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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Biddle’

The Carpetbagger Bows to the Majesty of Angelina Jolie

ShutterstockAngelinaJolieMaleficentIn our humble opinion, the New York Times should have changed the name of its awards column to coincide with the recent beat takeover by Cara Buckley. “The Carpetbagger” is semi-clever and kind of makes etymological sense. But phonetically, it’s harsh; almost, obscene.

In any event, a little over six months into the roll-up-the-red-carpet-and-go, Buckley got some one-on-one time with the director of Unbroken at New York’s Porter House. The reporter starts off by suggesting that she won’t often focus in the column on one person, which seems counterproductive (isn’t awards season ultimately all about one person’s?). Later, Buckley touches on the latest strand of the Sony hack scandal as detailed by Sam Biddle:

Universal had arranged for her to have some one-on-one time with the Bagger a few hours after Ms. Jolie appeared on The Daily Show, and right before she held court at the Porter House party, where she would chat with Barbara Walters, among many others.

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Nitasha Tiku Jumps to The Verge

NitashaTikuTwitterProfilePicHoly Silicon Valley!

Just a month after stepping into Sam Biddle‘s Valleywag shoes at Gawker, Nitasha Tiku has bolted to The Verge. From Business Insider senior correspondent Alyson Shontell‘s report:

Tiku, who recently relocated from New York to San Francisco, will be a west coast senior writer alongside Casey Newton.

“We want The Verge to be better at covering The Valley and we could not think of someone better than Nitasha,” The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel told us. “We spent some time talking to her about the opportunity and how much more powerful her already-powerful voice could be on our huge platform.”

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NYC Waiter Confirms Identity of ‘Tips for Jesus’ Do-Gooder

TipsforJesusIt makes sense that the person responsible for the Instagram account Tips for Jesus used to be involved with PayPal. Because when you strip down the gargantuan restaurant gratuity initiative to its simplest elements, it’s just another payment-flow mechanism.

After the mysterious big tipper recently hit Manhattan, and as first sussed out by Valleywag’s Sam Biddle, the New York Post appears to have let the cat completely out of the bag:

The generous restaurant-goer left one lucky server at NoMad in the Flatiron District a $7,000 tip over the weekend, while another at The Smith near Lincoln Center got $3,500 and a waiter at Bo’s Kitchen in Chelsea raked in $1,000.

Bo’s waiter Aruj Dhawan told The Post that his big tipper was eccentric former PayPal vice president Jack Selby, who’d been rumored to be behind the random acts of kindness.

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Valleywag Expose Gives Rise to SFW Catchphrase ‘Google Me’

Old email messages never die. They just linger on main and third-party servers until an enterprising reporter like Valleywag’s Sam Biddle can get their electronic hands on them and go to town.

Biddle’s rollicking piece resurrects a pair of July 2012 missives from PandoDaily founder Sarah Lacy and NSFW Corp. head honcho Paul Carr in the wake of her website’s inaugural LA event at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. The Carr email is the foul-typed piece de resistance, with the major highlights bold-ed by Biddle.

While much of the best Carr bits are NSF-headlining, there’s also this mid-point aside to Cross Campus CEO Ronen Olshansky:

But first, do me a favor: Google me. Read a few of my columns in the Guardian, the Times, the Wall Street Journal or on blogs like TechCrunch and — of course — PandoDaily. Or pick up one of my books.

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