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  • BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle its coverage of ‘The Dress’

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    BuzzFeed

    In a post on BuzzFeed’s tech blog Friday, publisher Dao Nguyen recounted the heady hours after BuzzFeed published “The Dress,” a viral post that has so far attracted more than 28 million views.

    According to Nguyen’s post, which chronicles a four-hour period after the post was published, BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle the sudden influx of traffic the story generated. By 9:02 p.m., the post had already pushed BuzzFeed over its traffic record, with 431,000 active visitors on the site. Traffic continued to increase until it hit 673,000.

    Nguyen also talked to Samir Mezrahi, a senior editor at BuzzFeed, about how the post gained traction on social media. He says he first tried tweeting it because BuzzFeed staffers were talking about it and saw a big response. Read more

  • 15 take buyout offer at Sun-Times

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)


    Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed.

    The news was first reported by Robert Feder.

    According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.

    In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs, more than one-fifth of the paper’s guild-affiliated newsroom staff. At the beginning of February, the paper laid off two video producers.

    Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, has undergone big changes in recent months. Read more

  • Bangladeshi-American blogger killed in Bangladesh
    A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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    Avijit Roy was killed and his wife is in critical condition after the two were attacked with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Agence France-Presse reported Friday. Roy’s blog “championed liberal secular writing,” AFP reported.

    The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them on to the pavement before striking them with machetes, local media reported, citing witnesses.

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"If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy’s]. He didn’t create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."
--Edward R. Murrow

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Timothy Bunn

The Post-Standard

Timothy Bunn, a native Syracusan, recently retired in February 2007 from The Post-Standard after a 33-year newspaper career. Twenty-six of those years were spent working in Syracuse, for the evening Herald-Journal, Sunday Herald American and The Post-Standard.

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