By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>
Earlier this week, Donald Trump promised that his acts of scumbaggery towards Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington were just getting started. Today, the world's trashiest billionaire made good on his promise.On Tuesday -- in fine 13-year-old girl fashion -- Trump took to Twitter to call Huffin ... More >>
~*xoMattDrudgexofirstname.lastname@example.orgYou know who still uses an antique AOL email account, apart from your mom? A lot of really famous and important people. Politico's Ben Smith argues today that the outdated email service has actually gone from uncool and dated all the way back around to being a "status sy ... More >>
Fox News boss Roger Ailes loves Chris Christie and has made no secret of his desire for the New Jersey governor to run for president in 2012. Christie maintains that he's 100% not running this time around, though that hasn't stopped a relationship from blooming between the powerful Republican ... More >>
In the age of publishing directly to the Internet, often with little or no editing, sometimes embarrassing things end up underneath the logo of otherwise legitimate news organizations. Though where the Washington Times fits on the legitimacy scale is arguable (see: Sun Myung Moon), a post on ... More >>
After some unsuccessful press jockeying on both sides, negotiations between Fox News and their cash cow-turned-credibility sucker Glenn Beck pretty much disintegrated and so they worked together on his exit from the channel. Now it's time for him to ride his intensely angry, loyal and crazy m ... More >>
Cute, not good for luggage.In the craziest tale of an animal smuggler we've heard this year, a man was busted in Thailand with the following in his luggage: 1. 2 baby leopards 2. 2 baby panthers 3. a baby bear 4. 2 baby macaque monkeys
More than 100 food recalls were made during the first quarter of the year, but only three recalls were for the dangerous E. coli pathogen. [Food Safety News] Twenty New York City high school students will compete for scholarships to culinary schools at a Careers Through Culinary Arts Program ... More >>
Pastor Terry JonesThere's a media story behind the tragic murders of 24 people in Afghanistan, killed amid riots against United Nations works and citizens of Afghanistan on account of the Koran burning ceremony held by Florida pastor Terry Jones. At his small southern church, Jones burned the ... More >>
Every time we turn around there's a switch-up at the newly Arianna Huffington-helmed AOL and Huffington Post hybrid, with the boss simultaneously cleaning house and sprucing up, by kicking AOL-ers to the curb and hiring up a handful of big names. The Huffington reign has left a large number s ... More >>
BossArianna Huffington's website, recently joined with (bought by) Tim Armstrong's AOL in an attempt to usurp the internet content throne together, has been making all sorts of media news headlines early in this 2011, and up to this point, they have fit into one of two categories. First, ther ... More >>
On Thursday, the Newspaper Guild made a public plea to all unpaid writers for the Huffington Post to withdraw their services as a part of a strike against using unpaid labor in the wake of HuffPo's $315 million sale to AOL. "Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical ... More >>
AOL is balancing a lot right now. In addition to letting hundreds go last week, the media giant is moving toward becoming an editorial powerhouse, sucking up websites like Michael Arrington's TechCrunch family and Arianna Huffington's The Huffington Post, which is even hiring more journalists ... More >>
Since becoming a pair with his company's $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington have overseen the cutting of hundreds of content providers on the parent company's side, with Armstrong presiding over the laying off of over 2,00 ... More >>
If there's one word to describe the media news narrative so far in 2011, it's probably "reinvention," or something like it, what with all of the relaunches, redesigns and restructuring, from AOL and the Huffington Post to Gawker, the New York Times (plus Magazine), New York Observer and Tina ... More >>
AOL bought The Huffington Post for $315 million, it's true. Arianna Huffington says she's "stepping off a fast-moving train and onto a supersonic jet," by which she means she just made a large amount of money. And she is now the editor-in-chief of Black Voices. Also, MapQuest and Moviefone, p ... More >>
The Huffington Post, which was just bought by AOL for $315 million, is really good at what media mind Jeff Jarvis calls the "black art" of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. That means, when people Google (or more rarely "Yahoo" or "Bing," which are not quite verbs) a term on a search engine ... More >>
Maine lawmakers are trying to decide whether to make the whoopie pie the state's official dessert. The sole opposition is a Democrat worried about glorifying a product made with lard. [AOL News] A food-focused "business incubator" is planned for one of Brooklyn's lower-income neighborhoods, ... More >>
Well, when we're wrong, we're wrong: I didn't think AOL was going to pull the trigger, but they just did. Apparently, at TechCrunch Disrupt -- Michael Arrington's cuddlefest of sycophantic entrepreneurs, wannabes, and the Real McCoy, who mostly attend to have their asses kissed -- Michael Arr ... More >>
Smell that? Media beefs, cooking everywhere this week. Also, blogging on drugs, suing the small guy, shady lobbyists, good hiring sprees, bad hiring sprees, and someone taking issue with Gawker's ethical standpoints. Happy Friday, Part 1, folks:
The Double Down sandwich from KFC isn't the most gluttonous thing you can eat in New York City. Other over-the-top calorie fests include Ditch Plains' Ditch Dogs (a pair of hot dogs on potato buns topped with mac 'n' cheese) and Mile End's Smoked Meat Poutine. [NY Post] Americans want spicie ... More >>
Roman food is the latest Italian cuisine trend in New York. While Tuscan reigned supreme for years, several new places serving Roman-inspired dishes have opened recently. [NY Times] According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, 2009 was a record year for the corn crop with 13.151 billion bus ... More >>
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
AOL is now Aol, and has lost its Running Man logo because "he represents the communications products and that's not the whole new AOL," says Aol's Maureen Sullivan. The Running Man is rumored to drowning his sorrows with Mr. Zip.
This week in food blogs... Serious Eats asked, "When is it socially acceptable to share food?" Answer: When you're dining with other foodies. And who the hell would want to do that? Midtown Lunch reported that the NYC Cravings truck will continue to serve its secret menu item of a chicken and pork ... More >>
Last week Playboy did a crude take on conservative women whom the author, Guy Cimbalo, said he would like to "hate-fuck." Attacks on the piece, which was quickly pulled (though excerpts quoted in the commentary, as well as captured screenshots, testify to its ugliness), were numerous. The few li ... More >>
Russian computer program cyber-flirts to steal personal info. At least the robot got something out of the deal.
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