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Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: ‘I’m having a barrel of fun!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren’t headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael’s was packed today with A-listers of every stripe.  I lunched with my good friend Lisa Linden and Eliot Spitzer and we had plenty to talk about. Eliot joined us fresh off this morning’s shuttle from Boston where he’d given a lecture at MIT yesterday. He also taped last night’s broadcast of Inside the Arena from there.

While the rest of CNN is in the grips of royal wedding fever, Spitzer couldn’t be happier to be left out of the lovefest across the pond (“I’m really upset they didn’t send me over there,” he quipped). The subject did come up on last night’s show when he questioned Muslim activist Anjem Choudary about his planned protest at the wedding. While Spitzer pressed him on whether he was planning to “bring violence” to an  event watched by over two billion people, Choudary continually evaded the question. It was fascinating to see a flash of Spitzer’s past as New York’s attorney general come through during the exchange. Perhaps not so coincidentally, it was announced this morning that the group had canceled the planned protest.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.” Read more

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nextNY Flips Burgers for NY Tech Scene at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

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Last night the entrepreneurial meetup group nextNY treated members of the New York tech community to free burgers, fries and shakes at the @shakeshack III event in Madison Square Park. The organization also teamed up with event sponsors to give out Community Awards to this year’s standout businesses and entrepreneurs, which were selected through an online poll.

The crowd gathered under a white tent for conversation and cups of Shackmeister while Shake Shack staffers passed around trays of food, which probably broke the record for the shortest wait time at Shake Shack by several hours.  We spotted Entrepreneur of the Year nominee Dennis Crowley from Foursquare, Mediabistro’s own Joe Ciarallo from Most Buzzworthy Startup nominee Buddy Media and David Ambrose from Best E-mail Driven Startup nominee Scoop St., as well as Tony Bacigalupo from New Work City and TycoonU.com CIO Wayne Mulligan, who pretended to be from Groupon (nice try). As of yesterday, the full list of finalists included:

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TechStars Incubator Coming to NYC

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Young startups in the Big Apple are about to get a boost from Colorado-based startup incubator TechStars.

New York City will join Boulder, Colo., Seattle, and Boston as the fourth city to play host to the group’s mentorship and seed stage investment program.

TechStars is now accepting applications for the 2011 New York program, which starts in January. The three month boot camp seeds participating startups with capital (up to $18,000), provides shared office space, and connects founders with established tech mentors. To help fund future programs, TechStars takes a 6% equity stake in company.

“TechStars is built on a mentorship-driven approach and in New York, the biggest city in the world, there are lots of amazing mentors,” according to an announcement on the TechStars web site.

The NYC program boasts an impressive lineup of high profile mentors, including Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley, Tumblr founder David Karp, and Union Square Ventures financier Fred Wilson.

TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen is moving to the city to oversee the new program, while seed stage investor David Tisch is slated to manage.

Over the years, the program has yeilded some impressive results. TechStars graduate Socialthing, a social site aggregation tool, was acquired by AOL in 2008, and mass emailing service SendGrid raised more than $5 million in VC funding in 2009.

The application deadline for the 2011 NYC program is November 21.

Party Bite: Eater Celebrates Relaunch

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Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman and Lockhart Steele

Lockhart Steele hosted a private bash for friends and foodies on the third floor of The Spotted Pig Monday night to celebrate the relaunch of his Eater site. The attendees included Gawker crew new and old: Nick Denton, Neel Shah, Elizabeth Spiers, Foster Kamer and Andrew Krucoff.

There was also a turnout of restaurant owners such as David Chang of Momofuku, and publicist-cum-anecdotalist Sloane Crosley, Fashism founder Brooke Moreland, and FourSquare developers Dennis Crowley and Harry Heymann. Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman was also on hand to man the festivities.

–by Drew Grant

Earlier: Food Blog Eater To Launch Redesign, Expansion