The Eight-Day Week, Sponsored by Lincoln Center
When Randi Zuckerberg left the company her brother, Mark, started at Harvard, she was riding high on the success of an Emmy nomination for coordinating Facebook’s 2010 midterm election coverage. She went on to executive-produce Start-Ups: Silicon Valley for Bravo and start a weekly newsletter, Dot Complicated, that’s as much about how to put limits on technology use as it is about finding better ways of living via apps and other innovations. Surely the woman who told a social media panel, “I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away,” and whose new children’s book, Dot, urges kids to “look up from the screen,” will have much to discuss with another woman whose last name has become synonymous with a certain segment of the Internet, Arianna Huffington, at tonight’s discussion and book signing for Ms. Zuckerberg’s Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives, which she promises “isn’t for the techies—it’s for you.” Ask her what that means tonight. This event is free, but purchasing a copy of the book will get you priority seating.
The morning that Aol CEO Tim Armstrong announced the $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, he stood beside a beaming Arianna Huffington in the company’s Broadway headquarters.
Watching from the back of the room, I remember Huffington proudly declaring that her sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, whom she had brought with her, still used an Aol e-mail address.
The couple hundred assembled Aol workers, already disoriented by the surprise merger, greeted this with a tentative cheer that seemed to trail off into a question mark. Even employees found it hard to reconcile the company’s ambitions as a world-beating tech giant with the unfashionable reality of having Aol e-mail.
As a lifelong Hotmail user, smirking at the hipster apocalypse that was yesterday’s Gmail outage, I beg to differ.
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If you’re anything like us, Twitter made your Election Night both unusually fact-packed—hey, someone had to tell us about Heidi Heitkamp’s win while Diane Sawyer sang old Irish drinking songs on TV—and almost completely insufferable. That manically partisan stream of mots both bon and mal comes in for examination tonight, as The New Republic’s new Read More
Is there anything more flattering than finding out on Twitter that someone has named their newborn daughter after you?
Ivan Kahn, the founder of a tutoring company based in Jackson Heights, tweeted at Ms. Huffington to tell the Huff Po proprietress that she had inspired the name choice for his baby daughter.
Red Carpet Real Estate
We’ve heard that media doyenne Arianna Huffington has been looking for a good perch in the city ever since HuffPo got snapped up by AOL, and now the New York Daily News is claiming that Ms. Huffington is headed to the Upper East Side, where she is may or may not have bought a townhouse on East 80th Street.
Donald Trump takes his feuds very seriously. He told the New York Post that his enmity toward Arianna Huffington is so intense that he raised the rent on an apartment that Ms. Huffington was eying last year specifically to keep her out.
The July/August issue of WSJ magazine includes a “day in the life of” Arianna Huffington piece. In addition to chronicling what she eats for breakfast and how many emails she sends each day (yogurt; 350), it’s very revealing about her team of helpers, digital and human.
But don’t expect to catch them at Yoga To The People. According to a New York Times Style section profile of Ms. Murdoch, private yoga instruction with her powerful friends is one of the many perks she’s gotten used to since escaping a tough upbringing in China and marrying octogenarian billionaire Rupert.
The top story on The Huffington Post’s Media vertical today is arrival of Spanish-language sister site El Huffington Post, a partnership with Spain’s biggest daily newspaper, El País. El Huffington Post follows Le Huffington Post (a partnership with Le Monde), Huffington Post Canada and Huffington Post UK in the AOL-owned news site’s international expansion.
Historically, Memorial Day is a somber holiday—we all take off of work to commemorate fallen soldiers. But since we already celebrate our men in uniform on Veteran’s Day, the long weekend at the end of May is also an excuse for a bacchanal to celebrate the upcoming summer. Pools open, grills are dusted off and white tennies are spit shined for the courts.
And since this is the weekend of rebirth, what better chance for us to sit down and think about what really want out of this summer?