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‘Senior Penis Reporter’ a Clue in Today’s HuffPo Easter Egg Hunt

Not the best title in today’s fragmented Fifth Estate world. However, it still beats [pun not intended] junior penis reporter or an internship on the vagina breaking-news desk.

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Hey… Don’t start writing that angry email to FishbowlNY! We’re simply passing on the fact that “senior penis reporter” was one of the clues for today’s Huffington Post New York office Easter egg hunt.

Each clue pointed to the location of an egg. Eggs containing these clues were worth two points; empty eggs, one point; and there were also two “special” eggs worth five points each to the finder.

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The Huffington Post Might Start Charging for Content

Would you pay for access to The Huffington Post? That question is currently rattling around inside the head of Jimmy Maymann, HuffPost’s CEO. Speaking at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit, Maymann admitted that a subscription system could be coming to all 7 billion HuffPost sites sometime in the future.

“I do believe in paid journalism,” said Maymann. “I do believe there are things that users should pay for. I do believe investigative reporting, things that are unique. There should be value on it.”

As for what that payment system would look like, Maymann indicated that the metered approach — like The New York Times uses — would be best.

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The Dalai Lama to Appear on HuffPost Live

Dalai Lama GThe Dalai Lama is getting his Huffington Post on. The spiritual leader is going to take part in a HuffPost Live interview tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 11 am ET.

The conversation will be live-streamed across all of the HuffPost’s sites, including its international editions. Willow Bay, a senior editor at HuffPost, will be asking Lama (is that his preferred moniker? Maybe Big D? We have no idea) questions about all sorts of subjects, including mindfulness, technology’s impact on our culture, and more.

Let’s just hope the segment doesn’t include Lama side boob.

You can watch the live interview here.

ABC News Drops the ‘Macho’ from Sochi Article Headline

ABCNewsLogoLet’s start with a dictionary definition of “macho” when used as an adjective:

Having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious or dominating way.

Now, let’s bring in another word – “awful.” Per some intrepid efforts today by Think Progress senior editor Annie-Rose Strasser and The Huffington Post, that’s the adjective ABC News correctly, subsequently opted for after having altered its “Women Olympians Getting Hurt on Macho Sochi Slopes:”

A spokesperson from ABC News informed The Huffington Post in an email that the headline has been changed, adding, “We completely agree that it was an awful headline.”

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HuffPost Reaches One Billion Video Views

HuffPost Live, the video site from Huffington Post, has reached a major milestone: One billion video views. The site also grabbed a record high 111 million video views and 22 million unique visitors in January. That’s a jump of 226 percent and 126 percent, respectively, compared to last year.

Roy  Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, said that he was pleased with the numbers because it showed that if you produce quality content, the visitors will follow.

“I’m especially proud that we have been able to tally so many views while simultaneously producing high-quality, award-winning work,” he said, in a statement. “That’s the one-two punch we envisioned when we first pitched HuffPost Live — so to see it coming to fruition is deeply satisfying.”

It’s unclear if Sekoff was referring to the video of a testicle-eating fish when he mentioned “high-quality, award-winning work,” but he probably was.

Huffington Post Launches Brazil Site

The Huffington Post has expanded its empire for the 12 billionth time, with the launch of Brazil Post. The site — HuffPost’s 10th country extension — went live today.

To launch Brazil Post, HuffPost partnered with Abril Group, one of Brazil’s biggest media companies. Brazil Post’s editorial director is Ricardo Anderáos, and its editor-in-chief is Otávio Dias.

“Through a mix of original reporting and opening up our blogging platform to voices both new and well-known, we will not only tell the stories of the news and events shaping Brazil but also capture the spirit of its people,” wrote Arianna Huffington, in a note announcing the new site.

Media Critic Reacts to Rumored O Magazine Change: WHAAAAA???

OMagazineOprahHere’s how The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson calibrates a report by the Post‘s Richard Johnson that Oprah Winfrey – on the heels of a perceived Oscar nominations snub for The Butler – is thinking of permanently removing herself from O magazine cover consideration:

WHAAAAA??? O magazine without Oprah on the cover? That’s like Time magazine without stories about animal minds, or The New Yorker without random covers on springtime, or Vogue without Photoshop!

How else are we going to know what Oprah looks like with an Afro wig, or drinking smoothies with Dr. Oz or posing in front of flowers and other green things?

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Sun Sets on False, Widely Disseminated Beijing News Story

JamesNyeTwitterProfilePicNew York-based Quartz reporter Gwynn Guilford shared a brief but salient summary of an inane international news story trail about folks in smog-shrouded Beijing reportedly being forced to make do with a daily, digital sunrise. The erroneous reportage started via Manhattan-based Daily Mail writer James Nye (pictured) and mutated to outlets including Time, cbsnews.com and The Huffington Post. Let’s start with the Time article corrections, posted January 17 and somehow, 9:20 p.m. ET later today:

Correction: The original post did not mention that the large screens in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square broadcast panoramic scenes on a daily basis, regardless of atmospheric conditions, nor did it state that the sunrise was part of a tourism commercial.

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A Very Merry Listicle New Year

Click. The Huffington Post’s “14 Things to Stop Stressing About in 2014” leads off with “your email inbox.”

Click. Among the “14 Things We Can’t Wait For!” at Broadway World is the musical version of Rocky, set to open in March after previews in February.

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Click. In case you’ve forgotten, Oliver Willis over at Media Matters for America runs down “14 Things We’ve Learned From News Corp.’s Phone Hacking Trial So Far.” Some might argue that there’s really just one overriding thing we’ve all learned from this sordid mess: When you’re as rich and powerful as Rupert Murdoch, nothing can touch you.

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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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