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Archives: August 2013

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GalleyCat: It’s Mary Shelley’s birthday. To celebrate, try creating something that will terrorize a village. Like an endless loop of Bruno Mars music.

PRNewser: Pedialyte is getting a reputation as a hangover cure. Another method to try is to not be alcoholic.

Lost Remote: Kobe Bryant has posted his first Vine. It features him looking fairly healthy despite recently tearing his Achilles tendon. Please note that anyone who comments “#HGH” on the video will be blocked by Bryant.

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Dave Chappelle Rambles His Way to Instant Hartford Infamy

AP writer Dave Collins has a solid recap of last night’s Funny or Die debacle at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford. The city was the latest stop for the website’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, and we do mean stop.

Headliner Dave Chappelle chose to throw away a sizable portion of his allotted time, possibly in reaction to being heckled. Or it may just have been because he didn’t really feel like performing last night.

Among those in the audience was Massachusetts state representative Matthew Lesser:

“He basically stopped his routine and refused to go on and said he was contracted for 25 minutes and said he was just going to sit there,” Lesser said. “He was berating the audience and telling them they were a lousy audience. I think it was kind of sad and disappointing.”

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Actress who Auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s ‘Wife’ Speaks Publicly for The First Time

2) Patch Deletes Another Farewell Post

3) Cop Charged with Lying About NY Times Photographer’s Arrest

4) Oxford Dictionary Adds ‘Jorts,’ ‘Twerk,’ ‘Selfie,’ and More

5) ABC News Social Media Whiz Moves Over to Dailymotion

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New York Times Gets Li Na Medications Mixed Up

There are a couple of corrections at the bottom of the online version of Brook Larmer’s profile “Li Na, China’s Tennis Rebel,” which ran in the August 25 U.S. Open-themed issue of The New York Times Magazine.

The first fix, dated August 26, is pretty innocuous. But the second, tagged August 28, is a little more embarrassing:

An earlier version of this article misidentified the medication that Li Na felt pressured to take in 2002. It was hormone medicine used to play through a debilitating period, not steroid pills. And the article misidentified the person who pressured her to take the medicine. It was her team leader, not her head coach.

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NY Post Considers South Carolina and North Carolina Same State

The New York Post’s sports editors missed something when publishing the above article about the South Carolina versus North Carolina college football game.

[Editor's note: To be fair, I went to college in West Virginia and — while visiting San Francisco — had more than one person refer to the state as "Western Virginia." So it's not just East Coast people who have a difficult time with geography.]

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Journo Challenges Courtney Love’s Recollection of ‘Pugilistic’ Events

One of the more entertaining celebrity interviews published this week was a Q&A in LA Weekly with Courtney Love. The singer-songwriter-troublemaker was in free-wheeling form for a telephone interview with “West Coast Sound” reporter Lina Locaro, talking about her stripper days, a key early review from Robert Hilburn in the LA Times and more.

However, judging by reaction in the comments from Belissa Cohen, who once wrote the Weekly‘s influential “L.A. Dee Da” column, the Q&A should be taken with a large grain of salt. To Love’s account of how an altercation with the journalist went down, Cohen had this to say:

Courtney has always felt free to make up “truths” and history and in this interview she does it again. I never had a cousin who worked for Gloria Allred, who I had never met before (I cold-called her office) but who gladly took my case against the oft-violent Ms. Love; I never shoved Courtney (she is much taller and bigger than I am), and what she says she said to me during the altercation that she instigated is not at all what she said.

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USA Today Twitter Account Sends Alerts to Phones

SportsPSA is a new Twitter account from USA Today that is designed to keep sports fans updated on the latest news, even when they’re not looking at Twitter.

To get “the heads up before something major goes down,” all you have to do is follow SportsPSA and turn on Twitter’s notifications. Then USA Today’s sports editors who operate the account will send you all the sports updates your little heart desires.

This isn’t much different from any of the many sports apps that use notifications, but it is new! So that’s… Something.

HuffPost Editor Recalls Impromptu Arianna Job Interview

At age 27, Laura Schocker is happily ahead of the NYC journalism career schedule she envisioned after graduating from the Medill School.

In short order over the past few years, she has progressed from freelancing, to editorial assistant at The Knot, to editorial assistant at Prevention magazine, to associate and now managing editor of The Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section. In an interview with the Altoona Mirror, Schocker remembers how fortuitously the HuffPost opportunity came about:

Schocker said she was at a press event when she met an editor for The Huffington Post and later that day, she was in the HuffPost office interviewing for a job.

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Time Inc. Readies New Subscription Model

Hoping to grab as much revenue from consumers as possible, Time Inc. is preparing to launch a new subscription model for its magazines. Adweek reports that the system will debut with People because it’s the publishing house’s cash cow.

As for what the new subscriptions will include, well, the details are about as vague as they get. Adweek only noted that Time Inc. is dedicated to making the offers attractive to readers:

People, whose plan has been in the works for a couple of years, has been looking at benefits such as new products and exclusive access to content and communities that might keep consumers renewing their subscriptions or entice them to pay more.

It’s not surprising that Time Inc. is exploring this option. The company is about to spinoff from Time Warner, and Joe Ripp — Time Inc.’s new CEO — has made it clear he’s going to shake things up.

If all this talk about new systems, shifting gears and changing plans has inspired you to listen to some Scorpions, we do not blame you.

Rupert Murdoch’s Pay Drops to $28.9 Million

For News Corp.’s latest fiscal year — which ended June 30 — Rupert Murdoch saw his compensation drop from $30 million to $28.9 million. We have to ask: Why even leave the house on that kind of pay?

The only thing keeping Murdoch going is probably the $274,531 he got for the use of News Corp.’s private plane and the $15,694 he got for the use of one of the company’s cars. Otherwise, really, it’s better to just hide your face in shame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chase Carey — News Corp.’s president and COO — only raked in $27.05 million, so don’t expect to see him in public until at least next year.

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