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Jonathan Franzen's New Yorker Piece Hides Behind a Facebook Like Wall

Jonathan Franzen has a new piece in The New Yorker, but you'll have to become a fan of the magazine on Facebook if you want to read the whole thing. Taking its cue from the likes of Lil Wayne and Jennifer Lopez, The New Yorker has published Franzen's piece exclusively on its Facebook page in an effort to engage readers on the social network. The essay covers Franzen's trip to the island of...

Man Scams Condé Nast Out of $8 Million With a Single E-mail

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Condé Nast after a scammer named Andy Surface swindled the company out of $8 million. Posing as a rep from printing company Quad/Graphics Inc., Surface sent an electronic payment form to Condé Nast in early November, asking the company to wire future payments to his account in Texas. Condé complied, but...

The New Yorker for iPad: Finally, A Magazine Goes Digital and Stays True to Itself

Hey Condé Nast! Did someone hear our plaintive cries about your app ventures? Because we're happy to report that 'The New Yorker' iPad app, released today, resoundingly does not suck. Well, it's got some issues (of which the editors seem to be aware), but we'll save those for last. We were worried when we heard that The New Yorker was coming to iPad, because it's a medium that is simply...

YouTube Eyeing Pay-Per-View Service, Ben Huh Offers to Buy Reddit

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines.... According to a Financial Times report, Google has been in talks with major studios about a pay-per-view YouTube movie service. [From: Financial Times] Funny cat photo entrepreneur Ben Huh offered to purchase Reddit from Condé Nast following last week's Prop 19 ad brouhaha. [From: The Next Web] Foursquare just passed the 3...

Pot Smoking Comes to the Social Web, Neuroscience Battle Between The Atlantic and NYTimes

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. What was that media truism about everything that's fringe eventually moving toward the center? Perhaps we're too baked to remember. Which reminds us, there's now a...

Reddit Asks Users for Donations to Stay Afloat, Despite Success

Reddit needs help. And it's asking its readers to provide it. In a recent, doleful blog post, programmer Mike Schiraldi implored the Reddit community to donate resources to the site in an effort to ease the workload of the four engineers who work around the clock "just to keep things going." Even as its traffic has ballooned to about 280 million page views per month, the site continues to function...

Digital Mags Don't Let You Socialize, But Is That So Wrong?

We enjoy Nick Bilton as much as the next nerd, but why does the New York Times' tech columnist think that the main failure of digital magazines is their lack of social networking capabilities? Call us old fogeys, but back around the turn of the 19th century, when we were in our ramshackle grammar school barns on the outskirts of the Dust Bowl, the magazines we read didn't come with any sharing...

Gourmet Magazine Ripped From the Grave, Revived as iPad App

Ruth Reichl, nonpareil food writer and the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine, summed up our feelings when she wrote on her Twitter account this morning, "[They are] reviving the brand, not the magazine. Pity." "They" are Condé Nast, the publishing powerhouse that shuttered Gourmet last year after a drop in revenue, and the big boss that just announced the reincarnation of the...

'Lost' Gets Resurrected in 8-Bit, Wired iPad App Debuts

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In case you haven't already drowned in the sea that is the series finale of 'Lost' -- what with it's clever little parodies with Jimmy Kimmel, or Sarah Silverman's...

Vanity Fail: Why We Hated Condé Nast's New iPad Edition

Readers, we should've been prepared for disappointment. After expectations for the iPad had run so high that there was veritable anger from the tech world when the limitations of the device were announced, we should've known that we ought to lower the bar for Condé Nast's digital editions. The iPad version of Vanity Fair just debuted, and we spent a little hands-on time with the app, trying...

'Wired ReRead' Is a Time Machine of Geek Culture for Nerds

As postmodern society accelerates, we look back with greater and greater fervor. Nostalgia, not for decades past but for mere months back, informs us of who we are and whence we come. Reminiscence helps us to situate ourselves in history. But also, it helps us to make fun of ourselves! Danish tech fan Theis Søndergaard recently launched Wired ReRead after flipping through back issues of...

Conde Nast Pubs Coming to iPad, PlayStation Network Down

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Wired has already demonstrated a preview of its app for the iPad, and now several other prominent Conde Naste publications are preparing to make their own debuts on the Apple gadget. GQ, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker will reportedly all release iPad apps by the end of the summer. [From: The New York Times] There was a...

Grad Uses Facebook Ads to Search for a Magazine Job

We've covered the various ways in which Facebook can cost you a job, either getting you fired or keeping a potential employer from hiring you in the first place. While it's clear that social networks can hurt your employment opportunities, one recent grad wondered if it could help. Thomas Pardee, who graduated from Columbia College Chicago this December with a degree in journalism (one of the...

Details and GQ Get Digital Makeovers as Print Ad Sales Shrink

As Barnes & Noble launches its Nook e-reader today, we are reminded of how the popular aversion to paper and, of course, the recession have taken a tighter and tighter death-grip on the print industry. After the closure of Condé Nast Portfolio and more recently, Gourmet, the Condé Nast magazine empire seems to be making a bigger leap into the digital arena in an effort to stay...