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Court Document Reveals Details of Arianna’s AOL Windfall

So it was nowhere near $100 million, the loosely reported territory that had many unpaid Huffington Post bloggers seeing red at the time of the site’s acquisition by AOL. Still, for Arianna Huffington, the February 2011 transaction amounted to some very nice Brentwood trickle-down.

TheSmokingGunLogoPer a nine-page internal AOL document filed in court and obtained by The Smoking Gun, Huffington scored around $21 million when AOL purchased HuffPo. Eighteen million in cash and the rest in the form of AOL stock options with a 20-month vesting period:

Additionally, her employment agreement – which was then being negotiated – called for Huffington to receive another $3 million in equity grants (stock options and restricted stock units)…

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Sprechen Sie Huffington Post?

That’s now a very legitimate question in Germany, Austria and Switzerland thanks to the official launch today in Munich of The Huffington Post’s latest international vertical.

Pressekonferenz Huffington Post im Literaturhaus in MŸnchen am 10.10.2013

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@HuffPoSpoilers Has Some Suggestions for Arianna

There’s a pretty funny open letter today in LA Weekly. It’s by Alex Mizrahi (pictured), the cheeky operator of the popular Twitter feed @HuffPoSpoilers, and is addressed to Arianna Huffington.

Mizrahi launched his feed in 2012 as an exasperated response to the click-bait tactics of The Huffington Post’s main Twitter account. His musings have gained a lot of traction this year and, after attending the Weekly‘s recent Web Awards in Los Angeles, the New York-based Mizrahi felt it was a good time to go beyond 140 characters:

You employ some very smart and talented social media editors with personality and character on their personal Twitter feeds, yet @HuffingtonPost manages to be the lowest of Lowest Common Denominators, relying on the words and phrases so worn-out and bland they’ve been stripped of any meaning. Ever realize how many things are the best/worst/biggest/cutest/most [adjective] EVER?…

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Arianna Cuts the Ribbon at HuffPost Hawaii

Another day, another impressive HuffPost vertical.

In her announcement post celebrating the debut of Huffington Post Hawaii, site founder Arianna Huffington highlights a most impressive lynchpin. In this case, HuffPost is partnered with an outfit named the best news site in Hawaii for the past three years by the Society of Professional Journalists:

We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar – who also founded eBay – and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”

They’ve published investigations of topics ranging from the condition of Waikiki’s iconic Ala Wai Canal to police disciplinary files and why they are kept secret from the public. And their investigative series on the skyrocketing costs of school bus contracts prompted state officials to revamp the way contracts are handled. This is real impact journalism.

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HuffPost Editor Recalls Impromptu Arianna Job Interview

At age 27, Laura Schocker is happily ahead of the NYC journalism career schedule she envisioned after graduating from the Medill School.

In short order over the past few years, she has progressed from freelancing, to editorial assistant at The Knot, to editorial assistant at Prevention magazine, to associate and now managing editor of The Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section. In an interview with the Altoona Mirror, Schocker remembers how fortuitously the HuffPost opportunity came about:

Schocker said she was at a press event when she met an editor for The Huffington Post and later that day, she was in the HuffPost office interviewing for a job.

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HuffPost Ending Anonymous Comments


The Huffington Post’s comments section is a wasteland of idiocy, punctuated by the occasional worthwhile note. In an effort to curb the former, Arianna Huffington has announced that the site will stop allowing readers to comment anonymously.

As Gigaom reports, HuffPost already uses an algorithm and 40 moderators to try and keep comments sane, but that hasn’t been working. Huffington said at a conference in Boston that it was time to take things further.

“Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier and I just came from London where there are rape and death threats. I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity. We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet.”

A noble idea. Too bad there’s no such thing as “the grown-up Internet.”

Arianna Huffington Responds to Mayor’s LAT Suggestion

During a half-hour Wednesday sit-down with HuffPost Live Los Angeles co-host Jacob Soboroff, newly minted mayor elect Eric Garcetti at one point made a funny throwaway observation. Instead of Rupert, Charles/David or Eli, how about Arianna Huffington as the new owner of the LA Times, he mused.

FishbowlNY put in a request today to HP-HQ for Arianna’s reaction, but she {sniff} opted for the broader pulpit of Twitter:

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Arianna Huffington Reveals ‘Incontrovertible’ Bedroom Policy

You might think that something called the Aspen Ideas Festival – and anyone invited to speak at it – resides figuratively far from the problems of the daily masses. But apparently not.

Per the New York Observer‘s Jordan Valinsky, Arianna Huffington had this to say on opening night about the issue of bringing Smartphones, iPads and the like to bed:

After bragging that she only has “real books” in her bed, Ms. Huffington said she has eliminated electronics from her bedroom and that decision is “incontrovertible…”

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All Things Are Relative in This Q&A with HuffPo Social Media Editor

They’re cousins. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, he – Matthew Hibbard – became social media editor at the St. Louis Business Journal while she – Laura Hibbard (pictured) – headed to New York to work for Arianna Huffington.

In a fun little interview piece today in his paper, he asks her to detail the NYC social media beat. It’s safe to say Laura’s duties at The Huffington Post are a little more involved:

The main Huffington Post Twitter account publishes a new tweet every five minutes 24/7. Yes, even at 1 a.m. in the morning.

“There are people online at 1 a.m., specifically on the west coast and our international audience,” Laura said. “Plus, if our tweet gets one click, what’s the harm in that?”

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HuffPo Japan Launches

You couldn’t keep up with all the Huffington Post sites if you dedicated your life to it, but nevertheless, we thought we should tell you Huffington Post Japan is now live. The new edition comes on the heels of HuffPo Germany, which debuted just last week.

HuffPo Japan is the latest local effort (joining France, Italy, Spain, Canada, and the United Kingdom) from Huffington Post. A look at its team: Shigeki Matsuura is editor-in-chief; Chitose Wada is news editor; Naoko Utsumiya and Akihiro Chishiro are associate news editors; Kenji Ando and Kaori Matsumoto are blog editors; Chika Igaya serves as reporter; and Atsushi Nagayama is traffic and trends editor.

“In addition to telling the stories of such defining events, and inviting Japan’s people to tell their own stories, HuffPost Japan will be exploring and celebrating the country’s culture, from deeply-rooted traditions — including zen meditation and Tea Ceremonies, with their rich rituals and fascinating tea masters like Sen no Rikyu — to its embrace of oddball pursuits, like, yes, crying baby contests,” wrote Arianna Huffington, in announcing the new site.

Well, we hope Japan is ready for the inevitable crying baby slideshows. Or maybe that’s already a thing.

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