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What’s Your Favorite App, Dan Roth?


AppNewser asked, What’s Favorite App, Dan Roth?

The executive editor at LinkedIn picked to-do app Wunderlist because, “the app is clean and simple, loads instantly and works on every platform,” which Roth considers essential, “if, like me, you need to get your must-dos written down quickly or have them disappear into the ether,” he said.

Roth also likes that the app is free and he can prioritize his lists. “I used to use Remember the Milk, but prefer Wunderlist’s easier method for prioritizing, as well as its ability to share lists,” he continued. “I love watching what happens when I complete a to-do: the text gets crossed out, a big check appears and the item drops into a Recently Completed section. And for a few seconds I can feel like Sisyphus reaching the top of the mountain.”

Welcome to our new column, What’s Your Favorite App?, a new feature where we talk to media professionals, journalists and authors about what kinds of apps they are using in hopes of helping readers discover new apps. Read more

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The Huffington Post Gets Into eBook Business

The Huffington Post is getting into the eBook business. The AOL-owned blog has its first two eBook titles coming out this month.

Today, the new imprint released Huff Post correspondent Arthur Delaney called A People’s History of the Great Recession. The book looks at how Americans are suffering due to the current recession. You can read an excerpt from the book at this link.

The second is a new book from San Francisco State University Political Science professor Aaron Belkin about gay rights in the military called How We Won. The book, which chronicles “Don’t Ask, don’t tell” legislation, comes out on September 20th.

The company’s founder Arianna Huffington released this statement about the new venture: “We’re excited to launch our e-books initiative, which allows us to deeply delve into interesting and timely topics and expand the distribution platform for authors. Arthur Delaney’s reporting has consistently put flesh and blood on the grim statistics of our ongoing economic crisis, but his e-book presents an opportunity to weave a larger narrative about the pain and suffering being felt by millions of Americans across the country whose stories are too often overlooked by the media.”


Reverse Pay Wall from Digg? April Fool!


Paywalls were a popular April Fool’s Day subject, as Digg followed up the paywall that exclusively targeted employees of The New York Times and Winnipeg residents, “announced” earlier Friday by The Huffington Post Media Group president and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, with its own take on the concept: the reverse paywall.

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After Downsizing, Huffington Post Media Group Staffs Up

Just two business days after it was out with the old at AOL and Huffington Post Media Group, it was in with the new, as the division created by the merger of AOL and The Huffington Post announced several new hires, including two high-profile additions — Twitter co-founder Biz Stone as strategic impact adviser, and veteran journalist John Montorio as culture and entertainment editor — as well as the promotion of HuffPost senior political editor Howard Fineman to editorial director for the group.

Huffington Post Media Group and AOL also announced the addition of two new neighborhoods in Newark to Patch, in partnership with that city’s Twitter-friendly Mayor Cory Booker, and the launch of its 30-Day Service Challenge employee volunteer initiative.

Stone will advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, including the development of a platform to make it easier for people to perform services in their communities. He will also recruit other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting companies and executives that are stellar in philanthropy and corporate responsibility.

Montorio boasts more than 30 years of experience reporting, writing, editing, and managing news staffs, including stints with The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

In his new role, Fineman will help shape Huffington Post Media Group’s overall coverage, as well as working to integrate AOL news and information brands. He will also guide coverage of the upcoming presidential campaign coverage, continuing to report for HuffPost, and retaining his role as an analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

Other new editorial hires across Huffington Post Media Group:

White House correspondent Jennifer Bendery, who had been covering The White House and House and Senate Leadership for Roll Call for the past three years;

Culture/style reporter Caroline Dworin, who had been a regular contributor to the City section of The New York Times and appeared in anthology More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times;

Workplace reporter Dave Jamieson, who formerly covered transportation issues for TBD;

General assignment writer Saki Knafo, who previously wrote for The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The Believer, GQ, and Publishers Weekly;

News editor Simone Landon, who had been producer of Morning Edition for Rhode Island Public Radio;

Real estate editor Catherine New, whose work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Metro Newspaper, Flavorpill.com, Men’s Vogue, and Psychology Today;

And four new Jefferson young journalists: Katherine Bindley, who graduated from Georgetown University and was a regular contributor to The New York Times City section, as culture/style reporter; Laura Gottesdiener, who graduated from Yale University and was a staff writer for The Brooklyn Paper, as lifestyle reporter; Joy Resmovits, who graduated from Barnard College and has been at The Jewish Daily Forward since 2010, as education reporter; and Laura Stampler, who graduated from Stanford University and has written for The New Republic, The Nation, and The Miami Herald, as lifestyle reporter.

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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Details Thursday’s Layoffs

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong sent an email to staffers detailing the much-reported layoffs taking place Thursday. The full email appears after the jump, but highlights follow:

• Affected employees will be notified by 3 p.m. ET Thursday, followed by an all-employee call at 5 p.m.

• Nearly 200 people in the media and tech groups in the United States will be affected, along with nearly 700 in India, with some 300 of the latter transitioning to outsourcing partners.

• Assistance programs will be made available to affected employees.

• The concept of towns and mayors is being scrapped. Department editor positions will be created for each editorial department, and their partners will be the general managers (formerly mayors), who will continue to serve as CEOs.

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