Buyer Beware

Caveat emptor: Why the current VC/Media marriage may be bad for journalism

For years, all of us in digital media bemoaned the fact that you couldn’t raise money from VCs for the endeavor. Now, all of a sudden, there is a kindling of interest in media companies among VCs—far too little yet to be called a frenzy or a bubble, but far more than we have seen in years.

Washington Post

Hey, Bezos, want to revitalize the Washington Post? Invest in people

Predictive analytics, customized news feeds based on location and previous history, weaving reader voices into the storytelling … all these things and more have been thrown onto the “what could be” pile for a reinvented Post. But the greatest innovation and investment the Bezos-led Post could make is in its people.

Growing and profitable, Longform releases its first app for iPad

Over an ice coffee on an unseasonably warm January day, Longform co-founder Aaron Lammer took VentureBeat for a test drive through the startup’s new iPad app, which debuts today at noon. The company, which curates the best long form journalism from around the web, is taking a gamble on an expensive $4.99 app, hoping its passionate audience will pony up for a premium experience.

Game journalist may cash in on the making of Portal 2

Geoff Keighley is a well-known game journalist who hosts the show Game Trailers TV with Geoff Keighley on Friday nights on Spike TV. He has written a 15,000-word story on The Final Hours of Portal 2, but he published it in a very non-traditional way.

Is AOL’s Huffington Post deal all about women?

Everyone is weighing in on AOL’s decision to acquire The Huffington Post for $315 million. Some argue that the deal makes sense, and plenty more predict that the online-media combination will be a disaster.

As AOL rushes to local news, Examiner.com is already there

AOL has gotten a lot of ink about its new CEO Tim Armstrong and its attempt to revitalize its presence in media, particularly local media, through Patch.com, a startup Armstrong backed and AOL acquired. But as AOL rushes into local news, it will likely run smack into Examiner.com, which already has a big chunk of the market.