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‘Senior Penis Reporter’ a Clue in Today’s HuffPo Easter Egg Hunt

Not the best title in today’s fragmented Fifth Estate world. However, it still beats [pun not intended] junior penis reporter or an internship on the vagina breaking-news desk.

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Hey… Don’t start writing that angry email to FishbowlNY! We’re simply passing on the fact that “senior penis reporter” was one of the clues for today’s Huffington Post New York office Easter egg hunt.

Each clue pointed to the location of an egg. Eggs containing these clues were worth two points; empty eggs, one point; and there were also two “special” eggs worth five points each to the finder.

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Reporter Talks to Pulitzer Prize Winner from BuzzFeed’s ‘NoNoNoNo Cat Room’

Few media organizations get as jubilantly jiggy with the juxtaposition as BuzzFeed. And so, we applaud The Independent media editor Ian Burrell for mining that duality throughout his weekend piece on the Jonah Peretti juggernaut.

BuzzFeedNoNoCatIt’s not news that BuzzFeed’s Fifth Avenue headquarters have meeting rooms named after various page-view-tastic felines. What is news however is how jarring a backdrop this nomenclature can be when a visiting journalist dials up a certain company staffer:

There is the “Winston Bananas Room,” dedicated to a moggy with an extraordinary down-turned mouth, and I am sitting in a space dedicated to the “NoNoNoNo Cat” that I later observe on a YouTube clip that has had more than 10 million views. It was an experience I doubt I will ever forget. Look it up

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The Evolution of Publishers Clearing House

PublishersClearingHouseLogoFrom its 1953 inception and entry into the giveaway business seven years later, Publishers Clearing House has since come a long way.

Per an interview by VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi with PCH CEO Andy Goldberg, the company currently has 550 employees, mostly in New York, and is hoping that newly hired digital GM Mark Cullinane can successfully lead the outfit into bold, new realms:

Goldberg said that it is “very possible” that the company will acquire game development studios. It has acquired three companies in the past, including game developer Fun Tank.

“We want to create deeper and more engaging games than what we have,” Goldberg said.

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NBCUniversal Shutting Down DailyCandy

This is not how these content start-up stories are supposed to go.

DailyCandyLogoSix years after Comcast’s media unit acquired recommendations operation DailyCandy from New York’s Pilot Group for a whopping $125 million, the site is being shut down. Also being turned off by NBCUniversal – Television Without Pity. From Kara Swisher‘s Re/code report:

The closing impacts 64 employees at the women-focused DailyCandy and three at TWoP. Apparently, many of those staffers — largely located in New York — might be offered jobs at other NBCU properties, but that is not a certainty.

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Time Inc. Might Move Downtown

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxTime Inc. has called midtown home for more than 70 years, but sometimes even the most comfortable surroundings can get old. The New York Times reports that Time Inc. is considering moving to lower Manhattan, specifically a space at 225 Liberty Street in Battery Park.

If Time Inc. does move downtown, it would join Condé Nast (moving to 1 WTC in November) and several other media companies in the area, including AMI, HarperCollins and The Daily News.

In addition to the Battery Park location, Time Inc. is considering 4 World Trade Center and 85 Broad Street.

The reason for the move? Money, of course. There are tax breaks and the rent downtown is $25 less per square foot. History is nice; saving cash is better.

Dropbox NYC Looking for Engineers, Sales Staff

DropboxNYCSan Francisco-based file sharing company Dropbox is making a media splash this week in New York with its $10 billion valuation, $350 million round of funding and plans to grow east coast employee ranks to 25 by year’s end.

From a Betabeat report by Jack Smith IV:

A New York office is a chance for Dropbox to have sales and support close to some of its local clients, such as Refinery29, Macmillan Publishers and HUGE.

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Henry Blodget Corrects Michael Wolff

Consider this a very enlightening episode of new media vs. old(er) media.

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Following the publication of Michael Wolff‘s latest op-ed in USA Today, Henry Blodget tried to get the paper to correct several factual errors. He writes that Wolff/USA Today did not contact Business Insider prior to the publication of the piece, but that’s pretty common when the template is op-ed rather than investigative feature journalism.

Faced with a lack of USA Today correction cooperation, Blodget went ahead and noted the Wolff article mistakes at his end. Our favorite correction:

USA Today says that we recently tried to sell our company for $100 million. This is wrong. We were lucky enough to be approached by a company that was kind enough to express interest in buying us and ask what we might be willing to sell for. As nutty as it may sound, this number was significantly higher than $100 million.

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AP Removes Photo Depicting Boy’s Group Acting More Bigoted Than Usual

Trail Life is a boy’s group that caters to bigots. It was formed as the answer to the Boy Scout’s announcement that some gays were okay. Trail Life says that no gays are okay. However, a leader of Trail Life was afraid that a recent Associated Press photo — which showed some Trail Life boys displaying the Nazi salute — made his bigoted group look a little too bigoted.

The kids in the photograph certainly look as if they’re praising Hitler, but the reality is that they’re performing a ritual in which they raise their hands, then lower them slowly while singing “Taps.” The AP photographer just happened to catch the kids at the wrong moment.

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Condé Nast Relocation to 1 WTC Begins in November

The great Condé Nast migration — from 4 Times Square to 1 World Trade Center — will begin in November. That’s according to a memo from the company’s CEO, Chuck Townsend.

In the note, which was obtained by Capital New York, Townsend explained that the move will start with Condé Nast Entertainment, and then progress from there.

Townsend’s note also gave some details about the new space, including the extra 1 WTC floors the company bought in January of 2012:

At 1WTC, we will occupy 1.2 million square feet on floors 20 through 44. Our corporate departments will largely occupy the first five floors as well as the top three floors, and our brands will predominantly be on floors 25 through 33 and 36 through 41. We have two remarkable amenity floors on 34 and 35 connected by an extraordinary interior spiral staircase. These floors will house our visitors reception, conference center, library, auditorium, art gallery, private dining, cafeteria and after-hours café.

Forbes Media Buyer Might Come from Far East

The bids for Forbes Media — which has been up for sale since last November — are all in, and word is that the frontrunners are both from the far East. According to Bloomberg News, China’s Fosun International, which publishes Forbes China, and Singapore’s Spice Global Investments, a diversified company, are both leading the pack.

Other potential buyers include Joe Mansueto, the billionaire founder and CEO of investment research firm Morningstar, and Germany’s Axel Springer, which publishes Forbes Russia.

Forbes wants $400 million for the company, and at least one media analyst believes that if an international buyer pays that much, it would be well worth it.

“Forbes used to just be a magazine, now it’s a worldwide business brand,” Ken Doctor, from Outsell Inc., told Bloomberg News. “How many people in their twenties and thirties are in emerging business markets — Asia, Africa, Latin America? That’s my sense of the great growth potential of the Forbes brand.”

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