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4/10/2017: White House on edge as 100-day judgment nears

“One hundred days is the marker, and we’ve got essentially two-and-a-half weeks to turn everything around,” said one White House official. “This is going to be a monumental task.”

3/26/2017: White House blame game intensifies as Trump agenda stalls

The ever-present focus on Priebus was on full display during a communications office meeting last month. Press secretary Sean Spicer, a Priebus lieutenant, became so visibly upset over a story about the chief of staff that some were startled by his reaction, according to a person familiar with the matter. (Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, denied that happened, and dismissed the notion that the press office had taken extra steps to protect Priebus.)

2/26/2017: Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown

Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room.

Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as “an emergency meeting,” staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check,” to prove they had nothing to hide.

1/31/2017: White House ices out CNN

The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.

“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.

A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.

“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.

1/22/2017: Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits

One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.

12/27/2016: ‘Profitable’ Washington Post adding more than five dozen journalists

Still, according to sources, we can figure that the Post newsroom will grow by more than 60 jobs — or 8 percent — an astounding number in this day and age. Such contrarian additions, of course, come at a time when newsroom staff reductions are the rule across daily journalism.

10/28/2016: The moments Pence’s plane flirted with disaster

POLITICO spoke with six people who were aboard the plane, granting anonymity in some cases so they could speak candidly.

10/8/2016: RNC lawyers look at options for replacing Trump

The Republican National Committee is taking the weekend to reevaluate its strategy while lawyers examine the legal hurdles to replacing Donald Trump with another nominee, according to Republicans in touch with the committee.

6/18/2016: Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it’s done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

6/17/2016: Trump’s performance raises hard question: Who’d want to be his VP?

Ironically, the presumptive nominee’s own toxicity is making the job of finding a vice presidential nominee that much easier, because the short list is so short. Multiple high-level Republican sources said it is topped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions a distant third and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin also in the mix.

5/31/2016: Shady accounting underpins Trump’s wealth

“I know Donald, I’ve known him a long time, and it gets under his skin if you start writing about the reasons he won’t disclose his returns,” said one prominent hedge fund manager who declined to be identified by name so as not to draw Trump’s ire. “You would see that he doesn’t have the money that he claims to have and he’s not paying much of anything in taxes.”

Another source is identified as “another ultra-high net worth individual who also reviewed the filings and declined to be identified by name to avoid Trump’s wrath.”

5/25/2016: Where the Obamas are living in D.C. after the White House

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lease the 8,200-square-foot mansion owned by Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray after the first family leaves the White House in January, sources told POLITICO Playbook on Wednesday.

5/19/2016: Manafort to GOP aides: Trump’s ‘behavior can be changed’

Donald Trump’s newly empowered chief strategist sought to convince top GOP congressional officials on Capitol Hill that Trump can compete for the Latino vote, exploit Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses and become a Reagan-esque figure in the party, according to attendees and sources familiar with the meeting.

4/20/2016: Treasury’s Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce a decision to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and put leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote on the back of the bill, sources tell POLITICO.

Treasury will also announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.

4/9/2016: Political ‘Hunger Games’ roils Trump’s inner circle

Donald Trump’s campaign overhaul has inflamed an internecine struggle among three of his closest advisors, creating an atmosphere that multiple sources likened to a political “Hunger Games.”

According to interviews with more than a dozen people on or close to the campaign, staffers are increasingly dividing themselves into competing factions aligned with Trump’s three top officials …

Few named sources in this piece.

4/5/2015: Trump campaign in disarray

“Presidential campaigns are a team sport, and he doesn’t have that mentality,” one high-level GOP operative said. “That’s why they’re missing a lot of these opportunities that are passing them by. [Trump] might be a great quarterback, but every quarterback still needs a strong offensive line.”

3/21/2016: Marco Rubio rejected ‘unity ticket’ with Ted Cruz

It’s unclear whether Cruz’s campaign brass views a partnership with Rubio as realistic or quixotic. In Rubio’s orbit, according to three sources, it’s seen as an outright nonstarter — with Rubio telling his team he isn’t interested.

1/10/2016: Gabby Giffords to endorse Clinton amid gun feud with Sanders

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords will endorse Hillary Clinton, a person familiar with her plans confirmed.

8/14/2015: Joe Biden strategy for White House run taking shape

With his blessing, confidants to Vice President Joe Biden have begun strategizing about travel to early primary states and identified potential donors who could bankroll a campaign even as he remains undecided about whether to pull the trigger on a late-entry 2016 run for president.

The moves are a sign that after months of speculation, Biden is taking a few significant if small steps toward a presidential campaign, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Status: Unverified

8/8/2015: Roger Stone quit, wasn’t fired by Donald Trump in campaign shakeup

Donald Trump made the surprising announcement Saturday afternoon that he was firing his top adviser, Roger Stone, but, hours before that, the political consultant’s friends told POLITICO that he was actually quitting.

Status: Unverified

6/28/2015: John Kasich to announce presidential bid July 21

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will jump into the crowded Republican presidential field on July 21 at the student union at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, in Columbus, advisers tell POLITICO.

Status: We’ll find out on July 21.

6/23/2015: Chris Christie to announce 2016 bid as early as next week

Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.

Status: We might find out next week.

6/9/2015: Behind the Jeb Bush campaign shake-up

“The leading cause of professional death in the Jeb Bush entourage is Sally’s inability to control you,” said a political operative who has worked with Bradshaw in the past. “But she is fiercely loyal to Jeb, the point of the spear, no nonsense.”

The changes at the top weren’t the only recent personnel moves. Matt Lira, a former National Republican Senatorial Committee official and one of the party’s top digital strategists, decided to depart recently under unclear circumstances. Lira, according to a source, felt that the Bush campaign was too focused on TV advertising and not enough on building a digital presence – which is what he’d planned to do. Bush’s team would only say that Lira had done some work for the political team, but it wouldn’t say what that was or why he left.

As in any campaign reshuffling, there are conflicting accounts about the level of squabbling and back-stabbing that took place, but most sources familiar with the campaign’s inner workings agreed that both Kochel and Bradshaw had different personalities that sometimes didn’t mix.

Status: Unverified

4/30/2015: Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

One major donor who contributed at least $500,000 to the foundation last year said a 2015 donation is less likely because of revelations about sloppy record-keeping and huge payments for travel and administrative costs.

“There are a lot of factors and the reputational is among them,” said the donor, who did not want to be identified discussing philanthropic plans that have not been finalized. “We had some questions about how the money was being spent — and that was long before the problems were in the press.”

Status: Unverified

4/20/2015: New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

Some Times reporters view the agreement as unusual, sources there said.

Status: Several unnamed sources in this story.

4/7/2015: Obama holds private meeting with journalists on Iran

President Barack Obama held a private meeting with reporters and liberal columnists at the White House on Monday to discuss the administration’s Iran policy, sources with knowledge of the meeting told the On Media blog.

Status: Unverified

4/6/2015: Rand Paul and the media: No love story

“He still has pretty thin skin when things get tough,” one reporter who has covered Paul for years and asked to speak on background said. “He doesn’t hide his displeasure and anger very well and that can do you in. He’s probably overly sensitive to some of the coverage.”

Another reporter for a major national paper wondered whether Paul, an ophthalmologist, suffers from what a lot of doctors experience, “a sense of never being questioned in their professional lives.”

Status: Unverified opinion/speculation

3/23/2015: Hillary turns down invite to secretive donor meeting

But other sources with knowledge of the plan characterize it as more aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the dream presidential candidate for many Democracy Alliance members, than with Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. And for some liberals, it foreshadows an emerging rift that could hamper efforts up and down the ballot in 2016, and possibly lay the groundwork for a liberal version of the tea party, resulting in years of factionalism.

Sources say the club invited former Secretary of State Clinton to speak behind closed doors at the San Francisco meeting, which runs April 12-15 at the Four Seasons hotel. She declined, citing a scheduling conflict — perhaps not surprising, given that she’s expected to launch her presidential campaign around that time. Sources say the group might ask her to record a video message, but Clinton’s office had no knowledge of such plans.

Status: Unverified

3/18/2015: Hillary Clinton’s personal BlackBerry less secure

Some of the security deficit for Clinton’s BlackBerry can be attributed to predictable differences between an enterprise security system managed by a staff of IT professionals and a homebrew system like Clinton’s, administered by an individual or a small staff, people familiar with BlackBerry enterprise security told POLITICO.

Status: Unverified

3/9/2015: Feds interviewed Harry Reid for Robert Menendez probe

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid voluntarily interviewed with Justice Department lawyers and FBI agents a year ago as they were investigating Sen. Robert Menendez for possible corruption, according to sources familiar with the matter.

There is no indication that authorities believe Reid acted improperly or that he might be ensnared in the case: He hasn’t met with investigators since he spoke with them in the spring of 2014, or appeared before a grand jury looking into the allegations against Menendez, the sources said.

Status: Unverified

2/8/2015: The Brian Williams plan: Wait and hope

The plan was an effort to buy time for NBC, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Status: Unverified

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2/6/2015: Zimbabwe planning to boost its sales of baby elephants

More than 80 young elephants are being held in a capture facility in Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, according to sources monitoring the situation there. The sources report hearing of plans to send 27 elephants to Thailand as soon as this weekend, and 60 to China next week. It is also possible, the sources say, that these exports will be delayed.

Status: Unverified

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7/7/2016: Twitter Moments fails to gain traction with advertisers

“A lot of the media spend Twitter used to be getting is going to Snapchat,” said one digital ad executive.

2/4/15: How top publishers are using Snapchat

“I can’t tell you what the numbers are, but they’re fucking incredible,” said one publishing executive, requesting anonymity.

Tracking Recode anonymous sourcing

10/3/2017: Twitter and Facebook haven’t stopped Russia-backed RT from advertising on their websites

In a meeting with House and Senate investigators last week, Twitter executives shared more than 1,800 promoted tweets from Russia Today, known as RT, and its three main accounts on the site. Some of the ads, valued in total at about $274,000, sought to promote RT’s own stories, including those that sharply attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Twitter’s decision to share that information with Congress followed a report by the U.S. government’s top intelligence agencies, which slammed RT in January as the “Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet.” Despite those concerns, though, the news network’s three Twitter accounts — @RT_com, @RT_America and @ActualidadRT — remain fully operational. And Twitter has not banned RT from advertising, according to a source familiar with the matter.

8/16/2016: Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million

Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media.

The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million for the bankrupt blog network, according to a person familiar with the deal.

8/9/2016: Intel is paying more than $400 million to buy deep-learning startup Nervana Systems

Intel is snapping up deep learning startup Nervana Systems in a huge bet that artificial intelligence represents the next big shift inside corporate data centers.

The chip giant isn’t actually saying how much it is paying, but a source with knowledge of the deal said it is valued at around $408 million.

6/22/2016: Twitter wants to sell its NFL ad spots for more than $50 million

These ads packages — which combine the ad inventory Twitter has around NFL highlights that it also sold last year, plus the NFL game footage it bought this year — are selling between $2 million and $8 million per advertiser, according to a person familiar with the deals. That range depends on the number of ads and whether or not they are shown during a game versus alongside other NFL content (more on that below).

6/14/2016: Twitter has invested in music streaming service SoundCloud

Two years ago Twitter thought about buying SoundCloud, but ended up walking away from the music service.

Now Twitter has bought a piece of SoundCloud instead.

Twitter has invested around $70 million in the music service, as part of a round that should end up in the $100 million-range, according to sources familiar with the deal. The round is expected to value SoundCloud at about $700 million — the same value that investors placed on the company in 2014, when it raised $60 million; since then it has also raised a debt round.

4/24/2016: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ comes to iTunes tonight

Last night Beyoncé debuted “Lemonade” via an HBO special, then began streaming the album exclusively via Tidal.

But if you can wait a few hours, you’ll be able to get “Lemonade” on iTunes. The album, including the accompanying videos that Beyoncé debuted on Saturday, will be on sale via Apple’s download store at midnight ET, according to a person familiar with the release plans.

4/6/2016: It’s Not Just Celebrities — Facebook Is Paying Media Companies to Make Live Video, Too

Sources say Facebook is paying the New York Times, BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post, among other publishers.

1/24/2016: Big Exec Departures at Twitter: Media Head Stanton and Product Head Weil Leaving

In a major executive upheaval, two of Twitter’s top executives — media head Katie Jacobs Stanton and product head Kevin Weil — are departing the company, according to sources close to the situation.

Also see this: Also Out at Twitter: Engineering Head Roetter (and More to Come)
And this: Another Twitter Goodbye: Vine Head Jason Toff

11/12/2015: Snapchat Signs Another Publisher: The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is going after a new audience. So, apparently, is Snapchat.

The Journal will soon be joining Snapchat’s group of Discover publishers, according to multiple sources, the first major business publication to join Snapchat since it first launched Discover back in January. It’s unclear exactly when the Journal is set to launch its channel, but the deal is done, these people say. Both Snapchat and the Journal declined to comment.

10/9/2015: Twitter Is Planning Company-Wide Layoffs for Next Week

Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of Twitter on Monday, and a big reason he got the job was that as a co-founder, Dorsey isn’t afraid to make the tough, necessary decisions. He isn’t wasting much time.

Twitter is planning company-wide layoffs next week, according to multiple sources. It’s unclear how much of the staff will be culled, but insiders say it will likely affect most, if not all, departments.

9/30/2015: Jack Dorsey to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO

Jack is back — for good this time.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources. Dorsey will apparently continue to run Square, the payments company he founded where he’s also CEO.

9/29/2015: Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit

Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit, according to multiple people familiar with the company’s plans.

9/21/2015: Axel Springer wants to buy Business Insider for around $560 million

German publishing giant Axel Springer is closing in on a deal to buy Business Insider, in a deal that would value the Web publisher at around $560 million.

Sources familiar with the two companies think a transaction could close within weeks.

6/11/2015: Twitter employees ‘shocked,’ saddened by Dick Costolo’s departure

“Employees were definitely shocked,” one Twitter employee told Re/code. “He’s loved by all so I think there’s sadness all around.”

Status: Unverified

5/25/2015: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard

Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion.

Those discussions, which have been pushed by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, have been taking place since the beginning of the year, said sources, as the social communications giant has faced increasing pressure from Wall Street to grow its audience and innovate its products. But despite a flurry of activity more recently, sources said these talks between Twitter and Flipboard — who are partners on a number of different fronts — seem to be currently stalled.

Status: Unverified

5/20/2015: Stripe to land $5 billion valuation in new investment

In Silicon Valley, the rich keeping get richer.

Stripe, the online payments company, is in talks to raise new investment dollars at around a $5 billion valuation, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The exact amount of the investment could not be learned. The talks come less than seven months after the San Francisco-based company announced a $70 million investment that valued it at $3.5 billion. Stripe has raised $190 million in total in previous financing rounds.

A Stripe spokeswoman declined to comment.

Status: Unverified

4/20/2015: Nokia plots 2016 return to phone market

As early as next year, the company aims to rejoin the phone market, two sources briefed on Nokia’s plans told Re/code. In addition, the company has a number of other ambitious technology projects, including some in the virtual reality arena, these sources said.

Status: Nokia statement: “Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.”

4/15/2015: Jawbone to launch payments wearable with Amex, as it closes a $300M investment round

And, according to sources, Jawbone has also completed a new round of funding, raising $300 million from investment giant BlackRock. While the company declined to comment on the new money, sources said that it will value the company at about $3 billion.

Status: Unverified

4/15/2015: Sources say Yahoo, Foursquare are not in talks

Yahoo is not in talks to buy local recommendations service Foursquare, according to multiple people familiar with the companies. Earlier today TechCrunch reported a possible deal and floated a $900 million price tag.

Status: Unverified

4/13/2015: Snapchat is no longer selling its original ad unit, Brand Stories

Snapchat is making a few tweaks to its six-month-old ad business.

The company has stopped selling Brand Stories, the first type of ad it released last fall, according to multiple people familiar with the move. Brand Stories are the equivalent of sponsored stories, allowing a marketer to share photos and video content with users that aren’t following them; it debuted in October with Universal Studios, which ran a trailer for its upcoming film “Ouija.”

Status: Unverified

3/31/2015: Andreessen Horowitz invests another $52 million in Tanium at $1.75 billion valuation

Sources familiar with the terms of the deal tell Re/code that the investment values Tanium at $1.75 billion. That’s up from $900 million when Tanium raised $90 million from Andreessen last year.

Status: Unverified

3/24/2015: Google working on project to let you receive and pay bills directly inside Gmail

Google’s mission to organize the world’s information is now targeting your physical mailbox.

The company is currently working on a project that will allow Gmail users to more easily receive bills in their email inbox instead of their mailbox. Called Pony Express, the service also is designed to let people pay their bills within Gmail, rather than having to go to a telecom or utility company’s website to complete a payment.

Those details are outlined in a lengthy document viewed by Re/code. The new service is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter, according to the document. It’s not clear whether Pony Express is a code name or one that’ll be used if it comes to market. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

Status: Unverified

2/4/2015: Apple is talking to TV programmers about its own web TV service

Industry executives say Apple is in talks with TV programmers about deals that would allow Apple to offer an “over the top” pay TV, service, like the one Dish has started selling with its Sling TV product, and the one Sony is getting ready to launch.

Status: Still unverified

1/30/2015: Could activist investors take aim at Twitter’s Costolo?

Why all the noisy support? Perhaps, said many sources with knowledge of the situation, growing worries about potential attacks from activist shareholders. Thus, a goal to try to shut down the conversation around Costolo’s efficacy.

Status: Still unverified  

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8/8/2016: Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid

Key players in GOP’s anti-Trump movement are preparing to launch an independent presidential campaign for Evan McMullin — a CIA veteran and the chief policy director of the House Republican conference — sources close to the effort told BuzzFeed News.

6/30/2016: Donald Trump Listened In On Phone Lines At Mar-A-Lago

At Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort he runs as a club for paying guests and celebrities, Donald Trump had a telephone console installed in his bedroom that acted like a switchboard, connecting to every phone extension on the estate, according to six former workers. Several of them said he used that console to eavesdrop on calls involving staff.

6/26/2016: Nicola Sturgeon Says Scotland Could Veto Brexit


However, two senior Scottish government sources backed up Sturgeon’s comments, with one saying: “Sarah has the wrong end of the stick. We think [Brexit] requires LCM [the Scottish government’s consent] and we obviously wouldn’t vote for something that removed Scotland from the EU – but that would be for Scotland, not to block England.

“It would be up for Westminster how they handle that.”

5/25/2016: Twitter Disbands Commerce Team, Ceases Product Development On “Buy” Button

“People are not buying on social media right now. They are still buying, for the most part, on mobile web,” a source familiar with Twitter’s commerce team’s inner workings told BuzzFeed News. “There’s still an active ‘Buy Now’ card at Twitter, but no one’s putting any work into it. There’s no new product development happening.”

3/18/2016: How Donald Trump Bent Television To His Will

Two network sources also confirmed the unprecedented control the television networks have surrendered to Trump in a series of private negotiations, allowing him to dictate specific details about placement of cameras at his event, to ensure coverage consists primarily of a single shot of his face.

2/5/2016: Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week

Say hello to a brand new Twitter. The company is planning to introduce an algorithmic timeline as soon as next week, BuzzFeed News has learned.

No source = anonymous source

7/30/2015: Apple will debut new Apple TV in September

Now, as Apple heads toward its annual fall event, the successor to its superannuated set-top box is once again top of mind and at last headed to market — and for real this time.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that the company intends to announce its next-generation Apple TV in September, at the same event at which it typically unveils its new iPhones.

Status: Unverified

5/20/2015: After sanctions, Cisco altered sales records in Russia

After Western sanctions began shutting down sales of high-tech internet equipment to Russia’s military and security forces, employees at technology giant Cisco Systems Inc. altered sales records and booked deals under a false customer name, according to internal company documents. The intent, according to a confidential source with deep knowledge of Cisco’s Moscow operations, was to dodge the sanctions by masking the true customers behind more innocuous-sounding straw buyers.

In at least one case, the source said, Cisco employees succeeded in actually providing equipment — including sophisticated internet switches — to the feared FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

Status: Unverified

5/20/2015: Clinton super PAC executive director exits amid shake-up

Buffy Wicks, a leading Democratic operative and former senior aide to Barack Obama, will leave her post as executive director of Priorities USA Action, the super PAC working to raise millions in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Wicks, now in the process of arranging her exit from Priorities, is expected to stay inside the larger Clinton operation, three sources familiar with the move said.

Status: Confirmed by “a Clinton aide.”

5/8/2015: Searching for signs of life at TechCrunch Disrupt

The fear also keeps people from criticizing Disrupt itself, at least not on the record. When I asked what he thought of Disrupt’s spectacle, one entrepreneur, well-schooled in reporter-speak, gave me two answers: one on the record, the other on background, without attribution.

On the record: “Great for New York. Great for the startup scene. TechCrunch is great and it’s good coverage for startups. You see great startups and others that aren’t so impressive. Like copycats. But all of a sudden you’ll get some real major ones. It’s not Silicon Valley but it’s got huge attendance. It’s a step forward.”

On background: “You see a lot of startups here that are launching at Disrupt and they’re not even funded. And to spend money on this — I just don’t think it’s the wisest thing. Again, with investors walking by — there are a hundred booths there. He’s walking by. How do you capture the attention? There are very few people who get to captivate the interest of investors. Betting on that off-chance is not a smart decision.”

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015: Clinton staffers meet with diversity hiring group

Top staffers for Hillary Clinton met with members of Inclusv, a diversity hiring effort campaign, in New York on Wednesday to discuss hiring for a wide range of positions in the expected Clinton campaign, sources familiar with the meeting confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Status: Unverified

4/5/2015: New Apple TV will not support 4K video streaming

When Apple’s next-generation Apple TV finally arrives at market later this year, it will bring a groaning board of new features to the company’s dusty set-top box — as BuzzFeed News first reported. But it will lack one that some Apple watchers had presumed inevitable: 4K video capability.

Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that the 4th generation Apple TV will not support 4K video — a newer high-definition video resolution that delivers a more detailed, immersive picture. “4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source familiar with Apple’s thinking.

Status: Unverified

3/29/2015: Harry Reid’s big, complicated Latino legacy won’t end when his career does

Two sources with knowledge of Reid’s plans told BuzzFeed News that even if Reid’s actual retirement was a surprise, his interest in an eventual Cortez Masto candidacy was not. “They really want her in the race, they feel strongly they think she can win. It’s her decision to make but they completely and utterly support her,” one said.

“[Reid] really likes her,” another added. “He has considered her for a long time, she’s a smart individual and somebody that can carry his legacy.”

Status: Unverified

3/23/2015: Latino activists sign on to draft Warren letter calling for contested Democratic primary

Sources with knowledge of outreach by MoveOn.org said other Latino organizations have been approached and are mulling joining the effort, with the announcement of another Latino leader in the pipeline soon.

Status: Unverified

3/20/2015: Here comes the long awaited new Apple TV

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the subscription internet TV service Apple’s been trying to get off the ground since 2009 appears to be finally headed to market. And now sources familiar with the company’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that a successor to its dusty and recently discounted Apple TV set top box is headed to market as well. Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June along with a long-awaited App Store and a software development kit to help developers populate it.

Status: Unverified

1/30/2015: Ready For Hillary Ramps Up Its Outreach To Faith Leaders

It went much better than another recent meeting between Democratic leadership and black clergy, sources say.

At least three unnamed sources in this story.

Status: Still unverified  

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4/18/2017: Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone’s 10th Anniversary

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said.

1/18/2017: This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page

Typically, a handful of Facebook employees manage communications just for him, helping write his posts and speeches, while an additional dozen or so delete harassing comments and spam on his page, say two people familiar with the matter.

10/26/2016: Snapchat Seeks to Raise as Much as $4 Billion in IPO

Snapchat will seek to raise as much as $4 billion in its planned initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

10/17/2016: How Apple Scaled Back Its Titanic Plan to Take on Detroit

Apple Inc. has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, according to people familiar with the project.

Hundreds of members of the car team, which comprises about 1,000 people, have been reassigned, let go, or have left of their own volition in recent months, the people said, asking not to be identified because the moves aren’t public.

10/5/2016: Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter

A few days before Twitter’s Sept. 8 board meeting, as the company’s finance team readied a presentation, it received conflicting directions on a crucial question. Should their slides reflect Twitter’s prospects as an independent company or delve into the benefits of getting acquired?

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive officer, argued that the 10-year-old company should remain on its current course and work to capitalize on recent product improvements and success in streaming live video, people familiar with the discussions said. Ev Williams, a former CEO who has a history of clashing with Dorsey, was in favor of exploring a sale. Other directors agreed they had a fiduciary duty to consider that option. The board ultimately decided to consider takeover prospects after getting an expression of interest from a potential acquirer, which led it to hire Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co. to evaluate possible bids.

8/21/2016: Pfizer Said Close to $14 Billion Deal to Acquire Medivation

Pfizer Inc. is close to an agreement to buy Medivation Inc. for about $14 billion, people familiar with the situation said.

The deal may be announced as early as Monday, said the people, who asked not to be identified. The biotech company’s shares closed at $67.16 on Friday, giving it a market value of $11.1 billion.

8/18/2016: Apple Hits Roadblocks in Cutting Watch Ties to iPhone

Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking.

The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based location tracking, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

7/28/2016: Apple Hires BlackBerry Talent With Car Project Turning to Self-Driving Software

Apple Inc. has hired the former head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s automotive software division as new leadership at the iPhone-maker’s car team places increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology, according to people familiar with the project.

7/22/2016: Trump Would Fund Super-PACs Aimed at Taking Down Cruz, Kasich

Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, a source familiar with Trump’s thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

6/30/2016: Disney Said in $3.5 Billion Deal for MLB’s Online Video Arm

Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Disney, the owner of ESPN and ABC, will retain a four-year option to buy an additional 33 percent stake in the digital arm of Major League Baseball, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. WME-IMG, the parent of William Morris Endeavor and the owner of media properties including the Miami Open tennis tournament, was among the bidders for a stake in the business, the person said.

6/2/2016: Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Usage

Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users.

Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak about the numbers.

5/16/2016: Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

5/10/2016: Sports Authority Reorganization Hopes Fade as Bid Deadline Looms

Sports Authority Inc.’s hopes to avoid liquidation are fading.

With bids for Sports Authority’s assets and leases due Wednesday, Modell’s Sporting Goods Inc. has backed away from a potential deal for the chain that would have kept some of the stores operating under their current name, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

New York-based Modell’s, the only potential buyer to express interest in keeping the Sports Authority brand going, had been in talks with the company and its creditors for weeks, said the people, asking not to be named because the negotiations are private. It walked away because the two sides couldn’t agree on a price, the people said.

5/4/2016: Apple to Revamp Streaming Music Service After Mixed Reviews, Departures

Apple Inc. is planning sweeping changes to its year-old music streaming service after the first iteration of the product was met with tepid reviews and several executives brought in to revive the company’s music strategy departed.

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said. The reboot is expected to be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The changes will be accompanied by a marketing blitz to lure more customers to the $10-per-month streaming service. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

4/26/2016: The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo

Bezos declined an interview request to discuss the speaker’s development, but 10 current and former Amazon employees agreed to talk, mostly on the condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been authorized to do so by the company. This is the story of what they built.

4/21/2016: Univision Said Eyeing Second Half of Year for $1 Billion IPO

Univision Holdings Inc., the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., is aiming for the second half of the year for its initial public offering that could raise as much as $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The New York-based company is waiting for better market conditions to sell its shares to the public, the people said, asking not to be named because the discussions are private. No final decision has been made on the timing of the deal, the people said.

4/7/2016: Verizon to Proceed With Yahoo Bid, Google Weighs Offer

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google, the main division of Alphabet Inc., is also considering bidding for Yahoo’s core business, a separate person said.

3/23/2016: Murdoch May Get Boost in Australia TV Battle With Netflix

A plan by billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to gain control of Australia’s largest pay-television provider would give the company a freer hand to accelerate price cuts and buy new shows to compete with Netflix Inc.

News Corp. and Telstra Corp., the joint owners of pay-television service Foxtel, are considering a deal that would reduce Telstra’s stake in the venture and take News Corp.’s to 51 percent, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

9/2/2015: Twitter CEO search gains urgency as stock slips, executives exit

Pressure on Twitter Inc.’s board is mounting.

In the three months since the company started searching for a new chief executive officer, the stock has slipped 22 percent and several product executives have left. A leading internal candidate, according to people close to the board, is interim leader and co-founder Jack Dorsey — who’s already CEO at a company on the verge of an initial public offering.

Twitter’s board meets Thursday and plans to discuss the results from the search so far, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. Investors are getting impatient for directors to make a decision, or at least give a detailed update on the process, said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

7/24/2015: Square said to file confidentially for initial public offering

Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., filed confidentially for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

7/21/2015: Apple iPhone shipments, revenue forecast miss estimates

Apple is working on a new larger-screened version of the iPad that could appeal to corporate customers looking to use the device as a replacement for a laptop computer, people familiar with the plans have said.

Status: Unverified

7/7/2015: Ferrari said to pick UBS to manage New York Stock listing

Ferrari SpA, the supercar maker being spun off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, picked UBS Group AG to help manage its initial public offering in New York later this year, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/26/2015: Apple suppliers start making iPhones with Force Touch

Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/22/2015: NYC’s de Blasio said to reach deal with council for more police

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are close to agreeing on a $78 billion budget that would increase the number of police officers while suppressing overtime costs, said two people familiar with the talks.

While an exact number hasn’t been determined, it will be fewer than the 1,000 new officers that council members have sought, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly because the negotiations are continuing. An agreement could be announced as early as Monday or Tuesday night, they said.

Status: Now confirmed

5/18/2015: Jawbone gets a loan and a leash

Jawbone, the San Francisco maker of wearable technology, recently got a hefty $300 million investment from BlackRock, the largest and one of the most trusted asset management companies in the world.

But the investment wasn’t a $300 million cash infusion, I learned recently. According to documents filed in California and to people close to the deal, BlackRock is giving Jawbone, which makes speakers, Bluetooth headsets and fitness trackers, a $300 million loan.

Status: Unverified

5/12/2015: Charter still in active talks to buy Bright House Networks

Charter Communications Inc. continues to work on a takeover of Bright House Networks LLC, seeing the deal as a precursor to a bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

The companies are in active discussions to reach a new deal, the people said, during an exclusivity period that lasts through most of May. The talks may continue even after that exclusivity ends, the people said.

Status: Somewhat verified

5/6/2015: Greek banks are having trouble trading foreign currencies

Greek banks are increasingly being hampered from trading currencies, one of most liquid markets, as international dealers cut back credit lines and costs soar, according to people with knowledge of the trades.

Status: Unverified

4/30/2015: Avon profit misses estimates as North American sales suffer

Unit sales in the region plunged 25 percent last quarter, worse than any other location. Avon has been considering a sale of the business or some other deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: Salesforce said to work with bankers to field inquiries

Salesforce.com Inc. is working with financial advisers to help it field takeover offers after being approached by a potential acquirer, people with knowledge of the matter said.

There is no certainty any deal will transpire, the people said, asking not to be named because the information is private. The people didn’t identify potential acquirers. Bankers may help rebuff any suitor or work out an eventual sale, one of the people said.

Status: Unverified

4/24/2015: Charter advisers said to contact Time Warner Cable for talks

Advisers for Charter Communications Inc. have reached out to Time Warner Cable Inc. to begin friendly talks on an acquisition after Comcast Corp. withdrew its bid for the company, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Somewhat verified

4/23/2015: Comcast plans to drop Time Warner Cable deal

Comcast Corp. is planning to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, after regulators planned to oppose the deal.

Status: Verified

4/20/2015: Elon Musk had a deal to sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Earlier in 2013 the company was struggling to turn preorders of its vehicles into actual sales. As Musk put his staff on crisis footing to save Tesla, he also began negotiating a deal to sell the company to Google through his friend Larry Page, the search giant’s co-founder and chief executive officer, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes and Google spokeswoman Rachel Whetstone declined to comment. “I don’t want to speculate on rumors,” Page said when I asked him if Google had considered buying Tesla, adding that a “car company is pretty far from what Google knows.”

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015: Altera rejects Intel’s buyout offer of about $54 a share

Altera Corp. rejected an offer of about $54 a share from Intel Corp., breaking off talks to be acquired by the world’s largest chipmaker, people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

Status: Unverified

4/2/2015: I want my Snapchat TV

Five days before the March 25 broadcast premiere of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, a new Comedy Central show produced by actor Ben Stiller, the network released its first episode on Snapchat. In January the messaging app, known mostly for letting its young users share annotated photos that vanish shortly afterward, added a “Discover” feature, a menu of free channels from 11 media companies that publish video clips and news stories directly to Snapchat. Two people who work for Snapchat’s channel partners say their daily video clips and written stories average more than 1 million viewers; they declined to discuss specific viewership numbers or revenue. Big Time won’t be Comedy Central’s last Snapchat premiere, says Senior Vice President Steve Grimes.

Status: Unverified

3/30/2015: Doctor tied to Menendez said to face federal charges soon

A Florida eye doctor is expected to soon face federal criminal charges as part of a corruption inquiry into U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, according to two people familiar with the case.

Status: Unverified

3/27/2015: Spotify said in talks to add podcasts to challenge Apple

Spotify Ltd. has held talks with potential content partners to add podcasts to its music-streaming service, challenging Apple Inc. in a business it dominates, according to people briefed on the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/23/2015: Slack is said to be in funding talks at $2 billion-plus value

Slack Technologies Inc., whose software helps people collaborate at work, is in talks with investors to raise financing at a valuation of more than $2 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/17/2015: Moonves said to have mulled Time Warner deal as CBS plots future

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves has been preparing for the future — and how Time Warner Inc. might be part of it.

Moonves and his counterpart at Time Warner, Jeff Bewkes, discussed the idea of combining their companies in meetings last year, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Bewkes wasn’t interested, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private.

Status: Unverified

3/6/15: Dong Energy said to weigh spinoff or sale of oil and gas unit

Dong Energy AS, the Danish state-owned utility, is considering spinning off or selling its oil exploration and production unit, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

2/23/15: Viacom said to plan companywide job cuts as TV ratings decline

Viacom Inc. will cut staff across the company as it grapples with shrinking audiences and advertising sales at cable channels such as MTV and Comedy Central, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/19/15: Rubles pile up for exporters after Russia asks for currency help

OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest miner, and steelmaker PAO Severstal are among exporters converting more of their dollars and euros into local currency, according to company filings and people with knowledge of the situation. It’s a policy encouraged by the government to help stabilize the ruble after its 47 percent plunge last year.

Status: Unverified

2/19/15: Barclays said to shrink bonus pool to less than 2 billion pounds

Barclays Plc will shrink its 2014 bonus pool more than 17 percent to less than 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) as the U.K.’s second-largest lender cuts back its investment bank, a person with knowledge of its compensation strategy said.

Status: Unverified

2/18/15: Vice CEO Smith spent $300,000 on Vegas feast after blackjack

Vice Media Inc. Chief Executive Officer Shane Smith paid for a $300,000 Las Vegas dinner last month, according to a person who asked not to be identified because the meal was private. Smith, a Vice co-founder, had been on a lucky gambling run, the person said.

Status: Unverified

The New York Times wrote about this too.

2/8/15: Oil advances after OPEC lowers outlook for U.S. output

United Steelworkers will resume talks on a national labor contract for 30,000 oil workers on Feb. 10, said two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Status: Unverified

2/4/15: Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results

In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users, people with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.

Status: Confirmed

2/2/15: Source: Google is developing its own Uber competitor

Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project. Drummond has informed Uber’s board of this possibility, according to a person close to the Uber board, and Uber executives have seen screenshots of what appears to be a Google ride-sharing app that is currently being used by Google employees.

Status: Still unverified