To get a sense of just how polarizing a figure new media innovator Andrew Breitbart was, get a load of this tweet from Slate's Matt Yglesias that went out mere hours after the news of Breitbart's unexpected death at age 43 broke: "The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead."
One year ago at his annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Michael Arrington -- founder of the blog that functions as Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper -- took the stage and shocked the audience with a deal to sell his venture to AOL.
AOL, the online media company that has recently snatched several smaller content firms, has agreed to purchase news blog service The Huffington Post for $315 million, the two companies announced Monday.
The Web helped elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. Now many of the social media sites that spread his message of change during the campaign are heading to Washington, only this time they are focused on community service and conversations about social policy.
The Democratic National Convention that kicks off Monday in Denver will be a transforming moment in politics. But it could be almost as big an event in the annals of American media, the moment when the new kids on the block eclipse or at least grab equal footing with the establishment.
Bobbing through a sea of air-kissing and neck-craning, Arianna Huffington is in her element. "Meet the new cooking columnist for the Huffington Post," she coos as she introduces me to Katie Lee Joel, a winsome young woman who writes about food, has served as host of Top Chef, and happens to be married to Billy Joel.
What does Google have to do with failure? Leading a panel called Understanding the Internet's Future at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in early October, Arianna Huffington flogged her new book, On Becoming Fearless, and tossed out an intriguing fact about Google's culture of fearlessness: "Whatever products Google is developing, they are incorporating a 60 to 70 percent failure rate," the Huffington Post founder/editor noted to Google VP Marissa Mayer, who shared the stage with Morgan Stanley Internet analyst Mary Meeker and Motorola chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior.