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Exclusive: BuzzFeed Is Dividing in Company-Wide Reorganization

vanityfair.com – Emily Jane Fox – Aug 22, 9:59 PM – BuzzFeed, the somewhat new media giant, is multiplying. The company announced today that it will separate itself into two distinct departments—BuzzFeed News and a newly formed BuzzFeed Entertainment Group (BFEG)—in a move aimed at…
Kara Swisher Shoe finally drops: BuzzFeed Divides Its News and Entertainment Divisions in Company-Wide Reorganization t.co/9yeqrrQW2v
Mathew Ingram RT @kenli729: Is this like newspapers separating from tv statons? gulp. / BuzzFeed Is Dividing in Company-Wide Reorganization t.co/M8JsNsOQtI
ಠ_ಠ RT @jwherrman: who rose through and came from buzzfeed motion pictures t.co/LUwfqTj9ur t.co/XRDMmbkLKT
Mathew Ingram RT @MikeIsaac: so reporters become producers, which is a fine job, just not the one many signed up for t.co/HAfUxcaDcG t.co/rpSTlQqPHH
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Some questions for those who are cheering Gawker's demise

freedom.press – Trevor Timm – Aug 23, 10:28 AM – Gawker.com, the pioneering and controversial media blog, officially died yesterday. It was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel in his successful quest to bankrupt Gawker Media Group through a series of lawsuits he funded – most notably…
J.J. Colao To my tech friends who are cheering Gawker's demise, I ask you to consider this: t.co/jsGUgGCdhO
Farhad Manjoo Some questions for those who are cheering Gawker's demise t.co/IFBqwzaqDK via @nuzzel
Prof Jeff Harambe Classic @pete_wells review of terrible Guy Fieri restaurant: t.co/pxHfRG0jb3
John Biggs RT @mims: Thiel's lawyer is still suing a half dozen writers while trying to prevent Gawker from paying their legal expenses t.co/HXtPJtEvxR
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Google warns it will crack down on 'intrusive interstitials' in January

searchengineland.com Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick) – Aug 23, 9:00 AM – Everything you need to know about SEO, delivered every Thursday. More Google has announced that it will begin cracking down on “intrusive interstitials” on January 10, 2017, because this type of ad “can be problematic on mobile…
Jenn Van Grove publishers, are you paying attention? Google is about to crack down on intrusive mobile ads t.co/fprCXmcosZ
Luther Lowe footage of Google "protecting" users from the apps/content threatening to disintermediate it t.co/wgNeAK37TV t.co/A49OLCKqWZ
Luther Lowe Monopoly maintenance, pure & simple. Apps disintermediate (ie threaten G's dominance). Kill interstitial, keep user. t.co/wgNeAKkJiv
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Secret Cameras Record Baltimore's Every Move From Above

Bloomberg.com – Your browser does not support the video tag. Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public. The sky over the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on June 23…
Techmeme Baltimore police have been secretly testing an aerial surveillance system since January t.co/VAFpkNOQRQ t.co/HXtm0U6zCC
David Gauvey Herbert Secret Cameras Record Baltimore's Every Move From Above t.co/caLPUYozkw
John Biggs RT @rezendi: "It's Not Spying If They're Always Watching" t.co/SAMahubzR1 Towards a future of eternally buzzing police skyeye fleets.
Jon Evans "It's Not Spying If They're Always Watching" t.co/SAMahubzR1 Towards a future of eternally buzzing police skyeye fleets.
Mark Milian RT @ABBruns: Baltimore has been running an aerial surveillance program for the last 8 months without telling the public t.co/zrWsK4NRjA
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Interview: Palo Alto mayor Patrick Burt fires back at housing critics

sf.curbed.com – Adam Brinklow – Aug 23, 9:14 AM – Last week, Curbed SF spoke to former Palo Alto planning commissioner Kate Vernov Downing, who made waves by resigning and penning an open letter condemning Palo Alto's housing policy. In response, mayor of Palo Alto Patrick Burt agreed to speak…
Peter Kazanjy Stanford should move out of Palo Alto. It's an embarrassment. t.co/zFp9WHW70K
Marc Andreessen RT @ptraughber: A comparison to Manhattan is the Godwin's Law of NIMBYism: t.co/6aTD2IwtxC t.co/pyeQcoBR2a
stacy-marie ishmael RT @mtfarnsworth: Read this @CurbedSF interview w/ mayor of Palo Alto. Fun fact. Least expensive property there is asking $995,000. t.co/C4ey9nYoAo
Madge Miller RT @Recode: Exclusive interview: Palo Alto mayor Patrick Burt fires back at housing critics. via @CurbedSF t.co/BTkFgD2FuZ
Kim-Mai Cutler Not true. @louisgray's mother in law was a teacher who bought a PA Eichler for $24K in the 1960s. t.co/1ljQfzlfwz
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One Kings Lane sold for less than $30 million after being valued at $900 million

recode.net – Jason Del Rey – Aug 23, 3:30 AM – One Kings Lane, the online home-furnishings retailer, fetched less than $30 million in its recent sale to Bed Bath & Beyond, according to three people familiar with the deal. The purchase price marks a massive discount from a valuation of $900…
ಠ_ಠ there is 'down round,' then there is 'selling for 3% of your highest valuation. by @DelRey t.co/L6HuNNeysz t.co/SD5m9XVNlF
Tomio Geron One Kings Lane sold for less than $30 million after being valued at $900 million - Recode t.co/MdmOM6fcTN
Techmeme Sources: One Kings Lane sold for under $30M this year after being valued at $900M in 2014 t.co/YBO4dVLMj8 t.co/Cy3K1beyZ0
Kara Swisher One Kings Lane sold for less than $30 million after being valued at $900 million t.co/byV3KR9Klu via @Recode
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Facebook Tests Video Ads With Sound Automatically Turned Up

AdAge – Garett Sloane – Aug 23 – Facebook has been testing autoplay video ads that load with the sound turned on, instead of off as usual, Facebook said Tuesday, confirming a report by Mashable of a test in Australia. 'We're running a small test in News Feed where people can…
Mathew Ingram Another reason to keep my phone on silent, with vibrations only for specific notifications: t.co/mkrdnqm4rE
ಠ_ಠ Facebook Monetization is like death by 1000 cuts: you go for a long slow bleed, not a direct jugular shot t.co/xBHV6T6bUM
stacy-marie ishmael Today in 'how advertisers continue to believe filling audiences with rage is A Great Idea' t.co/eoZKfDGHN5
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Disney and Vice, a Storybook Romance

wsj.com – Keach Hagey – Aug 23, 7:51 AM – When Vice Media held a board meeting in Las Vegas early last year, Chief Executive Shane Smith was riding high. He had just won $1 million at blackjack, and now the digital media company and representatives of Walt Disney Co. were in the Bellagio…
Mike Shields Not sure what millennials were doing instead of watching Olympics, but doesn't seem like they were watching Viceland t.co/zT8qroJHWK
Doug Serton RT @natjarv: Disney's Mayer on buying Vice: We are believers at Disney in strong media brands...Vice fits that description to a T t.co/RnLjlC6Eiv
Peter Pham RT @asharma: Family-oriented Disney wanted a veto over objectionable content on the Vice TV channel - one of many great details: t.co/EsBLswX40o
Mathew Ingram RT @tomgara: Craziest detail in this wonderful piece on Vice: their Intel marketing deal was worth $40 million a year! t.co/TIFgDUyHDv
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blog.instapaper.com - Instapaper is joining Pinterest

Instapaper is joining Pinterest

Instapaper – Aug 23 – Today, we're excited to announce that Instapaper is joining Pinterest. In the three years since betaworks acquired Instapaper from Marco Arment, we've completely rewritten our backend, overhauled our mobile and web clients, improved parsing and…
Baratunde Woah! 1) congrats 2) can you convert my pins to text articles? 3) sorry you have to move to San Francisco! t.co/w5IK3FkSCZ
Taylor Lorenz RT @instapaper: Today, we're excited to announce that Instapaper is joining @Pinterest! t.co/6qCgN7Flyy
Christina Warren RT @instapaper: Today, we're excited to announce that Instapaper is joining @Pinterest! t.co/6qCgN7Flyy
stacy-marie ishmael Given how much trying to use Pinterest on mobile fills me with rage/existential despair I can't say I'm optimistic. t.co/WnRWACmylX
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Understanding VCs

AVC – Fred Wilson – I saw Joe Fernandez ‘ tweet a few days ago and thought “he is making an important point.” too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc's like they're heroes and their blog posts are scripture — Joe Fernandez…
Alex Read Fred Wilson Writing About VCs Writing About Startups And How To Read Them t.co/lW5nsDg5ka
Gabe Rivera Update (3 years later): this VC calls his content marketing "content marketing", which is great content marketing! t.co/crUQAIGv4E
Jacob Brody Understanding VCs t.co/8uaYNhqbiG Great post by @fredwilson on the underserved hero worship investors receive.