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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Biddle’

Gawker Clarifies on Tweets by Writers

gawker-logoHere’s what we know about #Gamergate: people mention it on Twitter a lot. The root of the story concerns alleged ethical transgressions by a blog that covers video games, but the tag quickly devolved into a large group of anonymous (male) people wishing violence on women.

Last week, the guy behind the hashtag admitted to BuzzFeed that it was all about a recent breakup and said that, while he regrets certain “outcomes,” he would do it again.

On Thursday, Sam Biddle of Gawker’s Valleywag made a joke about the story that lead to an internal memo from editor Joel Johnson in which he effectively warned writers to be careful about what they tweet.

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Uber’s Crisis Comms Strategy: Automated Email Responses

uber-300x225Amateur chauffeur provider Uber got a bit of attention on this blog back in July for saying (via General Manager Chris Nakutis) that PR is a waste of money and that new companies can “almost jump over the…process” altogether.

We’re starting to think that the business really does live that philosophy. A couple of weeks ago we noted, via BuzzFeed, that Uber issues the same “Safety is our #1 priority” statement every time one of its drivers scores negative coverage.

Today we learned, via Valleywag, that in some particularly egregious cases the company doesn’t bother releasing a statement at all.

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Valleywag Will Continue to Make Your Tech Clients Sweat

valleywag-touch-icon-200x200If you have big tech names or promising startup clients on your roster, you may flinch each time you hear the word “Valleywag.”

Don’t count on that changing anytime soon. In a new interview with New York magazine, head tech muckraker Sam Biddle promises that–while his online persona is not an accurate representation of himself–he will continue trying to make your tech clients nervous with more than a little help from anonymous tipsters.

Most importantly, he does use Uber…no matter how much he may hate the company and everything it stands for.

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Startup Founder Gets a Little Too Flirty with Journalist

The latest News You Should Know from Valleywag, aka “Tech Douche Daily”: a certain startup founder may have taken the phrase “media relations” a bit too literally.

Seems like Sam Shank wanted to thank Alyson Shontell of Business Insider for this article covering his “Uber for hotels” app Hotel Tonight, but he just had to make it weird…

Eww. We’re not quite sure why Sam Biddle files this story under “PR” since the agency that scored the piece would never suggest such a socially clueless move.

In short, this is NOT how you thank a journalist for good coverage.

HBO’s New Sitcom Will Entourage the Tech Set

shutterstock_110088764For a quick minute last week we had a theory that Sam Biddle of Valleywag and Evan Spiegel of Snapchat were engaged in a battle of wits to determine who could most successfully make the archetypal Southern California startup dude look like a douchebag.

We quickly deposited that theory in the overflowing “dumb thoughts we had today” box, but now it looks like the guy behind Beavis and Butthead might just beat them both to the punch.

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The Price of Access to the (Female) Tech World Is $850 Per Year

shutterstock_125936969Seems like a reasonable fee to join blogger/lawyer/influencer Rachel Sklar‘s mailing list, no?

We thought so, but Valleywag editor Sam Biddle remains skeptical and wonders whether Sklar is monetizing a “(free to operate) Google Groups clique”, aka her almost exclusively female web of contacts within the tech industry.

The story arose after someone leaked an email from the group, known as “TheLi.st“, which offers paid members varied levels of access to other members along with its acclaimed newsletter.

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Do Tech Blogs Give Free PR to Silicon Valley? Valleywag Says Yes.

A couple of months ago New York magazine’s economics writer Kevin Roose asked whether tech journalists are generally afraid to write “objectively” and/or criticize their subjects. In other words, do the sites reporting on Silicon Valley residents—from Google-sized giants to tiny dorm-room startups—simply rework press releases penned by the companies they cover?

Interesting question; for one site, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

In a New York Times interview, blogger Sam Biddle of Gawker Media’s “tech industry gossip dartboard” Valleywag states that his goal is to make light of the digital world’s “lack of self-awareness” in the midst of so much overwhelmingly positive publicity. He specifically says that many other sites “[do] the bidding of the industry” they cover by hyping every single product rollout as the greatest thing since electricity and refusing to cast any related “thought leaders” in a less-than-flattering light.

Sounds a little dramatic, but he may be onto something here…

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