Peter Kafka

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One More New York Acqhire for Facebook: Zenbe

If you’re a big Internet company in a hurry, you can go out and hire engineers one by one. Or you can just buy their start-up. That’s one of Facebook’s favorite tactics, and it did it again earlier this year by buying Zenbe, a small email company that Facebook used to build its “don’t call it email” platform, Caroline McCarthy reports. Zenbe says the deal closed “a few months ago”; I’m reasonably sure it was done last spring. If you’re counting, that’s the third New York-based start-up Facebook has picked up for talent reasons, following Hot Potato and Drop.io.


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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