So you want to be writer. Well, have I got a deal for you. Join Patch, and write for free for a multibillion company run by millionaires. In a continuation of one of the more, um, unusual media stories in recent memory, AOL is asking the editors of Patch to recruit 8,000 people to write for free on Patch's various hyperlocal news sites.
Netflix, the streaming-video and DVD-rental-by-mail giant, said that its profit soared 88 percent in the first quarter as it added 3.6 million subscribers globally. But the company's shares were battered in after-hours trading, falling 5 percent after the company projected that its profits next quarter wouldn't likely be as high as Wall Street traders hoped for.
Arianna Huffington is like a "slave owner on a plantation of bloggers," according to the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that seeks more than $100 million in damages on behalf of 9,000 unpaid bloggers who, he argues, should be paid for helping build The Huffington Post into the valuable media property AOL bought for $315 million.
LinkedIn is offering websites and developers easy tools to embed "share" buttons, company-profile boxes and friend widgets on third-party websites -- as well as a way to log in to other sites using LinkedIn. Calling it the professional web, the business-based social networking site is seeking to challenge Facebook's growing control over online identity.
The New York Times unveiled its widely anticipated digital-subscription plan Thursday, a big step by one of the most influential newspapers in the world. In the months to come, the headlong dive by this resource-rich media giant should help answer the biggest question in digital news: Can newspapers convert digital readers they have conditioned for years to expect "free" into paying customers? In other words, if The New York Times can't, who can?
It's a bloodbath. AOL, the beleaguered internet company, is cutting as many as 900 jobs, CEO Tim Armstrong announced Thursday, including as many as 200 editorial staffers in the United States. The layoffs, which were expected, are part of a company-wide reorganization following AOL's $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post. The layoffs include veteran journalists from AOL's top news sites.
’Lost’ executive producer says ’Star Wars’ was the "Gateway Drug’ to a generation of would-be storytellers who would tell tales that were not neatly tied up, closely hewed to an inviolate canon and were infinite in all directions. Part II of an excerpt of Frank Rose’s new book, ’The Art of Immersion.’
Social media has been at the heart of popular uprisings sweeping across the Middle East, and Al Jazeera English has been one of the best sources for hearing what's going on. Now the Qatar-based network is bringing the social media experience inside your TV with its new show, The Stream. Scheduled to launch in May, the talk show will be like no other: no tape, no script, no satellite hookups.