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AllTwitter: A good move by Twitter — it’ll remove pictures and videos of deceased individuals if an immediate family member makes the request.

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Eamonn Store Named CEO of Guardian US

The Guardian logo GThe Guardian has named Eamonn Store CEO of Guardian US, its New York-based digital division. Store comes to The Guardian from the media agency MEC, where he most recently served as president, agency development. He had been with MEC since 2005.

In related news, Katharine Viner has been named editor-in-chief of Guardian US. Viner has been with The Guardian since 1997, most recently serving as its deputy editor.

Both Store and Viner begin their new roles September 2.

Time Inc.’s Digital Sports Network Faces Challenges

120 Sports, the digital video network from Time Inc. and several pro sports leagues, is officially live. Now the hard part begins. As fairly hardcore sports fans ourselves, your FishbowlNY editors took a stroll through 120 Sports’ offerings this morning to see if it was something we’d actually enjoy. The answer? Probably not.

This isn’t neccessarily a knock on 120 Sports. The site is fast and intuitive, and the videos — highlights from games, breaking news and more — are presented nicely. As far as watching sports clips (each is 120 seconds), you really can’t beat it. There’s even original, live programming available.

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AP Alters MLB Article Format

APLogoThe only thing more boring than a baseball game is an article recapping that game. The Associated Press understands that, and so it has decided to change its MLB article format into an easier, faster read.

The new AP recaps will drop from 600 words to 300 words, plus a “chunky-text presentation featuring up to five bullet points that explain team storylines, key plays, injuries and a look ahead to what’s next for a team or player.”

We like this idea. Surely some of the narrative will be lost with the new look, but there will always be space for capturing the drama of one of baseball’s 17,938 games in other places.

The AP’s new article format begins July 28.

Ezra Klein Talks Shop

New York’s Daily Intel has a great, wide-ranging interview with Ezra Klein that will no doubt be picked apart as the day goes on. So why not start now?

You should, of course, read the whole piece, but below are some highlights.

On those Vox Cards, which are getting plenty of good (and bad) attention:

If media professionals look at this and think, That’s ridiculous, I already know all of this, that’s wonderful for us. It’s great on two levels. One is that if we are not aiming beneath our colleagues’ knowledge level, we’re making a huge mistake. We’re leaving tons of readers behind. Two: The more folks in the media feel like it’s beneath them to answers questions like, “What is marijuana?” or “What is Ukraine?” the more we don’t have to compete with them.

Hilariously calling a Card that answered questions about Gwyneth Paltrow “culture:”

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Condé Nast Sponsors Opening Day of 9/11 Memorial Museum

Condé Nast is sponsoring the opening day of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. When the center opens its doors on May 21, entrance will be free to anyone who has reserved their spot at 911memorial.org. Tickets for the event went on sale today.

“Condé Nast is privileged to play a role in the renaissance of an area that has held a distinct place in our nation’s history for centuries,” said Charles Townsend, Condé’s CEO, in a statement. “As the birthplace of New York City, the site of President Washington’s first inaugural address and the highly anticipated reopening of the WTC site, lower Manhattan has been — and will be — the home to many important events which shape the character of our country.”

Admission to the museum will be free for 9/11 families and 9/11 rescue workers who have registered.

Monocle Bolsters Fashion Team

Monocle has named a new fashion director and bolstered its fashion team. Below are the details.

  • Akio Hasegawa joins Monocle as fashion director. Hasegawa has been with the magazine since it was founded in 2007. Hasegawa succeeds Takeharu Sato.
  • Kyoko Tamoto has been named Monocle’s fashion markets editor. Tamoto will work closely with Hasegawa and will co-ordinate all of Monocle’s fashion shoots.
  • Tom Morris will combine his design editor role with that of fashion news editor.

Clinton Spokesperson Provides Stupid Answers for BuzzFeed’s Stupid Questions

During a speech on Monday, Hillary Clinton mentioned how she hadn’t driven a car since 1996. A political editor at BuzzFeed thought this comment opened the door to send several stupid follow-up questions to Clinton’s spokesperson, Philippe Reines. Reines then rightfully shot back answers that matched BuzzFeed’s inanity.

Here are some of the questions that BuzzFeed felt were relevant:

  • Has she ever bought something on the Internet?
  • Has she ever eaten Chipotle?
  • Has she used Facebook?

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‘Selfie’ is The Word of The Year

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Well, you’ve done it, Internet. The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have unanimously — unanimously — selected “selfie” as 2013′s word of the year. A selfie is a self portrait posted online or on a social network. Taking a selfie involves about 17 different levels of narcissism.

Selfie beat out other terrible words for the honor, such as “twerk” and “bitcoin.” Publishing a photo of yourself and having strangers fill the hole in your soul where self-esteem should be has escalated so much in the past year that Oxford had no choice. According to experts, use of the word “selfie” has jumped by 17,000 percent since 2012.

“The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument,” explained the dictionary’s editors. “This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.”

There you have it. Pat yourselves on the back, Internet nerds. Your constant need for approval has reshaped the dictionary.

See below for a list of other words that selfie beat.

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