Ben Huh news startup Circa raises $750K seed funding

Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh has been uncharacteristically quiet about Circa, his online journalism startup. Now word is out that Circa has raised $750,000 in seed funding. TechCrunch reports that the seed money comes from eonCapital, Quotidian Ventures, TechStars’ David Cohen and David Tisch, Tumblr’s David Karp, Eric Norlin’s SK Ventures, Manesh Arora, Pedro Torres-Picon,… Read More


The new Cheezburger redesign: Faster, funnier and fewer trolls

Cheezburger’s rise to the top of the Internet charts has certainly been impressive to watch, leaving some investors kicking themselves that they didn’t have the foresight to invest early in the online comedy network. But what’s been most impressive about Cheezburger is how the company has strung together so many oddball Web sites, slapping things… Read More


Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

We’ve already made it through Oscar season, and now we’re gearing up for March Madness. But before we get there, I’ve got one piece of business to take care of. The Washington Technology Industry Association is celebrating its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards on Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo. As in years past, I’ve… Read More


Why Facebook may surrender users to niche social networks

What do you recall seeing in your Facebook feed recently? The following are recurring items in mine: an e-card character inventory of a melancholic young woman who has sobered up barely enough to realize her iPad is actually an Etch-a-Sketch; side-by-side comparisons of an ad for a Whopper and an actual Whopper; a funny-cuz-it’s-true reminder… Read More


Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More


Watch Ben Huh debate an NBC executive over SOPA

It took an email from my mom in Ohio to realize just how big the controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act had become. Last night, she emailed to tell me that Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh was on The NewsHour debating an executive from NBC over the measure. My mom, a… Read More


Seattle snow storm stops SOPA protest in its tracks

For the past few days, Seattle’s Zachary Cohn has been spending his days and nights planning for a January 18th rally to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. But one thing got in the way: the weather. An epic snowstorm, which arrived in the Seattle area early Wednesday morning and has already dumped several inches on… Read More


Amazon: We dislike piracy, but ‘strongly oppose’ SOPA will not be blacking out its Web site tomorrow in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act as Cheezburger and Wikipedia plan to do. But the Seattle online retailer still thinks the legislation is flawed. SOPA and PIPA, also known as the Protect IP Act, would allow copyright holders to shut down Web sites accused of… Read More


Can this song help kill SOPA? ‘The Day the LOLcats Died’

The campaign to kill the Stop Online Piracy Act has lots of support from some of the Internet’s biggest names, including Wikipedia, Cheezburger and other big sites that plan to blackout their pages Wednesday in protest of the bills. Now the initiative has its own video and song, as well. The team at YouTube comedy channel LaughPong, has put… Read More


Cheezburger cans ‘collectibles,’ discontinues virtual coins

Cheezburger’s experiment with an online currency and collectibles program has ended in … failure. The Seattle company announced this week that it will pull the plug on the Cheezburger Collectibles program and discontinue the use of Cheezburger Coins on January 15th. “Though we have greatly enjoyed running the Collectibles Program, we are not able to devote… Read More


Morning Radar: Steve Jobs is ‘most fascinating’ of 2011; Cheezburger’s latest; Big Fish; Wetpaint and more

A quick rundown of stories and offbeat tidbits catching our attention this morning … Pet and animal lovers can now get all of their comedy offerings in one spot as Cheezburger Network today unveiled Meme Animals. The new site from the Seattle comedy network (best known for I Can Has Cheezburger) is described as a “meme-nagerie of… Read More


Planking, Pepper Spray Cop and other top Internet memes of 2011

Cheezburger is the master of memes, and 2011 created some memorable moments for lovers of Internet culture. From planking to Pepper Spray Cop, Cheezburger has been tracking all of the silliness and offbeat humor. What’s your favorite Internet meme of the year? Cheezburger community members liked My Little Pony, 60s Spider-Man captioning and the Nyan… Read More