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is an online magazine focusing on political and cultural news and commentary.

Salon was by several former San Francisco Examiner journalists, receiving startup funding from tech companies like Apple and Adobe. It was , combining political commentary and news with essays and arts criticism.

Salon generally comments on culture and politics . Among its more prominent writers have been  editor-in-chief and progressive political and legal blogger , who in 2012. In November of 2010, . He .

Salon has consistently undertaken political reporting: It of a decades-old affair by Rep. Henry Hyde in 1998, , and in 2006, it published the of photos and videos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Salon initially functioned with a biweekly and later weekly posting schedule, though it has in recent years. After experimenting with an aggregation-heavy approach, Salon , resulting in the highest traffic in the site’s history.

, Salon has , and it remained at the end of 2013, though it lost less money than it had in past years. During the dotcom crash of the early 2000s, it was to be near closure. The Salon Media Group went public in 1999, and its has traded under $2 since late 2006. Salon derives its income from a combination of subscriptions and advertising revenue.

In 2001, Salon for some of its site’s content, by 2004. None of Salon’s content is currently restricted to paying customers, though Salon still offers . In 2011, it announced it would launch an called “Salon Core.”

Salon has made several efforts to involve its readers in its site, launching the discussion forums during the 1990s and in 2005. Salon runs a community blogging site called , . , the site had 35,000 bloggers and about 1 million unique visitors a month. Salon also owned the pioneering social site  from to 2012, when it to a group of members.


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