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NYC Uncubed is Giving All Former DailyCandy Employees a Free Pass

UncubedNYCLogoIt’s a modest savings ($50). But for those booted out of a certain deals-driven operation and staring at a sudden new career deal, every penny counts.

For its April 17 hiring event NYC Uncubed at the Metropolitan Pavilion, Wakefield Media has decided to open the doors gratis to all former DailyCandy employees. From a company rep:

“As a daily newsletter showcasing startups, Wakefield supports one of the original trailblazers in the industry. That’s why, as a show of our gratitude to DailyCandy, we are offering FREE tickets to all former DailyCandy employees so they can attend the hiring event and land their next startup job. We think the opportunity for these talented people to get in front of some of the country’s best start-ups is the least we can do to thank them for paving the way.”

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Turkish Telecoms Authority Moves Against YouTube After Twitter Ban (Reuters)
The Turkish telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube, a week after it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter. NYT / The Lede The Turkish government blocked access to YouTube after an audio recording was uploaded to the platform in which the foreign minister and senior military and intelligence officials could be heard discussing the security situation in Syria. WSJ The leaked recording published anonymously purported to show a conversation in which Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general appear to discuss scenarios that could lead to a Turkish attack against Jihadist militants in Syria. After the two-part voice file was published, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the TIB requesting that it shutter YouTube. The content represents a “first degree threat to national security,” the ministry said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. CNN Turkey’s top media regulating agency announced a similar ban on the broadcast of the conversation to television and radio channels. Turkey’s political elite has been battered by a campaign of wiretap leaks recorded by unknown operatives and distributed daily for more than a month on the Internet. Until Wednesday, all of the wiretaps seemed to be recordings of phone conversations between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle, government officials and some top corporate executives. Politico The move comes just days before significant local elections. Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

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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. Hopes For New Revenue With E-Commerce Site StyleFeeder

stylefeeder.jpgFollowing publications like Vogue and DailyCandy that have already made partnerships with e-commerce sites or launched some of their own, Time Inc. has made its way into e-commerce with the acquisition of “personal shopping engine” StyleFeeder, announced today.

As The Wall Street Journal pointed out today, the deal comes at an ideal time for Time, which lost 26 percent of its advertising revenue — its main source of income — during the first nine months of 2009, compared to a year earlier.

Time plans to incorporate StyleFeeder into its fashion magazine InStyle‘s Web site, allowing its e-commerce technology to power shopping on the site. Said Fran Hauser, president of digital for Time’s Style & Entertainment Group:

“This is a strategic step in building on our digital success. Our brands reach millions of consumers through our websites, social media and mobile products. StyleFeeder’s e-commerce technology will open the door to new transactional revenue streams and give the InStyle community an experience they can’t find anywhere else online.”

The acquisition also comes after a difficult period for Time Inc. In response to falling revenues, the magazine publisher cut staff through buyouts and layoffs this fall, and shuttered publications including InStyle Weddings.

Full release about the StyleFeeder acquisition after the jump

Time to Acquire StyleFeederWall Street Journal

Previously: Time Inc. Shutters InStyle Weddings

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Condé Titles Launch Partnerships With E-Commerce Sites

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Yesterday, we reported on news that Condé Nast was considering licensing partnerships as a way to create additional revenue streams. Despite skepticism over Condé boss Si Newhouse‘s interest in such plans, it looks like these sorts of deals are not that far away.

This week, two Condé Nast titles are rolling out new partnerships with two e-commerce sites, WWD reports today.

Shopping magazine Lucky will unveil its pairing with theOutnet.com, Net-a-porter’s outlet site, on Friday, with a new series of flash sales exclusively with the title. The sales, promoted on luckymag.com and in Lucky‘s February issue, will be accessible to Lucky newsletter subscribers only. The sales will feature discounted items available for a limited time, whose prices decrease as the clock counts down.

Additionally, fashion bible Vogue has paired with members-only e-commerce site Gilt Groupe to offer ready-to-wear looks under $500, based on the magazine’s “Steal of the Month” page. The sale, which runs through January 18, even includes links to photos and stories on Vogue.com and a place to subscribe to the magazine.

For these two titles, these partnerships seem like natural extension of the brands, providing Condé with extra cash while not diluting the brand. In return, these e-commerce sites get publicity in national magazines, the opportunity for new customers and a way to set them apart from their competitors. Seems like win-win. And we’d much rather see pubs trying to make money this way rather than starting a wine club. Maybe they’ll even try launching their own e-commerce sites, like DailyCandy did last year with Swirl.

Read More: Vogue and Lucky Launch PartnershipsWWD

Previously: How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

DailyCandy Cuts Six Full-Time Local Editors

dailycandylogo.jpgComcast-owned DailyCandy had some bad news for its staffers yesterday. On the same day that daily online newsletter publisher’s parent company announced the acquisition of a stake in NBC Universal, DailyCandy’s GM Beth Ellard told staffers that six full-time editors covering various markets across the country had been let go, according to a memo acquired by Gawker.

We confirmed that market editors in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. had been let go. Miami is also losing its editor, Brooke Siegel, who is moving back to New York to work from DailyCandy HQ, along with promotions editor Dan Murphy. But that doesn’t mean the company is discontinuing distribution of its newsletters in those cities.

Starting next year, subscribers in these markets will receive “DailyCandy Everywhere” newsletters four times a week along with city-specific events-focused newsletters on Thursday — called “The Weekend Guide” — and Sunday. The Sunday letter will be a new addition to the DailyCandy family that we hear the company is close to announcing soon. To maintain this popular events coverage, DailyCandy will be maintaining contributing editors in these markets, which may end up being the editors who were just let go.

Meanwhile, newsletters in DailyCandy’s five other markets, New York, Chicago, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, will continue to get city-focused newsletters five days a week as well as, presumably, the Sunday edition when it launches.

Read more: DailyCandy Sours on Most of Its Cities –Gawker

DailyCandy Cutting Back Local Editions

Previously: DailyCandy Tries E-Commerce With Swirl

DailyCandy Tries E-Commerce With Swirl

swirl.jpgFashion and lifestyle e-newsletter DailyCandy launches its members-only, curated sample sale Web site Swirl, Sample Sales by DailyCandy today. A “limited number of first-come, first-served DailyCandy subscribers” will be privy to a sale of Alisha Levine knits today, as DailyCandy branches out into a new line of revenue: e-commerce.

Following the model of sites like Gilt Groupe, Swirl has one unique feature: it’s curated by DailyCandy’s editors. Explained the company:

“Since most sample sale sites replicate the same random experience a traditional outlet store or offline sample sale offers, DailyCandy’s trusted editorial eye will lend much-needed credibility to the category.”

And the site, led by former DailyCandy editor in chief Eve Epstein, is offering special deals to DailyCandy subscribers. Not only do they get early access to the beta version before its official launch in January, subscribers will get other perks like special sales, one-time discounts or deals on shipping. Swirl will also be “editorially integrated” into DailyCandy’s daily emails.

With so many of these exclusive, members-only sample sale sites popping up, Swirl might just get lost in the mix. But we have a feeling loyal DailyCandy readers will be intrigued enough to check it out. Will you?

Earlier: DailyCandy’s Levy: CEO’s Exit Won’t Stop Growth

DailyCandy’s Levy: CEO’s Exit Won’t Stop Growth

sheinbaum2.jpg We heard this morning that DailyCandy‘s CEO Pete Sheinbaum (left) was leaving the company just 8 months after it was sold to Comcast.

So we called DC’s founder and editorial director Dany Levy and asked if the story was true. Levy said that Sheinbaum, who has worked for DailyCandy since 2000, had been splitting his time between New York and Boulder, Colo., where he lives with his family. Ultimately, he decided he wanted to spend more time with his family, Levy said.

“He will be sorely missed,” she added. “He’s been a tremendous asset to DailyCandy from the beginning.”

But Sheinbaum’s decision to leave couldn’t have come at a better time.

“The company is really so solid right now, he felt that it was the right time,” Levy explained. “He has done a tremendous job of setting things up and hiring a staff of people who will be able to carry on with the business.”

Sheinbaum is leaving DailyCandy in such good hands that Levy and chief operating officer Catherine Levene are in no rush to find a replacement. Instead, they will be concentrating on the company’s plans to expand in the coming year.

> Update: We spoke to Sheinbaum who said he has no immediate plans to join another company right away. However, after taking a break for a couple months, he’s looking to get involved in another Web start up.

“I felt that after a nice smooth transition to our new owners over the past 7 or 8 months, it was time for me to think about new challenges, new opportunities,” he said of leaving DailyCandy. “There is a tremendous depth of talent, creativity and spirit [at DailyCandy] and I am going to absolutely miss them with all of my being.”

After the jump, Levy talks about working for Comcast.

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