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Jim Roberts on Why He Joined Mashable

MashableLogoAt the top of Jim Roberts‘ big mashable.com announcement, the recent Reuters digital recruit writes:

To some it might seem a bit of a departure. You might imagine a headline like: “Longtime New York Times and Reuters veteran forsakes legacy media for digital upstart.”

Perhaps, but only from an old-guard union employee manning a chugging printing press. For the rest of us, the more accurate headline is something like, “Jim Roberts Rises from the Ashes of Next to Join One of Next Big Things.” Mashable is already big, of course, but Roberts writes that he sees tremendous growth potential, especially in the area of video journalism.

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Rumor: CNN to Buy Mashable for $200 Million

The New York Times and Reuters are reporting that CNN is going to acquire Mashable. Felix Salmon of Reuters said that the deal could be announced tomorrow and the price tag could be a hefty $200 million.

Salmon did add that he “didn’t know” if the rumor about the acquisition was true, and reps for CNN and Mashable declined to comment on the talks to the Times. The paper didn’t take that for an answer though, and did some sleuthing:

There was a social media hint about the potential acquisition early Monday morning when Adam Ostrow, the executive editor of Mashable, ‘liked’ on Facebook Mr. Salmon’s story for Reuters.

Stay tuned (glued?) for more details.

UPDATE:
Brian Stelter of the Times just tweeted that Mashable has denied the timing: “In email to staff, Pete Cashmore says it ‘isn’t true’ that @Mashable ‘will be acquired this week.’ (Doesn’t deny NYT report of talks w/CNN.)”

Mashable Grows, Hires New Editor

Mashable isn’t just for social media nerds anymore. The site has added an Entertainment, United States News and World News section to its coverage, and hired a new editor, Lance Ulanoff. He comes to Mashable from PCMag.com and will work with Adam Ostrow before he moves up to Executive Editor. Ulanoff decided to move on because of the site’s intense readership. “Its readers are early adopters and that is what is so exciting to me,” he told The New York Times. “I see all of these eyeballs waiting to share even more.”

Pete Cashmore, the site’s CEO and Founder, says the next stop is world domination. Or something very close to that:

Mr. Cashmore said expanding entertainment coverage and creating a content channel for United States and world news is part of Mashable’s plan to become ‘the source of news for the digital generation.’

FishbowlNY isn’t sure people are going to flock to the site for news stories, but the entertainment section should be a hit. We look forward to a piece on which actor is most like which Angry Bird and why.