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HuffPost Requires Commenters to Connect Facebook Accounts

From now on, if you want to comment on The Huffington Post, you’re going to need a Facebook account. Anyone who wants to comment anonymously will have to apply for the privilege. Tim McDonald, HuffPost’s director of community, explained how the new system works:

When you log in to your account and go to make a comment, you will be prompted to link your commenting account to your verified Facebook account. Then, choose how you’d like your name to be displayed. You can either display your first and last names, or your first name and last initial.

The change was announced back in August, when Arianna Huffington announced that HuffPost was doing away with anonymous comments because of how harsh and ridiculous they can be. “We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet,” Huffington said at the time.

Commenters are (of course) already expressing outrage.

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BuzzFeed Celebrates Record-Breaking November

BuzzFeedLogoThe funniest part of today’s BuzzFeed announcement about the site having welcomed a jaw-dropping 130-million-plus unique visitors last month is the following sentence:

As first reported by BuzzFeed, much of this growth was driven by Facebook’s recent shift towards driving traffic to quality publishers.

Not to take away anything from Jonah Peretti’s hard-working gang, but we would hope that the first to know about BuzzFeed traffic patterns are folks at BuzzFeed. On the bright side, it’s unlikely a competitor would be rushing to post this kind information if they somehow scooped the listicles gang.

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That Kid He Mugged in the Seventies is Now a Sag Harbor Life Coach

ClaudeSoffelPicOn the home page for The BraveHeart Institute, construction firm manager turned life coach Claude Soffel (pictured) summarizes his methodology as follows:

Our philosophy is simple: we believe that in order to be the father your children need, you must first become the man you are meant to be. This means working hard to become the man your kids can look up to – a man who is 100% sure of who he is, what he stands for and the values he wants to instill in his children.

Very unexpectedly this month, Soffel found himself reunited via Facebook with a man who has taken that methodology to heart. The trail of this feel-good story was picked up over the holiday weekend by the New York Post, Daily Mail, BuzzFeed and others.

Michael A. Goodman – a resident of Hilo, Hawaii who mugged Soffel in Manhattan in the mid-1970s when both were teenagers – recognized Soffel’s name in a Facebook thread and posted an apology for his long-ago actions. The mugging happened in front of the Museum of Natural History; the Facebook thread involved fond memories of H&H Bagels on the Upper East Side. From Soffel’s Facebook response to Goodman’s apology:

Interestingly, I have dedicated a large portion of my life to helping other men be the man they have always wanted to be, and moments like this one continue to fuel my faith that the battle may be uphill but so rewarding.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Chron Cuts Food Section? | Snapchat Rejected $3B | Six Out at Time Out NY

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Stand-Alone Food Section Faces Demise in Bay Area (NYT)
In the food-obsessed Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle’s food section has been as much of a city institution as the cable car, and to many San Franciscans, more useful. Over the years it has won many awards and developed a dedicated following. Now, the Chronicle, owned by the Hearst Corporation, is planning to eliminate its stand-alone food section and integrate it into a single lifestyle section — tentatively titled “Artisan” — with material from other parts of the newspaper, including the home section, according to employees who have been told of the plans. The publisher of the Chronicle, Jeffrey Johnson, did not return calls seeking comment. However, the managing editor, Audrey Cooper, posted a response online saying that the Chronicle was actually increasing its investment in food and wine coverage. San Francisco Chronicle It’s impossible to separate food, restaurants and the culture of farm-to-table living from the San Francisco experience. For decades, these issues have formed a pillar of the San Francisco Chronicle‘s news coverage. It’s a Chronicle tradition and, most importantly, good journalism. We wouldn’t be San Francisco without it. That’s why the newsroom has been studying several ways to build on the foundation created by our award-winning staff. We’re disappointed by recent inaccurate reports in The New York Times, which has attempted to compete with us in this arena. SF Station A bi-coastal food fight is brewing between the San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times after the Times published a report with anonymous sources that claims the Chronicle will merge its standalone food section with other sections in the paper. It’s another sign of the newspaper industry’s slow, painful death — or could it be a power play by the Times, looking to gain leverage in the San Francisco market? NY Observer Although the Hearst Corporation-owned newspaper has downsized in recent years, the food section, a Bay Area institution, has been spared the ravages of the media industry. Not only was the food and wine section located in a separate building with a test kitchen and an “extensive wine cellar,” but the newspaper had a garden and honey-producing bees on the rooftop that were used in the test recipes. But during a meeting this month, Chronicle president Joanne Bradford said that the section was just not “sustainable.”

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Social Media Users Sound Off on Horrific Biker-SUV Brawl

The Christian Post reporter Leonardo Blair has the details on how people are chiming in via Facebook and YouTube about that apocalyptic Sunday incident on the streets of Manhattan involving a group of angry bikers and a husband and wife who allegedly left the scene in an SUV with their two-year-old daughter. At the center of this vigilante drama are Edwin Mieses Jr. (a.k.a. Jay Meezee), 32, an aspiring rapper now in a medically induced coma, and Alexian Lien, 33, an executive with skriller.com.

The YouTube “helmet cam” video of the pursuit and beginnings of the September 29 altercation has generated an almost even number of thumbs-up (10,651) and thumbs-down votes (9,952) at press time. On Facebook meanwhile, two distinct sites have sprung up:

The Facebook page calling for justice for Mieses had more than 19,000 likes as of Wednesday afternoon, while the one set up for Lien had a fraction of that at just under 3,500 Facebook likes.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters Axes ‘Next’ | Kucinich Meets Assad | Facebook Apologizes


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Reuters Next Canceled (NY Observer)
Reuters has decided to cancel Next, the consumer-facing website that had been in the works for more than two years, chief executive Andrew Rashbass announced Wednesday morning in a staff email. “Next is a long way from achieving either commercial viability or strategic success. In fact, I believe the existing suite of Reuters.com sites is a better starting point for where we need to go,” Rashbass wrote. TheWrap The wire service on Wednesday said it was losing new Reuters Digital executive editor Jim Roberts and design director Daniele Code, promoting Bill Riordan to publisher of Reuters.com and canceling its Next project after it failed to meet deadlines or stay within its budget. Roberts’ departure after just seven months is especially surprising — he left The New York Times after 26 years with the paper in January, taking a voluntary buyout. Shortly afterwards, he landed at Reuters as its site’s executive editor. FishbowlNY Roberts tweeted his departure, explaining “Yes, I’ll be leaving @Reuters, though not right away. & I’m not leaving news. Stay tuned.” BuzzFeed / Business Reuters insiders said Rashbass began asking skeptical questions about Next — which had at one point been slated to launch on the first of this year, and was nowhere near ready — as soon as he started. And many of the questions focused on how to make money off a venture that many inside saw as more about turning Reuters into a prestigious news brand than about generating cash flow. NYT Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, said he was surprised by Reuters’s decision because the preview version of Next had been generating such interest. “There were a lot of really exciting ideas in Reuters’ Next,” he said. “What we saw in the preview was very forward-looking in terms of both content and technology. It generated a fair amount of excitement as a news organization doing something that looked digitally savvy.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Manning Didn’t Aid Enemy | Plain Dealer Layoffs | Facebook TV-Style Ads?


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Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy (NYT)
A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” for his release of hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks for publication on the Internet, rejecting the government’s unprecedented effort to bring such a charge in a leak case. HuffPost The verdict in the Manning trial did not receive the kind of rolling network coverage afforded to other recent court cases. Whereas trials like George Zimmerman’s or even Jodi Arias’ were treated to hours of analysis, dissection and attention, the news that the man responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in American history had been hit with charges that could keep him in prison for more than 100 years was deemed worthy of one, or at most two, segments during the hour following the verdict. Mediaite Jeremy Scahill, reporter for The Nation and author of the book Dirty Wars, joined Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on Tuesday where he reacted to the verdict of a military court which found Manning guilty of a number of charges relating to the release of classified national security documents. Scahill lambasted the news media for largely ignoring what he called one of the most important cases in national history. National Journal Depending on your point of view, Manning is either a tragic hero or a traitor, or maybe something in between. The now 25-year-old’s personal problems were numerous, coming from an unstable, abusive home, dealing with being a gay member of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also questioning his gender identity. The military assessed him as having an anxiety disorder. Three years ago, he was arrested after sending what is regarded as the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history to WikiLeaks, including a video showing U.S. military personnel shooting down two Reuters employees and 250,000 diplomatic cables. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Had the judge found Manning guilty of aiding the enemy, she would have set a terrible precedent. For the first time, an American court — albeit a military court — would have said it was a potentially capital crime simply to give information to a news organization, because in the Internet era an enemy would ultimately have been able to read what was leaked. However, if journalism dodged one figurative bullet, it faces many more in this era. TVNewser The three general cable news channels previewed the impending verdict at the top of the hour, with Fox News reporting the verdict at 1:05, followed by MSNBC at 1:08 and CNN at 1:09. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom, and journalists were unable to report the verdict until they were released from the room.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Daytime Emmys Announced | Examiner Ends Daily | Facebook Newsreader?


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Daytime Emmy Awards: Days of Our Lives Wins Best Drama, George Lucas Nabs First Emmy (THR / The Race Blog)
In a surprise win, Days of Our Lives was named best drama series Sunday night at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which aired live from the Beverly Hilton on HLN. CBS’ The Price Is Right won best game show, while Cash Cab host Ben Bailey won best game show host, more than a year after Discovery Channel canceled the long-running taxi-set quiz show. Meanwhile, CBS Sunday Morning beat out NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America for best morning program honors. TheWrap The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which already won six Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, took home top honors in the daytime talk category, winning the Emmy for outstanding daytime talk show, entertainment. Overall, CBS ruled the night with a total of eight wins, including two Emmys in one category when Scott Clifton of The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller of The Young and the Restless tied for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Deadline Hollywood In his first Emmy win, George Lucas accepted the award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for his Star Wars: The Clone Wars series from presenter Carrie Fisher who joked before opening the envelope, “Our nominees haven’t taken acid, at least not with me — which is, as most of you know, the only way to go. Right, George?” Lucas thanked the TV Academy for including animation in their annual program and gave a shout out to “all those poor souls who toil over their computers.” HuffPost / AP Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, won three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street. Yahoo! News / AP In a major gaffe, Aisha Tyler of The Talk was presenting outstanding talk show when she opened the envelope and quickly realized she had been given the wrong one. “Oh, interestingly enough this winner is not in this category,” she said. “If I read it out I’m going to give another category away.” The audience at the Beverly Hilton hotel gasped and Tyler vamped while waiting to be given the correct envelope from the wings. TVNewser One show that probably won’t win an Emmy: the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. Hosted by Good Morning America’s Sam Champion and HLN’s Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer, the show was rife with technical errors, missed cues and an “F” bomb that didn’t get bleeped. Read more

Facebook Joins AOL and HuffPost at 770 Broadway

Facebook is moving in with AOL and The Huffington Post. According to Crain’s New York, the social network giant has signed a 10 year lease for a 100,000 square feet space, in the building that AOL and HuffPost already call home.

As part of the deal, Facebook will be taking 770 Broadway’s entire eighth floor and some of its seventh. There’s also an option for Facebook to increase its space to 160,000 feet in two years.

Crain’s estimates that space at the Midtown South spot goes for around $70 per square foot, so Facebook is dropping about $7 million a year to be there.

The company must like the location a lot. Or: By moving to 770 Broadway, Facebook is really updating its status. Either one.

The G-Rated Parenting Blog Facebook Doesn’t Want You To See*

The Tumblr blog Reasons My Son Is Crying is only 6 days old and already has an enthusiastic following. That’s because the site’s chronicle of the very specific logic behind a toddler’s meltdowns is familiar to anyone who has ever cared for young children, or even used to be one. Reasons My Son Is Crying is finding fans on Reddit and parenting blogs alike.

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Facebook, however, is not laughing. They’ve blocked the website “for being spammy or unsafe” (the blog is neither) and removed all posts that linked to it.

This isn’t the first, or even the hundredth time Facebook has blocked innocuous links and content. In 2011, Facebook briefly took down film critic Roger Ebert‘s page for “violating the terms of service” after a controversial post by the author generated complaints. Facebook soon restored Ebert’s page and said its removal had been a mistake, but declined to explain further.

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