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Lauren, Please Don’t Kill Jake Tapper

A few minutes ago, CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted—and quickly deleted—two mysterious messages: “Please don’t make it soubd [sic] like I reached out to you” and “Lauren would kill me.” Both appear to be directed at someone Tapper was trying to reach via Twitter’s direct message function. What do they mean? » 8/19/14 1:46pm Yesterday 1:46pm

Don’t Ask BuzzFeed Why It Deleted Thousands of Posts

On Tuesday, Gawker reported that BuzzFeed had quietly removed from its site nearly 5,000 posts in April, a discovery the viral news conglomerate’s editor-in-chief refused to address before publication. Now BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti is explaining—or trying to explain—why his site disappeared those articles. » 8/14/14 5:50pm Thursday 5:50pm

Over 4,000 BuzzFeed Posts Have Completely Disappeared

You may have heard that BuzzFeed recently landed $50 million in venture capital, with which it hopes to transcend its long-time status as a “content laboratory” for shareable listicles, strange quizzes and LOL-worthy videos. Earlier this year, however, the viral news website appears to have tried a more novel… » 8/12/14 12:00pm 8/12/14 12:00pm

BuzzFeed Is $50 Million Richer

BuzzFeed, an air-conditioned content factory headquartered in New York City, is quite a bit richer today, thanks to a $50 million investment from the powerful Silicon Valley venture capital outfit Andreessen Horowitz. The news was announced in a lengthy write-up in today’s New York Times Business section: » 8/11/14 12:47pm 8/11/14 12:47pm

A Short History of James Franco and Scott Haze Playing Gay

Middlebrow culture jammer James Franco is very mad at us for writing up a New York Times story that all but said he’s dating his roommate and longtime actor pal Scott Haze. “GAWKER—always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!!” he wrote on Instagram. It was as if Franco had forgotten that he and Haze have… » 8/07/14 1:30pm 8/07/14 1:30pm