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Ponder Bills Itself as an Anti-Social Network

A new photo and video sharing app called Ponder is billing itself as an anti-social network. Ponder says whether or not your photo will be seen doesn't matter how many followers you have. Ponder also says it lets the user decide what is trending based on the quality of their photos and videos. Read more... April 15, 2016

BuzzFeed Cuts 2016 Revenue Projections After Missing 2015 Target

BuzzFeed is an online media and entertainment company originally known for list-type articles featuring animals and celebrity photos. It has since expanded into original news and content. The company reportedly made $170 million in 2015 according to the Financial Times. This is a very impressive amount but it fell well short of the company's $250 million goal. Read more... April 12, 2016

Pacific Magazines Shutters Famous Magazine and Launches FamousLive

The Australian print celebrity magazine called Famous Magazine is being shuttered. Pacific Magazines is closing the print magazine and launching a new online destination called FamousLive. The company is refocusing its resources on the website. Read more... April 11, 2016

Facebook Battles Shift Away From Personal Sharing

Facebook is reportedly battling a shift away from personal sharing by its users. There are reports that Facebook users are posting less than they used to. There have also been noted moves by Facebook to try and boost user sharing of personal events and photographs in an attempt to counter the drop. Read more... April 10, 2016

Prevention Magazine Moves to Ad-Free Print Model

Rodale Inc. is moving its Prevention magazine to an ad-free print model starting with the July 2016 issue. Rodale made the announcement on February 1st. The move will make Prevention a premium publication. Read more... April 8, 2016

Mashable Announces Layoffs, Scraps World News and Politics Coverage

Mashable has announced a round of layoffs. The site has been covering a wide range of topics, including general news. The site will now be focused more on topics like technology, web culture and social media. When Mashable first started it was more of a technology blog with a focus on the emergence of social media. It later expanded to cover general news and popular mainstream topics. Read more... April 7, 2016



Facebook Attaches Automatic Alternative Text to Photos

Facebook announced it has started adding automatic alternative text to photographs shared on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Facebook says the feature will reach 2 billion photos. The technology was designed to help those who are blind or severely visually impaired. Read more... April 5, 2016

This Old House Brand Acquired From Time by Eric Thorkilsen and TZP

This Old House Ventures has been acquired from Time Inc. by Eric Thorkilsen and TZP Growth Partners, a private equity fund. Thorkilsen was a founding executive of This Old House Ventures, Inc. during his 30-year career at Time Inc. Read more... April 4, 2016

Vanity Fair's Call Me Caitlyn Cover Named 2015 Cover of the Year

Vanity Fair's Call Me Caitlyn cover has been named the ASME 2015 Cover of the Year. The cover features Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn Jenner and her coming out as a woman was certainly one of this year's most discussed topics. ESPN The Magazine's "Body 2015: Chantae McMillan" was the Readers' Choice Award winner. Read more... March 31, 2016

National Geographic's April 2016 Issue Features 10 Different Animal Covers

The April 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine has ten different covers. Each cover features a different animal. The covers were photographed by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Read more... March 28, 2016

Modern Luxury Media Launches Silicon Valley Magazine

Wealthy Silicon Valley residents now have a new glossy lifestyle magazine. The new magazine, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, is published by Modern Luxury. Modern Luxury has publications for targeting affluent readers in a number of cities including Aspen, Chicago, Miami, Orange County and The Hamptons. Read more... March 26, 2016

Time Inc. Launches Women's Site Called Motto

Time Inc. has launched a new site called Motto. It is targeted at millennial women. The site debuted last month with contributions from President Barack Obama, Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, John Green, Gina Rodriguez, Ivanka Trump and Megyn Kelly. Read more... March 23, 2016

Instagram Announces Move to Algorithmic Feeds

Instagram has announced a plan to move to algorithmic feeds. This is similar to what Facebook does with its feeds. Instead of displaying your feed in chronological order (like seen above) Instagram will use a computer program to decide the order your posts appear in. Read more... March 15, 2016

Meredith Corporation to Cease Publishing More Magazine

More magazine will end with the April 2016 issue. Publisher Meredith Corporation has decided to end the women's lifestyle magazine after 19 years due to declining advertising. The magazine has 30 employees. Actress Diane Lane covered the March 2016 issue. Read more... March 11, 2016

Fandango Acquires Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes

Fandango announced it has signed an agreement to acquire both Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango is acquiring the sites from Warner Bros. The sites reach a total audience of 20 million unique visitors. Read more... March 10, 2016

SNL Cold Open: Jason Sudeikis Returns as Mitt Romney

Saturday Night Live's cold open was very funny and quite on point. First we get a look at Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) who let us know that by CNN standards he passes as a "bona fide hunk." He took us to Donald Trump's (Darrell Hammond's) press conference in which "sad, desperate little potato" Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) looks completely demoralized as he stands behind Trump and gets insulted. Read more... March 6, 2016

Time Inc. Now Owns Myspace

Time Inc. is now the proud owner of Myspace. Myspace was once was one of the top social networks. It was acquired by News Corp. in 2005 for about $580 million. Read more... February 12, 2016

Economy Added 151,000 Jobs in January 2016

The economy added 151,000 jobs in January 2016. The unemployment rates remained relatively unchanged at 4.9%. The economy has averaged 231,000 new jobs per over the past 3 months. Read more... February 5, 2016

Twitter Suspends Over 125,000 Accounts for Promoting Terrorist Acts

Twitter says it has suspended over 125,000 Twitter accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts. Twitter says these terrorist acts are primarily connected to ISIS. Read more... February 5, 2016

Rand Paul Drops Out of 2016 Presidential Race

Senator Rand Paul is dropping out of the race for the presidency. The Republican candidate drops out after finishing fith and receiving 4.5% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Read more... February 3, 2016

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