There’s a ton of discussion being had about Reddit’s recent launch of Upvoted, the company’s new news site focused on adding more to…
After today, critics of news sharing site Reddit will have a more difficult time claiming the company is invested in the business…
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Don't ask him anything
Augmented reality startup Magic Leap has been maddeningly mum since it leapt into the public eye with nearly $600 million in funding…
Another bitcoin bust?
A company changing its project outline for a year isn’t surprising, nor is laying off staff — except when that project was…
Surprise: it's about mobile
Imgur just gave itself an early birthday present: One week before the popular image hosting service celebrates its sixth anniversary, it unveiled…
Peak Product Hunt?
Product Hunt’s happy hour starts in 20 minutes, and the line stretches far down the street. As I stroll through Geary, blocks from…
The empire LOLcats built
After more than eleven years running the anarchic online community he founded in his New York bedroom at the age of 15, Christopher “Moot” Poole says he is stepping aside from day-to-day management of the site
What is money anyway?
Back in September, Reddit announced a new $50 million round of funding, but what raised the eyebrows of many redditors and crypto-geeks…
Anchors, producers and DJs
Former NPR staffer and Twitter-based journalist Andy Carvin is launching a team of half a dozen social-media “anchor/producers” who will be embedded in various social platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit and use them as sources of journalism
Reddit’s CEO for the past three years, Yishan Wong, is out according to a new post by Y-Combinator head Sam Altman. Altman claims the resignation is the result of a dispute between Wong and the board about new office property and the budget for it.
A hashtag that started as a complaint about ethics in video-game journalism has spawned a movement aimed at attacking and harassing female journalists, developers and others — and the same fuel that allows positive social-media campaigns to go viral has fanned the flames of violence
Reddit’s plan to distribute its latest funding round: inventing a new cryptocurrency.
Reddit has closed a new financing round that values the online community at close to half a billion dollars — but will the money clash with the site’s commitment to freedom of speech and its tolerance of offensive behavior?
What happens when brands become media entities in their own right, with all the same tools for reaching readers or viewers? Journalists and traditional media outlets have to try harder to provide something valuable, or their audience will go elsewhere
Reddit has largely avoided the mobile space since its last attempt at a dedicated app failed in 2011, but now the site has launched an app focused on one of its most popular features, the Ask Me Anything interviews
Many journalists probably see Reddit as an internet sideshow filled with nerds discussing video games, but GM Erik Martin makes the point that it’s also a great way to find people who care about the stories journalists are writing about, and that’s a useful resource
This is neat: A new free Android app called Viddit makes it possible to beam videos found on Reddit straight to any…
Silicon Valley favorite Product Hunt is well on its way, with a fresh $1 million in its pocket, an array of famous seed investors, and brand new mobile app.
Three online communities have formed a partnership called DERP, aimed at helping academic researchers get access to data about their users — data that will be ethically acquired and open-sourced, the group says
Reddit is looking to monetize its community, but its somewhat anarchic approach makes it hard to cozy up to brands, so the site is focusing on the benefits of a real conversation with users
The attempt to use Reddit to drive traffic to its new online-gaming news destination worked wonders for CBSi’s website OnGamers, until the link-sharing community spotted what it calls vote manipulation and banned the site
A Reddit user received four nonfunctional pairs of Glass in the mail, each with a different titanium frame and different color of Glass, in what Google has confirmed to be a try-before-you-buy program.
Image sharing site Imgur has raised its first round of funding — $40 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz.
With the release of Verified Profiles, Quora is offering users a chance to ask questions to public figures in a town-hall style format.
Newsweek has identified a man it believes is the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, and published details about his personal life. How is this different from what Reddit users and others have been widely criticized for doing with the Boston bombers?
Reddit general manager Erik Martin says that while bad things happen on the site, the impressive thing is how infrequent they are, and how much good the site’s community achieves — and that’s part of the rationale behind the new live-reporting feature
Reddit is beta testing a new feature that allows users to create and update live blogs about breaking news events such as the recent uprising in Ukraine or the war in Syria — a move that could be a valuable addition to the cause of “open-source journalism”
Brave man: Bill Gates showed up on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Monday morning. Here are some takeaways.
Get ready for this: Reddit had 56 billion pageviews and 731 million unique visitors this year, according to a post published on the…
Real-time verification of breaking news increasingly involves the use of crowdsourcing and other social tools, and both Storyful and Reddit’s Syrian civil war forum are good examples of how to do it properly and effectively
Why has Bitcoin has soared from its $50 post-crash low in April to over $200? The rise could reflect increased mainstream interest in the currency that has brought a newfound state of stability. (Or it could be yet another bubble).
Thanks to its prominence as the go-to image sharing source on Reddit, Imgur now entertains millions of users with its millions of uploaded photos and GIFs.
Goodreads has started deleting some content from its site. Some of the site’s most passionate users are angry, but as Goodreads grows up it is going to face more challenges like this one.
When U.S. lawmakers and policy experts get tired of fighting ideological battles over the past, they might want to put a little effort into helping improve the country’s future. Here are four technology issues that could help improve the economy and outline Americans’ digital rights.
Goodreads has begun deleting book reviews that focus on a book’s author rather than on its content. Some users are crying censorship, but Goodreads will face more challenges like this as its membership grows.
This time, Reddit was the one that avoided naming the wrong suspect, while mainstream outlets bungled the story — but the bigger picture is that both traditional media and crowdsourced media have their strengths.
Here’s yet another way to consume Reddit: A new Roku channel makes it possible to check out photos posted to the site on your TV.
After a year of hype, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is abandoning his latest project, 0x10c. But the game may be saved in the hands of fans.
In one of Reddit’s regular “Ask Me Anything” interviews, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger talked about the paper’s business model, the difficulties of investigative journalism and what advice he would give journalism students.
While memes have been around since the Internet got big, new applications are making easier for regular folks to share inside jokes — and even maybe get their 15 minutes of fame.
A new study shows how factors such as where and when Redditors submit posts, as well as the language they use in their headlines, can have a significant effect on how much engagement the posts experience.
One of Reddit’s most controversial forums, /r/atheism, is in an uproar after moderators chose to begin enforcing rules. The result is an intensely entertaining war over Reddit’s own behavior.
The winner of the Publishing Hackathon will be chosen at BookExpo America on Friday afternoon, and I’ll be live blogging here starting at 3 PM ET.
Enjoy this re-broadcast of a star-studded panel from our recent paidContent LIVE show in New York.
While much of the attention during and after the Boston bombings focused on how one Reddit thread got things wrong, there were other important parts of the community that were doing good — and even doing something approaching journalism.
While both Twitter and Reddit have come under fire for distributing incorrect information about the Boston bombings, mainstream outlets have done so as well. In a real-time news environment, having more sources is ultimately better.
The media elite increasingly belongs to digital only entities. Look under the hood of some of these new power brokers, and you’ll see an unprecedented amount of ordinary people shaping the news.
The woman who raised questions about gender and discrimination in Silicon Valley with her lawsuit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins is now moving on to work at Reddit.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft,(s MSFT) took to Reddit and chatted about scores of issues. I found this one bit particularly interesting.…
The Huffington Post’s new Conversations feature rounds up individual discussions taking place within comment sections and gives them a webpage of their own. It’s an attempt to fix comment chaos and could be an ad goldmine for AOL.
Last week SpotHero announced a $2.5 million round. This week competitor and fellow Chicago parking outfit ParkWhiz announced its Series A. ParkWhiz started out selling parking spaces online for special events like the Super Bowl, but it’s expanded into day-to-day spot reservations.
In a recent “Ask Me Anything” interview with Reddit users, the Washington bureau chief for the New York Times had some refreshingly reasonable things to say about how the web has helped improve journalism, and how the practice of journalism will survive even if newspapers don’t.
Steven Huffman, who co-founded Reddit and then Hipmunk, used Google App Engine to teach novice programmers web development on Udacity. He is impressed with it as a real-life development platform. And Google really, really wants you to know that.
Once again Amazon has experienced significant problems at its big US East data center. The snafu has taken down Foursquare, Reddit, Heroku and other popular websites.
In addition to occasional acts of journalism, Reddit is also known for its less savory content, including a page featuring creepy photos of women taken without their permission — and the controversy over that kind of content says a lot about the nature of the community.
Can a virtual stock exchange for content curation, combined with Reddit-style voting, lead to better online video discovery? Turkey-based media curation startup Woisio thinks so, and it is trying to prove its theory with a private beta test of its new platform.
Career site Dice acquired tech media icon Slashdot in the hopes that its energetic commentators will provide a new well of content and insight useful to job seekers. Will it work?
For years Reddit has been used by journalists as a source of stories and ideas — but most outlets have preferred to keep their addiction quiet. Now, thanks in large part to President Obama, it doesn’t have to be their dirty little secret any more.
Reddit landed a personal appearance by the President of the United States on Wednesday when Barack Obama stopped by for one of the site’s “Ask Me Anything” interviews — an event that further adds to the web community’s reputation as an alternative source of journalism.
Critics of a Newsweek cover story by historian Niall Ferguson say the piece should never have been published because of the errors and flawed logic it contains. But isn’t it better if those kinds of mistakes are corrected in public view instead of behind closed doors?
As newspapers continue to lay off staff, one question is what will help to fill the gap that is left — where will that journalism come from? We’ve seen signs this week of one partial answer: amateur journalists making use of social media.
The way that communities like Reddit can come together to produce real-time reporting on incidents like the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater shows how a new form of journalism — one that blends traditional reporting and crowdsourced reports — is starting to take shape.
Comparing a traditional news story about a recent shooting with a news report from a Reddit user — who pulled together Twitter messages from the perpetrators and victims — provides a glimpse of what a real-time, crowdsourced newsroom of the future might look like.
Not that long ago, Digg was seen as one of the kingpins of the social web — BusinessWeek put founder Kevin Rose on the cover and said he was worth $60 million. Now, what’s left of Digg has been acquired by Betaworks for a reported $500,000.
The launch of a think tank to educate Congress about disruptive technologies is just one of several new efforts proposed by the Internet and startup community. Conversations between Silicon Valley and D.C. will no longer rely on big tech firms. The Internet can disrupt politics too,
Many media outlets still think of the story or the article as the atomic unit of journalism — but with so many competing sources of information and the real-time nature of the social web, is that still the case? And if not, what replaces it?
New research about how news is verified through Twitter and a crowdsourced debunking of some fake Wikipedia entries reinforce the point that social networks and online communities can be powerful tools for the real-time verification of events, something that used to take place behind closed doors.
In an attempt to come up with better laws on copyright, Reddit is crowdsourcing the creation of a Free Internet Act, while Public Knowledge is trying to introduce its own alternatives. But will crowdsourcing work, or will it just add to the chaos and confusion?
It’s clear that Pinterest is really hot, but a new study shows just how powerful the virtual pinboard company has become. Pinterest is now driving more referral traffic on the web than Google+, YouTube, Reddit, and LinkedIn combined, according to Shareaholic’s January 2012 Referral Traffic Report.
Members of New York’s tech community, a couple thousand strong, braved the winter chill and gathered outside the offices of New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to protest the PIPA and SOPA legislation Wednesday, calling it a potentially crippling set of bills.
The anti-SOPA and PIPA demonstrations don’t stop with site-wide blackouts planned for Wednesday by a number of web giants. People also have plans to meet up in real life and take the protest to the streets in cities such as San Francisco, New York and Seattle.
As the Cheezburger network joins Reddit and sites such as Wikipedia are considering a blackout on Jan. 18 in protest of Congress’ attempts to pass legislation to stop piracy, it’s becoming clear site owners believe an end to their chatter might matter.
You know things aren’t going well for a website when it has to come out and deny rumors that it’s traffic has fallen 50 percent over the las…
In a smart essay on the technical origins of today’s social networks, Pinboard founder Maciej Ceglowski explores the idea of why the social graph doesn’t work in the way we need — and explodes it in the process.
James Erwin had a writer’s dream come true when a story he wrote in response to a question on a Reddit forum was optioned by Warner Brothers for a movie. But who owns the rights to the idea that Erwin just sold to the studio?
The Daily Dot wants to be the “hometown newspaper for the Internet,” but how many of its stories about Reddit photos or YouTube videos will be of interest to anyone outside of those communities? And does the newspaper metaphor make any sense for an online-publishing venture?
Can we find clues about the future of news and journalism in the way a link-sharing site like Reddit operates? We just might be able to — and it’s a good reminder that the replacement for mainstream news media may look very different from what we expect.
Former Reddit Chief Architect Jeremy Edberg will be joining Netflix to lead a new team focused on cloud reliability. And the move couldn’t come soon enough, as Netflix suffered another period of downtime Sunday evening that left users with spotty service for up to eight hours.
The BBC is adding new ways for iPlayer viewers to share what they’re watching with their friends and social networks, with a new share button. In addition to standard networks like Facebook and Twitter, iPlayer users can now send videos to Delicious, Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon.
Opinion on Amazon Web Services recent outage remains somewhat divided: One side blames Amazon for its technical failings; the other holds the cloud giant’s customers responsible for their bad judgment. But the answer to where the primary responsibility lies is a little less black and white.
Last night, CollegeHumor President of Original Content Sam Reich spent his flight from NY to LA taking questions from Reddit, along the way revealing the site’s writing process, plans for follow-up videos, which traffic day is the worst, and what happened to the CollegeHumor grunt.
After a problem-plagued relaunch at Digg, thousands of users have been registering their displeasure with the new version of the site by voting up links from Digg competitor Reddit. By noon on Monday, nine out of the top 10 links on Digg were submitted from Reddit.
Reddit.com is turning an experimental fundraiser into a full-fledged subscription model. The Conde Nast site startled users earlier this mon…
Holiday spending has seen sales of Apple’s (s aapl) Magic Mouse soar. According to a report by NPD and covered today by…
Popular user-curated news and ephemera site Reddit today launched Reddit.TV for browsing videos shared on its site. The Reddit.TV interface is similar…
OneSpot, the two-year-old Austin, Texas, startup that aims to automate content syndication online, has raised $4.2 million from Silverback Silver Creek Ventures…
Sorry, couldn’t resist it…Thoof, the social news ranking site formed last year and which had $1 million in funding from Austin Ventures an…
PBS is partnering with social news service Reddit to pilot a television series called YourWeek that combines user-submitted video segments and in-studio…
Editor’s note: For the sake of accuracy, we have replaced the edited questions and answers with their unedited version (save for some…
WIRED Editor Chris Anderson, who is also author of the best-selling book, The Long Tail, recently published a blog post listing various…