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Martha Stewart Blogs About Her Drone

Think of this as Google Earth with a Martha Stewart twist.

As noted this morning by the Observer‘s Sage Lazzaro, Stewart shared several dozen pictures of her stunning Bedford, New York farm compound shot from the air with a DJI Phantom drone flying camera. The apparatus was recently purchased by one of her security staff, Dominic Arena.

MarthaStewartStable

The above shot is Photo #13. Along with the Winter house where Stewart lives and the Tenant House where her daughter stays, there is also this stable.

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Jill Abramson: ‘I Was Fired Because of My Quote-Unquote Management Skills’

Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of The New York Times who was abruptly cut by the paper months ago — will never go for long periods of time without being asked about the incident. It’s a shame, but it’s difficult to move on from drama that takes place at the world’s best newspaper.

This is why, during a speech about the Times national security coverage at the Chautauqua Institution, Abramson was once again asked why she was fired.

“I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills — and to be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means,” Abramson replied.

This doesn’t shed any new light on the situation, because there isn’t really anything left to be said. But if you’re Abramson, people will always want you to talk about it anyway.

Marcy Bloom on How She Became Condé Nast’s Youngest Publisher

Marcy-Bloom-ArticleMarcy Bloom is a publishing veteran, having worked at numerous glossies like Self, GQ, Teen People and Lucky. After taking a year off to volunteer abroad, Bloom hit the ground running with her current gig as senior vice president and group publisher of Modern Luxury.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, Bloom talks with Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios about the changing landscape of modern advertising and how she became Condé Nast’s youngest publisher while at Lucky:

One [reason was] putting a lot of pressure on myself. [Having] a lot of amazing mentors, and quite frankly, Condé was such a great experience for me. We loved what we were doing at GQ. I learned a ton from the brand and my bosses there. And when you’re loving what you’re doing it’s easy to grow and work hard, and so with a lot of support from my management and the corporate management — they really put me [in that position at Lucky]. I think if you work hard and your intentions are great and you know what you’re looking to accomplish, people respond.

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A Few Things Worth Noting About Anderson Cooper’s Connecticut Digs

House&GardenUKCoverFor starters, the Litchfield County estate has fared better in recent years than the publication founded and edited by its architect Wilson Eyre. While Condé Nast shuttered the U.S. edition of House & Garden in 1993 and again in 2007 after a relaunch, the shutters at this end are still open for daytime business.

The home is being passed on to Cooper and his partner by Karen Shaw, a former Miss Connecticut and co-star on TV series Dallas and The A Team. When the Litchfield County Times highlighted Cooper’s Rye House in 2012, they reminded of another equally remarkable bit of Shaw family achievement:

“We really want people to come and enjoy this house,” said Mr. Shaw, a former developer and builder of high-end homes who these days is spending most of this time trotting around the world keeping up with his Olympic-caliber snowboarding children, Brooke, Spencer, Maverick and Serena. All are on the U.S. national ski/snowboarding team, and Brooke missed out on a chance to compete in the 2010 Winter Games because of an injury.

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Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West Have Hugged it Out

annie leibovitz GYou can sleep easier tonight, everyone: Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West have cleared the air. West had ranted about Leibovitz because he was upset that Leibovitz cancelled plans to shoot his wedding, but according to statements from both parties, it was all a misunderstanding.

A rep for Leibovitz said:

Kanye West’s comments about Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival have been taken out of context and sensationalized. She would have loved to have taken their wedding portrait and was disappointed it didn’t happen.

A rep for West said:

Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way. Unbeknownst to Kanye, she was never confirmed. Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.

Breathe easy, America.

Dr. Oz Grilled by Senate Because He’s Wacky

Dr. Oz of The Dr. Oz Show and Hearst’s Dr. Oz’s The Good Life fame is finally being forced to come clean about the medical advice he doles out to millions of people. To paraphrase Seinfeld, the prognosis is negative. A panel of senators grilled Oz on his many wacky claims that certain products can lead to weight loss, even though they definitely do not.

The panel, led by Claire McCaskill, repeatedly questioned Oz on why he would promote products that have zero science behind them. “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles,’” said McCaskill. ”I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true. When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”

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Kanye West is Upset with Annie Leibovitz

BREAKING: Kanye West is upset. Again. According to Page Six, West’s latest beef is with Annie Leibovitz. West told a crowd at the Cannes Lions Festival that his wedding shot with Kim Kardashian took four days to produce because Leibovitz pulled out of his wedding the day prior to the event.

According to West, Leibovitz dropped out because “She was afraid of celebrity.” Now, this is an odd thing to think — considering all Leibovitz does is work with celebrities — but hey, maybe West was right. Whatever the reason was, we do agree with West that it was a shitty thing for Leibovitz to do.

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Dean Baquet has Malignant Tumor Removed

Dean Baquet GIt has been an interesting couple of months for Dean Baquet, to say the least. The executive editor of The New York Times had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday, only two days after doctors discovered it and felt it required immediate attention.

In a memo to Times staffers, Baquet sounded upbeat about the situation. He described the surgery as “minimally invasive” and “completely successful.” “My doctors have given me an excellent prognosis,” added Baquet.

The Times’ top editor also wrote that while he would be spending a week away from the paper to recover, he would “remain in touch with the newsroom leadership.”

Baquet was named the executive editor of the Times just last month. As you’ve probably heard by now (several times, we imagine), Baquet’s ascension came under murky circumstances in which Jill Abramson was fired.

Hopefully the next couple of months are a lot calmer for Baquet than the last two.

Matt Lauer Extends Contract with Today

Matt Lauer, everyone’s favorite (uh, okay, not everyone’s favorite) morning show host is going to be around for a few more years.

Lauer has signed a contract extension with Today, a show he first started co-anchoring in 1997.

The specifics of the deal weren’t disclosed, but keep in mind that his current contract was supposedly pocketing Lauer about $20 million a year. So this extension is likely paying him more than that. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English Department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson told Harvard. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever.  Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

This just goes to show you smart people will find their place somewhere. Plus, this seems like a match made in heaven. Not only is Abramson a Harvard grad, she also has the school’s “H” as a tattoo.

Yes, she also has a Times “T” tattoo, but we’re not talking about that anymore.

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