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Mar 7th 2012

HuffPost Launches 'Change My Mind'

A new feature, "Change My Mind," launches this week on many HuffPost verticals that lets bloggers debate each other on timely topics. But thanks to a new tool, readers get to weigh in on which argument is strongest.

Here's how it works: in the "Change My Mind" articles, readers see a premise with which they can agree or disagree. After they click the "agree" or "disagree" button, a window pops open displaying the expert bloggers' opposing views. After reading pro and con arguments, readers then click "agree" or "disagree" again. The debater who convinces the largest number of readers to change their opinion on the issue wins the debate.

The tool, spearheaded by Conor White-Sullivan, who developed an online community platform acquired by HPMG last fall, provides a simple interface for editors to easily create the presentation. (Conor recently made Forbes' list of "30 under 30" rising stars in media.) Also instrumental in the launch of the tool is Menachem Dickman, Joe Moore and Dan Fratean, all of whom helped engineer it, and Daniel Lee, who designed the beautiful interface. Without them, the tool would not exist.

In a blog post introducing the new platform, Conor writes, "A Google search of any contentious question will yield millions of results, but in that sea of information it can be difficult to separate what's trustworthy from what's not. And even when we have navigated past the conspiracy theories, truthiness, and smoke and mirrors, it can be all too easy to confine ourselves to echo chambers where we only hear the people we already agree with."

Among HuffPost sections debuting the new feature: HuffPost Green's "Bill McKibben And Ezra Levant Debate Keystone XL Pipeline Pros And Cons"; HuffPost UK's "Can Stripping Ever Be Feminist?"; HuffPost San Francisco's "San Francisco America's Cup: Great For The City, Or One Big Mess?"; HuffPost Comedy's "Is Twitter Bad For Comedy?"; HuffPost Travel's "Do New Airfare Rules Help Or Hurt Consumers?", and many more.

Feb 14th 2012

TechCrunch Adds New Editorial Talent

TechCrunch announced some exciting changes to their editorial team today including the addition of two new hires. Ingrid Lunden, formerly of PaidContent, has joined the team as a TechCrunch writer covering mobile, digital media and breaking tech news. Based in London, Lunden will also cover European startups and tech companies with TC Europe editor Mike Butcher. The second hire is Colleen Taylor, who joins the team from GigaOm. Taylor will help expand TechCrunch's video coverage as a TV reporter, and become the familiar face of TCTV.
As the team continues to expand, TechCrunch also announced that Alexia Tsotsis and Eric Eldon will become senior editors leading coverage of Silicon Valley from the San Francisco headquarters. Veteran writer Leena Rao will also become a senior editor, focusing on covering social commerce, venture capital, and the enterprise more deeply. Matt Burns will lead as the new mobile editor.

Feb 1st 2012

TechCrunch Honors this Year's Tech Innovators at the Crunchies

Last night, the fifth annual Crunchies Awards took place in San Francisco, honoring the greatest innovators in the technology space. The event, hosted by Harris Whittels of #humblebragger fame, was a success and included appearances by tech heavyweights like Jack Dorsey and Kevin Rose. Find out what you missed and check out the full list of nominees and winners here.

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