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Gawker And Jezebel Were Down Today [UPDATE]

Gawker and Jezebel went down on Monday afternoon in an apparent server failure, but were quickly revived.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Gawker Media’s other sites, including Gizmodo, io9 and Kotaku, remained live.

A Gawker editor and a spokesperson did not immediately respond to emails from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

 

Adam Savader, Former Romney Campaign Intern Arrested for Sexploitation, Shares Anderson Cooper’s Breaking News Problem

Three obstacles stand in the way of former Mitt Romney campaign intern Adam Savader‘s political career.

  1. Being arrested for allegedly cyberstalking young women and blackmailing 15 of them into sending him nudes
  2. A creepy smile — a smile some may say should have indicated his potential for sexploitation and the fact that we missed it a sign of the Obama administration’s degradation of national security (we’re lookin’ at you, Lindsey Graham)
  3. A breaking news problem

Last week, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw diagnosed Anderson Cooper with a “breaking news problem,” abusing the terms to describe news events that were neither new nor breaking.

The boy-who-cried-wolf use of the term has, as Shaw put it, rendered it all but meaningless.

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Former NY Times Publisher’s Fifth Avenue Co-Op Sells For $12.5M

The Fifth Avenue co-op owned by Arthur O. Sulberger, the former publisher of The New York Times, has sold for $12.5 million, $1.5 million less than its original asking price Bloomberg reported.

The deal for the four-bedroom at 101 Fifth Ave. was completed on April 11. It was listed last December for $14 million.

Sulzberger died last Sept. 29 at his home in Southampton after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.

But he left behind a legacy at the Times, having morphed the company into a publicly-traded multimedia firm with television, radio and magazine assets.

Clear Channel Taps Huffington Post Veteran to Oversee Digital Radio Division

Clear Channel’s media and entertainment arm tapped Brian Kaminsky to head its digital division as the executive vice president of operations.

The New York City-based hire is effect immediately and he will report to Brian Lakamp, president of digital.

Kaminsky, who previously worked as the chief operating officer and general manager of The Huffington Post, will manage the digital radio service iHeartRadio and oversee its stable of station websites.

After AOL’s $315 million acquisition of the news site in 2011, Kaminsky led the integration of the site into the media giant, helping to triple HuffPost’s revenue and users.

The shift to digital radio is perhaps, then, ironic.

Since HuffPost came under AOL’s umbrella, the mail service once known as America Online has parsed down some of its other media brands. Last week, it shuttered AOL Music — including its online radio service — and laid off all its employees.

Source: [Press Release] | Image: [LinkedIn]

The Huffington Post, The Emerging News Site of The Axis Powers?

O.K., so maybe Germany and Japan haven’t been murderous invaders for 68 years, but you clicked, right?

The Huffington Post announced the launch of a German edition on Monday, rounding off its local European offerings that already include versions in France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. There’s also a Canada edition.

And a Japanese edition is coming in May. Hence the headline. Har, har.

As with the other sites, HuffPost partnered with a local media company — in this case Tomorrow Focus AG.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tomorrow Focus to launch the German edition of the Huffington Post,” editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said in a press release. “Tomorrow Focus is deeply involved in virtually every sector of digital content in Germany, and there is no one we’d rather be partnering with for this expansion.”

The site will be based in Munich and staffed by local journalists and writers.

Michael Wolff: The NY Times Book Review Is Dying

Michael Wolff — the eloquent, if prickishly pugnacious media commentator — has forecast the end of yet another aging publication: The New York Times Book Review.

In his Monday column on The Guardian, Wolff forecast the demise of the last freestanding national book section, in much the way he has predicted the inevitable death of The New York Post tabloid.

“[W]hile the NYTBR has been at the very center of the book business in New York and has been the most influential voice in book culture for the better part of a century, it is surely hard to say quite what to do with this weighty history,” he wrote. “Not to mention, how to squeeze a buck out of it. The New York Times has other things to worry about.”

His news peg? The new editor, Pamela Paul, whose credentials he must consider laughable for taking over such an esteemed position.

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Forget BuzzFeed — FeedBuzz Is Where It’s At

Forget BuzzFeed’s astronomical rise to journalistic and meme-tastic bliss. Put aside their shouts out from President Obama, their allegedly awesome White House Correspondents Dinner parties, their ever-growing list of big-name (and, presumably, high-price) journalists joining the masthead.

FeedBuzz is the new, hip site and if you aren’t reading it, you’re probably, like, stuck in the antediluvian epoch that was the first half of 2013.

See, FeedBuzz features a VAClub, guest writers and videos.

Videos!

And who cares how many lists BuzzFeed can compile of cats doing this and that. Who even thinks about goats that sound like humans now? What are you, a grandma? Come on.

The cool thing to scroll through is Arab children feasting their eyes on hamburgers.

Like, totally hitting that international news angle that Buzz — what was it again? — oh, yeah, BuzzFeed could never cover.

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ABC News’ Investigative Team Hires Two, Adds Two More From In-House

ABC News hired James Gordon Meek and Josh Margolin to its investigative team, and added its radio reporter Aaron Katersky and Lee Ferran from its web division to the muckraking arm.

Meek, a New York Daily News veteran, will join the Washington bureau next month as an investigative producer. Most recently, he served as senior counterterrorism advisor and investigator for the House Committee on Homeland Security — tackling such threats as the aftermath of the Boston bombing.

And from The New York Post comes Margolin, a new senior investigative reporter, whose cover story in the News Corp. tabloid last month revealed political operatives attempting to rig the New York City mayoral election.

Meanwhile, Katersky, an ABC News Radio correspondent, will now take on investigative duties. And Ferran, an investigative reporter on the digital team, will become the editor of “The Blotter” blog on ABCNews.com

Read ABC News President Ben Sherwood‘s full memo to the staff below:

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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68

Mary Thom, the former editor of Ms. magazine, died on Friday in a motorcycle crash in Yonkers, the Associated Press reported. She was 68.

The avid motorcyclist was riding her 1996 Honda Magna 750 on Friday evening when she crashed on the Saw Mill River Parkway, her nephew Thom Loubet told the newswire.

Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992.

She worked on the glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, into a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s, but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice.

Since leaving the magazine, Thom has served as editor-in-chief of the Women’s Media Center’s features department, publishing reports and op-eds from contributors around the world.

For more details read the full AP report here.

h/t The Huffington Post

Image: [Ricky.org]

 

Apple, Yahoo And Microsoft Only Want to Hire Men? This Tumblr Says So

The hurdles women face in the tech business have been widely discussed since Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg‘s new book launched a movement for more companies, especially those in Silicon Alley and Valley, to “lean in.”

And as a new Tumblr that began posting six days ago seems to show, there are many Tech Companies That Only Hire Men.

Even Yahoo, captained by the ever-intriguing Marissa Mayer, seems to have a male-bias.

  • “The candidate will build quality into the solution by writing the appropriate unit tests for his code and work with qa counter…”

For more, click over to the Tumblr. Do you think New York’s tech companies should be working harder to attract women? Tell us below in the comments.

h/t [Buzzfeed's Anna North]

Image: [Launchdfw.com]

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