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Google Europe De-Activates Handful of New York Times Articles

GoogleLogoIn the summer of 1998, the New York Times introduced something called “Roar of the Crowd.” The goal, the paper explained, was to describe cultural events “through their audiences’ experiences.”

Perhaps someone from the audience quoted in Peter Applebome‘s review of Villa Villa by Argentine ensemble De La Guarda no longer wants to be held to their opinions. The article is one of several recently removed by Google from some of its European search results. From Noam Cohen and Mark Scott‘s NYT report:

Of the five articles that Google informed The Times about, three are intensely personal — two wedding announcements from years ago and a brief paid death notice from 2001…

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Sopranos Star Exhibits Multi-Million Dollar Art Find

FurioPaintingThis weekend in Turin, Italy, a Guercino painting that has not been seen publicly for centuries will be part of a new exhibit at the Miradolo Castle. All thanks to Federico Castelluccio, the New Jersey-raised actor who played Naples enforcer Furio Giunta on The Sopranos.

Per a report by Page Six’s Ian Mohr, Catelluccio, an accomplished painter and art collector, had the work meticulously restored and authenticated after spotting it, mislabeled, by a German art dealer. He bought the painting for a fraction of its true value. There may be another offshoot soon from this odyssey:

The actor has created a book proposal about the painting’s incredible journey that’s out to publishers. He also writes about how he became an art lover growing up in New Jersey.

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Mashable Firms Up European Bureau

The second largest city and country audience for Mashable after the U.S. is – somewhat logically – London and the UK. Today, the site formalized its imminent expansion plans into the British realm.

BlathnaidHealyTwitterProfilePicWhen the London office opens next month, at the HMS helm will be editor Blathnaid Healy (pictured), deputy editor Tim Chester and advertising director Ben Maher. From today’s announcement:

“The launch of editorial operations in London is a big moment for Mashable,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor of Mashable. “With Blathnaid and Tim leading the way, we can create for the UK audience a custom version of Mashable’s unique coverage of global news, technology reports and the latest on digital culture.”

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Vogue China EIC: Our Only Censorship Issue is Nudity

Interesting interview with Angelica Cheung, the editor of Vogue China since Day One and previously the editor of Elle China and Marie Claire in Hong Kong.

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This month marks the Condé Nast international edition’s ninth anniversary. Cheung talked with WWD‘s Amy Chung about her readers’ fondness for “classic” beauty, the mixing of Chinese and international models in the publication’s pages, and working within the country’s content constraints:

“Everything we publish has to be approved. It’s the law here. We have problems when there’s suspicion of nudity. There was one picture, people thought you could see something, but I thought you couldn’t so we retouched it a little bit, but I’m not for nudity.”

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Pacquiao’s Next Opponent Charms Filipino Media

Banner Promotions, the Philadelphia outfit that handles 30-year-old WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri, has posted a fun summary of the boxer’s recent international media tour.

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Following the 12-day, 27,273-mile whirlwind, Algieri – a graduate of Stony Brook University and the New York Institute of Technology – kept right on going:

“We officially completed the media tour Friday afternoon [September 5], and immediately following our last interview I headed straight to some additional business meetings I had scheduled for myself and my team,” said Algieri. “On Saturday, I was a Grand Marshall at the Fifth Annual Huntington Awareness Day parade, and then on Sunday morning I did a five-mile run to help shake off the jet lag. Monday I was back at the boxing gym. If you let it, a tour like that can take a lot out of you, but I made sure I was getting my work in and training in some aspect every day with my head trainer Tim Lane, so when I got back I would be ready to go.”

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South Africa Reclaims the Memory of Famed Anti-Apartheid Journalist

Following an exhumation of Nat Nakasa‘s remains last Friday and New York City memorial service over the weekend, South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa arrived back home this afternoon bearing the late journalist’s remains. It has been nearly five decades since the reporter died of an apparent suicide in New York; next month, he will be returned to the ground in his hometown of Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal.

NiemanFoundationLogoNakasa died in 1965 after completing a Nieman fellowship at Harvard. At the time, the South African government had made it impossible for him to return home. From a BBC report:

It is fitting that one of the country’s most celebrated writers should return home as South Africans celebrate 20 years of freedom.

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NYT Correspondent Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash [Updated]

AlissaRubinTwitterProfilePicParis bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin is banged up but OK. From colleague Rob Nordland and Rick Gladstone‘s dispatch:

A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including a New York Times journalist on assignment for the newspaper.

Alissa J. Rubin, 56, The Times’s Paris bureau chief and a longtime war correspondent, suffered an apparent concussion and broken wrists but was conscious, she confirmed when contacted briefly by cellphone. Adam Ferguson, 35, a freelance photographer working for The Times who was accompanying her, said via cellphone that he was not injured.

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NYT Profiles India’s 90-Year-Old Sex Advice Columnist

The name of the column is “Ask the Sexpert.” The newspaper that carries it is the Mumbai Mirror. And the man at the sexpert-controls is Dr. Mahinder Watsa.

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From this weekend’s New York Times “The Saturday Profile” by Ellen Barry and Malavika Vyawahare:

Over the nine years he has been writing the daily column, by his editor’s estimate, Watsa has received upward of 40,000 letters seeking advice on sexual problems, the vast majority seeking basic information. Answering them, he steps into a vacuum in a country where, according to a government study conducted several years ago, only about a fifth of young men and women reported receiving any type of sex education…

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David Carr Loses Track of Glenn Greenwald’s Dogs

The many pet dogs tended to in Rio de Janeiro by Glenn Greenwald and husband David get a fair bit of ink in David Carr‘s colorful interview piece. However, when dealing with a permanent brood of 12 canines – augmented at the time of the New York Times columnist’s visit by an additional, thirteenth interloper – it can get hairy.

From the correction at the bottom of the article:

Correction: August 3, 2014
…The column also misstated the name of one of Glenn Greenwald’s many dogs. The dog’s name is Sheeva, not Sheila.

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PR Firm Edelman Unsure of China Chief Whereabouts

EdelmanBeijingIt may turn out to be a false alarm. But for now, this dispatch by Beijing Reuters correspondent Megha Rajagopalan is rather alarming:

U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Cao is chief executive of Edelman’s China arm and also runs Pegasus.

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