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Post-Plagiarism, Ashton Kutcher Site Adds Chief Revenue Officer

BradWestbrookLinkedInIt was an ugly plagiarism scandal.

Last month, thanks to the intrepid efforts of The Daily Dot’s Rob Price, the Ashton Kutcher media empire website A Plus was found to have purloined content from various other Web sources. In short order, posts, tweets and at least one LinkedIn profile were deleted.

The next move for A+, per Michael Sebastian of Ad Age, is not the hiring of an ombudsman. Rather, Wall Street Journal exec Brad Westbrook (pictured) has been enlisted as the site’s chief revenue officer, starting today:

Westbrook joined the Journal in 2011 and has served in several roles, including director of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which encompassed WSJ.com, WSJ Live, MarketWatch and All Things Digital, the website led by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg that became Re/Code and now operates independently of the Journal. He was named chief digital sales officer just in January.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Released From Federal Custody in Texas (TVNewser)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary Documented, was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday evening. FishbowlDC Vargas was detained in McAllen, Texas Tuesday, days after speculating that he may be stuck in the border town. On Friday, Vargas wrote an essay for Politico, where he described his visit to a children’s shelter for Central American refugees. FishbowlNY Vargas was leaving the town to go to a screening of his film in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested. HuffPost Vargas flew to the border last week to interview and film undocumented immigrants who have fled their home countries in Central America due to escalating violence. A TSA agent at the McAllen-Miller Airport initially cleared Vargas’ Philippines-issued passport when he attempted to board a flight Tuesday morning. He was placed into custody soon after, however, when he couldn’t produce a U.S. visa at the request of a border patrol agent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas, who won a Pulitzer as part of a Washington Post team in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants after “coming out” as undocumented in a New York Times story in 2011.

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Kara Swisher’s Stated Goal: One ‘Really Good’ Scoop Per Week

About a third of the way through Benjamin Wallace’s crackling New York magazine profile of 51-year-old tech journalist extraordinaire Kara Swisher, there are two reminders of how effectively she blankets her beat.

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Exhibit Re/a:

Swisher has heard of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer holding a meeting in which she graphed the impact on Yahoo’s stock price of various Swisher posts.

Exhibit Re/b:

“It is a constant joke in Silicon Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this,’” says Facebook’s [Sheryl] Sandberg.

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Michael Wolff Hates Everything, Volume 7,459

As anyone who follows the media beat knows, Michael Wolff pretty much hates everything, and that’s what makes him sort of fun. He’ll pan anyone and everything having to do with media, no matter who they are or how successful a company has been in the past. Nothing matters, because everything is terrible. Wolff is so grumpy that if given the chance, he’d pen a 2,500 word column on the downfall of ice cream. “The cone strategy is flawed! Sprinkles don’t resonate with today’s youth!”

The latest display of Wolff’s all world hate happened during a talk with Hearst Magazines’ president, David Carey. Here are just some of the people and companies that Wolff blasted, via Digiday:

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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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Does WSJ Have a Problem Disclosing Conflicts of Interest?

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A letter published by The Wall Street Journal on Saturday drew criticism from Jewish groups and readers for comparing recent protests targeting San Francisco’s wealthiest residents to a series of 1938 riots, instigated by German Nazis, that left dozens dead and kicked off the Holocaust.

And as some began to question why the business paper of record give a platform to such a far-fetched analogy — in a letter that also unexpectedly glorifies serial novelist Danielle Steel as the city’s No. 1 celebrity — even if the writer was a legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

In an italicized tagline beneath the letter, WSJ introduced the author, Thomas Perkins, as founder of the VC firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers — which, despite bearing his name, distanced itself on Saturday from the “partner emeritus” profiled on its website.

A quick Google search reveals more relevant biographical details.

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Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg Team With NBC for Re/code (TVNewser)
Following their split with Dow Jones, digital dynamos Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg and their team are partnering with the NBCUniversal News Group for their new venture called Revere Digital. Swisher and Mossberg are the co-CEOs of the new, technology-focused media company which will publish under the name Re/code. Windsor Media will also join Revere as an investing partner. NYT The business will closely resemble AllThingsD, the website and conference brand that Mossberg and Swisher — both prominent technology industry journalists — ran as part of News Corporation. Ties to the media giant were cut last year. PRNewser The AllThingsD name will be no more. Its former URL redirects to “Digits,” the WSJ‘s behind-the-paywall source for news on things that buzz and transmit data. Re/code Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation? Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves. Reuters Re/code is just one of several new arrivals in the crowded tech media arena. Last year, Jessica Lessin, another Wall Street Journal reporter, also defected to launch The Information, a premium, subscription-based tech news site. Yahoo! is also preparing a consumer tech site with David Pogue, the former New York Times gadget reviewer. Poynter / MediaWire The Re/code Twitter account has about 9,000 followers as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, while @WSJD — previously @WSJtech, which seems to have been an automated feed — has 86,000. The transfer of power seems to have been peaceful, with the AllThingsD account referring followers to Recode.net. AllThingsD.com now redirects to WSJD.

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Kenneth Li Named Managing Editor of New AllThingsD

Well that was fast. Days after Kenneth Li announced he was leaving Reuters after a decade, Business Insider is reporting that Li is joining the forthcoming tech site from the AllThingsD founders, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

As you know by now, Mossberg and Swisher chose not to renew their contract with Dow Jones, and so they’re striking out on their own, with plans to launch their own tech site soon.

Li will serve as the upcoming site’s managing editor.

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AllThingsD Parting Ways With Dow Jones (Fortune)
The team behind influential tech site AllThingsD is severing ties with founding owner Dow Jones, a subsidiary of News Corp. Fortune reported last month that AllThingsD co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg had hired investment bank Code Advisors to find outside investors, as they continued to negotiate with Dow Jones about either ending or extending a partnership agreement that was set to expire on Dec. 31. In the end, however, they were not able to work out a deal. Not only does that mean the AllThingsD team will no longer share content and certain advertising functions with Dow Jones, but also that Mossberg will leave his Wall Street Journal column after 20 years (he has been with the paper for a total of four decades). Dow Jones also will retain the AllThingsD brand. All of this becomes effective at year-end. AllThingsD First things first: We’re keeping the Steelcase hot-seat red chairs. Forever. In fact, we own quite a few now. And we’ll still be scooping and reviewing all things digital right here, at this Web address, for a few more months. So, while we appreciate the teary farewells we’ve been receiving across the Web, they’re premature — not by just months, but by many, many years. GigaOM The decision leaves All Things Digital — which was wholly owned by Dow Jones — in limbo while it tries to find a new media partner or buyer. NYT Dow Jones confirmed on Thursday evening that the company would part ways with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the end of the year when their contracts expire. Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said in a statement that the Journal was increasing its bet on technology coverage even without Swisher and Mossberg, its most prominent stars. FishbowlNY The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970. TheWrap Swisher and Mossberg launched AllThingsD in 2003, and it quickly became a must-read tech site. Its annual “D” conference is a Who’s Who of Silicon Valley that makes millions of dollars annually for the journalists and Dow Jones. The conference brand had expanded into a media version and to Asia in recent years.

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It’s Official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones Part Ways

It’s official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones are done. According to a statement just released by Gerard Baker, editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD and Dow Jones will not sign a contract extension. In the memo, the move is billed as “a mutual separation.”

We first heard rumblings that Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg — the founders of AllThingsD — were trying to find investors that might be interested in buying a stake in the site late last month. To that end, Fortune is reporting that there are talks underway with Comcast and NBC Universal.

The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970.

Read Baker’s full memo below.

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