Former Huffington Post technical director Cindy Jeffers has been named CEO an CTO of Salon, the company announced today. Salon founder David Talbot had been serving as interim CEO after digital media entrepreneur Richard Gingras departed in July last year to become head of news products for Google.
Well, someone* made this hi-larious video of the best of James Franco’s comments about the cultural diversity in Palo Alto (or whatever the hell he was talking about) in his latest Huffington Post blog about Girls. Enjoy!
off the record
A breakfast meeting at the see-and-be-seen Loews Regency Hotel has always had its hazards. Diners risk Page Six sightings and uncomfortable run-ins with political foes. Losing a coveted window seat spells professional disaster.
Now, two more dangers lurk outside.
Huffington Post front page editor Adam Goldberg and associate video editor Hunter Stuart have taken to loitering outside the Park Avenue hotel one morning each week in hopes of snagging an impromptu interview with the newsmakers inside. They’re taping their efforts for a new Huffington Post video series, “Power Breakfast.”
Democratic advisors Peter Daou and James Boyce are carrying on with their bitter lawsuit claiming that Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer stole their idea for a liberal Drudge Report and cut them out of control and ownership of The Huffington Post.
Two days ago, The New York Observer noticed that Renaissance man James Franco had quietly begun blogging for the Huffington Post, adding to his already extensive resume of writer/poet/Ivy League student/film teacher/director/musician/actor/producer/artist. Tackling the issues of New Orleans, haunted houses, and that time he hung out with Nick Cage in a haunted house in New Orleans, we posted the item of interest because, like it or not, James Franco is a Very Famous Person. (Also because we miss his Twitter feed so much.)
But Mr. Franco was not happy with our assessment of his Frank Bruni-esque musings, and called out The New York Observer in his latest HuffPost column for writing about his new gig instead of “covering pressing world issues.”
James Franco, the real voice of our generation, has taken time out from his busy schedule of Art and Teaching and also Learning to begin a Huffington Post diary. It’s about time!
So what important issue of our times is Mr. Franco tackling? President Obama’s stance on gay rights? The construction of Marina Abramovic‘s performance space over on the Hudson? His new album, perhaps?
Those are all great guesses, but James Franco is actually here to talk to us today about a matter close to his heart: Haunted tours in New Orleans that he took with his Nana. (Which is the name of his Japanese hairdresser, not his grandmother.)
The Huffington Post staffers expect David Wood to bring the news site its first Pulitzer Prize today for his ten-part series on wounded veterans, “Beyond the Battlefield.” The former Time and Los Angeles Times reporter is a past finalist, and a win would go a long way toward bringing HuffPo the credibility and clout it’s sought, often at a high cost.
AOL will sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft in exchange for $1.056 billion in cash, the company announced today. The dial-up giant retained patents of 300 “core and strategic” technologies, which it will non-exclusively license to Microsoft in the same deal.
The auction for the patents began last fall, part of the company’s long term plan to “unlock value” for shareholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2012, and the company says it plans to return a significant portion of the proceeds to shareholders.
Meanwhile, WWD caught AOL and Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington at her book party for Kathy Freston (Ms. Freston introduced Ms. Huffington to her business partner Kenneth Lerer), to find out how she felt about about her growing influence at AOL.
Recapping the Recaps
Feel that buzzing, tingling sound in the part of your brain devoted to recapitulations of things you’ve already seen? Recap season kicked off with the recent return of Community, but now it’s in full swing on occasion of last night’s season premiere of Mad Men, two hours notable mainly for co-star Jessica Paré singing a Read More
(Anti) Social Media
Consider the social media editor: Her background and ambitions are journalistic, but because she possesses the very basic people skills required to navigate social networks, she awakens one morning to discover she’s become a so-called “Twitter monkey.”