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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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HuffPost Launches Huffington Post Korea

Huffington Post logo GThe Huffington Post is expanding yet again. The site has partnered with Korea’s Hankyoreh Media Group — owner of The Hankyoreh — to launch The Huffington Post Korea. The Korean language site will combine the blogging power of HuffPost with Hankyoreh’s knack for smart and dependable reporting. The Korean public has consistently voted The Hankyoreh as the nation’s most trustworthy newspaper.

“We’re delighted to add a Korean edition to the HuffPost family, and to be partnering with Hankyoreh Media Group, which has earned a reputation for trust and quality in everything from politics, economics and investigative reporting to entertainment, food and sports,” said Arianna Huffington, in a statement. “By joining forces, we’ll be combining Hankyoreh’s independent spirit and history of fighting for press freedom with the power of the HuffPost platform, telling the stories that need to be told and — just as important — inviting Koreans to tell their stories themselves.”

“I believe HuffPost Korea can be a new window bringing global news to Korean people faster and more accurately than ever, and also a means for spreading important Korean news across the globe,” added Yang Sang-Woo, president and CEO of Hankyoreh Media Group.

Barack Obama is a HuffPo Blogger

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President Barack Obama is evidently a fan of The Huffington Post. Obama has penned an 800-word piece for site, explaining why Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. You would think that Congress wouldn’t need a reason to pass a bill making it illegal for employers to discriminate against people based on their sexuality, but alas.

The bill goes to a vote in the Senate today, and so Obama makes his case:

…Millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs — not because of anything they’ve done, but simply because of who they are.

It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.

Of course FishbowlNY completely agrees with Obama.

If you enjoyed Obama’s HuffPo article too, just wait until his next one, which we hear will be a hearty defense of Justin Bieber.

Court Document Reveals Details of Arianna’s AOL Windfall

So it was nowhere near $100 million, the loosely reported territory that had many unpaid Huffington Post bloggers seeing red at the time of the site’s acquisition by AOL. Still, for Arianna Huffington, the February 2011 transaction amounted to some very nice Brentwood trickle-down.

TheSmokingGunLogoPer a nine-page internal AOL document filed in court and obtained by The Smoking Gun, Huffington scored around $21 million when AOL purchased HuffPo. Eighteen million in cash and the rest in the form of AOL stock options with a 20-month vesting period:

Additionally, her employment agreement – which was then being negotiated – called for Huffington to receive another $3 million in equity grants (stock options and restricted stock units)…

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Mike Hogan Returning to Vanity Fair

MikeHoganHeadshotHere’s our first suggestion for Mike Hogan, set to rejoin the VF fold as digital director after a couple of years with AOL and The Huffington Post (where he is currently executive culture and entertainment editor). Expand to other more universal reader comments platforms.

The general paucity of comments for VF blog items has a lot to do with the fact that the magazine requires readers to use a Conde Nast Digital account. Open it up to DISQUS and Facebook as well, we say. Hogan will report directly to Graydon Carter:

“I’m delighted that Mike is returning to Vanity Fair,” said Carter. “He was not only a gifted story editor at the magazine, he was instrumental in the creation of VF.com. I look forward to his future contributions to VF.com in collaboration with our very talented digital team, led by editor Chris Rovzar.”

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Aaron Sorkin is ALWAYS Issuing BLISTERING Rants About The Huffington Post

Aaron Sorkin, speaking at an event hosted by The New Republic and HBO, had some unkind words for The Huffington Post. According to Mother Jones, Sorkin — who is a contributor to HuffPost — said the site is a perfect example of “a genuinely damaging force in our culture.” Interesting. We feel the same way about The Newsroom!

Sorkin felt that wasn’t enough hating, so he kept going:

I don’t think we’re very nice to each other anymore… There’s just too much money to be made and too much fun to be had laughing at somebody else fail. And that’s become okay. It used to be the kind of thing that you didn’t do in public…And now it’s what covers…the homepage of the Huffington Post. ‘13 Epic #Fails.’ There’s the need to put an exclamation point after everything, and there’s the need to…create fantastic stories instead of just reporting on things that we need. So the adjectives and adverbs that you’ll see in headlines are always about how somebody issued a blistering this against [someone or something] — just anything to get a clip.

We have no idea what this fool is talking about.

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