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BuzzFeed to lay off 200 staff in latest round of cuts

Online publisher announces job losses to shore up finances as Verizon unveils plan to sack 800 workersBuzzFeed has announced plans to lay off hundreds of staff, as digital media firms struggle to turn a profit while dealing with the same financial issues that have plagued traditional publishers for years.Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s founder, said about 200 staff would be leaving, while in a separate announcement Verizon Media Group – the owner of HuffPost, Yahoo, and AOL – said it would sack about ...
Tags: Verizon, Business, Technology, Media, Internet, Buzzfeed, World news, US news, Digital Media, Aol, US economy, Job losses, Verizon Communications, Jonah Peretti BuzzFeed, Verizon Media Group, HuffPost Yahoo


Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out

What happens to those caught up in the toxic lies of conspiracy theorists? The Guardian spoke to five victims whose lives were wrecked by falsehoodsConspiracy theories used to be seen as bizarre expressions of harmless eccentrics. Not any more. Gone are the days of outlandish theories about Roswell’s UFOs, the “hoax” moon landings or grassy knolls. Instead, today’s iterations have morphed into political weapons. Turbocharged by social media, they spread with astonishing speed, using death threat...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Media, Internet, Communities, Society, Vaccines and immunisation, Roswell


Firstpost to launch a weekly newspaper in Delhi NCR and Mumbai on 26 January

Firstpost is launching a 20-page broadsheet weekly print newspaper for every Saturday in Delhi NCR and Mumbai this weekend (26 January), reports Exchange4Media. Its subscriptions can be bought online on Firstpost or through vendors. The newspaper is a part of multiple launches like Club Firstpost... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Publishing, News, Media, Internet, Newspapers, Digital Media, Delhi, Mumbai, NCR, FirstPost, Network18, Network18 Digital


Guardiola: De Bruyne's on his way back

Man City's Pep Guardiola said he was delighted with the efforts of Kevin De Bruyne and feels he will be back to his top form soon.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Latest, Kevin De Bruyne, Guardiola, De Bruyne, English Carabao Cup


Giggs impressed with Solskjaer's start

Ryan Giggs expresses his delight with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time as caretaker manager so far.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Manchester United, Ryan Giggs, Giggs, Latest, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Solskjaer


Buzzfeed will cut its staff by 15% in major round of layoffs

It’s a dark day to work in media. On the heels of news that TechCrunch parent company Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath) would lay off roughly 800 workers, BuzzFeed has announced its own substantial staffing cuts. And though they were anticipated, Gannett also made substantial cuts to newsrooms around the US on Wednesday. In a memo to employees, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti explained that the layoffs would hit next week, reducing its workforce by 15% or about 250 positions. “Over the past few ...
Tags: TC, Layoffs, Media, Buzzfeed, US, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Gannett, Jonah Peretti, New Enterprise Associates, Peretti, Verizon Media Group, NBCUniversal BuzzFeed, RRE Ventures Hearst Ventures, Jonah Verizon Media Group


Researchers: Binge-watching Popular Streaming Shows Can Warp Your World View

“Viewers who spend more time consuming commonly binge-watched online original programming are more likely to see others in the world as mean, and less likely to perceive them as altruistic,” write Boston University researchers Sarah Krongard and Mina Tsay-Vogel.
Tags: Art, Media, Boston University, 01.23.19, Sarah Krongard


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know what’s changing about the planet

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know that the planet is doing okay

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon


The Oscars And The “Quality” Issue

Kevin Fallon: “The real dissonance, as this year’s Oscar nominees make clear, is between Oscar voters and critics. It’s not whether voters care if their movies have been seen by the general public that is the big question anymore. It’s whether they care if their movies are good.” – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Media, Kevin Fallon, 01.22.19


Google Invests Millions In Wikimedia and Gives Access To Machine Learning Tools

“It’s certainly positive that Google is investing more in Wikipedia, one of the most popular and generally trustworthy online resources in the world. But the decision isn’t altruistic: Supporting Wikipedia is also a shrewd business decision that will likely benefit Google for years to come.”  – Wired
Tags: Google, Art, Media, Wikipedia, 01.22.19


Verizon Media Group is laying off 7 percent of its workforce

The Verizon division formerly known as Oath is laying off 7 percent of its workforce, which amounts to roughly 800 employees. Oath was created after Verizon acquired AOL, followed by Yahoo, bringing them together two years ago as a combined digital media entity with a new name. However, it seems that the organization hasn’t performed as well as Verizon executives had hoped, with layoffs, the departure of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Verizon’s recent $4.6 billion writedown on the media business — wh...
Tags: Startups, Verizon, Media, Microsoft, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Aol, Tim Armstrong, Open House, OATH, Gowrappan, Verizon Media Group


PR Software Maker TrendKite Sold to Cision for $225M Cash and Stock

Austin—TrendKite has sold to Cision, a Chicago-based public relations and marketing software company, in a $225 million in a cash-and-stock deal.Cision (NYSE: CISN) is paying $94 million in cash and offering Austin-based TrendKite shareholders 10.2 million Cision shares. The company’s stock dipped 2.6 percent to $12.16 each as of midday in New York after opening at $12.49 apiece. Cision went public in a $2.4 billion merger deal in 2017, and grew through acquisitions of other public relations bu...
Tags: Startups, New York, Texas, Technology, Media, Pinterest, Big Data, Advertising, Marketing, Memphis Grizzlies, Trends, Social Media, Startup, Tech, Atlanta, Public Relations


Takeaways From This Year’s Oscar Nominations

The nominations reflect a completely polarized votership many of whose various constituencies can’t stand one another! The resemblance to real life is uncanny. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, 01.22.19


Suppose TV can now alert you to changes in TV packages, so you get the best deal

Last year, a startup called Suppose TV entered the market to help consumers find the best deal on TV services. The site offers an online tool that lets you compare different services – including things like channel selection and pricing. But doing so still took a lot work in terms of entering your criteria, setting your channel priorities, and specifying other requirements . Today, the company is rolling out a new, automated feature to make this whole process even easier. With its “TV Service Al...
Tags: Deals, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Live TV, Nbcu, Streaming Tv, Andrew Shapiro, Disney Comcast, AT T WarnerMedia


Trump, others agitated by Giuliani’s uneven response to Russia probe

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. Trump was frustrated with Giuliani, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to s...
Tags: New York, News, Media, Nbc, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington, White House, Politico, Russia, New York City, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, House, Moscow


Hulu drops the price for its streaming service to $6 per month, but raises prices for Live TV

While Netflix is raising prices, Hulu is lowering its own. In a move to better compete with streaming rivals – and pick up new customers who think Netflix just got too expensive – Hulu this morning announced it’s lowering the cost of its streaming service by $2.00 per month. Currently, the service is $7.99 monthly. After the price change goes into effect, it will only be $5.99. Hulu’s changes come shortly after Netflix’s decision to raise the price for its most popular plan in the U.S. to $12.99...
Tags: TC, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Cord Cutting, On-demand, Streaming Service, Philo, Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hub Entertainment Research


Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration

WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to USJulian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal challenge against the Trump administration.Lawyers for the Australian activist have filed an urgent application to the Washington-based Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) aimed at forcing the hand of US prosecutors, requiring them to “unsea...
Tags: Media, Law, Washington, Americas, US, World news, US news, US politics, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Trump, Trump Administration, Inter American Commission of Human Rights IACHR


YouTube TV is officially becoming available nationwide

Just ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, Google’s live TV streaming service YouTube TV is rolling out nationwide, the company announced this morning. The service has been steadily expanding since its April 2017 debut, and became broadly available a little less than a year ago when it then reached the top 100 U.S. markets, or 85 percent of the country. Today, YouTube TV will begin its expansion in an additional 95 markets, covering over 98 percent of U.S. households. The remaining markets will follo...
Tags: TV, Television, Media, Youtube, Tech, Fox, Nba, Streaming, Mlb, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, CBS ABC NBC, YouTube TV, Today YouTube TV


Could Diawara step up should Allan join PSG?

Paolo Bandini, Gab Marcotti and Mina Rzouki discuss Allan's potential move to PSG and ask whether Amadou Diawara could take his vacant spot in the side.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Latest, Psg, Italian Serie A, Napoli, Allan, Amadou Diawara, Mina Rzouki, Diawara, Paolo Bandini Gab Marcotti


Martin Lewis drops lawsuit as Facebook backs scam ads scheme

Consumer finance journalist drops action as firm agrees to give £3m to anti-scam projectThe consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis is dropping his over its repeated failure to prevent scam adverts from using his name and image, after the company agreed to donate £3m to set up an anti-scam project with Citizens Advice and launch a UK-specific one-click reporting tool. Related: Facebook rolls out fact-checking operation in UK
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Money, Media, Social Networking, Advertising, UK News, Consumer affairs, Martin Lewis, Citizens Advice


Phil Neville: Lionesses among the World Cup favourites

England women's national team head coach Phil Neville shares his expectations for the Lionesses ahead of this summer's World Cup in France.
Tags: England, Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Latest, Phil Neville, FIFA Women's World Cup


Steemit, crypto’s answer to Reddit, gets a new boss to rebuild after widespread layoffs

Steemit, an early blockchain startup that’s developing an alternative to Reddit, has a new chief less than two months after laying off most of its staff as part of cost-cutting measures. Celebrated as an early success story in the crypto world, the company shed 70 percent of its employees back in November on account of the ‘crypto winter’ which has seen the price of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies plummet by 90 percent or so. Steemit is far from the only blockchain startup forced to...
Tags: Media, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Computing, Reddit, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Decentralization, Powell, Elizabeth Powell, Joseph Lubin, Steemit


UK Cinemas See Highest Attendance In 48 Years

“Britons went to the cinema 177m times in 2018, the highest number since 1970, when hits including M*A*S*H, Love Story and Airport helped attract 193m admissions … The lack of a Star Wars blockbuster failed to dampen enthusiasm, with attendance rising thanks to a diverse slate of US and domestic films.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Media, US, Audience, 01.22.19


Celebrity social media influencers pledge to change way they post

Clampdown on stars being paid for endorsing products without disclosing firm rewards themMore than a dozen celebrities, including Alexa Chung and Ellie Goulding, have pledged to change the way they label social media posts after Britain’s competition watchdog clamped down on the practice of stars being paid for endorsing products without disclosing they were being rewarded by the company.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities to sta...
Tags: Business, Media, Advertising, Social Media, UK News, Regulators, Britain, Digital Media, Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Competition And Markets Authority, The Competition and Markets Authority CMA


Giggs: Juventus' quality will improve Ramsey

Wales manager Ryan Giggs expects to see an improved Aaron Ramsey if he seals a move from Arsenal to Juventus.
Tags: Media, Wales, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Arsenal, Juventus, Ryan Giggs, Aaron Ramsey, Giggs, Latest, English Premier League, Ramsey


Do Ajax have the best academy in world football?

Access all areas at Ajax where Edwin van der Sar and Matthijs de Light reveal what makes their academy so special.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Ajax, Xbox 360, Latest, Dutch Eredivisie, Ajax Amsterdam, Edwin Van Der Sar


Ballack: Hazard is a little too calm at Chelsea

Michael Ballack says Eden Hazard may be a bit too calm at Chelsea and should be more demanding of his wishes at the club.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Chelsea, Latest, Michael Ballack, English Premier League, Ballack


Beckham joins Class of 92 teammates at Salford City

Class of 92 teammates welcome David Beckham as part-owner of Salford City.
Tags: Media, Football, Sport, Xbox 360, Manchester United, David Beckham, Latest, Beckham, Salford City, English Premier League


Don’t trust Daily Mail website, Microsoft browser warns users

Mail Online rated one out of five for credibility by new feature to fight fake newsMicrosoft’s internet browser is warning users not to trust the Daily Mail’s journalism as part of its new feature designed to fight fake news.Visitors to Mail Online who use the Microsoft Edge browser can now see a statement asserting that “this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability” and “has been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases”. Continue reading.....
Tags: Technology, Media, Microsoft, Internet, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Daily Mail, Digital Media, Mail Online