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Fusion Reporter Live Streams the NYPD Tragedy on His Block

This is absolutely the last thing Fusion reporter Tim Pool wanted to be sharing on the Saturday before Christmas. But because he lives on a Brooklyn block next to the intersection where two NYPD cops were brazenly and fatally ambushed this afternoon, he is live streaming at press time via YouTube as he reacts and investigates.

A friend texted Pool this afternoon when the horrific news of the shooting first broke, asking if Pool lived near the incident scene. Pool, via the stream above, explained that once he looked out his window, he realized the shooting had occurred very close to his Myrtle Avenue front doorstep in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Mediabistro Course

Middle Grade Novel Writing

Middle Grade Novel WritingStarting January 15, work with a literary agent to write your middle-grade novel! In this course, you'll learn how to develop strong characters, write compelling dialogue, master the art of revision, and market your work to publishing houses and agents. Register now!

Sam Biddle Sits Down with His Twitter Prey

IACLogoThis is without a doubt one of the best things Sam Biddle has ever written. Prolific Twitter user Adam Penenberg retweeted this line from today’s article:

Twitter disasters are the quickest source of outrage, and outrage is traffic.

But the one that resonated immediately with us comes a little later:

Justine Sacco had a face that wasn’t made up of pixels.

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Strong Take | Countered | Oddities

Collins-300x167TVNewser: Stephen Collins, the 7th Heaven actor who was accused sexually assaulting three girls, is not a pedophile. According to Stephen Collins.

FishbowlDC: A DC journalist is suing St. Louis County for his arrest in Ferguson.

AllTwitter: Proving (once again) that cat owners are weird, Friskies is one of the most loved brands on social media.

Elizabeth Chan Cracks the WLTW-FM Christmas Rotation

Every holiday season, New York radio station WLTW (a.k.a. 106.7 Lite FM) tinkers ever so slightly with its rotation of 24/7 Christmas music. If at all.

This season, a new voice is getting airplay alongside the three other artists added for 2014. Joining Band Aid 30, Seth MacFarlane and Idina Menzel is none other than Mediabistro success story Elizabeth Chan, the former Conde Nast employee who we wrote about this time last year.

“Just even learning that WLTW was going to add one of my songs, three years into writing Christmas music but really only two years into starting my company and songwriting business in earnest,” Chan tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “I was floored.”

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

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

1) NY Times Layoffs Begin

2) Thanks to $72 Million Blunder, Bloomberg Gets Way More Than They Bargained For

3) Cover Battle: Cover of The Year

4) NY Times Joins Forces with Tina Brown

5) Ian Bremmer Joins Time

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Jenny McCarthy Hosts DailyMail.com Party, Dishes on The View: ‘Um, I’ve seen it… once’

dailymail_comThe drinks flowed and the gossip whirled during last night’s launch party at the Daily Mail‘s New York headquarters on Astor Place, celebrating the evolution of MailOnline to the U.S.-friendly DailyMail.com masthead and URL.

Party host Jenny McCarthy (never far from the side of new hubby, Donnie Wahlberg) was beaming. No doubt in part because of her new gig on SiriusXM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which the former co-host of The View described to FishbowlNY as “amazing!” McCarthy doesn’t mince words on her show and was similarly forthcoming about her thoughts on the recently revamped ABC talk show. “Um, I’ve seen it… once,” she told us before quickly adding, “I’m so happy to have my SiriusXM show.”

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Saveur, Bloomberg Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Saveur and Bloomberg Media. Details are below.

  • Marian Bull has been named associate editor, digital of Saveur. Bull comes to Saveur from Food52, where she served as associate editor. Bull’s appointment is effective January 5, 2015.  
  • Bloomberg Media has named Nate Lanxon as senior editor for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Lanxon most recently served as editor of Wired.co.uk. Lanxon will have a senior role at Bloomberg Business when it launches in January.

Diane von Furstenberg Revisits Infamous New York Magazine Interview

NewsweekMarch1976FurstenbergIn her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, she writes about it. And in a piece in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar to go along with a Fashion Icon of the Year award from the magazine presented in November, she talks about it.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s 1973 New York magazine interview with then-husband Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg today would set off a thousand and one Twitter storms. Although Ms. von Furstenberg famously never has any regrets, she admits this one still belongs on the runway of youthful indiscretions:

The story [of Egon and Diane] was a media dream. But like all dreams, not everything was based in reality. In 1973, Diane and Egon gave an interview to New York magazine in which they tried to talk with sophistication about their ‘open’ marriage. Their words read ludicrously – even to her.

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National Geographic Photo Contest Winners Announced

National Geographic has announced the winners of its annual photo contest, and once again, the photos are slightly better than your Instagrams of half-full coffee mugs and wispy clouds.

Winners were selected for three categories: Nature, People and Places. Every entry — including the honorable mentions — is breathtakingly beautiful.

Above is the winner for Nature. The photo, by Nicole Cambré, captures a wildebeest jumping into a river bed in Tanzania. Brian Yen won for People and Triston Yeo won for Places.

Click through to view the rest of the entries.

[Image: National Geographic/Nicole Cambré]

BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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