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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Buys Washington Post for $250M (SocialTimes)
Blockbuster news broke late Monday afternoon that the Washington Post newspaper has been purchased by Amazon owner and founder Jeff Bezos. The Washington Post’s online properties, such as Slate and TheRoot.com, are not part of the deal. The purchase also doesn’t include the land, meaning it’s a pure content buy by Bezos. Washington Post Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter. Wired In a letter to Post employees, Bezos says that he won’t be leading the paper directly day-to-day. “I am happily living in ‘the other Washington’ where I have a day job that I love,” he writes, referring to his role as CEO at Amazon. On the surface, buying any newspaper in the chronically dismal climate for print carries the same air of quixotic adventurism as another Bezos pet project, the search for moon rockets on the bottom of the ocean. New York Washington Post staff responded on Twitter with shock, sadness, trepidation and lots of jokes about how much they love Amazon. Here is a look at what 44 staffers had to say. Politico Politico also storified reactions on Twitter. Reactions ranged from “Now Facebook must buy the Wall Street Journal & Apple must buy the New York Times. (I just saved you the next 36 hours of tech journalism.)” to “Amazing that today a 2-year-old start-up sells for $1 billion and a 135-year-old newspaper sells for $250 million” to “Last time I was this stunned was when I woke up as an AOL employee to find out that AOL had bought Time Warner. I am more stunned today.”
Facebook Taps First Chief Marketing Officer: Google’s Gary Briggs (AllFacebook)
Facebook filled out its C-level executive branch recently, as the company named Gary Briggs as chief marketing officer, according to AdAge. Briggs was most recently with Motorola Mobility before Google acquired the company in May of last year. AdAge He officially replaces Eric Antonow, vice president of product marketing, who’s overseen the company’s marketing efforts since 2010. Briggs’s duties are to lead branding and marketing efforts for all Facebook constituencies of users, developers and potential consumers of new products like Facebook Home. The Wall Street Journal/Digits Briggs is coming on board in the wake of a recent marketing stumble. In April, Facebook introduced Home, a mobile application for Android phones. Despite television ads and a flashy press conference, Home has struggled to break out since its debut.
Study Links TV Viewership and Twitter Conversations (The New York Times)
A first-of-its-kind study by Nielsen has affirmed what nearly everyone in the television industry already suspected: Twitter conversations sometimes do cause people to turn on the TV. The study, to be released today, examined Twitter chatter and minute-by-minute Nielsen ratings of 221 episodes of prime-time shows on major networks.
Kickstarter Debuts in Canada, Lets You Start Projects Today and Launch Them as Soon as Sept. 9 (The Next Web)
Kickstarter Monday announced the crowdfunding service has arrived in Canada. Users can start building their projects right now, and launch them as soon as Sept. 9.
33 Percent of Tweets About ABC’s ‘Super Fun Night’ are About the Show’s Ads (LostRemote)
This week’s analysis at fall TV Crimson Hexagon’s dive into ABC’s “Super Fun Night” (starring Rebel Wilson) showed that 33 percent of the tweets were discussions about the show’s ads. Here are the details.
The New York Times Looks for Wedding-Themed Instagram Photos (The Poynter Institute)
Your wedding may never make The New York Times, but your Instagrams might! “Starting this summer, the Vows section will publish Wedding Album, an occasional series of your wedding-themed Instagram photos,” an announcement published this weekend said.
YouTube’s Coolest Features Aren’t Just for Elite Users Anymore (The Daily Dot)
Some of YouTube’s best features aren’t just for popular partner channels anymore. The company announced in a blog post that it will allow more content creators to use live-streaming capabilities, custom video thumbails and other sought-after features that have been partners-only for a long time.
Vine Climbs to Top of App Store (CNET)
Vine is doing more than fine if application downloads are any indication. The nascent video service beat out YouTube and Snapchat to become the most downloaded non-game application on Apple’s App Store in June, according to stats compiled by app tracker App Annie.
Ask Curiosity Anything: Mars Rover Takes Reddit Questions (ReadWrite)
Scientists and engineers from the Mars Curiosity rover team took to Reddit this week to answer just about every question Redditors have long been waiting to ask. In honor of the one-year anniversary of Curiosity’s Martian landing, the group of women (cheers to the ladies in science!) covered everything from humans on Mars to a typical day for the rover to the biggest discoveries yet.