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Posts Tagged ‘Brian Ries’

The Verge Has No Plans to Test X-Rated iPad Case

We here at FishbowlNY are very familiar with the vagaries of Friday afternoon posting. At that point in the week, people are pretty much done with hard-news browsing. All they want is fun and frivolity. Or, at most, a very different kind of hard news.


Score one in all those departments for The Verge news editor Carl Franzen. This past Friday at 3:43 p.m., he picked up on some Mashable musings and went live with an article headlined “You Can Now Literally Have Sex with Your iPad:”

The idea is to attach the Fleshlight LaunchPAD to the iPad and play a sexually arousing video on its screen. A person can then pleasure themselves with the iPad [holstered with the separate Fleshlight device of their choice] while watching a video in landscape mode, all for the price of $24.95.

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Newman Death Hoax Was *Not* Reported by TMZ, US Weekly

Here’s a new twist on the old game of a celebrity still very much alive being reported dead.

WayneKnightTwitterProfilePicPer Mashable real-time news editor Brian Ries, it was *not* TMZ or US Weekly that reported the erroneous death of Seinfeld actor Wayne Knight over the weekend, but rather a man in Texas. The US item was in fact attached to a URL fake-out, while TMZ in this case was anchored to rather than

The address for the [US Weekly] website, designed to resemble the real US magazine website, was registered on Saturday by a man in San Antonio, Texas, according to WhoIs records. The creator of the hoax website did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as the lovable ‘Newman,’” added — a website that resembles the real TMZ.

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Brian Ries is Mashable’s First Real-Time News Editor

MashableLogoIf you ask us, the words “real-time” are somewhat redundant in today’s 24/7 digital media age. But in any case, the first possessor of an impressive new Mashable title is Brian Ries, moving over from The Daily Beast, where he was senior social media editor.

From today’s announcement:

The mission of the real-time news editor is to build on that — to ensure that Mashable’s live news and news-based social content is immediate, urgent and engaging to its audience.

“At Mashable, we’re highly skilled at creating sharable stories and optimizing them for the social web. Now, a key focus for us is to bring the best of the social web to Mashable, and all our channels, in real-time,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor. “Brian will be a great asset to lead us in this new chapter.”

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Promotes Several Staffers

Newsweek/The Daily Beast has announced several promotions and changes. See below for a summary, then after the jump for the full memo from Tina Brown.

  • Chelsie Gosk has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and audience development
  • Brian Ries has been promoted to senior editor, social media
  • Joyce Tang has been named deputy editor of Newsweek’s iPad and tablet editions
  • Will O’Connor is rejoining as public relations associate
  • Sam Schlinkert has been named deputy social media editor and audience coordinator

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