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AOL Revamps So HuffPo Can Add More Sites, Eventually Swallow Internet

The New York Times is reporting that Arianna Huffington has “taken several of its business functions out of AOL and under her control.” From now on, the technology, business development and marketing and communications entities had been a part of AOL will report to Huffington. To help the Huffington with her new responsibilities, Lauren Kapp, NBC News’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications since 2010, is coming aboard as Huffington’s director of global strategy and communications.

Why all the change? So that The Huffington Post can add even more sections and even more sites. Yes, seriously. HuffPo, which already adds a vertical every 37 seconds, is going to grow even larger. If Huffington doesn’t stop, eventually the Internet will be nothing but a collection of HuffPo sites. Goodbye Gmail, hello HuffMail. Goodbye ESPN, hello HPSN. Goodbye Facebook, hello HuffFacePoBook.

This is a very real and very scary problem. The world doesn’t need a HuffPo website for every single goddamn thing ever. Have mercy on us, Huffington. Please.

Ice Cube Leaves Rap Fans Disappointed

Donovan Strain turned the rap world upside down in January when he dissected Ice Cube‘s “It Was a Good Day” single from 1993. After extensive research, Strain determined Cube’s good day was January 20, 1992 when:

  • Yo! MTV Raps aired
  • It was a clear and smogless day in Los Angeles
  • Beepers were commercially sold
  • The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Seattle SuperSonics
  • And Ice Cube had no events to attend

Another blogger with too much time on his hands claimed Strain’s theory was incorrect and the good day was actually November 30, 1988.

Mike Ryan of The Huffington Post sat down with Cube and finally got some clarity straight from the rapper:

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Arianna Huffington is Hard to Work With?

Now this is hard to believe.

After a blissful one-year anniversary between AOL and Huffington Post, sources have told Business Insider that top executives at AOL, including CEO Tim Armstrong, have their hands full with Arianna Huffington, who is a “headache” to deal with because of nonexistent “operating experience.”

Even so, it’s being suggested that Armstrong can see past the frustration and complaints (including that she is attention-needy) to understand Huffington’s worth.

Business Insider reports: “The value of having her is huge from a recruiting standpoint. And she’s an earned media machine. [She brings] incredible value in being a leader [with] public credibility,” says this source.

It’s always about the big picture, right?

HuffPo’s Peter Goodman Gets Back to Writing

Peter Goodman, who was hired away from The New York Times last year, is going to do more reporting and writing from now on. Goodman, The Huffington Post’s Executive Business Editor, announced the change in a memo this morning. Goodman said that the change had been planned since the beginning.

“I was brought in here to have an overall imprint on the business, economic and tech coverage, but not to manage the site in a granular way,” Goodman told Capital New York. “That’s something I’ve been doing, but now that we have the infrastructure in place, it’s a good time for me to hand off the day-to-day supervision to capable hands and go out and start writing and reporting more.”

Goodman will now be writing a weekly column, which will feature investigative pieces with a focus on middle class America.

HuffPost’s Head of Media Relations Leaves, Launches New Agency

After five years promoting The Huffington Post Media Group and its many arms – which somehow seem to have something it wants publicized nearly daily – Mario Ruiz, senior VP, media relations is leaving to start his own agency.

Mario Ruiz Public Relations is being described as a “NYC-based, full service public relations agency maintaining practice areas in technology, new media, causes, corporate communications, and more.”

Ruiz told FishbowlNY, “I haven’t made my first hire yet, but I do have my logo.”

He also has his first heavyweight client: Huffington Post Media Group.

In a staff memo sent by Arianna Huffington about Ruiz’s departure, she wrote:

After five years at HuffPost, Mario is moving on to start his own agency – with the Huffington Post Media Group as his first client!  When Oak was doing its due diligence for our second round of financing, they came back to us wondering how come they couldn’t find the details on our marketing budget.  We told them it was because we didn’t have a marketing budget.  Mario was our PR, Marketing, and Communications departments all rolled into one – a one-man-band who handled everything from getting HuffPosters on TV to press releases to pulling off memorable events like our pre-inauguration party in 2008 (voted the top DC social event of the year), our Convention Oasis, and our annual Game Changers fete.  And that’s on top of fielding every press query – whether they came early in the morning or late on a weekend night.  I’m proud of him for spreading his wings, and look forward to working together for many, many years to come. Arianna

If you ask us, Ruiz is making a good move. Of course, though, no one has asked us.

Le Huffington Post Québec Launches

Le Huffington Post Quebec, the second French language version of HuffPost, is live. HuffPost France launched  in late January, with Anne Sinclair editing. Since you already know what to expect out of the 15,457th HuffPost vertical, we’ll just tell you the nuts and bolts of the launch.

Patrick White is the site’s Managing Editor, Jean-Philippe Cipriani is News Editor and Tamy-Emma Pepin is Managing Blog Editor. Contributors to the site include Michel Martelly, Yves-François BlanchetMichel Kelly GagnonJulius Grey and Anne Marie Withenshaw.

If you can read French, go check the new site. Or just wait for Huffington Post How To Read French to launch.

Arianna Huffington Talks HuffPost Streaming Network

During Thursday’s media gathering at AOL Studios for an unveiling of HuffPost Streaming Network, Beet.TV caught Arianna Huffington on video describing the rather ambitious venture.

You can read our coverage of the network’s intended bells and whistles and decide whether or not it will be a game changer.

Guess Who’s Hiring? The HuffPost Streaming Network

During today’s event to preview the forthcoming HuffPost Streaming Network, its head, Roy Sekoff, mentioned that the network will be a full division of the media company and equipped with at least 100 employees.

Arianna Huffington chimed in that they are actively hiring at every level in preparation for the summer launch.

Sekoff added that they are especially interested in people who are great with video.

Is that you?

HuffPost Streaming Network: Game Changer? You Decide

Roy Sekoff, head of HuffPost Streaming Network

Today at the AOL Studios in New York, AOL and HuffPost execs assembled media pros for hors d’oeuvres – including, as one reporter put it, lobster bisque in a shot glass – a one-year anniversary celebration, and an unveiling of the HuffPost Streaming Network.

It was a year ago this week that AOL announced the purchase of Huffington Post. Where has the time gone?

For the HuffPost, time has gone to what seems like a launch every week. In the last year, it rolled out 44 new sections in addition to international expansion into France, Canada and the UK, with Quebec, Spain, and Italy editions forthcoming.

Overkill?

Let AOL CEO Tim Armstrong tell it, they just weren’t waiting for the wind to blow; instead, they were stepping out and taking chances.

Enter its streaming network. It’s headed by HuffPost founding editor, Roy Sekoff, who, regarding the network’s mix of live video, user engagement and off-the-fly programming, said passionately: “People don’t want to be told the news anymore.”

Arianna Huffington commented that the HuffPost Universe, it’s stories, reporters, and community will be the script for the network.

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Le Huffington Post is Live

For those who were eagerly awaiting the launch of Le Huffington Post France, today’s your day.

The site is an independent venture formed in partnership with The Huffington Post, The Le Monde Group and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes.

As we shared last week, Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is the editorial director. Paul Ackermann is editor-in-chief and will be in charge of daily operations. There are already more than 200 bloggers who contribute content, including former presidential candidates Rachida Dati and Julein Dray.

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