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Farhad Manjoo Leaves WSJ for NY Times

Farhad Manjoo GFarhad Manjoo is leaving The Wall Street Journal after only four months. He is headed to The New York Times to cover personal technology.

Manjoo will take over the “State of The Art” column, previously written by David Pogue. Pogue left the Times for Yahoo last October.

Manjoo joined the Journal in September after covering tech for Slate for five years.

“In his new role at the Times, Farhad will push ‘State of the Art’ beyond traditional reviews to examine the tech industry more broadly and the role technology plays across the board — what he calls ‘tech’s intrusion into society,’” wrote Dean Murphy, the Times’ business editor, in a note to staffers.

See below for the full note from Murphy and the Times’ technology editor, Suzanne Spector.

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Yahoo! Introduces New Logo (Yahoo!)
We’re excited to share the new Yahoo! logo with you. It will begin appearing across Yahoo! properties globally. We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products. Ad Age / Digital Yahoo! has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal’s ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer. Capping a 30-day campaign leading up to the official unveiling, Yahoo! pinned the first major redesign of its logo since 1995 to the site’s homepage early Thursday morning. But here’s the punchline: the new logo was not among the 30 teased over the past month. AllThingsD The new logo is slimmer and neat, with all the old serifs gone and minus the longtime whimsical tone. Stark and sensible — with an Optima font flavor and a whole lot of sharp edges (not very kid friendly, IMHO) — it’s very much in keeping with Mayer’s tidy design sensibilities. TechCrunch Honestly, the new logo reminds one a lot of fonts used in the 90s, especially the stock beveled and glossy fonts that appeared on the internet portal GeoCities, where many of us first learned to build these funny things called “Web pages.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the 90s and this logo is feeling pretty dated.

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Farhad Manjoo Joins WSJ

Farhad Manjoo is joining The Wall Street Journal as a columnist covering “technology companies, issues, people, products and trends,” according to the paper. Manjoo most recently penned columns for Slate.

Prior to Slate, Manjoo covered the tech world for Salon and Wired. His work has also appeared in The New York Times.

“I am ecstatic that Farhad will be sharing his deep knowledge, analytical eye and writing flair with our readers,” said Jonathan Krim, the Journal’s global technology editor, in a statement.

Manjoo will write two columns a week, one of which will appear in print.

Bloomberg and WCBS-AM, Big Winners of New York Press Club Journalism Awards

Winners were announced for the 2011 New York Press Club Journalism Awards yesterday. Bloomberg LP and NY1 each won four awards, while WCBS 880 was honored with three trophies.  

Winners were selected from 20 categories. The award presentation will take place Monday, June 13 at the Water Club.

The complete list of winners after the jump

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J. K. Rowling is Greedy: Salon

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Writing in Salon, the Machinist, aka Farhad Manjoo, gets all het up because J. K. Rowling, “the most well-remunerated writer in history,” dares to assert control over her creations by filing suit to stop Steve Vander Ark’s publication of a Harry Potter lexicon. Here’s the gist:

In her suit, Rowling, arguably the most well-remunerated writer in history, asserts complete and total control over the Harry Potter creative universe — a stance that, if affirmed by the court, would strike a deep blow to the legions of fans who have added immeasurably to her work online. Her attorneys claim that Vander Ark’s book will compete with Rowling’s own planned Potter encyclopedia; the lexicon, they say, is thus nothing more than an attempt to “make millions of dollars off the back of Ms. Rowling’s creativity.”

Manjoo seems to think that Vander Ark, who started a fan site, deserves to cash in on Rowling’s work, because he’s a scholar of Potter. And Rowling is greedy for not letting someone else glom onto her work.

Salon’s readers make all the right points:

The key point in your post, I think, was the part about the fans viewing Rowling as a rather amusing, and perhaps minor, player in their little universe. This is classic fandom.

Tideswimmer

Not only is he showing his true colors as a fan (“HP doesn’t belong to JK Rowling anymore, it belongs to us” – his words), but he is ruining things for all the other fans of all the other fandoms, by forcing JK to create a precedent.

Serai1

Farhad Manjoo seems to have a problem with J K Rowling. This is the man who, just before the release of the Deathly Hallows book, wrote that Rowling and her publishers had, in this day and age, no right to be aggrieved at a copy of the book being leaked to the Internet prior to publication date. Manjoo then duly gave his readers pointers to the offending site and leaked some extracts himself.

DavidW

The Machinist? He’s a tool.

Harry Potter Leaked!

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Don’t worry, nerds: no spoliers here

This was bound to happen. Farhad Manjoo (actual name), the Machinist blogger at Salon, managed to download PDF photos &#151 literally, photos — of each page of the book. And while he’s not into spoilers, he’s very clearly into taunting fans: “I could, if I wanted to, tell you the very last line of the very last Harry Potter book right now.”

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