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2019 is expected to be another terrible year for media brands, but publishers like BuzzFeed and Refinery29 have a plan to survive

2019 looks to be a punishing year for venture capital-backed media companies whose advertising growth has slowed. But the heads of BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and Group Nine Media say they're bullish on their futures. The execs say they're well positioned because they've been diversifying beyond advertising and see themselves as acquirers. VC-backed media outlets have become associated with stalled growth, layoffs, and fire sales. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti even floated the idea to The New York Tim...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Trends, Discovery Communications, New York Times, Times, Jonah Peretti, Vox Media, Hearst, Group Nine, Facebook He, Lerer Hippeau, Peretti, Kenneth Lerer, Lerer


BuzzFeed and other digital sites say they’re well positioned to acquire in 2019 despite a tough ad market and a chorus of doomsayers

2019 looks to be a punishing year for venture capital-backed media companies whose advertising growth has slowed. But the heads of BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and Group Nine Media say they're bullish on their futures. The execs say they're well positioned because they've been diversifying beyond advertising and see themselves as acquirers. VC-backed media outlets have become associated with stalled growth, layoffs, and fire sales. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti even floated the idea to The New York Tim...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Buzzfeed, North Korea, Trends, Discovery Communications, New York Times, Kim Jong Un, Times, Jonah Peretti, Vox Media, Hearst, Group Nine, Facebook He, Lerer Hippeau, Peretti


Sanders To Meet With Women Who Alleged Harassment, Sexism During Campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this week will meet with women who have alleged a culture of harassment and gender discrimination at his 2016 presidential campaign, Buzzfeed News reported. Sanders’ office arranged for the women to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with the senator and members of his staff on Wednesday. The trip and hotels for the women were covered by Sanders’ campaign fund, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting who spoke to Buzzfeed. The meetings will be orchestrate...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Washington, New York Times, Vermont, Sanders, BuzzFeed News, Sen Bernie Sanders, Nicole Lafond


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a fatal truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, British Airways, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple, Ive


People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic -- including party affiliation. Today's study, published in Science Advances, ex...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Buzzfeed, Tech, Yougov, Trump, Craig Silverman, Princeton Universities Older


The kids are alright. Grandpa’s the problem.

NYU and Princeton professors just released an important study that took a set of fake news domains identified by BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman and others and asked who shares them on Facebook. They found that: Sharing so-called fake news appears to be rare. “The vast majority of Facebook users in our data” —more than 90 %— “did not share any articles from fake news domains in 2016 at all.” Most of the sharing is done by old people, not young people. People over 65 shared fake news at a rate seven ...
Tags: Facebook, Publishing, Buzzfeed, Uncategorized, Research, Fox News, Princeton, Nyu, Craig Silverman, Grandpa, Fake News, Josh Tucker, Trump Interestingly, Andrew Guess, Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker


Kevin Hart Didn’t Change His Mind About Hosting the Oscars After All [Updated]

UPDATE #2: Well, all that back and forth was for nothing. Deadline reports Kevin Hart has decided not to host the Oscars after reevaluating his decision following some prodding from Ellen DeGeneres. Hart was not only concerned about having less time to prepare, but he didn’t want to be a distraction from everything else on the big night either. Instead, the Academy will have some of the biggest names in Hollywood presenting awards. Our original story from January 4 follows below. UPDATE: Variet...
Tags: Twitter, Hollywood, Movies, Buzzfeed, Awards, Kevin-Hart, Ellen, Academy Awards, Academy, Ellen-DeGeneres, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Hart, Kevin, DeGeneres, Adam B Vary, Ellen DeGeneres Hart


Academy Awards Organizers Are Open to Kevin Hart Returning as Oscars Host [Updated]

Update: Variety now reports that “key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host” if he wants the job. Our original article from this morning follows. People have noticed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have yet to choose a 2019 Oscars host following the exit of their first choice, Kevin Hart. But, according to Ellen DeGeneres, that’s because they’re waiting for him to return. Hart stepped down from the Oscars hosting gig fol...
Tags: Twitter, Movies, Buzzfeed, Awards, Kevin-Hart, Ellen, Academy Awards, Academy, Ellen-DeGeneres, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Hart, Kevin, DeGeneres, Adam B Vary


Kevin Hart Reconsidering Oscars Host Gig After Ellen DeGeneres Shows Support

People have noticed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have yet to choose a 2019 Oscars host following the exit of their first choice, Kevin Hart. But, according to Ellen DeGeneres, that’s because they’re waiting for him to return. Hart stepped down from the Oscars hosting gig following outcry over anti-LGBT tweets that were resurfaced following his announcement as host. But following an interview with The Ellen Show host, Hart is apparently reconsidering. During a lengthy ...
Tags: Twitter, Movies, Buzzfeed, Awards, Kevin-Hart, Ellen, Academy Awards, Academy, Ellen-DeGeneres, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Hart, Kevin, DeGeneres, Adam B Vary


Best Longform of 2018

If you’re not a regular reader of my site, please do me a favor and subscribe to the email (it comes infrequently — whenever I add a post here). I write about business, technology, history, mental models (a lot of those), and all the random interesting stuff I’m reading about. It’s a hodge-podge and I hope you’ll enjoy. At the beginning of last year I decided I was going to spend more time reading books in 2018. I set myself a goal of 30 on Goodreads and blew past that by year end. While it f...
Tags: New York, Isis, Hollywood, London, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Seo, Earth, Bbc, Ford


Elon Musk's defence against the diver suing him for his 'pedo' remarks is that his 'over-the-top insults' weren't serious

Elon Musk has filed a motion to dismiss the defamation allegation brought by British cave diver Vern Unsworth. Unsworth is suing Musk after the Tesla CEO baselessly called him a pedophile. Musk's lawyers argue that his "over-the-top insults" were opinion, not factual statements, and should be protected by free speech laws. Elon Musk would really like everyone to just forget about that whole 'pedo' thing. Lawyers for the Tesla CEO have filed a motion to dismiss the defamation claim brought by ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Buzzfeed, California, US, Trends, Cnn, Thailand, Musk, Unsworth, Ryan Mac, Vern Unsworth, Vern Unsworth Unsworth


Sola Pool Boya

You remember all the smoke about Jerry Falwell Jr for some inexplicable reason going into the divey, boozy youth hostel business with a young pool attendant in South Florida and the fact that Michael Cohen somehow also happened to have some kind of relationship with Falwell. At least one outlet has picked up this new article on the case by Aram Roston at Buzzfeed and claimed it says Michael Cohen brokered the deal. That’s definitely not what it says. Not close. But it certainly seems clear that ...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Josh Marshall, Jerry Falwell Jr, South Florida, Falwell, Michael Cohen, Roston, Editor’s Blog, Sola Pool Boya, Aram Roston


Buzzfeed: Treasury Officials Fielded Info Requests From Unofficial Russian Email Accounts

Treasury Department officials fielded financial information requests on American citizens from the Russian government in the run-up to the 2016 election, Buzzfeed news reports. The communications appeared to occur amid management and organizational issues at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury’s illicit finance monitoring and prevention division. The communication with unofficial email addresses set up by Russia, as opposed to use of a secure network, was occurring...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Russia, Treasury, Treasury Department, FinCEN, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Vox Media is now asking people to help cover the high cost of making videos with a $4.99-a-month membership program

Vox Media has launched a video subscription program for its news audience. The Vox Video Lab, as the program is called, has two tiers, costing $4.99 and $9.99 a month, and is funded with help from Google. The company is pitching the program as a way to defray the high cost of making videos. Vox Media has started to ask viewers to pay up for a video membership program called Vox Video Lab as the media company hunts for new sources of revenue outside advertising. For $4.99 a month, subscribers ...
Tags: Google, Buzzfeed, Youtube, Trends, Vox, Vanity Fair, Vox Media, BuzzFeed News, Google News Initiative, Vox Video Lab, BuzzFeed Daily Beast


VC billions fueled the rise of digital media and stoked crazy expectations for growth. Now, insiders are saying that approach was deeply flawed.

Venture capital has flowed into digital media companies during the past decade. VC-backed operators say these investors threw money around and drove strategy based on unrealistic expectations and without regard to profitability.  This system, helped along by cheap social distribution, led to some successes, but many others are looking for a lifeline today. Last month, Mic, a news site for millennials that had once raised $60 million and was valued on paper at hundreds of millions, laid off al...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Buzzfeed, US, Trends, Harvard, Silicon Valley, SoftBank Capital, Pew Research Center, Craig, Vox Media, Publishers, Axel Springer, Comcast Ventures, Google Facebook


BuzzFeed wins defamation suit over dossier publication

BuzzFeed News prevailed Wednesday in a long-running court challenge over its publication of the Russia dossier 10 days before President Donald Trump took office.
Tags: Buzzfeed, Russia, Cnn, Donald Trump


BuzzFeed wins defamation suit over dossier

BuzzFeed News prevailed Wednesday in a long-running court challenge over its publication of the Russia dossier 10 days before President Donald Trump took office.
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Russia, Stories, Donald Trump


Judge Sides With BuzzFeed Over Publication of Steele Dossier

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled in favor of BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit over its publication of the so-called “Steele dossier” in January, 2017, ruling that because the document was part of an official proceeding, the site was protected by fair reporting privilege. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro wrote that the “privilege exists to […]
Tags: Politics, News, Buzzfeed, Washington, Ursula Ungaro


Trump goes to Supreme Court asking for OK to enforce racist asylum ban

Because it's always a good time to flog a dead horse. Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed writes, “The Trump administration went to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, seeking an order that would allow it to enforce its new policy barring asylum claims by those who cross into the country without authorization.” “On Dec. 7, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the Justice Department's request to put the district court judge's injunction on hold.” Follow Chris on this story. BREAKING: Trump admi...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Buzzfeed, Immigration, US news, Racism, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Chris, Trump, US Court of Appeals, Chris Geidner, Picks, The Trump


GNI Innovation Forum: Looking towards the future of news

Today at the first Google News Initiative Innovation Forum in London, we heard from Claire Wardle of First Draft, Lisa Gibbs of the Associated Press, Daniel Bramatti of Abraji, Marie-Louise Timcke of Funke Media Group and Dmitry Shishkin of BBC World Service about the future of news. Covering topics like how to stop the spread of misinformation in the lead up to elections worldwide to how to establish creative new voices in the world of data journalism, these experts gave us insight into the big...
Tags: Google, London, Buzzfeed, Google Earth, Associated Press, London School Of Economics, BBC World Service, New York University, New York Time, SPIEGEL ONLINE, GNI, Funke Media Group, Claire Wardle, Meredith Broussard, Dmitry Shishkin, Google News Initiative


Bloomberg News Political Reporters On Edge Over Boss’ Possible 2020 Bid

Michael Bloomberg has put his political reporters — and the rest of the newsroom — on edge after he suggested in a Radio Iowa interview that he would potentially nix the outlets political coverage if he were to follow through with plans to run for president in 2020, Buzzfeed News reported. Bloomberg also told Radio Iowa that he would probably sell his company or put it in a blind trust if he runs. “Quite honestly, I don’t want all the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me,” Bloom...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed News, Radio Iowa, Nicole Lafond


Fake Facebook Account Had Role Building Immigrant Caravan

Here’s a very, very interesting Buzzfeed article which reports that a fake Facebook account appears to have had an important role stirring up the Honduran immigrant caravan which coincided almost precisely with the 2018 midterm election. Facebook has admitted the account was an imposter account impersonating a prominent Honduran politician. But it is refusing to release information about the account, who may have set it up or what country it originated from. For starters, it’s important to not...
Tags: Facebook, News, Obama, Buzzfeed, Congress, US, Honduras, Donald Trump, Josh Marshall, Fuentes, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Editor’s Blog, Bartolo Fuentes, Pueblo Sin Fronteras Later


Emma Husar to sue BuzzFeed for defamation as Senate votes on Nauru bill – politics live

Encryption legislation a likely casualty of 4.30pm adjournment as government fights defeat on Kerryn Phelps’ offshore detention legislation. All the day’s events, live 5.28am GMT Ladies and gentlemen, the SenateCory Bernardi: Can I see leave to wish everyone a Merry Christmas because I'm out of here 5.27am GMT That gives the government less than five minutes to extend the sitting (as they do every single day)It doesn’t look like that will happen. Continue reading...
Tags: Buzzfeed, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Cathy McGowan, Kerryn Phelps, Emma Husar, Law (Australia


Facebook employees are reportedly so paranoid they're buying burner phones 'to talk s--t about the company with each other' (FB)

Facebook employees have been using burner phones so they're able to "talk s--t" about the company with their colleagues, BuzzFeed News reports. BuzzFeed's story details an atmosphere of distrust and tension within Facebook, which has faced many scandals over the last two years.  Also on Wednesday, the British Parliament released a trove of internal Facebook documents, detailing the company's thinking around partnerships and competition. Amid a disastrous year for Facebook filled with informat...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Buzzfeed, Samsung, Trends, Employees, Sheryl Sandberg, BuzzFeed News, British Parliament, George Soros, Cambridge Analytica, BuzzFeed News BuzzFeed News, Facebook Emails


Troye Sivan Mistaken For A Pete Davidson Lookalike In Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video

Proving that not every thinkpiece about Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ music video is necessarily true, some people out there think that Troye Sivan’s cameo was a direct reference to her break-up with Pete Davidson. In potentially the weirdest conspiracy theory since 2015’s Poot Lovato, a journalist at Inside Edition argued that the singer looks like vaguely like the SNL comedian, and that Ariana pushing him into the lockers could have been in response to their split.  As Buzzfeed po...
Tags: Buzzfeed, Religion, Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson, Troye Sivan, Troye, Ariana, Poot Lovato, MUSIC CELEBS, Pete Davidson Lookalike In Ariana Grande, Getty Another


FCC Denies NY Times, BuzzFeed Logs Linked to Fake 'Russian' Comments, Made-Up Cyberattack

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday applauded his agency’s decision to keep secret months’ worth of data logs sought by reporters trying to shed further light on suspicious activity last year involving millions of fraudulent net neutrality comments. The agency rejected two record requests filed by major publications, the…Read more...
Tags: Transparency, Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Buzzfeed, New York Times, Ajit Pai, FCC Denies NY Times


Russian Oligarch Turned Giuliani Client Met Trump About Moscow Deal In Late-2000s

Donald Trump met at least twice with a Russian-Ukrainian oligarch and current Rudy Giuliani client over a Trump Moscow franchising deal in the late 2000s, the oligarch told TPM. Pavel Fuchs (pictured to the left of Giuliani), a Moscow real estate developer who recently hired Rudy Giuliani for an “investment project” related to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, said that he met with Trump in New York City in 2006 and in Palm Beach in 2008. Fuch’s claims fill in more of the picture of Trump’s long...
Tags: New York, News, Vladimir Putin, Buzzfeed, White House, Russia, New York City, Dubai, Moscow, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Soho, Michael Cohen, Palm Beach


Cohen, Sater Discussed Giving Putin Penthouse In Trump Moscow Project

Felix Sater, childhood friend and business associate of Michael Cohen, told BuzzFeed News Thursday that he and Cohen considered giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the penthouse in the Trump Organization’s Moscow building project under consideration at late as 2016. Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about the project, which would have placed a Trump building in Russia’s capital. “In Russia, the oligarchs would bend over backwards to live in the same building as Vladimir P...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Buzzfeed, Congress, Russia, Moscow, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump Organization, Sater, Felix Sater, Matt Shuham, Trump Moscow, Cohen Sater


Social Sabotage: An Awkward Party Game by BuzzFeed $2.97 (Reg.$24.97)

Game Deal Great Gift Idea. Grab yourself a new party game at Walmart. Social Sabotage: An Awkward Party Game by BuzzFeed $2.97 (Reg.$24.97). Free store pickup. Description: Social Sabotage is a card game where friends challenge each other to be awkward on social media. Playing BuzzFeed’s first party game is simple and fun. Each round,... Read More Read more about Social Sabotage: An Awkward Party Game by BuzzFeed $2.97 (Reg.$24.97)
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