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Vogue Profiles Marissa Mayer

We love the faux-gravity-defying photo by Mikael Jansson of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that crowns the Web version of Jacob Weisberg‘s profile piece for the September issue of Vogue. It captures the idea of the exec calmly piloting from the middle of a previous storm.

Weisberg visited Mayer at her offices in Sunnyvale, CA and also attended a movers-and-shakers party staged at her Palo Alto home. This new-mom CEO feels that one of the most positive signs is that employees are no longer leaking her emails to the press. She also has no problem admitting to a geeky love of certain digits:

“I really like even numbers, and I like heavily divisible numbers. Twelve is my lucky number—I just love how divisible it is. I don’t like odd numbers, and I really don’t like primes. When I turned 37, I put on a strong face, but I was not looking forward to 37. But 37 turned out to be a pretty amazing year. Especially considering that 36 is divisible by twelve!”

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A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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Slate Names Matt Turck Publisher

Slate, the online magazine from The Washington Post Company, has named Matt Turck its new publisher. Turck has been Slate’s vice president of sales and marketing since 2009.

Turck will succeed John Alderman, who has been named COO of SocialCode, another venture owned by The Washington Post.

“Alderman and Turck are two of the best in the business,” said Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group. “While I’m saddened by John’s departure from Slate, I’m thrilled to welcome Matt to the helm and eagerly anticipating a continuation of the innovative thinking he’s brought to Slate around advertising and marketing.”

Turck’s appointment is effective September 10.

Good Luck, Council On Ethical Blogging and Aggregation

Simon Dumenco, a Media Reporter for Ad Age, has come up with something called the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation (CEBA). The group, according to David Carr in The New York Times, was founded in the hopes of developing a proper way for bloggers and aggregaters to credit others’ writing. Dumenco told Carr that bloggers should not see the group as the enemy:

‘This is not an anti-aggregation group, we are pro-aggregation,’ Mr. Dumenco told me. ‘We want some simple, common-sense rules. There should be some kind of variation of the Golden Rule here, which is that you should aggregate others as you would wish to be aggregated yourself.’

As aggregators ourselves, we completely agree that there should be some sort of standard. But there’s a couple problems with the CEBA. Maybe the most troubling thing is that for a group developing rules for bloggers, there aren’t many bloggers taking part. Here’s the rundown of who has signed up so far:

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Slate Chairman: The Daily Has ‘condescending view of the audience.’

Ever since The Daily debuted, people have been lining up to attack it for everything from bugs (it has needed two updates already) to slow loading times. Slate Chairman Jacob Weisberg, speaking to Columbia University journalism students last week, didn’t take issue with the technical side of The Daily, but he did attack pretty much everything else.

He compared the content to that of USA Today (gasp!), and likened it to a star high school quarterback – all flash and no substance. “It’s very attractive, but if you read the articles, they’re 600 words long and they sort of digest what you know already,” he said.

Weisberg also told the students that he hopes they never seek a career at The Daily, and just in case anyone didn’t grasp the overall theme of his speech, he said, “It’s just a bad version of a newspaper in electronic form with a very condescending view of the audience.”

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Online Women’s Mag Double X Launches

double x.pngWay back in November, Slate chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg told us about the three ladies that would be helming his newest spin-off venture, online women’s magazine Double X.

Today the co-editors, Emily Bazelon, Meghan O’Rourke and Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose (previously from Gawker female-centric blog Jezebel) and publisher Peggy White, formerly Yahoo! Finance’s GM, finally unveiled Double X.

Double X has maintained the XX Factor blog, first launched on Slate in fall 2007. The success of the women’s blog — which was founded by the three editors-in-chief of Double X — spurred the development of the full-fledged online magazine and will be in the middle of the new site’s homepage.

The ambitious site will feature photos, videos and quotes “of the day,” in addition to sections about what women are thinking about right now: work and business (called “On-Ramp”) and children and family (“XXtra Small”). Double X will also host two blogs, Nick’s Dream House, which will talk about decorating on a budget, and the Oyster’s Garter, about biology and the ocean. And, it will include a women’s interest Google news feed and content from ABCNews.com.

“There’s no web site out there like Double X,” O’Rourke said in a press release about Double X’s launch. “We’ll be thoughtful without being earnest, funny without being snarky. We’ll offer a feminist viewpoint without restricting ourselves to any sort of party line. And it will be the kind of conversation men will want to eavesdrop on.”

Full release after the jump

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David Plotz’s Book Party: Have You Read The Good Book Lately?

gd book.pngHave you read the bible? This was perhaps the most frequent question bandied about at last night’s book party for David Plotz‘s Good Book held at the Tribeca home of Jacob Weisberg and Deborah Needleman.

Plotz, you may recall, blogged his way through the Old Testament of the bible for Slate, and subsequently turned the series into a book. We caught up with Plotz and asked him what book of the bible was most suited to blogging. Plotz says that while the Book of Ruth was his favorite to read, Judges was by far the best to blog…something to do with all that violence.

The party pulled a good crowd despite the terrible weather. We managed to spot A.J. Jacobs, Double X’s Jess Grose (who just saw her own book hit shelves), Big Money’s Elinor Shields, Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici, WWD’s Irin Carmon, Michael Crowley, and Rachel Sklar (who provide the pics for this post). Rumor has it Victoria Floethe was also present. Rumor also has is that on top of the Slate napkins there were also umbrellas, though we didn’t spot any ourselves and(!) that Eliot Spitzer had made an appearance earlier in the night. More pics after the jump (though sadly none of Spitzer).

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FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party

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Slate’s Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington’s mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.)

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Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that would have been a bushy tragedy on anyone else, Tracey Ullman, who does a wicked Arianna herself, and Christine Lahti represented SAG; Dale Launer and Stephen Gaghan were the WGA/DGA guys, and producers were thick on the ground with Lawrence Bender, Mike Medavoy, Irina Medavoy, Sam Goldwyn and George Stevens. Matt Groening had the animation arena all to himself.

Jim Ledbetter gave Arianna a copy of his new collection for Penguin–Karl Marx’s Dispatches for the New York Tribune, stopping her as she was enroute to her office. Gabe Snyder got the story behind her distracted expression: book deadline! (Who else was in the study, anyway?)

Usual coterie of LA media types–Mickey Kaus, Carla Hall, Kevin Roderick, Nick Goldberg, Kim Serafin, Ruth Shalit, Rob Barrett, Roman Genn–let’s move on, shall we?

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Weisberg’s clever wife, Deborah Needleman (she edits Domino) brought her Conde Nast cohorts along–Clemmy Closson and Beth Brenner.

Oscars were discussed perfunctorily, Obama enthusiastically (Rachel Sklar’s cries of plagiarism! were dismissed as business as usual which means those dissing her didn’t read very closely. Or else they were drunk.) Plenty of food and drink, which is unusual for book parties–and lots of copies of the book which looks like a fast read. No need to send it out for coverage.

(photos by Stefanie Keenan for Patrick McMullan)

FBLA Goes to the Party: Slate V

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Slate V, the video branch of the online mag, threw a party at the cavernous Avalon last night, complete with open bar, roving waiters, and a big buffet. Infiniti provided the decoration, in the form of a car. No raffle, and the back seat wasn’t big enough for any Tommy Lee action.

Editor Jacob Weisberg looked a little too comfortable with that mic.

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Virginia Postrel’s back in town, working on a new book, with her tall, dark, and handsome UCLA professorial husband, Steve Postrel.
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People were talking about Iraq, the heat, why no one is watching the debates, the heat.

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Mickey Kaus, temporarily blonde-less, Allen Mayer (dreamy, etc.), Slate EP Bill Smee, were all holding court in various power centers.

Investigative types asked us what rewards we’d reaped from the mediabistro.com sale. Perplexed as to how to respond, we looked for Dear Prudence.

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Ellies 2007: Handicapping The Races

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New York’s Adam Moss [left] and the New Yorker’s David Remnick [right] flank Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner at the 2006 National Magazine Awards

Counting down the hours to tonight’s National Magazine Awards in New York (FishbowlNY will be there, liveblogging). It’s about time to reveal our bracket-busting picks for the 2007 Ellies — which oughta fare better than last year’s debacle.

Our picks:

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