Dan Walker Smith

Le Huffington Post Heads to France

First foreign-language HuffPo launch

The Huffington Post is launching a French-language edition, in partnership with Le Monde Group and holding company Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes. HuffPo’s editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, says that the new site—which will…

British Advertising Bodies Launch Pitching Site

Aims to end 'war zone' for agencies and advertisers

British advertising trade bodies ISBA and IPA have launched a new website designed to clarify the pitching process. The new site,, will focus on “six principles” of pitching: openness…

U.K.’s 'Independent' Newspaper Introduces Paywall

Charges for overseas readers

British newspaper The Independent is to introduce a pay service for non-U.K. readers, The Guardian reports. The Indy is the latest British title to adopt charges for its online service.…

Verizon FCC Case Heads to D.C. Court

Seen as “victory” for net neutrality opponents

A judicial panel has chosen the D.C. Court of Appeals as the venue for the latest legal action between Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission. Politico describes the choice as…

Microsoft Considering Yahoo Takeover?

Yahoo shares leap as reports spread

Yahoo’s share price jumped almost 10 percent amid rumors that Microsoft is planning a second attempt to buy the company, three years after its original bid was rejected, Reuters reports. Microsoft…

Samsung Seeks iPhone 4S Ban in France and Italy

Declares “all-out war” over patent dispute

South Korean electronics company Samsung will attempt to block sales of the new iPhone 4S in France and Italy, saying that the new Apple product infringes Samsung patents. The announcement…

ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr. Song for Obama-Hitler Remark

Singer defends comments

Sports broadcaster ESPN pulled its signature song from Monday night’s NFL broadcast after country singer Hank Williams Jr. seemingly compared Barack Obama to Hitler during an interview earlier in the…

HuffPo Hits 1 Billion Pageviews

New acquisitions, jobs, and sites

The Huffington Post has hit 1 billion pageviews for the first time, with 37 million unique visitors, and 5.1 million comments in August. The new stats come from a press release…

Nokia Cuts 3,500 Jobs

Closes factories in Romania, Germany, and the U.S.

Finnish phone maker Nokia is cutting 3,500 manufacturing jobs in an effort to save costs. It is the latest round of layoffs for the company, which axed 6,800 research and…

Google+ Now Open to All

Social network to challenge Facebook

Google has opened its social networking site, Google+, to the public, after three months as an invite-only service. The search company has updated features for Google+, including video “hangouts," where…