There are lots of happily anonymous people on the Internet. But for celebrities and other prominent public figures, it’s usually more important to establish your social media profiles actually belong to you, rather than an imposter.

Twitter’s solution to this challenge was to offer verified accounts to prominent figures.

Need more proof of the role Facebook is playing in the distribution of news? Among Americans born between 1981 and 1996 — a.k.a millennials — 61 percent get political news from Facebook in a given week, versus 37 percent who get it from local TV. That’s according to a new Pew Research Center study released this morning.

That’s also the inverse of how that divide looks for baby boomers. Among that born-between-1946-and-1964 crowd, 60 percent of boomers said they got news from local TV and 39 percent said they found news on Facebook. For those in between, Gen X, it’s about even: 51 percent for Facebook, 46 percent for local TV.

theguardian.com – Alan Rusbridger – May 29, 8:14 AM – This, if you’re reading the physical paper – which, of course, you are not – is my last edition as editor. In just over 20 years we have put nearly 7,500 papers “to bed”, as almost no one says nowadays. At some point in…
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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Being a new media company isn’t always easy. With 200 million monthly unique visitors, BuzzFeed enjoys enviable success, but the road, particularity in recent months has been rocky

theguardian.com – Alan Rusbridger – May 29, 8:14 AM – This, if you’re reading the physical paper – which, of course, you are not – is my last edition as editor. In just over 20 years we have put nearly 7,500 papers “to bed”, as almost no one says nowadays. At some point in

Vox Media’s acquisition of Recode appears to be a relatively small deal. No dollar amount was disclosed; Vox is trading a little of its stock for a highly regarded but underperforming tech-business site. The deal, though, is part of a much larger trend of media consolidation and tells us a lot about today’s largely me-too strategies. Just as Verizon prepares to swallow AOL (which swallowed The Huffington Post), and as Charter finalizes its deal for Time Warner Cable, the table is set for more smaller media properties to seek the umbrellas of larger ones.

BuzzFeed Founder Launches New Lab for Open-Source Invention

Buzzfeed is launching an open-source research lab for building tools to bring the world better information.

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Remember that Time Warner/Comcast merger basically everyone was hoping wouldn’t happen until it was canceled a month ago? Well, it looks like Time Warner Cable is taking its assets to a smaller provider instead. The Wall Street Journal reports that Charter Communications is very near announcing a deal to purchase Time Warner –
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The trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who is being held on espionage charges in Iran, is due to start on Tuesday

Longform may get all the attention these days, but Racked — the style, shopping, and beauty site that Vox Media acquired when it bought the Curbed.com network in 2013 — is seeing a sweet spot in the middle. The site announced Tuesday that it has hired Meredith Haggerty, formerly the host of the podcastTLDR, as its new reports editor. In the role, she’ll be editing posts that fall between 1,000 and 1,500 words.

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