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HuffPost Cofounder Ken Lerer Launching Site Dedicated to Animals

Ken Lerer, the cofounder of The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed chairman, is bringing more animals to the Internet. Lerer, along with his daughter Isabel and Kerry Lauerman (the former Salon editor), are planning to debut The Dodo sometime this fall.

Lerer told Techcrunch that he thinks the Internet needs The Dodo because everyone loves stories about creatures:

Our thinking is that the topic of animals, animal rights and the relationship between animal and people is an issue that’s on the cusp of exploding. Look at the front of The New York Times — they have a significant animal story on the front page every week. It’s our plan to launch a site to try to own that topic.

The Dodo will mostly feature the lighthearted animal coverage you’ve come to expect from the Internet, like 17 Dogs That Look Like Lists and so forth. However, as of now, there are no plans for The Dodo to cover The Animals, despite “It’s My Life” maintaining its status as the best song about pouting ever written.

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Case Debating Ownership of HuffPost Moves Forward

Peter Daou and James Boyce, former advisors for John Kerry, just cleared a hurdle in their push to show that they had the initial idea for Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer cut them out of it and launched the site without them. The claim was first filed in 2010, but a ruling by a New York judge is moving it forward.

The judge allowed the idea theft, fraud and unjust enrichment claims to move ahead, essentially giving some credence to what Daou and Boyce have been saying.

A snippet of the judge’s ruling:

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Emails Unveil New Details Regarding HuffPo Origins, Allege Cover-Up

Peter Daou and James Boyce, former advisers to John Kerry, have amended their lawsuit against Arianna Huffington that claims she stole the idea for The Huffington Post from them. Forbes reports that the original complaint was filed in 2010, but new emails allegedly show Huffington and her business partner Ken Lerer were asking others to work on the site, while leading Daou and Boyce on. A snippet from the new charge:

[A]t the same time as Huffington and Lerer were soliciting Boyce’s and Daou’s ideas and plans, telling them that they were building together what would become The Huffington Post, and shaking hands with Boyce and Daou in a manifestation of their business relationship, we now know that Huffington and Lerer were secretly sending Plaintiffs’ ideas to other individuals and developing their own business venture… while excluding them from ownership and control.

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Track Your Friends (and Colleagues) in the News

What did we do before Google alerts?

If you’re like us, and like to stalk keep track of people, Newsle is targeting you. It’s a web app that tracks people in the news and now, after raising $600,000, led by New York investment firm Lerer Media Ventures (Ken Lerer, co-founder of Huffington Post, is the firm’s general partner), it has added instant news alerts to its features. That’s right. Newsle finds articles about your friends and colleagues and notifies you soon after they’re published. In addition, the app allows you to follow politicians, CEOs, celebrities, and other public figures you’re interested in.

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BuzzFeed Raises $15.5 Million

BuzzFeed keeps growing. After making a statement by appointing Politico’s Ben Smith as editor-in-chief, TechCrunch reports that the news aggregator raised $15.5 million in financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Lerer Ventures, Hearst Media, Softbank and RRE Capital.

It’s also beefing up its board by adding Patrick Kerins, general partner at NEA, bringing on former Huffington Post president Greg Coleman as an adviser and promoting Ken Lerer, co-founder of Huffington Post, to executive chairman.

Regarding the site’s direction, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti told TechCrunch, “The biggest shift for us is refocusing under Ben [Smith] as an organization that does real reporting and original content.”

Politicos Suing Arianna Huffington for Stealing HuffPo Idea

Arianna Huffington and business partner Ken Lerer are being sued by two Democratic consultants for allegedly stealing the idea for the Huffington Post. Peter Daou and James Boyce allege that they were in very initial meetings with Huffington and Lerer over the creation of the site, and that they had a handshake agreement to work together.

The suit alleges Daou and Boyce convinced Huffington Democrats needed “a system [for] pushing the message, not just for fundraising.” An idea that gave birth to HuffPo.

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Mirror Awards Take Heat For Honoring Huffington

mirror.pngAdvertising Age‘s Simon Dumenco is outraged that Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is awarding Arianna Huffington its Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award at next week’s Mirror Awards, and not just because AdAge has never won a Mirror prize. Dumenco is upset because, to him, Huffington represents all that is wrong in the world of journalism right now.

Dubbing Huffington’s Mirror Award the “Most Bitterly Ironic Media Award” in his column today, Dumenco said that the Newhouse school, which trains journalists, “should know better than to honor a woman who thinks journalists should work for free!”

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