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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Not professionally...

What's the funniest news-related #hashtag you've seen?

Recently the #muslimrage backlash was fairly hilarious

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Android (yes Android) phone, Macbook air, Google Docs, Skype, Wordpress

Inside Machinima's turnaround plan — Machinima, a network of gaming video channels, is in an awkward position. It was one of the first big YouTube networks to make headlines, quickly growing to 300 million subscribers and raising almost $50 million in venture backing (including from Google, YouTube's parent company), valuing it at nearly $200 million in 2012.

Rent the Runway raises $60 million — Rent the Runway, a dress rental service, has raised $60 million in a series D round of new venture funding. The company has now raised a total of $116 million. Technology Crossover Ventures led the round, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, and Advance Publications.

'Serial' is small. PodcastOne is building a podcasting empire. — Serial is the media story of 2014. The podcast series, which investigates a 15-year-old murder case, has averaged 1.5 million listeners each week. More notably, it's become an Internet phenomenon, with dozens of articles, recaps, conspiracy theories, and parodies. Twitter is obsessed. Reddit is obsessed. There are discussion groups.

nRelate shuts down, leaving Outbrain, Taboola to battle Yahoo, Google — The syndication of content has long been a staple of the media industry-a way for newspapers to fill coverage holes and radio stations to revive dead air. Five years ago, a new crop of Internet startups appeared to formalize the practice for web publishers; today, content syndication is an industry in its own right.

Q&A with Evan Williams, co-founder of Medium and Twitter — Many people use the newish blogging site Medium each day, but almost as many of them are confused about what, exactly, it's supposed to be. It is a publishing tool-a very pretty one at that, with lots of clever bells and whistles. It's also a publisher that pays professional editors and writers to commit various acts of journalism.

Twitter co-founder: 'I don't give a shit' if Instagram has more users — Yesterday, Instagram announced it has 300 million monthly active users. The news drew immediate comparisons between the photo-sharing app, which sold to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, and Twitter , a $24 billion publicly traded company which has 284 million users. CNNMoney even argued that Twitter should sell itself.

Zenefits hires David Sacks as COO — "David Sachs doesn't need to do this." That's Parker Conrad, the CEO of a startup called Zenefits, and he's right. Entrepreneur and investor David Sacks is Conrad's startup as COO, but it's not because he needs the money, or the experience. He sold his last company, Yammer, to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.

HBO CTO Otto Berkes resigns — HBO's chief technology officer Otto Berkes has resigned, according to a memo obtained by Variety. The resignation comes on the heels of a report today from Fortune regarding speculation that Berkes would be fired or demoted this week. HBO is gearing up to launch an "over the top" streaming service that will allow customers to...

Exclusive: HBO to outsource streaming tech — In a major strategic shift, HBO will license the technology underpinning the standalone streaming service it plans to offer in 2015. The company has killed a project called "Maui" that would build the new streaming service in-house, according to an internal memo (see below).

How is Oscar, the hipster health insurance company, performing? — It's mid-December, which means Oscar, a Web-savvy health insurance startup backed by $150 million in venture capital, is back in business. Health insurance can only be sold during "open enrollment" periods. Oscar, which launched last July, has been waiting all year for this moment.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @JBoorstin: "I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that was a threat to them gives you a sense of what kind of regime that is." Obama #SonyHack

Dec 19, 2014

RT @nycjim: Obama on Sony: "I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them: Do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated.”

Dec 19, 2014

Obama wishes Sony had spoken to him before pulling the movie.

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says he thinks Sony's decision to pull The Interview was a mistake

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