Headlines after the holiday
"Alternate hed: Why You Shouldn’t Use Snapchat," tweets Columbia Journalism Review's Sarah Grieco, after reading the popular Bloomberg News interview of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel (at 1,400 shares for now). Not everyone was as put off by the Q&A, of course--Washington Post's Wesley Lowery announces, "Snapchat is the future of everything." And then there's the take from New York Magazine's Annie Lowrey, which is that "This story on Snapchat is great, though better with every instance of 'millennials' replaced with 'snake people'." Julian McBride shares, "Fun Fact: over 60% of 13- to 34-year-old U.S. smartphone users are active on @Snapchat." Article co-author Sarah Frier points out, "Snapchat's big ads pitch: vertical, full-screen ads are more likely to be seen. But they're pricey with no targeting," a point which triggers Alex Fitzpatrick at TIME to react, "Well this is bonkers and obvious at the same time."
Moving on to much heavier heds, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has just gone to trial in Iran this morning on "espionage" charges. "OUTRAGE: Our colleague @jasonrezaian put on trial in Iran today, behind closed doors. No family, independent watchers," tweets colleague Michelle Boorstein. Here's the latest statement from the Post's executive editor. Elsewhere abroad, with ISIS in its crosshairs, the U.S. is holding back out of concern for civilians--while at least one IS fighter enjoyed a paid honeymoon in the heart of the caliphate. "Recruiting IS fighters with paid honeymoons, free schools, Internet, air conditioning and shops that carry Nutella," summarizes AP's Michael Giarrusso. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, Putin is burning his dead to hide just how hard the country has been fighting him. Bloomberg View's Stacey Shick reacts, "What a report from @joshrogin: Russia using mobile crematoriums to hide dead in Ukraine."