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Forbes Chief Product Officer Lays Out Battle Plan

Following Friday’s announcement of a majority-stake deal with Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments, Forbes Media chief product officer Lewis DVorkin has outlined what’s in the works for the rest of the year.

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It starts, right after Labor Day, with a new vertical – ForbesLife:

On September 2, we’ll launch a luxury vertical with a simple, highly visual navigational construct. Visitors will find it easy to move around the site, marketers can engage with an audiences in new ways. We’re bringing on 150 contributors to cover the breadth of the luxury category.

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NYT Archived Photos Blog Remains Lively

TheLivelyMorgueLogoMany of you are likely already familiar with The Lively Morgue, the Tumblr of archival New York Times pictures curated by photo editor Darcy Eveleigh. The stream is a wonderful walk down NYC memory lane, updated several times each week.

In an interview with Cult of Mac’s David Pierini, Eveleigh recalls how it all started:

Eveleigh became fascinated with the Times [photo] morgue on her very first trip shortly after she started in 2004. While working as a “floating” picture editor, she would take trips to the morgue during down time between assignments.

“One day very early on in the process I went down at around 11 a.m.,” she said. “Somewhere around 8 that night, my cellphone rang and it was my husband wondering where I was. I completely lost track of time, I was so wrapped up.”

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GQ Interviews Kanye West

GQ went full Kanye for its latest issue. The 37-year-old artist graces the glossy’s cover and was interviewed for an accompanying feature.

In the piece, West is typical West — meaning he says a lot of things that don’t make sense, makes a few comments that are truly insightful, and continues to take himself way too seriously.

Below are some of our favorite quotes from the interview. Try using some at the next party you attend and see how many people politely suggest that you stop drinking.

I’m fighting with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt.

The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.

Even “Bound 2,” when the video came out, I think people’s apprehension—I mean, it’s the same as any other Kanye West video. You just have colorful bears running around. It was completely morphed and weird and psychedelic and really druggy. I would have just liked to have had more nudity in it. That’s the only thing. I just want to do crazy, colorful shit like that that has more nudity.

Carmelo Anthony Launches Startup Investment Fund

ShutterstockCarmeloAnthonyThe fund is called M7 Tech Partners, a nod to Melo’s number seven New York Knicks jersey, and partners the NBA All-Star with former NBC executive vice president Stuart Goldfarb. From Lora Kolodny‘s Wall Street Journal item:

Along with the announcement about their seed fund formation, M7 Tech Partners revealed that it has made an investment in Hullabalu Inc. The New York startup, founded by Suzanne Xie, creates kids’ story apps for the iPad, according to a press statement.

Other investors in Hullabalu include SV Angel, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gokul Rajaram and Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.

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CBS Outdoor Buys Van Wagner’s Billboards

CBSOutdoorLogoSo how much is one of those big advertising billboards worth in the open market? Well, if you do the math – dividing the $690 million paid by CBS Outdoor for 1,100 Van Wagner billboards – it works out to a little over $672,000.*

Per AP, the deal is subject to regulatory approval and won’t take effect until 2015. The transaction involves prime impression-real-estate from coast to coast:

About 600 of the billboards are in Los Angeles and 294 are in New York. The rest are in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington.

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Slate Names Dan Kois Culture Editor

Dan Kois GSlate has named Dan Kois its new culture editor. Kois, a senior editor at Slate, was most recently editor of the site’s Book Review section. He is also a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

As the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, Kois has plenty of pop culture chops. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Awl, Oxford American and Television Without Pity.

Julia Turner, Slate’s new editor-in-chief, announced Kois’ appointment on Twitter.

Fred Armisen Jangles NYC Payphone

As you might expect, when Late Night band leader Fred Armisen – on behalf of Heineken – started calling a New York City payphone and anonymously inviting those who answered to “come across the street,” only a few agreed.

Per E.J. Schultz‘s write-up in Ad Age, these brave souls as a reward got to join Armisen on stage at the Comedy Cellar comedy club. The teaser clip above precedes Tuesday’s full unveiling of Ringing Payphone at routineinterruptions.com.

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Janet Mock Named Marie Claire Contributing Editor

Marie Claire has added Janet Mock, a New York Times best-selling author and transgender rights activist, as a contributing editor. Mock will contribute print and online articles and act as a Marie Claire brand ambassador.

The move marks a bit of a return to Marie Claire for Mock. In a 2011 piece, she publicly came out as transgendered in a piece she wrote for the magazine told her story of growing up as a trans girl.

Mock is the author of the bestseller Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More and previously served as a staff editor for People.

“Janet is an incredibly smart and articulate writer,” said Marie Claire’s editor, Anne Fulenwider, in a statement. “Her ideas about identity, youth culture, and society’s changing norms about beauty illuminate the ever-evolving definition of the modern woman. I look forward to adding her unique point of view to our pages.”

The New Yorker Launches Revamped Website

The New Yorker’s website has a brand new look. The revamped newyorker.com has a good amount of white space — which makes reading easier — and highlights one featured article on the homepage and each subsection.

The updated newyorker.com is less difficult to navigate than the previous version. Each subsection is listed at the top of the page and new content is clearly marked under a section titled “The Latest.” The new site, according to a note from the glossy’s editors, gives staffers more flexibility when reacting to the news of the day.

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