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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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