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Early BuzzFeed Employee Eric Harris Leaves

recode.net — Eric Harris, BuzzFeed's operations head and one of its first hires, is leaving the company. Harris joined the publisher in 2008, when it was more of a notion about "viral content" than a company. At the time, he told co-workers via an email today, "we were 6 employees in a small office above a mahjongg parlor in Chinatown."

Apple Wants Local TV in Its Apple TV Service, Which Means Apple TV Could Be Delayed

recode.net — If Apple launches a TV service, it won't be the first company to offer TV subscriptions over the Web. But it wants to offer at least one thing rivals don't have: Widespread access to live programming from local TV stations. Industry executives familiar with Apple's plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S.

YouTube Product Exec Phil Farhi Joins Luxe Parking Startup

recode.net — At YouTube, Phil Farhi helped advertisers get their messages in front of video viewers. Now he's trying to help people park their cars. Farhi, who worked at YouTube from 2008 until last month, has joined Luxe as the on-demand parking startup's VP of product.

Spotify Adds Videos, Podcasts for Free Users; Labels Push for Paid

recode.net — The big music labels would like Spotify to cut back on its free service, which offers on-demand music to 60 million users. Spotify's response: It is loading up its free service with video clips and other goodies, to make its service even more attractive to users who don't pay.

The Producer - Forbes

forbes.com — Late Show isn't enough for David Letterman. Casual viewers might assume David Letterman 's presence on their TV screens begins when Late Show starts at 11:35 p.m. on weeknights and ends an hour later, after a dose of Top Ten Lists and celebrity interviews. But through his production outfit, Worldwide Pants Inc.

WordPress Parent Automattic Buys WooCommerce

recode.net — Last year Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, raised $160 million. Now the publishing software company is spending some of that money, by acquiring WooCommerce, an e-commerce tools company. Sources say Automattic will spend more than $30 million in cash and stock to buy the 55-person company.

Remember When Facebook Went Public and It Was a Disaster? That Was Three Years Ago.

cnbc.com — Peter Foley | Bloomberg | Getty Images The reason: Facebook was able to argue, convincingly, that it had figured out how to make money from its mobile users. By the middle of 2013, mobile ads, which had been a goose egg when Facebook IPOed, made up 41 percent of the company's ad revenue (it's at more than 70 percent now).

Facebook IPO Third Anniversary

recode.net — What were you doing three years ago? If you are Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, or other members of Facebook's inner circle, you spent the morning at your Menlo Park headquarters, high-fiving over your IPO. Then you spent the rest of the day in a funk, as everything went wrong, and Facebook stock barely cleared your $38 offering price.

Steve Jobs Movie Trailer Debuts During Mad Men Finale

recode.net — You know who was pretty good at advertising? Steve Jobs! So maybe that's why Universal* decided to debut the first trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic during tonight's "Mad Men" finale. Then again, the fact that tonight's "Mad Men" finale will get a lot of media-savvy eyeballs probably has a lot to do with it, too.

Why Netflix (Probably) Won’t Stream the NFL

recode.net — Netflix says it wants to replace TV. But "TV" means "sports," and Netflix doesn't do sports. When will that change? Netflix executives have been answering that question for years, and they continue to say that they're not interested, even as the sports world looks increasingly comfortable with livestreaming video.
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May 22, 2015

@mat @Kantrowitz @BuzzFeed you can say anything you want while you watch the video highlights in your hovel.

May 22, 2015

@mat @Kantrowitz @BuzzFeed non-ironic congrats! Except to Honan. Fuck you, Honan.

May 22, 2015

RT @Techmeme: Snapchat is investing an undisclosed amount in maker of shopping app Spring (Re/code) recode.net/2015/05/22/sna… techmeme.com/150522/p15#a15…

May 22, 2015

@karaswisher i think this is what the kids call a #hottake. we should find some kids and ask them.

May 22, 2015

@hblodget they are ok. we could do better on our own but we don't. and they get us to cook instead of takeout.

May 22, 2015

I used to think Plated and make-your-own-meal services were stupid. Now I kinda like them. Good forcing mechanism.

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