Verizon is shopping for Engadget, not its editorial
Verizon is shopping for Aol, and so Engadget’s going to be owned by Huge Purple, too. What’s that imply for you, our readers?
Nicely, nothing, actually.
Within the time that I’ve been editor-in-chief, the Engadget group has completed some unimaginable work to ship on the editorial mission I laid out simply over a yr in the past. And issues are going based on plan. Engadget’s viewers is bigger than it is ever been (thanks!), and we proceed to develop because of the power of our reporting. We’ll proceed to inform the tales that provide the full image of how know-how is altering our world and affecting our lives. And sure, that features protection of a few of Verizon’s not-so-favourite subjects, just like the Patriot Act, internet neutrality and on-line privateness.
Verizon, for its half, has made its contempt for the FCC’s current rulemaking efforts to make sure an open web nicely-recognized, and it has a current monitor document of not respecting customers’ privateness. The corporate has additionally publicly opposed the Patriot Act’s mass surveillance practices it was pressured to adjust to. Whatever the actions or views of our new company dad or mum, Engadget’s mission will all the time be to impartially report the information with wit and perception.
In fact, I perceive the questions on Engadget’s potential to take care of its editorial integrity within the wake of this acquisition. In any case, Verizon has accomplished nothing to earn us any advantage of the doubt — fairly the other, truly. However it does not matter who pays our salaries; we’re not within the enterprise of censorship. Engadget’s editorial is not on the market. It by no means has been, and it by no means shall be. Not so long as I and Government Editor Christopher Trout are operating issues. Actions converse louder than phrases, nevertheless, and it is time to get again to work. Stick round, I promise you will not need to miss what’s subsequent.