August 6, 2015 Last Updated 7:16 am

Reddit acts to ‘quarantine’ offensive communities; Gannett HQ sold to investment group

Morning Brief: Adobe updates its Content Viewer app to fix bugs; Apple’s Eddy Cue claims 11 million customers have signed up for Apple Music during its free trial period

There goes the neighborhood, for the better, that is. Reddit last night finally agreed to clean up its boards and kick out some of the white supremacist, deleting (or quarantining them, reddit says) some of its boards such as CoonTown, WatchNiggersDie, and others

reddit-screen“Our policies are not changing dramatically from what we have had in the past,” CEO Steve Huffman announced on the site. “One new concept is Quarantining a community, which entails applying a set of restrictions to a community so its content will only be viewable to those who explicitly opt in. We will Quarantine communities whose content would be considered extremely offensive to the average redditor.”

Users of the reddit site reacted mostly negatively, arguing that the basis for the site as a free speech zone, of sorts, and accusing the site of being less than honest – is it really “offensive” commenting that they are trying to eliminate, or only racist boards?

“The problem with this policy is that it’s not objectively enforceable,” one person wrote. “Anything can be interpreted to be for “solely annoying other redditors”. CoonTown is/was a horrible subreddit, but this was the DNA that made this site famous — the promise that it was a completely open platform without censorship.”

Gannett-hqTEGNA, the new broadcast company portion of the recently spun-out Gannett, announced that it has agreed to sell its McLean, Virginia headquarters for $270 million. The buyer is Tamares, a private investment group.

“TEGNA remains committed to staying in the Washington, D.C. area and a process is underway to find the most appropriate space to meet our company needs,” Gracia Martore, president and CEO, TEGNA. “We are pleased that Tamares will be taking over ownership of a great building and look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Adobe released an update for its Adobe Content Viewer app, the app used to preview new digital editions built using the Adobe DPS. The update was for bugs and brings the app up to version 32.5.5.

Apparently free is good.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, told USA Today that the company’s new music service has attracted 11 million to sign up, Of course, the service is absolutely free for the first 90 days, so why not sign-up? (I did.)

The new streaming service, though, has been criticized for being too complicated, with the music app itself given most of the blame.

“We’re aware that some users have experienced some issues, and we hate letting them down, but we’re releasing updates as fast as we can to address those issues,” Cue said.

By the way, the story is being described as an interview. If so, it must have been conducted with Cue running past the reporter, Marco della Cava, as the quote above is almost 100 percent of the quotes from the story. The other quote? Cue: “We’re thrilled with the numbers so far.” That’s it, folks.

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