in each case by large, full-width photos. Clicking on an image opens up the article text below, within the preserved infinite scroll.

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NY Times Launches Realtime Newsfeed ‘Watching’

The New York Times has launched a new breaking news feature on its homepage. “Watching” is a realtime news aggregator that includes tweets from Times staffers, videos, photos, Times headlines and more.

It’s basically a multimedia news ticker, keeping readers up to date on the latest, biggest news.

Watching is located just above the nytimes.com fold. For now, it is jam packed with information on the ISIS airstrikes. It will be interesting to see how well Watching works when multiple big news stories break.

Watching is overseen by Times editors Marcus Mabry and Jennifer Preston.

Eater Relaunch KOs Toronto, Vancouver Sites

EaterRelaunchAll is fair in love and waffles. Or something like that.

Traffic may be up 250% since Vox Media acquired Eater eight months ago. But evidently, that upsurge wasn’t coming from Canada. As part of the site’s revamp, the Vancouver and Toronto local sites have been shuttered. Only Montreal remains, headed by Ian Harrison.

Folks in Toronto weren’t too surprised. Per Toronto Life, the local site kicked off with an apparently embarrassing list of 38 “Essential” restaurants and had a lot of churn:

Eater had trouble holding onto a Toronto-based editor, cycling through three in about eight months (the first, Carolyn Grisold, left about a week before the site’s official launch party), and its real estate–minded sister site, Curbed Toronto, stopped publishing two weeks ago.

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The Atlantic Shutters The Wire

The Wire GThe Atlantic is shutting down its spinoff TheWire.com, and folding staffers into the magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In a memo to staffers, Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn were blunt — the site just wasn’t successful enough to keep it going:

Important news on the digital front: In a couple of weeks, we will bring the staff of The Wire back into The Atlantic’s fold. We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out. Experimenting with new revenue streams to support our journalism – like experimenting with new forms of reporting, storytelling, and distribution — has been essential to our progress across the ever-shifting media landscape; so too has moving quickly to face the facts, and to adjust, when an experiment isn’t working as we’d hoped.

The Atlantic Wire was launched in 2009 and rebranded itself as The Wire last year. The decision to rename the site the exact same name as one of the most iconic TV shows of all time was probably the first sign that something was amiss.

You can read Bennet and Cohn’s full note below.

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NY Times Launches Politics Site, Newsletter

The New York Times has gone all in on politics with the debut of First Draft, a new site and newsletter dedicated to analyzing politics, elections and policies.

The Times is touting First Draft as “highly visual” and interactive. Readers will get a shot at asking Times editors anything from their take on the latest news to fact checking a bold claim.

The site will feature breaking news, highlights of the paper’s political coverage, and interviews with experts and big whigs. Speaking of important people, First Draft’s initial newsletter comes packing an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.

First Draft is overseen by Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan. Carl Hulse serves as chief Washington correspondent and managing editor of the site. His team is rounded out by reporter Alan Rappeport, and editors Nicholas Corasaniti and Paul Volpe.

You can sign up for First Draft’s newsletter here.

Huffington Post to Launch HuffPost Greece

Huffington Post Logo 1-18The Huffington Post Media Group is preparing a homecoming of sorts. Well, at least for Arianna Huffington. The company is launching a Greek-language edition of HuffPost in collaboration with 24Media, Greece’s largest digital publisher.

“For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said, in a statement.

HuffPost has had a busy couple of months. The company announced an Arabic-launguage site, followed by HuffPost India. Huffington also declared the collection of sites had passed 100 million unique views in August. All that and the company even suckered readers into paying one of its reporters salaries! Well done, HuffPost. Well done.

Derek Curl Readies ‘The Netflix of LGBT’

DerekCurlPicSome intriguing details about Derek Curl‘s forthcoming streaming channel were revealed over the weekend in an article in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal.

The New York-based Curl (pictured) is not yet willing to reveal the name of his digital platform, set to launch in January. Rainbow TV? Equality? It’s still, at this stage, very much TBA. But Curl had no problem lavishing praise on Morgan Jon Fox, an indie filmmaker shooting for the channel the eight-episode low-budget series Feral, about a group of Memphis friends:

“He not only makes the stories real, but he stays true to his vision. He can express visually what is the Southern experience of contemporary gay youth, and the world loves Southern stories. I compare Morgan to Horton Foote and Tennessee Williams, except Tennessee Williams was a drunk and Morgan’s not.”

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Westboro Baptist Church: ‘God Hates Gawker’

The zany, fun-loving members of the Westboro Baptist Church have had it with Gawker. They plan to stage a protest in front of the site’s headquarters on Elizabeth Street today, from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

As Westboro explained in an announcement, everyone else might be fooled by Gawker Media, but not them! “They pretend to be the site that critiques mainstream media, trolling about trying to catch them with their pants down. What they really do is roll out scores of blogs daily full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge.” That certainly sounds terrible.

Sadly for Gawker Media staffers, there is no hope for them. “These hideous haters and squalid sinners lack the sense to think about eternity, and have an awful end coming,” reads Westboro’s flier.

Obviously the Westboro congregation is completely insane, but you’ve got to give them credit for their creative propaganda. Everyone knows Jesus loved him some alliteration.

[h/t: Jim Romenesko]

Matt Gross Named Editor of Boston.com

Matt Gross has been named the new editor of Boston.com. Gross comes to the site from Bon Appetit, where he served as editor of Bonappetit.com since 2012.

From 2006 to 2010 Gross penned the popular Frugal Traveler column for The New York Times. His has also worked as an editor for New York and FoxNews.com. His work has appeared in magazines such as Saveur and Afar.

“Matt’s experience gives him a unique perspective that will drive compelling content, leveraging multimedia and social channels to tell great stories on Boston.com, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October,” said Corey Gottlieb, Boston Global Media Partners’ executive director of digital strategy and operations, in a statement. “His vision will help to further define Boston.com’s identity.”

Gross begins his new role September 29.

Sports Illustrated Adds Breaking-News Video Channel

On a day that belongs to TMZ Sports, a much older sports media franchise is hoping to carve out some additional traction in the online video world.

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Per Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, Sports Illustrated has hired a dozen people so far to power today’s newly launched SI Wire, including three on-air TV personalities. From his report:

“The news cycle is so vicious and moves so quickly,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, which includes Sports Illustrated. “We want to make sure that as these things evolve that we can present them in video fashion.”

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