The press release from a publicist trumpeting some scintillating (or often, not so scintillating) “news” that was broken hours earlier in a Wall Street Journal or New York Times exclusive—what journalist doesn’t hate that? Of course, such breathless communiqués hardly ever make mention of the fact that all of the information being “revealed” is already available in a rival publication and has, at that point, usually been blogged about by several other websites.
It’s a thorn in the side of every journalist—that is, every journalist who doesn’t work at the Journal or the Times—an indignity that is usually borne with under-the-breath invective, some grousing to one’s immediate neighbors and an occasional, pointed email to said publicist informing them that your publication would have been interested in covering this had the Journal not published a story on it hours earlier saying everything there was to say.
Earlier today, everyone at Atlantic Media received an email warning them to “reverify” their Google Apps account. But the email wasn’t actually from Google; it was from Atlantic Media’s Chief Technology Officer Tom Cochran, who wanted to test his staff to find out it they would click the fake link.
And within two hours, 58 percent of people at Atlantic Media did.
“Across our entire company, 58% of us clicked the email after opening it. Wow. Fifty-eight percent!” Mr. Cochran wrote in a follow up email chastising Atlantic Media employees. “With those odds, all a scammer needs to do is craft an intriguing enough subject line and they have a great chance at getting your account information. Then, you’re hacked and so is Atlantic Media.”
…and we’ve never been more proud of him. Way to not go the traditional route and just ask the two stars of The End about that damn Ruff Rhyders Anthem that is now running in a loop in our head, thanks to the trailer.
For the casual passerby on Canal Street, the storefronts appear relatively pristine. An amalgam of innocent merchandise lines the aisles, with logo-bearing bags seemingly a thing of the past—as if vendors have actually taken to heart New York’s heightened scrutiny on counterfeit goods. But it only takes one raise of the eyebrows, and perhaps the Read More
Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles explains her vision for the magazine in an interview that will air tonight on NBC’s Rock Center.
“Every month I want Cosmo to feel like this intoxicating cocktail,” Ms. Coles says. “You know, career, fashion beauty, sex, love, family, friends–all the drama that is a modern women’s life, encapsulated in one place.”
The rivalry between two mayoral contenders–Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson–is starting to reach a fevered pitch.
For the uninitiated, the spat began yesterday morning when Mr. Thompson, a former city comptroller, announced he opposed the controversial Upper East Side waste transfer station. Ms. Quinn, the City Council’s speaker and a key supporter of of the plan, reacted by declaring Mr. Thompson was advocating the return of “the days of environmental racism.”
Some good news for New York City’s real estate recovery: the city approved more building permits in the first quarter of 2013 than any quarter since late 2008, according to data compiled by NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. A total of 3,805 units were approved from January through March, with 2,990 of those permits in Brooklyn and Queens (which, interestingly, saw more permits approved than the trendier borough to the south).
The bad news for renters and would-be home buyers: the increase won’t even come close to meeting demand. According to census data released last Thursday, New York City added a whopping 147,000 people between 2000 and 2012—nearly as many as the increase between 2000 and 2010, when the city added 178,000 bodies (though this number was controversial, with some claiming that it undercounted immigrant neighborhoods and areas with lots of new construction).
Xanga, one of the original online diary hubs for tweens too cool for Livejournal but not so cool that they didn’t know to eschew blogging altogether, may soon shut down. Who wants to drive around in mom’s station wagon cranking Saves the Day in protest?
Lost and found
Jebediah Reed is the new deputy editor for New York magazine’s website. Mr. Reed, who started this past Tuesday, is going to assign stories and work on nymag.com and New York mag sites Vulture, Grub Street and The Cut.
“It’s fair to say that we’ll be looking to do more original reporting,” a spokesperson for the magazine told Capital’s Joe Pompeo (who first reported the hire) about whether the online content will change.
In February of this year, Abbi Jacobson, an aspiring actor, writer and artist living in the West Village, received a 70 year-old love letter originally from a military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She made a website, a YouTube video, a Facebook group and Twitter hashtag, aimed at using crowdsourcing Read More