Gizmodo, Gawker media’s tech blog, is getting a new editor and a new focus. Geoff Manaugh, a former senior editor at Dwell Magazine and contributing editor at Wired UK, will take over at Gizmodo. Mr. Manaugh will bring BLDGBLOG, his architecture and design website, along with him.
“We’ve hired Geoff Manaugh, one of the very coolest writers on design and technology, as EIC,” Gawker owner Nick Denton told us. “He’s a big deal in his field. The only non-architect to lecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.”
Adam Clark Estes is leaving Vice and The Atlantic Wire for Gizmodo, Gawker Media’s gadget blog. Mr. Estes gave notice on Friday at Vice’s Motherboard blog, where he was an associate editor, and The Atlantic Wire, where he was a contributing writer.
David Pogue lost his iPhone, and Apple has yet to send a Cuban hit squad after its captor. What do New York City’s Power Editors eat for breakfast? A new nominee for “Most Disturbing Opening Sentence, 2012″ emerges. What New York Post writer did The Daily editor-in-chief/New York Post higher-up Jesse Angelo sit next to when he was coming up at the paper (and yet: did not invite to his wedding)? Finally, happenings at a local newspaper make local news. Here are your Thursday Evening Media Briefs:
Two of Gawker Media’s more niche titles are getting a change-up.
Brian Crecente— the longtime editor of the company’s video game site Kotaku, and one of the longest-serving site-leads in the history of the company—is out. Mr. Crecente has been with the company for seven years.
Yesterday Mat Honan wrote a blog post for Gizmodo asking if Amazon was “letting publishers ruin the Kindle.” The blogger had trouble reading Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 across his array of mobile devices, and decided it was probably because the publisher of the book, Knopf, had decided to ruin the Kindle and restrict books to a single device. He failed to place a phone call to Knopf to see if the synching problem wasn’t due to some lightning storm in the humid Amazonian data cloud.
The clever folks at Gizmodo used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain body scan images of one hundred citizens and have published what they claim are naked images from the TSA body scanners.
Uncharacteristically for a Gawker Media property, the site had the decency (or prudery…or legal discomfort) to remove any “identifying features.” Read More
AOL has officially purchased Techcrunch. The media giant has been eyeing the indie blog since as far back as 2008. But a quick look at AOL’s recent slide in covering the tech sector shows why it finally sealed the deal.
A year ago Endgadget and Gizmodo, the respective tech blogs of AOL and Gawker, Read More
Today the L.A. Times takes a closer look at the special investigative unit, the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, behind the raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home. REACT broke down the door to Mr. Chen’s home on April 29 and hauled away “several computers, hard drives and boxes of documents.”
But did Read More
While others debate whether bloggers — even those who traffic in questionably obtained electonics — deserve the same protections as journalists, Times reporter James Risen has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury about the anonymous sources for his book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Read More