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December 4, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 4, 2013

A truck carrying radioactive material was stolen in Mexico earlier this week, and while the stolen cobalt-60 could have posed a threat to others as a key part of a dirty bomb, investigators found the material and secured it Wednesday. Good work.

The uber-common USB port, which you use every single day, is getting a redesign. It’ll fix one of the cable’s biggest flaws—the fact that you have to flip it a certain way to plug it in—but it won’t be compatible with the old cables.

Wait, didn’t Yahoo just hire Katie Couric? Because it seems like they may have gotten Jenny McCarthy instead.

Wait ‘til the conservative media gets a hold of this story and blows it out of proportion.

Google to Amazon: We’ll see your drones and raise you robots.

20:36 // 8 months ago
November 25, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 25, 2013

In case you’ve seen an ad for 23andMe, the $99 genetic testing kit that has the backing of Google and a co-founder who is still technically married to Sergey Brin, you should probably know that the FDA has told the company to stop selling the kits.

Four adults have been indicted for their roles in the Steubenville rape case, including the superintendent of the school district.

Just in time for the holidays, the East Coast is going to get a crapload of snow. Who’s the turkey now?

The ballad of Derrick Rose: Two catastrophic knee injuries, 19 months apart.

Who looks more desperate, Katie Couric or Yahoo? #IKeedIKeed

22:11 // 8 months ago
November 23, 2013
So Yahoo wants to hire Katie Couric. They probably won’t allow her to telecommute, but she may start making her interviews rebloggable as part of some grand Couric/Tumblr synergy.

So Yahoo wants to hire Katie Couric. They probably won’t allow her to telecommute, but she may start making her interviews rebloggable as part of some grand Couric/Tumblr synergy.

13:09 // 9 months ago
March 30, 2012
Hosting with the enemy: Katie Couric takes a bold broadcasting step
From “Today” to “GMA” (for a week): The former CBS News anchor and “Today” co-host is only filling in for “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts while she’s on vacation — but in the process, she’s giving NBC a headache. How did the “Today” newsroom handle this info? A staffer told Fox News: “There were a lot of jaws dropping all over the place. … Then there was a lot of sniping.” But rest assured, morning news enthusiasts, Couric’s appearance is just a one-time thing; she’s prepping for the September debut of her talk show, “Katie.” source
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From “Today” to “GMA” (for a week): The former CBS News anchor and “Today” co-host is only filling in for “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts while she’s on vacation — but in the process, she’s giving NBC a headache. How did the “Today” newsroom handle this info? A staffer told Fox News: “There were a lot of jaws dropping all over the place. … Then there was a lot of sniping.” But rest assured, morning news enthusiasts, Couric’s appearance is just a one-time thing; she’s prepping for the September debut of her talk show, “Katie.” source

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9:52 // 2 years ago
June 7, 2011
It’ll be sort of a little bit of what Oprah did. Obviously, no one can ever fill Oprah’s shoes, but some of the things that she did on her show, some of the things we used to do on the Today show.
Katie Couric • Describing to Jay Leno her plans for her new show, which will hit the airwaves around September of next year. She signed a contract with ABC on this matter yesterday, and her right-hand man for the show is Jeff Zucker, a man who can get thrown out of NBC during a huge merger, but can’t make coffee. Her transition comes at the perfect time — her main competition is pretty much gone, her rep for news reporting faltered with her time on CBS, and with the ABC deal, she gets to keep her toes in the news side if she so desires. source (viafollow)
11:26 // 3 years ago
June 6, 2011
9:40 // 3 years ago
May 19, 2011

On whether Katie Couric deserved her $15 million/year salary

dppress said: That is an amazing salary…I’m a bit ill-informed though, did she deserve it for her work?

» SFB says: From a name-recognition level, yes. She’s one of the most well-known news personalities out there. However, her problem was that she didn’t bring in the ratings at night that she could as a soft morning anchor. Her newscast lagged far behind those by Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer. While she had one story that she built her bread and butter on — the interview she did with an uninformed Sarah Palin after she became John McCain’s running mate — it wasn’t enough to turn ratings the other way. — Ernie @ SFB

11:59 // 3 years ago
10:58 // 3 years ago
April 26, 2011
Katie Couric confirms she’s quitting CBS Evening News
Farewell to Katie Couric: It was widely discussed recently, but now it’s official: the CBS Evening News anchor will be calling it quits, she confirmed in an interview with People. She helmed the network’s nightly news show from 2006 until now, replacing then-interim host Bob Schieffer. Couric made it clear that she’ll be back on the airwaves, though: “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.” We’re very interested to see where she lands, and wish her all the best. source
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Farewell to Katie Couric: It was widely discussed recently, but now it’s official: the CBS Evening News anchor will be calling it quits, she confirmed in an interview with People. She helmed the network’s nightly news show from 2006 until now, replacing then-interim host Bob Schieffer. Couric made it clear that she’ll be back on the airwaves, though: “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.” We’re very interested to see where she lands, and wish her all the best. source

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16:01 // 3 years ago