Peter Kafka

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IAC’s About Hires COO, Two More Execs

About.com, IAC’s answers website, has hired three executives: Scott Kim, who was previously chief strategy officer at IAC’s Ask.com, will be chief operating officer; Alex Ellerson, previously Howcast Media’s COO, will become SVP for content; and Matthew Knell, previously AOL’s social media guy, will take a similar role. Earlier this year IAC hired Neil Vogel to run About, which it bought from the New York Times last summer.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work