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ESPN Live Stream Crashes During USA-Germany World Cup Match (Variety)
Many users across the U.S. were unable to access ESPN’s WatchESPN video-streaming service as the USA-Germany match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off at noon ET on Thursday. An ESPN rep said the sports programmer was “investigating some limited issues due to unprecedented demand.” WatchESPN viewership for the first half of the USA-Germany match peaked at more than 1.4 million concurrent viewers. Re/code For context: During the Winter Olympics, NBCUniversal reached a peak of 850,000 concurrent viewers when it streamed the U.S./Russia Hockey game. TVNewser CNN’s Lara Baldesarra, Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, ABC’s Paula Faris and NBC’s Natalie Morales covered the World Cup for their respective networks. Mediaite The media world, like the rest of the country, apparently stopped what it was doing to gather around televisions and watch the match. Capital New York ESPN, which is a U.S. rights-holder, held a viewing party at its Bristol, Conn. campus. At ESPN sister network ABC, ABC News staffers were invited to watch the game, and the network provided food and red, white and blue rocket pops. At CBS News, CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht brought in pizza, with the game playing on a big screen. At NBC News, the executive team was advised to order in lunch and give their teams a chance to watch the game too. CNN also had a pizza party for staffers while the game was on.

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Steven Levy Leaves Wired

Steven Levy GSteven Levy is leaving Wired for the blogging site Medium. Levy, in a post on Medium, explained that he will serve as editor-in-chief and senior writer of a TBD tech site:

So a precise description of what this new venture is going to eventually become is gleefully elusive. But I can tell you this—it will feature not only my own best writing but the work of contributors who share my belief in deeply reported, colorfully rendered stories in and around the tech explosion. We will also draw on some of the amazing contributions that are already flowing into Medium—not only professional writers but also smart people chiming in spontaneously—and bring in outside voices of authority who will express their concerns, share their thoughts, and generally provoke our readers.

Levy served as a senior writer for Wired. Prior to that, he served as a chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. He has also written several books on technology. Levy’s work has appeared in publications such as Harper’s, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine.

Jerry Seinfeld Covers Latest Wired

The great Jerry Seinfeld is Wired’s newest cover star.

For its “tech etiquette” issue, Seinfeld fielded some questions about the dos and don’t's in the digital age. His answer to someone wanting to know if it’s alright to record a concert on his iPad: “Sure, sure, go ahead. So you won’t enjoy the concert, and you won’t enjoy the video. You’ll have negated everything.” We love that guy.

The latest Wired hits newsstands July 1.

Wired Promotes, New York Adds Contributing Editor

A couple Revolving Door items to note this morning, involving Wired and New York. Details are below.

  • Wired has promoted Stefanie Rapp to associate publisher. Rapp has served as Wired’s executive director, integrated sales since joining the magazine in 2012.
  • Annie Lowrey is joining New York as a contributing editor and columnist. Lowrey most recently served as an economic-policy reporter for the New York Times, where she had been since 2011.

Keith Grossman Named Bloomberg Digital Publisher

Bloomberg Media Group has named Keith Grossman its publisher of Bloomberg Digital, a new role at the company. He comes to Bloomberg from Wired, where he has been since 2002. Grossman most recently served as associate publisher of Wired and Ars Technica.

Grossman said one of the lure’s of Bloomberg was Justin Smith — Bloomberg Media’s CEO — dedication to digital. “If you look at Justin’s view of where he wants to take the company, one of the areas he wants us to focus on is expanding the digital front and scaling that across different platforms,” Grossman told Adweek.

Grossman begins July 14. He’ll report to Paul Caine, who was named Bloomberg Media’s CRO earlier this month.

Wired Plans ‘Live Magazine’ Event

Wired is getting into the festival scene. WxD will be a two day “live magazine” event put on by Wired to celebrate the best in design and culture. Picture Coachella, minus the drugs and pseudo-hippies with awful clothes, but add nerds and architecture fans.

WxD will coincide with Wired’s October Design issue. It will be held September 29 in Marin County, California. A few of the confirmed participants include Aaron Koblin, Google’s creative director of data arts; Wyatt Mitchell, The New Yorker’s creative director; Jeff Nichols, director of Mud and other films; and Sia, the singer/songwriter.

“Whether you’re creating a visual interface, cutting an album, or developing a tasting menu, design shapes the human experience,” said Scott Dadich, Wired’s editor, in a statement. “We recognized an opportunity to broaden the definition of design and learn from the people who are changing the way we communicate, socialize, and enjoy food, film, and music.”

Plus, everyone likes a good excuse to party.

Cover Battle: WSJ. or Wired

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features WSJ. taking on Wired. For its latest issue, WSJ. went with a simplistic photo of Scarlett Johansson staring at the camera. If you ever meet Johansson, please note that she will not appreciate you reciprocating this gaze.

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Wired Puts Jonah Peretti on the Cover

WiredFeb2014CoverIs there, at this point, anything left to learn about BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti and the inner workings of his Wonka-esque viral factory? Let’s take a look.

For the February Wired UK cover story, editor David Rowan notes that the conference rooms at BuzzFeed’s new offices at 200 Fifth Avenue are all named in honor of ragingly successful Internet memes like “Princess Monster Truck” and “Grumpy Cat.” There is also mention of The Golden Rules of Shareability, the gobstopper document given to every new BuzzFeed employee.

But the meat of the Wired article is about how BuzzFeed’s evolution has led it to a place where it’s no longer just a matter of the total number of article page-views. If for example a longer-form item is reaching the right niche of readers, it can be deemed a SlamDunk:

“Ben [Smith] drilled into me that if you’re doing something that will get only 50,000 views, that’s fine – as long as our piece is optimized to get all 50,000 who should see it,” says Shani Hilton, deputy executive editor, previously at NBC in Washington, and whose beat now includes tech, LGBT, fashion and sport.

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Showcase Your Writing Skills at This Freelancer-Friendly Digital Mag

TheMagazineThe Magazine, the iOS-native pub, is looking for writers. The mag, which is 100 percent freelance written, focuses on an array of “stuff that people with [a geeky mind] find interesting,” said executive editor Glenn Fleishman.

According to Fleishman, the content of the pub skirts somewhere between Wired and The New Yorker, and the editors make an effort to be nice to freelancers:

Though the freelance life is filled with perks (flexible hours, being your own boss, etc.), it’s a career that’s tougher than it looks. Late payments (or lack of payments!), chasing down editors, crafting pitches only to never hear back from publications — these are routine travails that freelancers must deal with. Which is why when Mediabistro spoke to the editors of The Magazine, we were shocked for a few reasons: 1) The editors pride themselves on responding to each and every pitch; 2) If they like your idea but your pitch is not up to scratch, they will work with you on getting the pitch just right; and 3) They will put in a lot of time and effort to help you deliver the best piece possible.

To hear more about how to get published in The Magazine, read: How To Pitch: The Magazine.

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Wired in Running for Correction of The Year

Wired magazine has what might be the correction of the year, in an article on the people behind Dropbox:

Correction appended [2:37 P.M. PST/9/17]: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston saying ‘anyone with nipples’ instead of ‘anyone with a pulse.’

To be fair, most people with a pulse also have nipples, so really, same thing.

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