Liz Gannes

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Is That a Vibrating Pack of Proximity-Aware Electronic Cigarettes In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Bet your analog cancer stick can’t do this: Electronic cigarette maker Blu Cigs will next month release an edition of its nicotine-vapor pack that vibrates and flashes a blue light when 50 feet or less away from another pack. The $80 product will give would-be smokers a buzz, help them meet people, and then automatically exchange social networking profiles. Though the New York Times seemed to have trouble finding people who think this is a good idea, I’d love to see what Don Draper would do with it.


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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