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August 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
President Obama nearly broke Reddit on Wednesday afternoon when he took to the popular website for a half-hour question-and-answer session. Obama answered only a handful of question during the "Ask Me Anything" session, but his presence caused Reddit to significantly surpass its record for most users on at one time. Reddit, which started to gain mainstream notice this year, got more than 200,000 visits at one point, breaking its previous high of 130,000. And that number may be lower than it actually was because of issues the site began to experience during the session with Obama.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Popular image-sharing service Imgur has finished its first round of funding: $40 million from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz with a small investment from news website Reddit. The San Francisco company received a valuation of about $200 million, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. With 130 million visiting the site each month, Imgur -- which the company pronounces as "imager" -- has become one of the Internet's most popular hangouts by capturing the fundamental shift in how people express themselves and communicate on the Internet: through sharing images.
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August 29, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- In the middle of a rambling conversation on the website Reddit on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama proposed the idea of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's 2-year-old Citizens United decision. Obama suggested that an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution would “shine a spotlight” on the after-effects of the decision, which paved the way for today's unlimited political expenditures by political action committees. Asked by a member of the Reddit community what he would do to end the influence of money in politics, Obama wrote that, “Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it)
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March 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Here's the thing about President Obama's decision to appear with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die's “Between Two Ferns,” one of the funniest faux-interview series you will ever see on the Web or off. It's not that Obama was particularly funny (his jokes seemed strained). Or that Galifianakis was at his offensive best (I'd save that praise for his interview with Justin Bieber , though asking whether Obama was going to put his presidential library in Hawaii or Kenya was pretty funny)
BUSINESS
April 22, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Reddit is apologizing for its role in fueling the social media witch hunts for the Boston bombings suspects. The social news website became one of the must-reads last week for the latest news and thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings. But it also became a place for amateur sleuths to gather and share their conspiracy theories and other ideas on who may have committed the crimes. The online witch hunts ended up dragging in several innocent people, including Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University student who went missing last month.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With just a few hours left in the election, President Obama turned back to Reddit in a last-minute plea for votes. Obama made headlines in August when he used Reddit, an up-and-coming social news site, to interact with young, tech savvy voters in a question-and-answer session. On Tuesday, he went back to Reddit to remind readers to vote. "I'm checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote," Obama said on Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
While the mystery of whether Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, continues to swirl, Reddit users are rallying to help a man whose world has been turned upside down by the sudden deluge of media attention. Andreas M. Antonopoulos , a serial entrepreneur and the chief security officer of Blockchain, has launched a campaign to raise money for Dorian Nakamoto. In a post on Reddit , Antonopoulos wrote:  "If this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a 'sorry for what happened to you,' help with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else.
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April 20, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The social networking site Reddit found itself in the middle of a terrible situation this week after it fingered a missing Brown student as one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Reddit, for those unfamiliar, is a popular site that consists entirely of user-generated content. “Redditors,” or users, can either vote a post up or down. The site's “front page” consists of its most popular posts. Reddit's thousands of threads on every sort of topic, called “subreddits,” are moderated by volunteers.
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April 22, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Matthew Keys, a controversy-plagued deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters, tweeted today that he was fired by the news organization. His name has not been associated of late with best journalistic practices. Keys, 26, a one-time web producer for a Tribune Co. Sacramento TV station, was charged last month with helping folks associated with the computer group Anonymous hack into the L.A. Times and change a headline in 2010.  Last week, he was mentioned in a number of stories about social media missteps in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions.
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May 2, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
In early April, while making the promotional rounds for "Oblivion," Morgan Freeman made an appearance on the “Ask Me Anything” section of the popular social news and entertainment website Reddit. For those unfamiliar with “Ask Me Anything," or AMA, the conceit is quite simple: a poster announces their presence in a message board-like setting, and anonymous fans and curiosity seekers from across the Internet ask them questions -- or ignore them entirely -- as they see fit. AMAs that catch on inevitably include some questions that are thoughtful and earnest, some that are rude and others just bizarre.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
While the mystery of whether Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, continues to swirl, Reddit users are rallying to help a man whose world has been turned upside down by the sudden deluge of media attention. Andreas M. Antonopoulos , a serial entrepreneur and the chief security officer of Blockchain, has launched a campaign to raise money for Dorian Nakamoto. In a post on Reddit , Antonopoulos wrote:  "If this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a 'sorry for what happened to you,' help with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Attention AP U.S. history students: An animated map resurfaced this week that provides a dynamic illustration of how the country expanded -- showing in seconds the volatility of nearly two centuries of history. Even in 1783, when the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War, the borders of the United States remained something of a debate. There was controversy as to whether a small strip of Southern land known as West Florida belonged to the newly formed United States or to Spain. And in the Northeast, a dispute lasting until 1842 arose over whether land at the tip of the country belonged to Maine or New Brunswick.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard and Laura Davis
Jerry Seinfeld took questions about the landmark comedy series "Seinfeld" on Reddit on Monday. Fans who tuned in to ask the comedian questions on the site's Ask Me Anything forum were talking Soup Nazi, George's voice-mail song, the episode that was never made and more. Here are some highlights: 1. The scrapped "Seinfeld" storyline "There was one episode where Jerry bought a handgun," Seinfeld said. "And we started making it and stopped in the middle. " The episode was scratched after the read-through -- "trying to make that funny ended up being no fun. " 2. When Jerry met Larry The first time Seinfeld became acquainted with series co-creator Larry David was in 1975 when David was leaning on the fender of Seinfeld's car: "I actually was eavesdropping on him talking to another comedian, and I wasn't even in comedy yet. But he was leaning on my car in front of the Improv....
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December 20, 2013 | Jason Felch
Occidental College has been barraged with bogus allegations of sexual assault in recent days after two groups, one claiming to represent "men's rights," set out to undermine the school's anonymous reporting system, a college spokesman said. Shortly after members of the online communities Reddit and 4Chan began discussing the idea late Monday, Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada said, the campus was flooded with reports -- some by people who claimed to have been assaulted by "Occidental College," "feminists" or "Fatty McFatFat.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Who knew Bill Gates was such a nifty Reddit user? The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder took to Reddit recently to partake in the online community's Secret Santa Exchange . Gates was matched up with Reddit user NY1227 , otherwise known as Rachel, who he then proceeded to give a memorable gift. Gates shipped the unsuspecting Reddit user a seven-pound box filled with a travel book, a stuffed cow, a card indicating a donation to Heifer International in Rachel's name, a signed holiday card, and a picture of himself holding the card and the cow in front of a Christmas tree.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Peyton Manning is a pretty busy guy, particularly during the fall and much of the time well into the winter. It's part of the job description for the Denver Broncos quarterback. But that didn't stop one bride-to-be named Anna from inviting the four-time NFL MVP to her wedding sometime in the recent or coming weeks. And what's even cooler than inviting a superstar to your wedding? Getting a response. The bride's brother posted a photo Tuesday on Reddit of the RSVP sent by Manning.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Aaron Swartz saw a closed world and wanted to crack it open. His suicide by hanging in New York last week has reignited the conflict between the values of property possession and digital openness and intensified debate over the government's determination to send him to prison. In Swartz's world, data constituted knowledge, and knowledge demanded to be shared. In service of that goal, he helped start Reddit, a news and entertainment website, and RSS, the information distribution service.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Stacey Leasca
Babies may be cute and cuddly, but (as any sleep-deprived parent knows) they can also be smelly, vicious, mini fighting machines. That's why everyone should watch this instructional and (very tongue in cheek) video “How to fight a baby.” Comedian Gavin McInnes shot the instructional video with his own baby, showcasing a few signature baby-fighting moves including the sleeper hold, the power-slam, tickling and of course what he calls a baby's Achilles' heel: wind. You may have thought a grown man would come out the victor in the man versus baby grudge match, but McInnes wasn't so lucky.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Good news from everyone's favorite cryptocurrency. If you happen to be among the digital vanguard holding Bitcoins, then you're in line for some exclusive deals on Black Friday.  A group of online activists, Bitcoin boosters and retailers have launched a website called Bitcoin Black Friday. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' The site says: "On November 29, Bitcoin takes holiday shopping by storm, with the best deals for Bitcoin users, and easy ways to buy all your presents and give to charity with the new, world-changing digital cash!"
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