Mark W. Smith
Senior Marketing Manager, Social Media, USA Today
dealbook.nytimes.com — How does a company put together the biggest social media deal in some time? In the case of Yahoo and its $1.1 billion takeover of Tumblr, it was not with an army of bankers. Despite the fact that the deal was one of Yahoo's biggest acquisitions, the negotiations were conducted largely through principals.
washingtonpost.com — When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material. They used security badge access records to track the reporter's comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit.
chicagogrid.com — Gina Charlton is drawing a blank. "This is the way the world ends!" she reads. "Not with a bang but with... " Charlton shuffles through her options. Keanu Reeves? Autocannibalism? A gassy antelope? "Oh my god," she cries. "Do I really have to choose?" Eventually, Charlton settles.
washingtonpost.com — The problem, of course, is those same odds just about guarantee the lucky person won't be you. Lottery officials said Saturday night that the latest Powerball jackpot figure results are still pending. Estimates have put the jackpot at around $600 million. The chances of winning the prize remain astronomically low: 1 in 175.2 million.
washingtonpost.com — Most people enjoyed "The Office" most for the antics of boss Michael Scott, or the touching relationship between paper salesman Jim Halpert and erstwhile receptionist Pam Beesly. I liked the show, which aired its finale after nine seasons Thursday night, best when it gave us a window into the business practices of this particular office.
washingtonpost.com — But that's part of the appeal. Introducing the cracked cellphone screen, which raises the bar by lowering it. Think of it as the tech generation's ripped jeans or unwashed hair. Unshaven faces. Low-riding jeans. People who love high-low decor and city streets. The Black Cat, or any dive bar with rotting picnic benches and watery beer.
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