IAC-owned comparative shopping site Pronto, Inc has quietly launched a content farm called The Writer’s Network, reports Ad Age.
The Writer’s Network currently has about 45 writers authoring “how to” articles on home and garden topics. The site says they will add finance, travel, parenting and more in 2011. The articles Read More
When you score a New Yorker profile at age 23, where do you go next?
Ricky Van Veen, the 29-year old CEO of CollegeHumor, posed for cheesy photos in New York Magazine this week and talked about how to make funny:
Van Veen also loves stunts and weird pranks, such as when he Read More
Barry Diller stepped down as CEO of IAC today. The move comes as a surprise, Diller has been very active in IAC business in recent weeks, especially the Newsweek negotiations.
Diller will continue to be involved in major strategic decisions, but will step back from the day to day business. That work will Read More
When it was reported by The New York Times Saturday, word of Newsweek.com’s demise was news to the website’s staffers. Though many on the embattled magazine’s masthead have become used to receiving close-to-home information in such a way, the fact that their jobs could be at stake — just hours after a successful Read More
Last week marked the end of two investments by the IAC coporation. The first, Ask.com’s decision to end algorithimc search, says more about Google’s dominance than IAC’s inability to innovate.
But the death of InstantAction, a gaming firm acquired by IAC for $50 million back in 2007, highlights a more troubling trend Read More
Tina Brown met separately with the staffs of The Daily Beast and Newsweek today, just hours after a merger between the two very different publications was completed. Details of the combined entity, to be known officially as The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, are beginning to emerge.
The Observer broke the news last night Read More
Less than eight hours after the Observer broke the news that Newsweek was set to merge with The Daily Beast, Tina Brown made the official announcement with a late night blog post.
“Some weddings take longer to plan than others,” Brown wrote.
Talks between Newsweek and The Daily Beast began late Read More
Newsweek and The Daily Beast will announce tomorrow morning that the two publications will merge, a source close to the deal tells The Observer.
It will be a 50-50 merger of the two companies. The editorial staffs will combine under the editorship of Tina Brown, who will again run a high-profile glossy.
Newsweek owner Sidney Read More
Merger talks between Newsweek and The Daily Beast are back on—but then again, they were never off.
The New York Post’s Keith Kelly reported this morning that “after a three-week cooling off period, talks are back on.” Two sources close to the search for the next editor of Newsweek tell the Observer that Read More
Question and Answer
IAC made a smart surrender today, killing of Ask.com’s algorithmic web search to focus its resources on social Q&A.
Competing with Google just didn’t make sense, Ask.com President Doug Leeds told Bloomberg.
“It’s become this huge juggernaut of a company that we really thought we could compete against by innovating. We did a Read More