28 posts and columns on reporting
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, FreeYesterday, AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group got into hot water after the top editor at its Moviefone unit sent a memo to freelancers it was in the midst of firing, offering them an opportunity to “contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system.” Today, sources said that exec–Moviefone Editor-in-Chief Patricia Chui–was fired by the company, which is in the midst of drastically rejiggering its stable of writers.
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today–More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under AriannaAOL will officially close its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post today, sources said, only one month after it was struck. To celebrate, the now-official content head Arianna Huffington will be poaching another clutch of big journalists to add to AOL’s new Huffington Post Media Group unit.
There had been rumors bubbling up last week in Silicon Valley that Apple CEO Steve Jobs might be sick again, due to a non-appearance at a big event. Jobs confirmed that this morning in an email to his employees, in which he asked everyone to respect his privacy. This time, in his third major health-related bout, we probably should give it to him.
Yahoo’s layoffs are set for tomorrow morning, with 650 to 700 to be let go, largely from its U.S. products unit. It’ll be a sad day in Sunnyvale.