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There Is No After

Shortly before Christmas last year, I sent a message to Jeff Sharlet, a writer I don’t know, thanking him for memorializing the dead. It was a Sunday night, past 2 a.m., and though I can’t remember the specific thing keeping me awake I know its basic contours. Most every feeling I’ve had this year is a shifting…Read more...
Tags: The New York Times, Musical Groups, Jeff Sharlet, The Fellowship, Maria Bustillos, Buzzfeed, The Rapture, Musicians

Dallas Police Used Face Recognition Software Without Authorization, Installed on Personal Phones

Dallas police officers used unauthorized facial recognition software to conduct between 500 and 1,000 searches in attempts to identify people based on photographs. A Dallas Police spokesperson says the searches were never authorized by the department, and that in some cases, officers had installed facial recognition…Read more...
Tags: Face, Learning, Dallas Police Department, Clearview, Face Id, Surveillance, Mass Surveillance, Melinda Gutierrez, Technology Internet, Articles, Facial Recognition Software, Hoan Ton That, Clearview Ai, Hyper Surveillance, Eric Johnson, Buzzfeed

Lawmakers press Instagram for details on its plans for kids

A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by Buzzfeed that the company was exploring an age-gated version of its app designed for young users. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) signed the letter, expressing “serious concerns” about the company’s ability to pro...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Kids, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Congress, Government, Tech, House, Zuckerberg, Democratic, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Messenger Kids, Kathy Castor D FL

Report: Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Has Been Used by Over 1,800 Public Agencies

A new series of reports from BuzzFeed News shows the wide net cast by shadowy surveillance firm Clearview AI. Individuals at 1,803 public agencies—many of which are police departments—have used its facial recognition software at some point over recent years, according to data reviewed by the news outlet. Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Buzzfeed, Immigration, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, National Security, Mass Surveillance, BuzzFeed News, Customs Enforcement, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Crime Prevention, Clearview AI, Facial recognition system

HuffPost names Danielle Belton of The Root as its new editor in chief

HuffPost has finally found its new editor in chief. Danielle Belton, the editor in chief of The Root, will take the helm of the publication that is now owned by BuzzFeed and which faced significant layoffs earlier this month.
Tags: Buzzfeed, Cnn, HuffPost, Danielle Belton

BuzzFeed Appoints New HuffPost Editor in Chief, Danielle Belton of The Root

BuzzFeed announced Danielle Belton, currently the top editor of G/O Media’s The Root website, as the new editor-in-chief of HuffPost. Her appointment comes after BuzzFeed earlier this month laid off 70 HuffPost employees — eliminating nearly 30% of the site’s U.S. newsroom positions — and took other cost-cutting moves following the acquisition of HuffPost from […]
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Danielle Belton

Starbucks fired an employee over a TikTok video made at work as brands become increasingly wary of workers’ social media

Ramin Talaie / Contributor / Getty Starbucks fired an Indiana employee for a TikTok about demanding customers. Workers at Chick-fil-A, Sherwin-Williams, and other companies have been fired after viral TikToks. An analyst told Insider that companies are wary of anything that might damage the brand online. See more stories on Insider's business page. A 19-year-old Starbucks barista says he was fired for posting a TikTok about work, Buzzfeed News reported.Eli Servais posted a since-delet...
Tags: Buzzfeed, Fresno, Trends, Indiana, Ohio, Starbucks, Nice, Fast Company, Ana, BuzzFeed News, Fresno California, Chick, Sherwin Williams, Kalinowski, Sherman Williams, California Chick

Facebook Working on Instagram Product for Children Under 13 Years Old

Facebook, the social media behemoth that owns Instagram, is developing a new Instagram product for children under 13 years of age, according to leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed. Instagram users must currently click a button declaring that they’re at least 13 years old, or that the account featuring a kid under…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tobacco, Buzzfeed, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Tobacco Control, Pavni Diwanji, Video Software, BuzzFeed Instagram

10 things in tech you need to know today

Stripe cofounder and CEO Patrick Collison. AOP.Press/Corbis/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Stripe is worth $95 billion. The online payments firm has raised a $600 million round that makes it Silicon Valley's most valuable private firm. We spoke to CFO Dhivya Suryadevara about its growth.2. Facebook created a playbook for employees to defend the company. BuzzFeed reported on an internal meeti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Buzzfeed, Senate, Alabama, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Kanye West, House, Silicon Valley

The Secret History and Uncertain Future of Big Oil’s Unfunniest Meme Website

“Welcome to your new favorite place,” the headline of the website FrackFeed read at the beginning of December. “The dankest memes curated for your lurking enjoyment.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Jimmy Kimmel, Buzzfeed, Articles, ExxonMobil, Dolly Parton, Philosophy, Natural Gas, FTI Consulting, Internet Meme, Bernie Sanders, Meme, Hydraulic Fracturing, Steve Everley, Texans, XTO Energy

BuzzFeed Studios Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

BuzzFeed Studios has signed with CAA for representation in all areas, as the digital-media company looks to expand its slate of projects across TV, film and subscription VOD platforms. BuzzFeed Studios previously was repped by WME. The division develops scripted and unscripted projects based on existing BuzzFeed intellectual property, including BuzzFeed News articles. The company […]
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Caa, BuzzFeed Studios, BuzzFeed Studios Signs With CAA

BuzzFeed in talks to go public through merger with 890 5th Avenue, a SPAC focused on media and telecom

BuzzFeed News headquarters. Drew Angerer / Getty Images BuzzFeed is in talks to go public via a merger with 890 5th Avenue, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 890 5th Avenue is a special purpose acquisition company focused on media and entertainment. The deal talks are not finalized and could still fall apart, according to Bloomberg. See more stories on Insider's business page. BuzzFeed is considering going public through a merger with the special purpose acquisition company 890 5th Avenue ...
Tags: Verizon, Buzzfeed, Congress, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Jonah Peretti, Chris Sacca, SPAC, BuzzFeed News, 5th Avenue, Charlie Munger, Consumer Federation of America, Tyler Sonnemaker, Drew Angerer Getty Images BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed in talks to go public through merger with 890 Fifth Avenue, a SPAC focused on media and telecom

BuzzFeed News headquarters. Drew Angerer / Getty Images BuzzFeed is in talks to go public via a merger with 890 Fifth Avenue, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The latter company is a special-purpose acquisition company focused on media and entertainment. The deal talks are not finalized and could still fall apart, according to Bloomberg. See more stories on Insider's business page. BuzzFeed is considering going public through a merger with the special-purpose acquisition company 890 Fifth...
Tags: Verizon, Buzzfeed, Congress, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Fifth Avenue, Jonah Peretti, Chris Sacca, SPAC, BuzzFeed News, Charlie Munger, Consumer Federation of America, Fifth Avenue Bloomberg, Tyler Sonnemaker

Layoffs hit HuffPost

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here. This week:HuffPost layoffsSnap's comebackMedia startups to watch Jonah Peretti Lucy Nicholson/Reuters HuffPost layoffs Layoffs are hitting HuffPost, just weeks after the publisher was acquired by digital rival BuzzFeed, Steven Perlberg reports.The layoffs involve nearly 50 in the US and fulfill fears of sta...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, London, Media, Buzzfeed, California, Advertising, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jonah Peretti, WPP, Nordic, Snap, Reuters

On Huffpo’s Layoffs

According to press reports, HuffPo, which was recently acquired by Buzzfeed, is laying off 47 employees. Huffpo's editorial staff union says that 33 of its members were included in the 47 number, about a third of the entire union. Since lots of these people are people are I know from within my professional community, the news hits pretty hard. Yet another in a seemingly endless stream of layoffs at news organizations - just in this case I know a lot of these people. The brass at Buzzfeed seem...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Josh Marshall, Huffpo, Editors' Blog

BuzzFeed lays off 70 HuffPost staffers in massive 'restructure' less than a month after acquisition

HuffPost officially merged with BuzzFeed on February 16. Less a month later, the site's staff is being dramatically cut.
Tags: Buzzfeed, Cnn

BuzzFeed Lays Off Dozens of HuffPost Staffers, Site Lost More Than $20M Last Year

BuzzFeed is laying off at least 47 HuffPost employees and shutting down HuffPost Canada — among other cost-cutting moves — following the company’s acquisition of HuffPost from Verizon Media. Jonah Peretti, CEO and cofounder of BuzzFeed — who also cofounded HuffPost with Arianna Huffington in 2005 — announced the restructuring plans at an all-hands meeting […]
Tags: News, Arianna Huffington, Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti, HuffPost, HuffPost Canada, Verizon Media

Parler Drops One Lawsuit Against Amazon, and Files Another

Alleged domestic terrorist haven/free speech network Parler has bowed out of its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon. For a blessed moment it seemed we might get a break from conservative bitching and moaning about unfairness. No such luck.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Science, Buzzfeed, Linkedin, Software, Computing, Amazon Web Services, Real Time Web, Elaine Chao, Tea Party Patriots, Mobile Applications, Mark Meckler, Rebekah Mercer, Stacey Abrams, Parler

Facebook's Making a Good Case Why You Should Never Wear Its Smart Glasses

Everyone and their mother is supposedly building a pair of smart glasses now, Facebook included. However, a BuzzFeed News report notes that apparently, Facebook is thinking about building facial recognition into its forthcoming pair of AR glasses. Um, no thank you.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Buzzfeed, Surveillance, Eyewear, Computing, Augmented Reality, Andrew Bosworth, BuzzFeed News, Display technology, Smartglasses, Face Id, Biometric Information Privacy Act, Wearable Computers

Students from Rep. Madison Cawthorn's college said he used 'fun drives' to corner women with sexual advances, report says

Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images Former classmates of Rep. Madison Cawthorn told BuzzFeed news he harassed women at their college. Two RAs said they warned women residing in their dorms not to go on drives with Cawthorn. Cawthorn previously said that he has "never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Rep. Madiso...
Tags: Politics, News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Virginia, Trends, House Of Representatives, North Carolina, Sexual Harassment, Republican National Committee, BuzzFeed News, Citizen Times, Patrick Henry College, Getty Images Former, Madison Cawthorn, Cawthorn

Omnicom’s optimism, Lexus’ (literally) playful marketing stunt, and Ted Cruz, flight risk: Friday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you’re reading this online or in a forwarded email, here’s the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters. Omnicom’s optimism “We fully expect to return to positive organic growth in the second quarter and the balance of the year.” That’s what Omnicom CEO John Wren told analysts on Thursday in an earnings call, Ad Age’s Judann Pollack reports. The context for that statement, also f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Africa, Advertising, Bloomberg, House, Ted Cruz, Middle East, Dallas, Toyota, Sam

BuzzFeed uses AI to create romantic partners in its latest quiz

A new BuzzFeed quiz is the first in what Director of Product for Quizzes Chris Johanesen said he’s hoping will be a series of “stunt-y experiments” that the publisher launches this year. The quiz, timed for Valentine’s Day weekend, promises to “create your perfect boyfriend (or girlfriend) using AI technology.” Johanesen said it’s designed to “poke fun at the situation we’re all in” (quarantine, obviously), as well as the “weird world of online dating.” To take the quiz, you answer a series of m...
Tags: Startups, Media, Buzzfeed, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Johanesen, Chris Johanesen, Quiz Party

Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff launches second SPAC

Supernova Partners Acquisition Corp II will go public prior to any merger in a $370 million public offering.
Tags: Buzzfeed, Radio, Zillow, Industry News, SPAC, Spencer Rascoff, Select, Michael Clifton, Supernova Acquisition Partners, Alexander Klabin, Supernova Partners Acquisition Corp

Verizon Q4 Results Include $119 Million Loss on HuffPost Sale to BuzzFeed

Verizon’s sale of news and opinion site HuffPost to BuzzFeed resulted in the telco taking a $119 million charge for the fourth quarter of 2020. In announcing Q4 earnings Tuesday, Verizon said the results included a net loss of $119 million “primarily related to the disposition of the HuffPost business.” When the companies announced the […]
Tags: Verizon, News, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Verizon Media

‘Zillow Gone Wild’: Instagram account featuring kooky homes gains popularity

An Instagram account that finds the biggest, flashiest and otherwise weirdest listings on Zillow is quickly gaining a loyal following.
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Listings, Lifestyle, Radio, Luxury, Zillow, Samir Mezrahi, Tiktok

We worked together on the internet. Last week, he stormed the Capitol.

By Ben Smith | The New York Times He fit in as well as anyone did at our Los Angeles studio, a place full of ambitious misfits with an unusual gift. They knew how to make web videos people wanted to watch. His real name was Anthime Joseph Gionet, though he preferred others. His value to BuzzFeed was clear: He’d do anything for the Vine, the short video platform that had a brief cultural moment before being crushed by Instagram and Snapchat in 2017. Once, he poured a gallon of milk on his face an...
Tags: News, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington, Oregon, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Pandora, Soccer, Alaska, New York Times, Vine, Ben Smith, Johnson

A member of Congress says she chose to risk running into Capitol rioters over sheltering with maskless colleagues during the insurrection

Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., attends a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup in Rayburn Building on a resolution on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Rep. Stacey Plaskett, who serves as a House delegate representing the Virgin Islands, told Buzzfeed News that she opted to shelter in her office instead of with colleagues during the Capitol insurrection last...
Tags: Politics, News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington Post, Trends, Commerce, House, Republican, Donald Trump, Us Virgin Islands, Capitol, Coleman, Schneider, BuzzFeed News, NBC Chicago

Pelosi says lawmakers will be issued with $5,000 fines if they bypass metal detectors to get to the House floor

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over the vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, a week after his supporters stormed the Capitol building, on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned congressional lawmakers that they could face $5,000 fines if they evade metal detectors that were installed in the wake of the Capitol riots last week. "It is trag...
Tags: Politics, News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Capitol Police, Trump

A 'disgruntled' staffer reportedly changed Trump and Pence's biographies on the State Department website to say both their terms ended on Monday

Vice President Mike Pence speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony and meeting with the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's biography pages on the State Department's website were updated to state that their terms would end on January 11. Buzzfeed ...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Buzzfeed, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Capitol Hill, State Department, Biden, Donald Trump, Kosovo, Trump, Mike Pence

Here’s why the US State Department website says Donald Trump’s ‘term ended’ on 11 January

In yet another apparent case of giving (perhaps) too much power to a single person, an unnamed US State Department employee is being blamed for the agency website displaying text indicating US President Donald Trump was no longer in office as of 11 January. Background: Hey, @StateDept, what do you know that the rest of us don't? "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00." — Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) January 11, 2021 Buzzfeed’s Christopher Miller ap...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Buzzfeed, US, Tech, United States, Donald Trump, Donald J Trump, US State Department, Christopher Miller