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LONG-RUNNING INTERNET MAGAZINES SHUT DOWN.

Feed and Suck, two of the Web's longest-lived magazines, announced on June 8 that they had suspended publication and laid off their small staffs because they couldn't raise the funds necessary to keep going. Between the two magazines, a total of 19 people lost their jobs.

Feed, known to its fans as a "hipper, interactive New Yorker" according to The New York Times, had about 160,000 monthly visitors. Suck, known for its witty irreverence, catered to the tastes of an estimated 200,000 readers. Both had been operating on shoestring budgets with skeleton staffs.

With $4 million from Lycos Inc. and Advance Publications, the two magazines joined forces last year to form Automatic Media. That company also runs Plastic, a site full of readers' commentaries on media and culture. For now, Plastic will keep going while Feed and Suck search for ways to survive, company officials said.

"We are solid brands with reputations and readerships that are extremely loyal," Stefanie Syman, Feed's co-founder and coeditor, told The New York Times on June 11. "We just didn't have the scale to pull it off."

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Title Annotation:Feed, Suck
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Date:Jul 1, 2001
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