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Posts Tagged ‘Ted Turner’

CNN Spins Its Breakup with Dish Network

CNN failThe year was like, 1980. 

Jimmy Carter was president and awaiting a defeat at the hands of this actor fellow from California. Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state causing $3 billion in damages. John Lennon died in New York City. Blondie was at the top of the charts. Movember found a hero in ‘Magnum P.I.’ And gas was one dollar and eight cents a gallon!

It was also the year the mustachioed Ted Turner decided that what America needed was 24 hours of news. He invested $20 million into the launch of The Cable News Network and the rest is history. Today, people could care less and one satellite network has even decided its consumers don’t care at all…so they dropped CNN from its packages.

That was CNN. 

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Zuckerberg, 16 Others Join Giving Pledge

Billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (and our first millennial CEO), Carl Icahn, and 15 others have joined the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.

According to the New York Times Dealbook blog, the Giving Pledge has been criticized as a publicity stunt. This criticism was also leveled at Zuckerberg when he donated $100 million to Newark schools in September. If it is a publicity stunt, it’s a pretty good one.

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Mashable Social Good Summit: Social Media’s Growing Role

Leveraging social media to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems was the theme of Mashable’s Social Good Summit in New York on Monday. The conference was held in partnership with the 92nd Street Y and the UN Foundation during United Nations Week.

The range of speakers included philanthropists, media and business executives, actors, and government officials, each offering a unique perspective. After the jump are highlights from selected sessions. Read more