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OCT 23, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Why Journalists Should Fear Social Media

Technology disrupted the media's monopoly on journalism. The advent of smart phones and social networks reduced the barriers of entry, for digital journalists, to practically nothing. Journalist used to be a title reserved for professional writers. But now, any average Joe with a camera phone can capture and share a moment. Any aspiring blogger can publish a story and disseminate ...

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OCT 23, 2014 - Business Insider

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Snapchat COO Emily White Wants To Make Ads Incredibly Obvious To Users

Snapchat isn't a fan of native advertising, according to the company's COO Emily White. Native advertising attempts to make a brand's message blend into surrounding editorial content. Magazines do this well with beauty products scattered among beauty how-tos, for example. BuzzFeed also popularized native advertising on the web by having brands like Doritos and Coke sponsor relative, viral lists. White ...

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OCT 23, 2014 - TheNextWeb

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Pyne for Android is a simple polling tool for quickly garnering public opinion on any topic

If someone asked you whether the world needs another question-and-answer app or not, you would likely respond in the negative. But that doesn’t stop startups from trying to bring something new to the Q&A table. With that in mind, Pyne lets users ask and answer basic yes/no or multiple-choice questions from across the community. “Answering questions like ‘Do you like ...

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OCT 23, 2014 - Business Insider

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An Uber Campaign That Promised To Pair Customers With 'Hot Chick' Drivers In France Has Been Scrubbed

On Monday, Uber's branch in Lyon, France, released its latest promotion. In tandem with a website and app called Avions de Chasse, the promotion would pair Uber customers in Lyon with "hot chick" drivers. Details about the promotion were housed here, but after BuzzFeed asked Uber for comment, the promotion was scrubbed from Uber's website. "This partnership was canceled immediately," an Uber ...

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OCT 23, 2014 - Poynter

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Career Beat: Rachel Zarrell named news editor at BuzzFeed News

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Rachel Zarrell is now news editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a weekend editor there. (?@rachelzarrell) Ben Calhoun is now director of content and programming at WBEZ in Chicago. Previously, he was a producer for “This American Life.” (Robert Feder) Ada Guerin is now creative director at The ...

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