• Vox, Buzzfeed Achieve Higher Regard With Obama Interviews
    The New York Times thinks it pretty remarkable that Vox and Buzzfeed can now line up interviews with the President of United States. “The interviews are the latest indication that Vox and BuzzFeed News have emerged as serious news organizations,” NYT writes of the digital upstarts. Qualifying its admiration, however, the paper of record suggests that both Vox and Buzzfeed are benefiting from the Obama Administration’s looser millennial-targeted media strategy.    
  • Mattel, Google Partner On Mystery Project
    Mattel and Google are working on something big. Next week, the toy maker and the search giant are hosting an event where they promise to unveil said thing. “The [event] invitation, sporting the tagline ‘view what’s possible,’ includes reference to what looks to be a reel from the old View-Master toy from the mid-1900s,” 9To5Google reports. Beyond that, the world will have to wait until February 13 to find out what the partners are working on.
  • California Jury Convicts Revenge Porn King
    Setting a national precedent, a California jury has convicted the operator of a revenge porn Web site. “The operator, Kevin Bollaert, was found guilty in a San Diego court last night on 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion for his operation of the website UGotPosted, which was active during 2012 and 2013,” reports The Verge. Ideally, the decision will inspire similarly depraved actors to steer clear of the Web — and maybe even reconsider their purpose in life. 
  • Yahoo Cutting Small Business Unit Loose
    Yahoo’s Small Business unit -- which sells tools to help small business owners market and sell their goods online -- is being broken off from the company. The decision is apparently tied to Yahoo’s plan to spin off its shares of Alibaba. As The Wall Street Journal reports: “The real purpose of the spin-out is to unlock the value of those shares and save investors billions of dollars on taxes, [and] Yahoo was also required to jettison a part of its operating business so that, at least for tax purposes, the new entity includes an ‘active trade or business.’” 
  • Alibaba Testing Drone Delivery Service
    Beating Amazon to the punch, Chinese tech giant Alibaba is testing a drone delivery service, Tech In Asia reports. “Alibaba’s major online marketplace Taobao has partnered with Shanghai YTO Express to run a test program,” it writes. “450 customers will get the chance to have their goods delivered by drone.” Stateside, Amazon has detailed its plans for an ambitious drone delivery service, but the ecommerce giant faces major obstacles, including resistance from the Federal Aviation Administration. 
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