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Meet the Journalist Who Landed That Jaden-Willow Smith Interview

ShutterstockJadenWillowSmithThis week’s T magazine Q&A with the son and daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith is the first recent joint published conversation the famous offspring has done. Nice scoop for article author Su Wu, whose piece is being picked up far and wide.

From 2008 until July of this year, Wu was director of research communications at USC. Thanks to her longstanding personal blogging efforts, she also earned during that time a 2012 USC/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship.

Wu is a regular contributor to the New York Times and artforum.com, as well as the online arts editor for n+1. Earlier this fall, digital magazine Sight Unseen put together a photo essay highlighting Wu’s downtown Los Angeles loft. Our favorite shot by Michael A. Muller has Wu playfully holding up a copy of Interview magazine in front of her face. The caption reads:

“One night at dinner, Nancy (who is one of the designers of Building Block) was scoping an eBay auction of this old Interview, from November 1991. I went home and got it for her. The package had just arrived on the day of this photo so it was sitting on the counter in the kitchen. I love people with really specific taste, who are disappointed mostly and then ecstatic once in a while, and who most deserve to be spoiled.”

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Wired and USC Launch Online Masters Class

Wired_logoWired is teaming up with USC to launch an online Master’s degree in integrated design, business and technology. The goal of the course is to “educate creative thinkers and technologists to better equip them to transform the world of industry and enterprise,” according to a release.

“We’ve been thinking for years about what a university curriculum with WIRED would look like, and now we have a chance to build it with a terrific partner,” said Wired’s editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich, in a statement. “Taking the best from USC and Wired, we can teach discipline and disruption, business fundamentals, and the very latest innovation models from Silicon Valley. This is going to be thrilling.”

Students who sign up for the course will have access to Wired’s headquarters and its editors and writers. The first offering of the degree will come in the 2015/2016 academic year.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys Oculus | Atlantic Makes Changes | Amazon Credits eBooks

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Facebook Bets $2 Billion on Virtual Reality (Financial Times)
Facebook is making a $2 billion bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and smartphones, with the sudden acquisition of Oculus VR. The deal marks an unexpected move by the world’s largest social network into the hardware business, at a time when arch-rival Google is investing in robots, its own Google Glass headset and other long-term ventures. Facebook believes that virtual reality’s applications could extend beyond gaming into entertainment and education. AllFacebook The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter, and it is comprised of $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook class-A common stock (worth $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of $69.35 for the 20 trading days leading up to March 21) and $300 million in potential cash and stock based on reaching certain unspecified milestones. Facebook said in its announcement that more than 75,000 orders have been placed for Oculus Rift development kits, adding that it plans to help Oculus expand into verticals including communications and media. Adweek The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s Rift headset covers the eyes of users and plants them in a virtual reality world in which they can play games, watch movies and interact in new ways. GigaOM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he sees Oculus as an opportunity to move beyond the console and toward ubiquitous computing. He doesn’t expect Facebook to make money off of selling Oculus hardware; instead, it might become a ubiquitous world for communication that might contain advertising. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg explained. Bloomberg The deal follows a spate of acquisitions that Facebook has used to build up its mobile business. Last month, the company agreed to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In 2012, Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing program Instagram for about $700 million. Facebook had $11.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2013.

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Lane Kiffin Gets the Next Media Animation Treatment

You know things are bad when you get the wacky animated Taiwanese Next Media Animation treatment.

A day after a USC student manager was fired for deflating footballs during last week’s game against Oregon, head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans were mocked by our friends in Taiwan.

How soon before Kiffin joins Mike Brown on the unemployment line?

Lane Kiffin Still Doing Lane Kiffin Like Things

After banning Daily News reporter Scott Wolf last week, you would think USC football head coach Lane Kiffin would get his act together and stop jerking around the media.

Yeah, not so much.

Kiffin was up to his usual antics on Wednesday with a press conference that lasted less than 30 seconds.

He really doesn’t like talking about injuries.

Photo: USC Reporters Mesmerized by Car Chase

This photo of USC football reporters sums up how most of us felt in Los Angeles this morning while watching the awesome car chase that saw two bank robbery suspects tossing money from their vehicle while driving through the streets of South Los Angeles.

I hope USC doesn’t ban them for watching this while on campus.

[H/T Ryan Abraham]

USC Football Billboard Removed from Westwood

You know college football is right around the corner when billboards featuring the opposition start popping up in each other’s neighborhood.

A USC billboard went up on Westwood Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive featuring USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley with the words “WE PLAY TO FINISH.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s one of 30 billboards that are featured throughout Los Angeles.

Well, make that 29.

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USC QB Matt Barkley Covers Sports Illustrated

Quarterback Matt Barkley and USC are one of five teams sharing the honor of gracing Sports Illustrated‘s college football preview issue, which hit newsstands on Wednesday.

The other teams/quarterbacks are: Alabama (A.J. McCarron), Oklahoma (Landry Jones), West Virginia (Geno Smith) and Michigan (Denard Robinson).

Sports Illustrated has the Trojans losing in the BCS national title game to Alabama. We shall see.

UCLA’s Jim Mora Apologizes for Safety Remark

A new coach at USC or UCLA doesn’t truly earn their stripes until they take a swipe at the crosstown opposition.

Stripes earned, Jim Mora.

The new head coach of the UCLA football team joined Roger Lodge on the radio Wednesday and it appeared he took a shot at the crime that surrounds the USC campus.

“We don’t have murders a block from our campus,” Mora said regarding life in upscale Westwood.

Even though he didn’t mention USC by name, it was pretty obvious his comment was directed towards his new rival — a school that’s still coping following the murders of two international grad students in April.

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USC Remembers Former Linebacker Junior Seau

Short and sweet, the University of Southern California released a touching tribute video for former linebacker Junior Seau, who was found dead Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot.

The 43-year-old sang “Wonderful Tonight” at USC’s Spring Game last month.

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