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Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Verizon tried to start a "tech news" site but wouldn't let reporters talk about the Internet slow lane or spying. Hilarity ensued.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Verizon's attempt at technology journalism has seemingly been halted, as its widely mocked news site hasn't published anything new in more than three weeks.

"SugarString" is bankrolled by Verizon Wireless and got off to a rocky start when its editor, Cole Stryker, was seeking out reporters and told prospective candidates that the site would not write about spying and net neutrality. The Daily Dot broke this news on October 28, and SugarString has gone silent since then. This story by Stryker about scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson from 23 days ago seems to be the most recent one the site has published. Stryker, who didn't respond to Ars when we initially wrote about SugarString, has stayed mostly quiet on Twitter.
 
We asked Verizon Wireless yesterday if SugarString is being shut down or if there are any plans for new stories. "As you know, this is a pilot/trial project, and pilot projects undergo a lot of changes/evaluation (and this one is no exception)," a Verizon Wireless spokesperson replied, adding nothing further.
 
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