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New York’s Da Vinci Hotel Cracks Reliable WiFi Code

SlashGear writer Nate Swanner has drawn our attention to a very clever and useful new website. Hotel WiFi Test ranks the quality and speed of wireless broadband offered by major city hotels:

The site works by travelers uploading their results, and a speed test can be done right from the site. Hotel WiFi also takes into account the time of day the test was taken, or if it was peak travel season when the hotel was likely to be full.

Even though data on the site is not yet exhaustive, when it comes to New York City, the results are rather surprising. At press time, the best Airbnb-alternate for your wired friends, business colleagues and relatives is:

WiFiTestDaVinci

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Janet Mock Named Marie Claire Contributing Editor

2) Nikki Finke Cranks Out Her Best New Story Yet

3) Major Executive Changes at Condé Nast

4) Complex Founder Tries to Bash GQ, Fails

5) Slate Names Dan Kois Culture Editor

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Golf World Has Folded

Golf World, the oldest golf-centric magazine in the nation, is closing up shop. According to Ad Age, publisher Condé Nast is folding the print edition and shifting any further content under the Golf Digest website. About 10 Golf World staffers have been cut as a result of the change.

As part of the folding, Golf World subscribers will now receive a weekly email newsletter and copies of Golf Digest, which is published monthly.

Golf World’s editor, Jaime Diaz, will retain his title and continue reporting to Jerry Tarde, editor of Golf Digest. Dan Robertson will continue as publisher of both titles.

Golf World’s first issue was published in 1947, one year after Ben Hogan won his first major.

Jane Fonda Doesn’t Want Murdoch to Buy Time Warner

jane fonda GGood news for those of you who desire more media commentary from Jane Fonda: She has given her thoughts on Rupert Murdoch potentially buying Time Warner. In short, she think it’s a bad idea.

“I think it would be a catastrophe,” the 76-year-old actress told The Wrap. “If that happens I’m going to be so angry at the FCC. They cannot let that happen.” FCC, you’re officially on notice.

Fonda wasn’t done there. She went on to explain that Murdoch uses his media outlets to spread bad politics. “It’s no secret that Rupert uses his media outlets for political reasons,” said Fonda. “And he is not neutral. And he, you know, his news outlets do things that are unconscionable. And it just cannot happen that he becomes that much of a dominant force in American media.”

We imagine Fonda and Murdoch won’t be getting together for afternoon tea anytime soon.

Miami Beach Officials Aiming to Cancel Arthur Godfrey

At the height of his post-World War II popularity, Arthur Godfrey hosted two weekly CBS-TV series and another 90-minute weekday radio-TV program (Arthur Godfrey Time).

Per Wikipedia, the end-of-the-week daily show was a little different:

The Friday shows were heard on radio only, because at the end of the week, Godfrey traditionally broadcast his portion from a studio at his Virginia farm outside of Washington, D.C., and TV cameras were unable to transmit live pictures of him and his New York cast at the same time.

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Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

[Image: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com]

In Face of ‘Capitalist’ Criticism, Michael Moore Remains Silent for Now

MMFlintTwitterPoint Web browser to @MMFlint… Refresh after seeing no recent tweet(s)…. Repeat.

That’s been our intermittent routine here at FishbowlNY HQ (a.k.a Chris & Me) as we await Moore’s comeback to a massive amount of media and public criticism. The details of the filmmaker’s messy divorce battle, first reported by The Smoking Gun, were picked up with a vengeance this week. It turns out MM owns many more homes in Michigan and New York than most people were aware.

The right-leaning press especially has been relishing this news. For example, the headline over at United Liberty reads: “Socialist Weasel Michael Moore Hates Capitalism So Much That He Owns 9 Homes.”

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Mayor de Blasio: ‘I Stand by the Knife and Fork’

GinoSorbilloLogoMichael Howard Saul, who covers New York City Hall for the Wall Street Journal, is toughing it this week in Italy. On the trail of Mayor de Blasio, he has filed – together with Milan-based colleague Manuela Mesco – a feature interview piece at the tail-end of de Blasio’s eight-day Italian vacation.

A highlight for de Blasio was dining on Wednesday night in Naples with that city’s mayor at a restaurant his grandfather used to frequent. In Napoli, there was also time for pizza:

Their 16-year-old son, Dante, was craving pizza, and mom and dad obliged when the family reached Naples on Wednesday. The family enjoyed pizza at Sorbillo, a well-known place on the water.

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BuzzFeed is Totally Cool with Plagiarism [Updated]

BuzzFeedLogoAccording to Gawker, BuzzFeed’s viral politics editor Benny Johnson was caught plagiarizing material three different times. To make matters worse, Johnson copied material from Yahoo! Answers of all places.

You would think this would warrant some type of disciplinary action, but nope! This is BuzzFeed. When your site is known for churning out shit content, it doesn’t really matter if some of it was stolen.

In an email to Gawker, Ben Smith — BuzzFeed’s editor — shrugged his shoulders at the incidents:

We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts.

Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.

Let it be known that if you’re a BuzzFeed writer, you can get caught lifting content from other sources three separate times and it’s all good. Four times? Well, you might get a dirty look. Five times and Smith will be forced to describe you as “naughty.” Each time you plagiarize after that you get promoted.

Update (10:23 am):
There are now six more accusations of plagiarism against Johnson.

More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

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