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Leaked code, blocked journalists, and billions gone: It’s just another few days in late Twitter
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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
March 26, 2023
“Convinced both that she was innocent of any crime and that she had no future in Russia, she engineered her escape: She cut off her electronic monitor, swapped cars six times on her way to the border, then went the final distance by foot, finally sneaking under a barbed-wire border fence, before ultimately making her way to France, where she now lives in exile.”
The New York Times / Constant Méheut / Mar 26
“The $20 million cash infusion, which was led by Glade Brook Capital Partners and Greycroft Partners — two former Axios investors — values the software business at close to $100 million, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The Wall Street Journal / Alexandra Bruell / Mar 26
Times: “Do you have a successor in mind? I’ve been hearing whispers about Knight hiring an art museum director who would continue your pivot toward the arts.” Ibargüen: “The tradition at Knight is the president does not participate in the selection of his successor.”
The New York Times / Brett Sokol / Mar 26
“The fanciful notions that Mr. Carlson advances on his show regarding Mr. Epps’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection are demonstrably (and already proven to be) false…And yet Mr. Carlson persists with his assault on the truth.”
The New York Times / Alan Feuer / Mar 26
March 25, 2023
The seasonal podcasts Invisibilia, Louder Than a Riot, and Rough Translation have been canceled, along with a comedy podcast called Everyone & Their Mom. JB
NPR / David Folkenflik / Mar 25
“When people are in dialogue with each other in a group, and they outnumber the journalist, they feel comfortable,” Cornish said of her show’s format. The New Yorker describes the half-hour podcast, “The Assignment with Audie Cornish,” as “an insightful news show that delivers substance without a side helping of despair.” JB
The New Yorker / Sarah Larson / Mar 25
March 23, 2023
“When was the last time you saw Twitch introduce something that revolutionized the live content community, the creator ecosystem or the content economy?”
Washington Post / Nathan Grayson / Mar 23
“Publisher Jimmy Finkelstein has poached several current and former well-known staffers away from the New York Post to join the Messenger.” (Our story from yesterday about The Messenger here.)
Semafor / Max Tani / Mar 23
“Leroy Chapman, 52, a managing editor, has been with the AJC since 2011. He shepherded coverage of a number of high-profile stories, including efforts to undermine Georgia’s 2020 election results and the court cases of teachers and administrators charged in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.” SS
AJC / Michael E. Kanell / Mar 23
“Before Logan Roy, there was Rupert Murdoch. Without Vice, there would be no Vaulter.”
Vanity Fair / Natalie Jarvey / Mar 23