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Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

Chris Hemsworth is People’s Sexiest Man Alive

Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor and all those other movies featuring Thor, is People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Hemsworth beat out standouts such as Idris Elba, Chris Pratt, Chris O’Shea and Richard Horgan for the honor.

Hemsworth — like pretty much every other person who has received this meaningless award — jokingly told People that he had “made it now.”

The Australian-born actor added that being named Sexiest Man Alive meant he wouldn’t have to do any more chores around his house. Hahaha! We don’t think his wife will approve of that! He has another thing coming, doesn’t he?!

Jimmy Soni Joins The NY Observer

NY Observer logo GCapital New York reports that Jimmy Soni, the former Huffington Post managing editor, is joining The New York Observer as a social media consultant.

At AOL, Soni started out as chief of staff for Arianna Huffington, but rose quickly to managing editor. Things got dicey shortly after that. Soni, who was managing the HuffPost’s editorial fellow program, was investigated by the company for sexual harassing several fellows.

Soni stepped down from AOL in August, claiming he wanted to work on a book.

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Today show logo GTVNewser: Big news at NBC is also unfortunate news for Jamie Horowitz, who is out as senior VP and GM of Today.

GalleyCat: Purity, by Jonathan Franzen — cologne or novel?

Lost Remote: Nokia has made a tiny tablet. This is exciting because… Well, we have no idea. It seems like a dumb idea.

Dave Chappelle Covers GQ

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Dave Chappelle — you remember him, right? — is the latest GQ cover dude.

In an interview, the 41-year-old comedian says that he’d like to be a zombie on The Walking Dead and discusses how he used to buy pot from Idris Elba. We know you’re interested now.

NY Times Relaunches Real Estate App

The New York Times has revamped its iOS Real Estate app for the first time since 2007. The new version combines Times real estate content with various properties that you definitely won’t be able to afford. You can afford the app though! Because it’s free.

Other highlights from the updated app, according to the Times:

  • Clean, easy to navigate brokerage contact forms
  • A new mortgage calculator
  •  Maps for viewing property locations and directions
  • The ability to save properties of interest to view later
  • Share tools including e-mail and Twitter
  • One-touch dialing and one-touch e-mail tools to contact real estate agents quickly and easily
  • Continuously updated sales activity and nearby school information for properties in New York City

Wired and Gannett Make Moves

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Wired and Gannett. Details are below.

  • Wired has hired David Moretti as deputy creative director. He most recently served as Wired Italy’s creative director since it launched in 2009. This is a homecoming for Moretti, as he previously worked for Wired in its San Francisco office.
  • Alison Engel has been named VP of finance for Gannett. She comes to the company from A.H. Belo Corporation, where she most recently served as senior VP, chief financial officer and treasurer. Engel had been with Belo Corp. since 2003.

‘Vape’ is 2014′s Word of The Year

Oxford Dictionaries has selected “Vape” as 2014′s Word of The Year. So vape em if you got em! Or whatever. As you probably know, the word is a verb or a noun, and refers to the act of using an electronic cigarette or the actual e-cig itself.

Vape has been around since the early 80s but only recently took off; along with the e-cig trend. ”A gap emerged in the lexicon, as a word was needed to describe this activity, and distinguish it from ‘smoking,’” said the Oxford editors, in their announcement. “The word vape arose to fill this gap, and it has proliferated along with the habit.”

If you don’t like vape, we don’t blame you. However, it’s certainly better than some of the words it beat out, like “Bae.” You know how we feel about that word. Below are other words Oxford considered.

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Time Inc. Makes Exclusive Deal with Outbrain

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Time Inc has struck a deal to make Outbrain the exclusive provider of the recommended stories that appear on Time Inc. sites. Outbrain is a “content discovery platform,” which means it gets paid by media companies to have their links placed below stories on a wide variety of websites. You know the type — A block of articles with an “Around The Web” or “Promoted Stories” headline.

Up until now, Time Inc. had worked with a few different content discovery companies. Now only Outbrain will be providing this service. The deal is expected to generate more than $100 million for Time Inc. over the course of the agreement.

“Outbrain’s focus on audience experience and surfacing optimized content recommendations was a key to launching this partnership,” said Time Inc’s CEO Joe Ripp, in a statement. “It maximizes the monetization of our audience to other content publishers. And, it provides key insights and analytics about our core digital users.”

Uber Exec Suggests Digging for Dirt on Critical Journalists

Uber logo GAn Uber executive, speaking at a dinner, told an audience that included journalists that in order to defend itself from critical reporters, the company could look into “your personal lives, your families.” BuzzFeed reports that Emil Michael specifically cited PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy:

At the dinner, Michael expressed outrage at Lacy’s column and said that women are far more likely to get assaulted by taxi drivers than Uber drivers. He said that he thought Lacy should be held ‘personally responsible’ for any woman who followed her lead in deleting Uber and was then sexually assaulted.

Then he returned to the opposition research plan. Uber’s dirt-diggers, Michael said, could expose Lacy. They could, in particular, prove a particular and very specific claim about her personal life.

BuzzFeed noted that Michael made the comments in a conversation he later said he thought was off the record. Through a spokesperson, Michael has already made an apology. Because threatening people — especially journalists who love nothing more than to talk about themselves — is likely never a good business strategy. Unless you’re in the mob.

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