Kara Swisher

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Hello Ryan!

While we were visiting at Mahalo, we ran right into Ryan Block, the majordomo of Engadget–the geek-lovers’ Web site that was once part of Jason Calacanis’s Weblogs empire. It is now owned by AOL, which forked over a large bag of cash, mostly due to the popularity of Engadget, to buy the company.

nanoiphone

Block was getting ready to throw a party for attendees of the E3 games conference in Santa Monica, Calif., so we decided to have a little video chat about the iPhone–Engadget’s bread and butter of late, including such posts as an imagined mock-up for a cheaper next-generation Apple device pictured here–and also WAP and other trends.

But, of course, we asked about life at AOL. Sorry, Ryan!


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald