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Carine Roitfeld To Leave French Vogue

Here’s quite a bit of news for the worlds of fashion and publishing alike: Carine Roitfeld today announced her plans to step down as editor in chief of French Vogue this coming January.

It isn’t much of a stretch to say that Roitfeld is currently one of the most influential names in the fashion industry, in one of publishing’s most coveted positions. She took an incredibly hands-on approach to the magazine, often styling shoots herself. Her name also manages to pop up fairly consistently when talk turns to who might eventually take on longtime American Vogue editor Anna Wintour‘s place.

Roitfeld told The New York Times that, after a decade at the magazine’s helm, she is ready to “try something new,” adding that it was best to leave when “everything is good.” As for her future plans, Roitfeld says she has nothing specific for the near future.

Which likely means that Tina Brown has scooped her up as well. Chortle! Je rigole, mes choux. Je rigole.

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The Times Square Alliance Wants To Know What You’re Up To This New Year’s Eve

If you’d like to watch a giant, illuminated ball drop a Snooki (not a euphemism… yet) on Times Square, but the thought of standing in a crowded tourist trap with what seems like 85 billion strangers — icy shards of snow and herpes flowing freely through the air — repels and tires you, rest easy. You can still be a part of the action thanks to The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment. The two are partnering once again this year to offer free HD and SD satellite feeds of Times Square’s iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration. The feeds are available — for free! — to domestic and international television outlets, mobile phone TV providers, IPTV, vlogs and user generated content sites.  Additionally, Taio Cruz’s live performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” will also be available on the feed just before the ball drops. So you can imagine no possessions! (Brought to you by Pepsi Co, Starbucks and Target.)

Satellite coordinates and feed information is available online right over here.

Livestream will offer an international, six and a half hour webcast of the Times Square NYE festivities, which will include coverage of the night’s hourly countdowns, ball raising ceremony (lol), stage performances and special guests.

Plus, a free, non-commercial widget featuring the Livestream video player will be offered for bloggers and others on the web to embed in their own sites.

See? New Year’s Eve fun, all without leaving your home or that of your “friends.”

Additional information on the widget (including the official press release) is available here: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/2011widgets.html.

Starry-Eyed: A Look At Life.com’s Best Photos Of 2010

To celebrate the end of 2010, Life.com asked various celebrities and media personalities — including Andy Richter, Harry Benson, Khaled Hosseini, Alan Cumming,  Salman Rushdie, Brian Williams, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Terry McDonell and Fareed Zakaria — to choose their personal favorite images from among Life‘s 2010 Pictures of the Year. Life.com has the final list of photos, including each person’s explanation for why, exactly, each specific image resonated for him or her.

Pictured here is author Salman Rushdie’s choice, “Heavenly Bodies,” a striking image of the Carina Nebula region taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Rushdie explains why he selected this particular image: “The universe creates beauty on the most gigantic of scales, humbling us by reminding us of our smallness, and simultaneously lifting our hearts by showing us so much glory.”

Gannett Tests Groupon-Like Service

With Groupon growing rapidly thanks to witty writing,  huge savings, and (now defunct) talks with Google, Gannett newspapers are trying to get in on the group coupon trend with a similar offering of their own. By introducing its readers to local advertising partners, Gannett hopes to create a “social shopping” network that harkens to the days (like yesterday, perhaps) when people would clip coupons from newspapers for local goods and services.

Gannett hopes to introduce its Groupon-like service next year but, if Gannett Digital Network general manager Josh Resnik‘s interview with ClickZ News is any indication, the company is remaining tight-lipped regarding specific details. However, with “local” offerings becoming the focal point for so many publishers — print and otherwise — pursuing such a plan is likely in the best interest for Gannett and for readers expecting and demanding content and offerings especially curated for and catering to their specific needs, habits and location.

Joy Manning Joins Prevention As Nutrition Editor

Prevention has hired Joy Manning to be the magazine’s new nutrition editor.

Manning previously worked as the senior recipes editor for TastingTable.com. Prior to that, she was a restaurant critic at Philadelphia magazine from November 2007 to March 2010.

Meredith Debuts Its Meredith Video Network

This week, Meredith launched its own video network for women, with content from its various titles — including Family Circle, Fitness, Parents, and Moreorganized for ease of navigation by channel and by topics relating to things like fitness and fashion. Previously, Meredith had been providing video content for its readers in the form of Better TV, which produces various cooking, decorating and other lifestyle segments. A look at More magazine’s video channel, for instance, allows you to discover how to break into modeling for under 20 bucks (Number 1: Be super hot). Parents‘ site, meanwhile, features a video on umbilical cord care which was much, much more informative than this childless lady had hoped.

With its new network, Meredith hopes to emphasize “shareability” among its viewers, allowing them to share their favorite video segments via Facebook and Twitter as well as produce video of their own using a Web tool.

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