Facebook pushes to host news from different publications, not just be a place to share them

Facebook is trying to become more of a digital newspaper and push past being a place that just hosts gossip from old high school classmates. The New York Times reported that Facebook is currently in talks with several publications to post their content directly within the social networking site, rather than news appearing as links and redirecting users to another page. Some of the publications Facebook is trying to sign a deal with include The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic. Over the past few years Facebook has made several attempts to be a front-runner in sharing and hosting news. It created its News Feed, a Techwire and it created an algorithm that filters out phony articles. CEO Mark Zuckerberg even said that he wants Facebook to be "the best personalized newspaper in the world." This new model would be convenient since it keeps users within Facebook. It would also decrease the eight-second loading time to fetch a story and probably increase traffic stories get. However, Facebook's new model would require news organizations to take a leap a faith, since publications are accustomed to the idea of keeping readers within their own site and accumulating personal data on them. Many news organizations depend on Facebook to redirect traffic to their stories and websites. With Facebook taking control of their content, accumulating traffic and data may become a challenge. The Times also reports that this new initiative could include revenue-sharing schemes. Advertisements that publishers place on their stories would be removed and placed in a single as in a custom format. Facebook said that revenue-sharing ideas are still in flux, but they are trying to work on different options. Facebook intends to start testing its new model in upcoming months, according to The Times. Currently it's planning to launch with a few news organizations, but it might add others based on the model's success. Other news organizations that are rumored to be quietly working with Continue Reading

As a Daily Newser attempts the food stamp challenge, she learns staying under the $29 budget is just as difficult as it sounds

Where to shop, that was the big question. A week of eating only what I can buy for $29 — the average amount allotted to a single person living on food stamps in America — means one portrait of George Washington has to go a long way. Selecting a grocer, it seemed, was the most important decision I would make during my seven-day Food Stamp Challenge. I’ll see if I can do better than high-falutin’ actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who lasted only four days. Stores like Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods and Fairway Market were, of course, out of the question. Initially I considered a trip to Costco, a big-box retailer where shoppers can buy in bulk and spend fewer bucks. But my tiny one-bedroom apartment cannot hold large quantities. Then I remembered ALDI, a national chain of low-price grocery stores many New Yorkers don't seem to know about. I grew up near Cleveland, where ALDI, which accepts food stamps, has several locations. The ALDI I found in New York was at East River Plaza, 517 E. 117th Street in Harlem, less than three miles away from my place. It was very clean, safe, and surprisingly big, about the size of any D'Agostino or Gristedes in Manhattan. I was happy, excited even at the prospect of getting more for my money. When I walked in, I grabbed a cart and a cardboard box. You need a quarter to rent the cart, but you get the $.25 back when you return it. The box was to put the groceries in for people like me who did not bring their own bags. I then made my way down the first aisle, passing an assortment of packaged snacks. Pecans, chips and trail mix all there at dream prices. One box of generic shredded wheat went for a shockingly low $2.09; I've seen that cereal go for more than $6 at other stores. Produce was priced well too. A bag of green Granny Smith apples cost under $3. In the dairy aisle I also found some decent buys, picking up a half gallon of almond milk for $2.59 and a dozen large Continue Reading

A PAD WITH THE ‘X FACTOR’: Now you can live like Simon Cowell for just $11M

This apartment sure has the 'X Factor.' A four-bedroom pad at the same tony Park Ave. building where music mogul Simon Cowell's been playing house with his baby mama Lauren Silverman has come on the market for $10.96 million, the Daily News has learned. The property, at 1055 Park Ave., which is listed by Albert Benalloul and David Benmen of up and coming brokerage RLTY NYC, has direct elevator access, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, views all the way up Park Ave., a smart home technology system and a fitness center. Silverman moved into the plush building in 2013 when she was pregnant with the couple's first son Eric - much to the chagrin of fellow residents, who worried about paparazzi being stationed outside the luxe building, which has just five units. Her asking rent? A cool $26,000 a month, according to reports. But residents needn't worry. The couple has reportedly inked an $11 million deal for a new home on nearby E. 78th St., which is still under construction. Better move quickly if you want to be their short-term neighbor. Continue Reading

RNC releases ‘Stop Hillary’ ad just days before Clinton plans to announce campaign

Republicans aren’t wasting any time — they’re attacking Hillary Clinton as she gears up for an official campaign announcement. The Republican National Committee rolled out a new web ad titled “Stop Hillary” Friday that mashes up sound bites from news reports to hit her as secretive, ineffectual and dishonest. “Used her personal email account to conduct official business,” says one clip as a shadowy figure in a pantsuit walks out to an onstage podium. “Taking millions of dollars from foreign governments,” says another. “This is just par for the course for the Clintons, they’re always a little bit secretive,” says a third. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took an additional shot at Clinton in the ad’s rollout. “From the East Wing to the State Department, Hillary Clinton has left a trail of secrecy, scandal and failed liberal policies that no image consultant can erase,” he said in a statement. “Voters want to elect someone they can trust and Hillary's record proves that she cannot be trusted. We must 'Stop Hillary.'” Clinton is planning to announce her campaign on Sunday on social media before heading out to Iowa. Continue Reading

Chris Borland retires from NFL at just 24 years old, makes his own sense of head injuries

A big, talented young guy out of the University of Wisconsin, Chris Borland, a star rookie for the San Francisco 49ers about to become a bigger star if he managed to stay healthy in a violent game now retires at the age of 24 because he does not want to live the next years of his life worrying about brain injuries. Borland, who was absolutely one of the best defensive players in the league one Sunday last season against the Giants when he made 13 tackles, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that he began to think about the decision he made for good last Friday during training camp last season. He talked about making a real good stop on a running play and thinking he had sustained a concussion, but playing through it because he was a kid trying to make the team. "I just thought to myself, 'What am I doing? Is this how I'm going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I've learned and knew about the dangers?'" Borland told ESPN. Chris Borland, an outside linebacker, does not sink the National Football League, the most popular sport we have ever had in this country, by walking away the way he does. The league will survive and continue to prosper greatly. There will be more voices from his, not just from the league but from the league's loud media, saying that Borland does not speak for them or their own concerns about playing football for a living; that his fears are not theirs. RELATED: STEELERS LB JASON WORILDS SHUNS BIG CONTRACT, OPTS TO RETIRE AT 27 This is still a big and important story, a young player like this, about to enter his pro football prime, worried enough about taking enough shots to the head that someday he might end up like one of the 70 former players who have been diagnosed with progressive brain disease. Of course those are only the ones who have been diagnosed so far. And you know that the league has already reached a $765 million settlement because of the more than 4,500 players who joined lawsuits against the Continue Reading

Window washer falls to his death from fifth-floor apartment in Tribeca: ‘I just knew he fell down’

A window washer who was leaning out a fifth-floor apartment without a harness plunged to his death in Tribeca Tuesday afternoon in front of shocked onlookers, cops said. The man, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was leaning out of the Hanover River House to clean a window at 335 Greenwich St. when he fell about 1:09 p.m. One witness said he was worried when he saw the man hanging out the window. "He was sitting outside the window, he was holding the window with the left hand and he was cleaning the window with his right hand," said Edin Arias, 39, a carpenter who was working on a building across the street. He said he and his friend heard the man believed to be in his 30s fall. "When I came down I opened the door to the van and I heard the noise and I just knew he fell down," Arias said. Arias, holding back tears, said the man was still conscious when he ran over. "I told him, 'If you hear me, you need to move your head, because you know Jesus, he wants to give you one more chance,' and he moved his head," he said. "I prayed for him," he said. Witnesses confirmed that the man worked for Aerial Window Cleaning, LLC. A message left at a phone number for the company was not immediately returned. Another witness also saw the man working without a harness. "He was hanging backwards out of the window, washing it," said Orie Cipollaro, 45, an electrician who walking down Greenwich St. on the way to his next job. "He was just lying there, he wasn't moving at all," Cipollaro said. "Everybody was in disbelief, they kept saying, 'Oh no we didn't just see that, we didn't really see that.’” He said EMTs arrived quickly and began doing chest compressions. The man was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and died. "I'm kind of hoping by some miracle he makes it, because that's the only way I'm going to be able to sleep tonight," he said. "It was hard to see, it's very upsetting." Another witness, John Continue Reading

Villanova upsets Georgetown: For one night, the Wildcats were just ‘purr-fect’

(Originally published by the Daily News on Tuesday, April 2, 1985; written by Mike Lupica) LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dwayne McClain ended up on the floor of Rupp Arena with the basketball as the final details of Villanova's miracle, two final seconds that went through the hearts of Georgetown like knives, became a part of NCAA basketball history. The buzzer sounded. Villanova 66, Georgetown, 64. And Rupp Arena, and Lexington, turned a marvelous shade of blue. Villanova blue. A color deeper than Kentucky bluegrass. McClain scrambled to his feet, to find his teammates, and stand atop the college basketball world. Off to McClain's right, near midcourt, Ed Pinckney was standing on top of the press table, arms stretched wide to the heavens. Villanova 66, Georgetown 64. Coach Rollie Massimino said Sunday his team had to play a perfect game to win. So they had played a perfect damn game. They shot 79 percent from the floor for the game. They shot 90 percent from the floor in the second half. Gary McLain, the gutty, little quarterback for the miracle, clambered up with Pinckney on the press table. "Oh yeah!" yelled McLain, who is from Hempstead, cocky as a handgun to the end. "Oh yeah. We won. We won, we won, we won!" RELATED: HEAVEN AND HELL, THE STORY BEHIND VILLANOVA'S '85 TITLE McClain got to the press table, which was just another part of the top of the mountain. The three of them embraced. Four years ago, they had come to Villanova and made a pact about the Final Four, and how someday they would be there. But they could not have known that Georgetown would be waiting on the last Monday night. They could not have known that they would join the famous NCAA Tournament giant-killers in legend, North Carolina in 1957, Cincinnati in 1961, Texas Western in 1966, North Carolina State in 1983. But they had. They had. People had laughed over the weekend when comparisons were made between N.C. State and 'Nova. Because this was Georgetown. Because for two seasons - Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie gets new SUV courtesy of taxpayers — just weeks after replacing Sheldon Silver

ALBANY — New Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has quickly learned about the perks of power – higher pay, a bigger office, and now an expensive set of wheels courtesy of taxpayers. Heastie, who became speaker only last month, is cruising in a brand-new, publicly funded black 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The Assembly doled out $39,448 just weeks after Heastie took over in early February, spokesman Michael Whyland confirmed. According to Jeep’s website, the Grand Cherokee Limited “brings just the right amount of finery to every excursion, adding features like Capri leather-trimmed seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, 18-inch polished-aluminum wheels, dual exhaust, Power Liftgate and ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.” The previous speaker, Sheldon Silver, was driving a less flashy 2011 Ford Taurus with only about 40,000 miles on it. EDITORIAL: HIGH NOON FOR ETHICS REFORM IN ALBANY The purchase of the pricey SUV for Heastie raised eyebrows, particularly given the relatively low mileage on Silver’s car. “The speaker’s position is a powerful one, but it shouldn't come with a platinum card,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. Whyland defended it. “In his role as speaker of the Assembly he will be traveling across the state throughout the year as well as back and forth to Albany from his (Bronx) district,” Whyland said. Silver still has possession of his car, but is set to soon relinquish it after receiving a written communication from the Assembly asking him to do so, Whyland said. Rather than going to Heastie, Silver’s Ford Taurus will become one of the chamber’s pool cars, which are used by those not regularly assigned a vehicle, Whyland said. “We are phasing out older vehicles that have high miles and others will become pool cars,” he said. As speaker, Continue Reading

‘Just Before I Go’ review: Courteney Cox’s dramedy with Seann William Scott is a misfire

Courteney Cox’s misbegotten project is a comedy-drama that, to Cox’s credit, doesn’t feel at all like a TV sitcom. The former “Friends” star clearly wanted something special, but sadly the result is ... this. It’s the week’s smaller directorial debut, when compared to Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner.” In “Just Before I Go,” Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) is Ted, who’s hit rock bottom and plans to kill himself. First, though, he needs to confront the bully who tortured him as a boy. But when Ted returns to his hometown, the bully (Rob Riggle) becomes a pal, his nephew (Kyle Gallner) needs help dealing with being gay and a grade-school crush sees Ted as a sexual savior. What’s a potential suicide to do? Get out of this film, for one thing. Riggle, Gallner and Garret Dillahunt (as Ted’s oafish cop brother) crack through the crass jokes, cliched emotions and lurching, episodic story. The final moments even have an odd sweetness. But even usually reliable Olivia Thirlby, as a local girl hoping to film Ted’s last days, gets lost in the overall muddle. Cox should keep at it. When she wants to direct again, her friends will be there for her. Continue Reading

Baltimore pol tells CNN the word ‘thug’ is racially charged: ‘Just call them n——.’  (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

An irate Baltimore councilman said using the word "thug" to describe the rioters who terrorized the city on Monday is just another racial code word. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard (Jack) Young and even President Obama have called the protestors who burned and looted the city thugs. MORAL: FREDDIE GRAY'S DEATH CAN BE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE Councilman Carl Stokes was having none of it. He dropped the N-word in equating thug with a racist stereotype in an emotionally-charged exchange with Erin Burnett on CNN Tuesday night. "Of course it's not the right word to call our children thugs," Stokes said. "These are children who have been set aside, marginalized who have not been engaged by us." Burnett interrupted: "But how does that justify what they did? That's a sense of right and wrong. They know it's wrong to steal and burn down a CVS and an old person's home. I mean, come on." "Come on? Calling them thugs?" Stokes asked. "Just call them n-----," Stokes said. "Just call them n-----. No, we don't have to call them by names such as that. We don't have to do that." BALTIMORE MOM WHO BEAT RIOTING SON SAYS SHE WAS SAVING HIM Stokes then challenged Burnett. "You wouldn't call your child a thug if they should do something that would not be what you would want them to do," Stokes said. Burnett shot back: "I would hope I would call my son a thug if he ever did such a thing." Both Rawlings-Blake and Young have since apologized for calling rioters thugs. Follow on Twitter @jmolinet ON A MOBILE DEVICE?WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading