"Get out the unicorn GIFs: NBCUniversal said to be investing $250M in BuzzFeed in a deal that would value it at $1.5B," tweets Jeffrey Cane with the New York Times' DealBook, late-breaking news care of Re/code that's brought in 1,400+ shares so far. "@buzzfeed now valued at $1.5B? That's a lot of gifs, people," similarly reacts Ryan Faughnder at the LA Times. Although, at Capital New York, Leela de Kretser notes, "NBC's investments in Buzzfeed and Vox make it seem like Vox is valued WAY higher in this. Can that be the case?" Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims notices, "With $250 million from NBC Universal, Buzzfeed is now worth 69% as much as the New York Times." But New York Post's Tyler Coates bills it this way: "Even the Internet is gentrifying." Well, enjoy this pink fluffy unicorn gif, anyway.
The Associated Press reports that Olympic teams will have to swim and boat in Rio de Janeiro's filth. What kind of filth, you say? Why, "waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill." Stephen Stirling with the New Jersey Star-Ledger marvels, "That. That is quite a lede." In other investigations, USA Today reveals that high-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders. "Can't make this up: 90 high-speed chases in Calif. started when police tried to stop someone for driving too slowly," shares Brad Heath there. Also, suddenly the UK has restricted Ai Weiwei's entry visa in advance of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit there. "With Xi on his way, Brits get cold feet on visa for artist WeiWei," summarizes Steve LeVine at Quartz. Also, The Guardian is reporting that the UN has paid millions to Russian aviation firm even since learning of its employees' involvement in a sex attack on a girl. "The UN is *systematically* letting women down," declares BuzzFeed's Miriam Elder, who also shares this link.