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10/3/2016: What the Twitter Sale Reveals About Twitter, Itself

Someone very close to Twitter recently told me that if it wasn’t for all the rumors around an acquisition, the company’s stock would likely be in the low single digits.

6/1/2016: Can Anyone Save the New York Times From Itself?

Times spokespeople dismissed the report, but a few days later the company announced the dismissal of 70 employees in its Paris editing and production facility alone. In May, the company announced a new round of buyouts, a move largely seen as a precursor to at least 200 newsroom layoffs early next year, according to three Times staffers. “Every time this happens,” one former editor told me, “it’s a dark cloud that hangs over the newsroom for months.” Prior to the buyout announcement, Baquet put out a memo explaining that the newsroom “will have to change significantly—swiftly and fearlessly.” When I asked him about the “at least 200” figure, he said, “I’ve said there will be cuts, but I don’t know what the right size is at this point.”

6/1/2016: Twitter Is Betting Everything on Jack Dorsey. Will It Work?

I have been told by people close to the company that, in the face of mounting pressure from Wall Street, Twitter occasionally resorted to what most start-ups do when they need to goose the numbers: they kind of faked it. This happens at virtually all social networks; the company sends an e-mail to inactive users who haven’t been on the service in a few months, informing them there is a problem with their username or account, which leads people to log in to fix the situation. Magically, those people become monthly active users even if they were not.

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4/23/2016: New York Times plans to cut hundreds of jobs later this year

The New York Times Co. is preparing to lay off a few hundred staffers in the second half of the year, The Post has learned.

Chairman and Publisher Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr.’s management team has been talking with some of the Times’ unions to come to a deal to provide reduced severance to those affected, sources told The Post.

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5/16/2016: New York Times In ‘Final Stage’ Of Selecting Next Public Editor

Details of the selection process, led by standards editor Phil Corbett, have been closely held within the Times. A spokeswoman for the paper told The Huffington Post that the Times is in the “final stage” of its search, but declined to comment on the number of candidates in the mix.

Veteran journalists Debra Adams Simmons and Elizabeth Spayd are among those still being considered, sources familiar with the process told HuffPost.

11/14/2015: The New York Times Fires Two Veteran Editors

The two longtime editors played key roles in the print operation, which is currently being reorganized. Though the re-tooling of the print side may account for their positions being cut, management did not explain the decision to staffers Thursday, according to newsroom sources. Management’s handling of the situation was out of character for The Times, sources said.

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8/31/2015: Apple eyes move into original programming

The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.

Status: Unverified

6/11/2015: James and Lachlan Murdoch take reins; Chase Carey steps aside as COO

However, sources emphasize that even with James taking on the CEO title, Rupert Murdoch will remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of the company. “He’s not going anywhere,” a source said of the 84-year-old media titan.

Status: Unverified

5/14/2015: New York Times ramps up search for David Carr’s replacement

The New York Times is zeroing in on a possible replacement for David Carr, the influential media-industry columnist who died suddenly in February, according to people familiar with the situation.

Status: Unverified

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4/11/2017: Bill O’Reilly Is Going on Vacation. Will His Show Return?

A Fox News spokesperson confirmed O’Reilly will return on April 24.

But according to four network sources, there’s talk inside Fox News that tonight’s show could be his last.

3/29/2017: What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trump’s Inauguration

But, according to three people who were present, Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: “That was some weird shit.” All three heard him say it.

8/7/2016:
Roger Ailes Used Fox News Budget to Finance ‘Black Room’ Campaigns Against His Enemies

As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes’s ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims without it setting off alarm bells?

According to three highly-placed sources, part of the answer is that there were few checks on Ailes when it came to the Fox News budget. “It was the culture,” one Fox executive said. “You didn’t ask questions, and Roger wouldn’t entertain questions.” One former News Corp executive explained that because Fox made more than $1 billion in annual profits, the funds that were used for settlements amounted to little more than “a rounding error.”

5/12/2015: The New York Times–Facebook deal is here

Tomorrow morning, in what marks a tectonic shift in the publishing industry, the New York Times is expected to officially begin a long-awaited partnership with Facebook to publish articles directly to the social media giant, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told me. According to people familiar with the negotiations, the Times will begin publishing select articles directly into Facebook’s news feed. Buzzfeed, NBC News and NatGeo are said to be also joining the roll out, among others.

Status: We’ll find out tomorrow.

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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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7/10/2017: Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign

Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

4/25/2017: Amtrak Said to Weigh Extended Track Closings for Penn Station Repairs

Amtrak leaders have discussed closing several tracks at Penn Station for days or weeks at a time in the coming months, according to officials who were briefed on the discussions but did not want to talk publicly about the plan. Weekday track closings would undoubtedly lead to misery, but officials said Amtrak would try to minimize the inconvenience.

2/22/2017: Trump Is Poised to Remove Protections on Transgender Students’ Rights

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.

But Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

2/20/2017: Milo Yiannopoulos’s Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal

One Breitbart journalist, who requested anonymity to describe private deliberations, described divisions in the newsroom over whether Mr. Yiannopoulos could stay on. There was some consensus among staff members that his remarks were more extreme than his usual speech, the journalist said, and executives were discussing by telephone whether his apology was enough to preserve his position at the site.

2/14/2017: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

12/9/2016: Christie is out as Republican Party chairman

The humiliation of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey just keeps coming: He has been told he will not be named to lead the Republican National Committee, according to several people briefed on the discussions in Mr. Trump’s transition.

Mr. Christie was pushed out of his role overseeing the transition almost immediately after the election.

10/9/2016: Inside Trump Tower, an Increasingly Upset and Alone Donald Trump

Mr. Trump has been rattled by the release of the 2005 video recording, according to two people with direct knowledge of his mood who were granted anonymity to candidly describe the situation.

8/29/2016: Mondelez Abandons Its Efforts to Combine With Hershey

Over the last few weeks, Mondelez floated an offer of about $115 a share, according to a person with knowledge of the talks. Hershey indicated that the figure had to be at least $125 to continue negotiations, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly.

8/13/2016: Inside the Failing Mission to Save Donald Trump From Himself

But in interviews with more than 20 Republicans who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign, many of whom insisted on anonymity to avoid clashing with him, they described their nominee as exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process and why his incendiary approach seems to be sputtering.

7/15/2016: How Donald Trump Finally Settled on Mike Pence

In conversations late into the evening, Mr. Trump repeatedly hesitated over selecting Mr. Pence, according to people briefed on the tense deliberations, who insisted on anonymity to describe the confidential talks. Even as his emissaries reassured Mr. Pence, Mr. Trump fielded a last-ditch appeal from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, another finalist, who once again pressed his own case.

7/4/2016: ‘President Hillary Clinton?’ She Wants Progress on Immigration and to Drink With G.O.P.

Having women make up half of her cabinet would be historic (in recent years, a quarter to a third of cabinet positions have been held by women), and Democrats close to Mrs. Clinton say she may decide to retain Ms. Lynch, the nation’s first black woman to be attorney general, who took office in April 2015.

These Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Mrs. Clinton and her advisers, said that Mr. Podesta, her campaign chairman, would have the right of first refusal on becoming her chief of staff, a job he held under Mr. Clinton. If he turns it down, Mrs. Clinton would look at appointing a woman to that job, which has been held only by men.

6/25/2016: Was the Orlando Gunman Gay? The Answer Continues to Elude the F.B.I.

Miguel told the network that Mr. Mateen felt rejected by Hispanic gays and was angry at Puerto Ricans in particular, because he once had a sexual liaison with a man who later confessed to being H.I.V. positive.

“I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was revenge,” he said in the English-language version of the interview.

Federal authorities looked into his account and do not consider it credible, said a law enforcement official who spoke on background because the information was part of an ongoing investigation.

6/21/2016: Donald Trump Hints He May Fund Race Himself

Mr. Trump is to be feted at two fund-raisers in Manhattan this week, organized by Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, with one event featuring Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. But the ticket price for that event is only $500, a paltry sum for a presidential campaign, and only 260 people have signed up, according to a person involved in Mr. Trump’s fund-raising, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was not intended for the public.

5/30/2016: In Gawker’s Legal Battles, a Focus on Defamation

The company has acknowledged facing lawsuits with plaintiffs ranging from an individual who claims he invented email to the website of the British tabloid The Daily Mail. Currently, Gawker Media is fighting five defamation-related lawsuits, according to a person who has been briefed on the company’s legal situation but who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss legal strategy. That does not include the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought by Hogan, whose real name is Terry G. Bollea; the company plans to appeal the verdict in that case.

5/26/2016: Founder of Gawker Criticizes ‘Vindictive’ Campaign Against Company

Gawker’s strategic review is in its early stages, and Mr. Denton has not decided on how to proceed, according to the people with direct knowledge of plans.

The company has been considering its options for months. Gawker had weighed potential offers earlier this year that were as high as approximately $350 million, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

5/20/2016: Facebook ‘Trending’ List Skewed by Individual Judgment, Not Institutional Bias

It was a shot at competitors like Google and Twitter, according to two former news curators who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. Facebook wanted people to search for more content — like news — on its own site instead of on Google, the search king, or Twitter, which was widely regarded as better for real-time news, they said.

5/10/2016: Senator Demands Answers From Facebook on Claims of ‘Trending’ List Bias

Facebook, in a response to Mr. Thune’s letter, said that it was “continuing to investigate whether any violations took place” and that it looked forward to addressing his questions. The company is also planning to brief the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the allegations, according to a congressional aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

3/30/2016: Facebook’s Live Video Effort Entices Media Companies

The fascination also dovetails with interest inside Facebook itself. The feature, called Facebook Live, has largely lived under the radar so far. But it is one of the company’s highest-priority projects, according to three people directly involved with the initiative, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Internally, Facebook Live is seen as a way to move beyond hosting conversations about television and live events to becoming a venue for both. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, has made Facebook Live one of his pet projects, two of the people said, devoting significant resources and effort to the initiative.

3/24/3016: Playboy Enterprises Said to Explore Sale

Playboy Enterprises, the parent company of the iconic men’s magazine, has retained investment bankers and has begun exploring a sale, people with knowledge of the discussions said on Thursday.

The company, which recently revamped the magazine, dropping most nudity from its pages, had retained the investment firm Moelis & Company to explore an expansion in its media business, said one person briefed on the process, who spoke about internal discussions on condition of anonymity.

2/25/2016: Foxconn Hesitates on $5.5 Billion Bid for Sharp

For a few hours on Thursday, it looked as if Sharp, the ailing Japanese consumer electronics company, had secured a $5.5 billion takeover from Foxconn of Taiwan, the giant contract manufacturer that churns out products for Apple and other foreign brands.

Then things took a left turn.

Foxconn unexpectedly balked just before the deal was to be sealed. The reason was that the day before, Sharp told its potential new owner that it could be liable for close to $3 billion in potential liabilities, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

2/24/2016: Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, according to people close to the company and security experts.

2/14/2016: After Antonin Scalia’s Death, Fierce Battle Lines Emerge

“If McConnell stonewalls, we will empty the arsenal,” said one top Democratic official, who requested anonymity to discuss party strategy. “We will make sure this is seen as the radical, unprecedented act of obstruction that it is.”

1/24/2016: Twitter to Appoint New Board Members and Chief Marketing Officer

Jack Dorsey is overhauling the very top ranks of Twitter.

The social networking company plans to announce the appointment of two new board members soon, according to two people familiar with Twitter’s plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were private. One of the new board members is a high-profile media personality, the people said. Twitter will also appoint a new chief marketing officer.

1/23/2016: Sledspotting in Central Park: And Away They Go

“Only one can win,” declared Evan, 6, a somber expression etched on his face.

“This is it,” said Wyatt, 5, earning a nod of approval from Lucas, 6.

The boys, who declined to provide their last names for fear of angering their mothers, had been racing each other by sled down the hill for an hour.

1/23/2016: Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run

Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and ahs indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billions of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans.

12/02/2015: Oscars 2016: The Race May Yet Heat Up

“Because it’s perceived as wide open, there’s even more aggressive campaigning,” said one studio executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because that’s what studio execs are wont to do, especially when it comes to the Oscars. “Because the race doesn’t feel locked up, a lot more films on the margins are trying to make the cut.”

9/27/2015: U.S. investigating contract awards in Buffalo turnaround project

Some of the contours of the inquiry were made clear in a federal grand jury subpoena served on the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, which has played a central role in administering the governor’s program, known as the Buffalo Billion. The subpoena was one of a number issued in recent months, according to people with knowledge of the matter. One of the other subpoenas went to Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency, which is providing funding for the program.

People with knowledge of the subpoena to SUNY Polytechnic, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, described its contents in detail to The New York Times.

8/22/2015: Biden, considering White House bid, meets with Elizabeth Warren

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday summoned Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, to his Washington residence for a meeting, the latest indication that he is seriously considering a presidential bid.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren met for lunch on the veranda at the Naval Observatory with no aides present, according to a Democrat briefed on the conversation.

Status: Unverified

8/18/2015: Unicorns hunt for talent among Silicon Valley’s giants

In the case of some highly sought-after engineers from Yelp last year, Uber offered millions of dollars in restricted stock units, according to two people with knowledge of the recruiting practices, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

8/1/2015: Joe Biden said to be taking new look at presidential run

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers.

Status: Unverifid

7/11/2015: Bernie Sanders courts Martha’s Vineyard donors

One prominent attendee, a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, suggested Mr. Sanders’s appearance suggested he was more pragmatic than his rhetoric would let on.

“Bernie is attracting throngs and has a wave going preaching against the one percent,” said the attendee, requesting anonymity to speak candidly. “So why would he take the weekend to spend in Martha’s Vineyard with wealthy people who are donating at least $37,000 and change to the DSCC?” (That is the minimum contribution to the Senate Democrats campaign arm in order to attend the event).

Status: Unverified
(Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald)

7/9/2015: Facebook said to seek music video licensing deals

In recent weeks, Facebook has held preliminary discussions with the major record companies, seeking licensing deals to insert music videos into Facebook users’ feeds, according to four people briefed on the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

6/30/2015: Convict conducted dry run of breakout the night before escaping

One of the two convicted killers who escaped in early June from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, setting off a three-week manhunt, conducted a dry run of the breakout the night before they fled, two officials with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/28/2015: State trooper is said to have shot David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee

David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee on the run in northern New York, was shot by a state trooper on Sunday, according to three people briefed on the matter. His condition was unknown.

Status: Now confirmed

6/22/2015: Uber data collection changes should be barred, privacy group urges

The stakes could be high for Uber, which is based in San Francisco and has made completely clear its global aspirations to upend existing consumer transportation systems. To date, Uber has raised nearly $6 billion in venture capital and is valued at more than $40 billion; the company has plans to raise at least $1 billion more, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans, which could value it at $50 billion.

Status: Unverified

6/11/2015: Twitter’s C.E.O., Dick Costolo, Is to Resign

But ever since his ouster in 2008, Mr. Dorsey has wanted to return to the helm of Twitter, according to two people with knowledge of his thinking. While he has retained a board seat during Mr. Costolo’s tenure, Mr. Dorsey has angled to become more prominent in his influence on Twitter’s direction, these people said.

Status: Unverified

6/2/2015: Huffington Post in limbo at Verizon

Over the last couple of years, an array of media companies, venture capitalists and wealthy individuals have quietly explored buying a stake in The Huffington Post. The most recent valuation, according to half a dozen people briefed on the matter: about $1 billion.

Those interested have included the European media companies Le Monde and Axel Springer; the Napster founder Sean Parker; and the private equity firm General Atlantic, those people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Some of the talks were navigated by AOL, The Huffington Post’s parent company, as it sought ways to raise money, others by the site’s well-connected founder, Arianna Huffington.

Status: Unverified

5/27/2015: Google and Apple adjust strategies on mobile payments

The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google. Now both giants are also going head-to-head in mobile payments, as they prepare to push deeper into digital wallets.

Google is set to unveil plans at its annual developer conference on Thursday for an overhaul of its mobile payment products, according to three people familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the details are confidential.

Changes include a service called Android Pay that will let merchants accept credit card payments from inside their mobile apps and can be integrated with loyalty programs at retailers, the people said. Google Wallet, a mobile commerce app, will also be reintroduced as a peer-to-peer payments app that consumers can use to send money to each other directly from their debit accounts, they said.

Status: We’ll find out Thursday.

5/18/2015: Bullet did not strike windshield of Amtrak train, investigators say

“You know when a pebble hits a windshield and it goes through a layer and the window fractures and it kind of looks like a spider web? That’s sort of what it looks like,” said a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, who did want to be identified during a continuing investigation. “It’s a small hole, but the glass around it is broken.”

Status: Anonymous speculation

5/18/2015: ISIS fighters seized advantage in Iraq attack by striking during sandstorm

Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.

Status: Unverified

5/8/2015: The police car provides a home on the job, and a false sense of safety

One police official from Brooklyn agreed, saying, “It’s a completely vulnerable situation to be in.” The official, like others this week, spoke on the condition of anonymity to keep the focus of attention on Officer Moore, whose funeral took place on Friday in Seaford, N.Y. “You’re trapped.”

Status: VERIFIEDORNOT

5/8/2015: One constant for Adam Skelos in a life of stumbles: His powerful father


“We knew about his dad, though he never brought it up,” said one high school classmate, who, like many people interviewed for this article, requested anonymity to avoid being drawn into the investigation. “But I would get the impression that he wanted to live his life, and he didn’t want to do what was expected of him. I definitely got the sense that he knew there was going to be a certain way and there wasn’t a lot he could do about it.”

Status: Unverified

5/7/2015: Uber joins the bidding for Here, Nokia’s digital mapping service

Uber has submitted a bid for Here, the main competitor to Google Maps, for as much as $3 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the offer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here is owned by Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, which announced last month that it was considering selling the business.

Status: Unverified

5/4/2015: Apple TV remote expected to add touch pad in redesign

When Apple introduces its new TV box this summer, the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than the current version, according to an employee briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the device was confidential. The touch pad can be used for scrolling around and there will also be two physical buttons, the person said. The remote’s thicker size is comparable to the remote control for Amazon’s wireless speaker, the Echo, the person added.

Status: Unverified

5/3/2015: As Vice moves more to TV, it tries to keep brash voice

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

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Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

Status: Unverified

4/27/2015: CNN’s Peter Hamby is moving to Snapchat

Roughly one million people view CNN’s Snapchat Discover content every day, according to two people with knowledge of the efforts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A CNN spokesman declined to comment on the company’s Snapchat partnership.

Status: Unverified

4/25/2015: Russian hackers read Obama’s unclassified emails, officials say

Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.

Status: Unverified

4/17/2015: Chief leaves music service taken over by Jay Z

A person with knowledge of the changes, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that of about 100 employees worldwide, about a dozen were laid off.

Status: Unverified

4/15/2015: Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and his son are said to be focus of corruption inquiry

Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/6/2015: University of Virginia fraternity to go after Rolling Stone for rape article

Ms. Erdely is working on another article for the magazine, according to a person with knowledge of the assignment, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

4/4/2015: Outline of Iran nuclear deal sounds different from each side

“We talked to them and told them that we would have to say some things,” said a senior administration official who could not be identified under the protocol for briefing reporters. “We didn’t show them the paper. We didn’t show them the whole list.”

The official acknowledged that it was “understood that we had different narratives, but we wouldn’t contradict each other.”

Status: Unverified

3/29/2015: Germanwings crash investigators sorting through physical and psychological clues

They have learned thus far that Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot on the flight, was dealing with psychological problems serious enough to require medication, sources with knowledge of the investigation said, which may have dogged him for many years. Antidepressants were found during the search of his apartment, as were notes from multiple doctors, one of which was torn up and thrown in a wastebasket.

Status: Unverified

3/28/2015: Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz sought treatment for vision problems before crash, authorities say

Andreas Lubitz, who was flying the Germanwings jetliner that slammed into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, sought treatment for vision problems that may have jeopardized his ability to continue working as a pilot, two officials with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Status: Unverified

3/27/2015: Jeb Bush aides consider data-selling plan

Aides to Jeb Bush are considering an ambitious data-selling system that would exist for his eventual presidential campaign and outside groups supporting it, three people briefed on the plan confirmed.

The concept is similar to the Data Trust established by the Republican National Committee and appears to be the first of its kind in a presidential campaign: an entity that will be specific to one candidate, as opposed to a pool of approved candidates or similar-minded groups.

The basic idea involves allies of the former Florida governor using an existing, for-profit entity to sell data to his eventual campaign and the political action committee and “super PAC” that will support his candidacy, the people privy to the plan said.

Status: Unverified

3/25/2015: Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash in France

As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

Status: Verified

3/25/2015: Apple and Beats developing streaming music service to rival Spotify

In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

Almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the maker of hip headphones and a streaming music service, Apple is working with Beats engineers and executives to introduce its own subscription streaming service. The company is also planning an enhanced iTunes Radio that may be tailored to listeners in regional markets, and, if Apple gets what it wants, more splashy new albums that will be on iTunes before they are available anywhere else, according to people briefed on the company’s plans.

Status: Unverified

3/23/2015: Facebook may host news sites’ content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

Status: Unverified

3/20/2015: Officials urge patience as hanging of black man is investigated in Mississippi

Approximately 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agents have descended upon this small Southern town to investigate the death of a black man whose body was found hanging from a tree. But two federal law enforcement officials said Friday that preliminary indications suggested that the man might have committed suicide, and the local sheriff said that there was no indication that racism had played a role.

Status: Unverified

3/12/15: Alibaba said to invest $200 million in Snapchat at a $15 billion valuation

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has invested $200 million in Snapchat, according to two people familiar with terms of the deal.

Alibaba’s investment values Snapchat, a three-and-a-half-year-old messaging start-up, at $15 billion, according to one of these people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the deal.

Status: Unverified

3/3/2015: NBC News is said to woo former chief to return

The company is in advanced discussions with its former news chief, Andrew Lack, about returning to the network, multiple NBC executives briefed on the discussions said Tuesday. An announcement is expected in the coming days.

Mr. Lack, 67, is expected to take on the leading role at the NBC News group, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, said the people, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because the talks are continuing.

Status: Verified

2/26/15: Sale of Daily News a possibility, Mortimer Zuckerman says

The Post and The News have, in recent years, talked at length about such an agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, who declined to be named outlining confidential matters. The reason for the collapse of the talks is disputed.

Status: Unverified
Several anonymous sources in this story.

2/24/2015: Commodes, if not commutes, have improved at Port Authority Bus Terminal

A second person who checked out the women’s restroom — and who asked not to be identified because she has always wanted to be an anonymous source — reported her findings by email: “Black shiny granite-y sink. Arched faucets by Sloan. Tasteful slate gray and powder gray tiles.”

Seems reasonable to me!
Hat tip to Robert P. Baird.

2/18/15: Bush adviser may skip campaign to work for ‘super PAC’

Mr. Murphy has had discussions about joining Mr. Bush’s “super PAC,” Right to Rise, a high-dollar outfit that will work to promote his candidacy independent of an official campaign, according to people with knowledge of the conversations who spoke under the condition of anonymity to be able to speak freely about discussions within Mr. Bush’s closely held circle.

Status: Unverified

3/19/14 : Ukraine Plans to Pull Military From Crimea, Conceding Loss

“On Wednesday, there were reports from several bases that Russian forces and local militias were gathering in anticipation of seizing control, in Novoozornoe, on a lake not far from the city of Yevpatoriaa on the western coast of Crimea.”

Status: Several bases have been taken over by Russia, there has not been a complete pull-out, but this has turned out mostly accurate.