peter m. zollman

Facebook goes live with ‘Buy-and-Sell’

It’s no surprise to us or our clients, but Facebook has finally formalized its buy and sell features for groups. The announcement yesterday showed screens in local markets with “Sell” and “Post” buttons. Facebook corporate never mentioned the word “Craigslist” in its news release, but it’s clear from the sites that were briefed in advance that this is being positioned as an attack...

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Activist investor targets Gannett board

Activist investor Carl Icahn — fresh from a victory at EBay, where he forced the company to split itself into two and just signed a shareholder agreement — now has Gannett in his sights. He’s starting a proxy battle to put two of his representatives on the board at Gannett Co. Inc., which has already announced plans to split itself into two. The Gannett fight is being well-covered...

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Gannett cuts 32 additional employees, marketing at Cars.com, as revenues soar

Revenue at Cars.com will soar in 2015 — but the company will be smaller anyway. They’re called “staffing adjustments” in Gannett-speak, but tell that to the 32 people who got laid off last week in the days before Christmas and New Year’s. They’re still “adjusted” to the unemployment line. Gannett’s going to be charging its newspaper affiliates about three times as much as...

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Jauernig out; Vetter to head Cars.com

blackjack games We were waiting for the other shoe to drop at Cars.com, and now it has: Dan Jauernig is leaving, and Alex Vetter will be the new president and CEO. The announcement came just two weeks after Mitch Golub announced he was stepping down as president of Cars.com, and less than six weeks after Gannett — the company’s new owner — took full possession. Jauernig joined the...

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He’ll ‘be back’ — in Austria? Australia?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for three things: his body-builder days, his terms as ‘Governator’ of Kah-lee-fornya, and his line in Terminator, “I’ll be back.” Now, he’s going for a different kind of famous: The Austrian actor / politician has decided to move back to Austria — at least, so goes the premise — but he gets confused and winds up trying to find a home in...

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