[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

WaPo Labs, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, has named Rob Malda as chief strategist and editor-at-large. Mr. Malda, or CmdrTaco as he is better known to the tech community, is the founder of Slashdot, where he served in a variety of leadership roles during his 14-year tenure. Mr. Malda will report to Vijay Ravindran, the Post Company’s chief digital officer, and will focus on building the next generation news products for the Post, including expanding its social reader application.

Rob Malda (Chief strategist, and editor-at-large, The Washington Post Company): WaPo Labs is actively and rapidly experimenting with new ways to bridge social and algorithmically aggregated news with the kind of expert journalism crafted every day by The Washington Post. I see this blending as the future of online news.

You can find Mr. Malda’s blog post on the appointment here.

WaPo Labs is the digital team within the Washington Post company focused on emerging technologies.

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