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Starry-Eyed: A Look At’s Best Photos Of 2010

To celebrate the end of 2010, asked various celebrities and media personalities — including Andy Richter, Harry Benson, Khaled Hosseini, Alan Cumming,  Salman Rushdie, Brian Williams, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Terry McDonell and Fareed Zakaria — to choose their personal favorite images from among Life‘s 2010 Pictures of the Year. has the final list of photos, including each person’s explanation for why, exactly, each specific image resonated for him or her.

Pictured here is author Salman Rushdie’s choice, “Heavenly Bodies,” a striking image of the Carina Nebula region taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Rushdie explains why he selected this particular image: “The universe creates beauty on the most gigantic of scales, humbling us by reminding us of our smallness, and simultaneously lifting our hearts by showing us so much glory.”

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Social Ad Summit Report: Wikipedia Founder On Helping Kidnapped Journos

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Don Draper may not have been in attendance, but Monday’s panels on advertising and the Internet at the Social Ad Summit at the New World Stages certainly had its fair share of slick sellers. Did you know that one in three people working in new media are developing Facebook applications? That might be an exaggeration, but you wouldn’t have known it from the breadth of panel topics, which ranged from “Facebook Fan Page Success: Superpowered Fan Growth” to “Show Me the Money!: Measuring Social Media ROI.”

The main speaker of the day was Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. Though Wales espoused on topics from Everything Bad is Good for You to why he hates the term “crowdsourcing,” his most interesting answers involved the scrubbing the Wikipedia entry for David Rohde when New York Times journalist was captured by the Taliban last year and held for seven months.

“It was a matter of national safety,” Wales explained. “The Times asked us to, and we agreed. It was a very complicated situation, and I had to think to myself, ‘What would I feel comfortable doing?’ When I realized a man’s life was in jeopardy if I allowed this information to be disseminated, I was not comfortable with it.”

As a counter-point to what some could seem as a Big Brother-ing of the user-edited site, Wales provided the example of Wikipedia’s policy on some of their entries on China. Since China just recently lifted a nation-wide ban on the site, but still closely monitors and blocks certain pages on their citizen’s computers, Wales and his team had to make the decision to just scrub the entries completely.

“But we decided that we wouldn’t be the ones to limit users’ rights on the subject,” Wales said, though it would certainly improve his relations with Chinese officials. In fact, knowing the amount of threatened lawsuits and libel cases Wikipedia and Wales have come up against since he co-founded the site in 2001, there’s an argument to be made that the more rigorous the editing on the user-created encyclopedia, the better. But then again, it just wouldn’t be Wikipedia.

After the jump, a look at how Facebook pages are helping magazines from the founder of video marketing firm Involver.

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NYT Public Editor Tackles Decision To Keep Rohde Kidnapping Quiet

times.pngYesterday, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt discussed Times reporter David Rohde‘s kidnapping and the lengths the paper’s staff took to keep the story out of the media.

Rohde has been mum about his ordeal, but Tahir Ludin, an Afghan journalist captured with Rohde and their driver, Asadullah Mangal, gave his story to the Times last month. Hoyt dug up some other facts about the kidnapping and the cover up, and he didn’t agree with them all.

First, Hoyt said Rohde’s kidnappers had requested silence. “Possibly by defying them, we would be signing David’s death warrant,” Times executive editor Bill Keller told him.

What’s more, although we had already learned that Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales had helped to keep news of the kidnapping off Rohde’s Wiki page, Hoyt said Times reporter Michael Moss and spokeswomen Catherine Mathis “persuaded a group of New England newspapers to remove Rohde’s wedding notice and photos from their Web site so the kidnappers would not have personal information they could use to pressure him psychologically,” — a move Hoyt found “troubling.”

However, Hoyt generally seems to agree with the choices made by Keller and the others, admitting that the situation and others like it puts editors is “excruciating positions.”

“Had I been in Keller’s shoes, I would have done what he did for Rohde and his companions,” Hoyt concluded. “Even though Keller acknowledged, ‘I’ll never know for sure whether our silence had any impact whatsoever on David’s fate.”

YouTube Launches Reporter Center|Wikipedia Co-Founder Helped The Times|Hachette Reorganizes Auto Brands|Atlantic City Paper’s Editor Says Goodbye With Top Ten List|Spitzer Blogs For HuffPo

WebNewser: YouTube launched its Reporters Center today, featuring instructional videos, tips and advice from journalists like Katie Couric, Bob Woodward, The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof, and Arianna Huffington.

New York Times: More information about the lengths the Times went to to keep reporter David Rohde‘s kidnapping off the media’s radar: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales joined in the effort to monitor Rohde’s Wikipedia page and delete any references to the kidnapping.

Folio: Hachette Filipacchi Media is reorganizing its automotive brands, Car and Driver and Road & Track, under the Jumpstart online network purchased in spring 2007. The structure of the new Jumpstart Automotive Group will be similar to the new structure implemented for Hachette’s women’s and shelter titles.

The Press of Atlantic City: Longtime editor Paul Merkoski wrote a good-bye letter to his readers ala David Letterman, listing the “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Most Starting Next Monday” and “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Least Starting Next Monday.”

Huffington Post: Disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer blogs for The Huffington Post for the first time since 2007. What motivated him to come back to the blogosphere? “The Plight of New York’s Small Business Owners” for the site’s new New York section.

Esquire‘s 75th Anniversary Gala, Or, Bill Clinton Does Evita

gothesq.jpgFBNY has been covering the release of Esquire‘s 75th anniversary issue (the one with the special electronic cover) all week, and last night we attended a big party to mark the occasion and celebrate the 75 people Esquire thinks will be the most influential of the 21st Century. Sound a bit familiar? Well we did ask if this was Esquire‘s way of honing in on Time‘s yearly 100, but were assured that last night was a one shot deal.

The party was held at Gotham Hall, the inside of which sort of looks like a set piece from Triumph of the Will meets Lost Boys — great for a party but a bit of a strange atmosphere to watch, say, a former President give a speech. Which is exactly what happened when, shortly after we arrived, David Granger introduced Bill Clinton as the night’s surprise guest speaker (Clinton says every time he comes to Gotham Hall he expects Batman to appear). Actually Clinton wasn’t a surprise to everyone, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales later told us that he’d heard about Clinton’s arrival beforehand from Julia Allison, at which point Charlie Rose leaned over to us and asked: “Who is Julia Allison?” More pictures and video of Clinton’s Peron-like speech (but, sadly without the music) after the jump.

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Inside The Time 100 Party

America Ferrera and John Mayer

It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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  • Conservapedia: A Wikipedia Fox News Can Love

    Perhaps George Bush will finally be able to “correct” that approval rating

    First they wanted their own Daily Show. Now it appears Fox News and its liberal-media-correcting followers are getting their own Wikipedia, too.

    From Conservapedia’s mission statement:

    Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian “C.E.” instead of “A.D.”, which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia.

    The site was launched in November by Andy Schlafly, attorney and son of the prominent conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, and 58 students at a home school in New Jersey. (Seriously.) Only now, thanks to some mentions on science blogs and Wonkette, it seems to be getting some traction.

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, by the way, supports Conservapedia: “Free culture knows no bounds … We welcome the reuse of our work to build variants. That’s directly in line with our mission.”

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  • Media Events: 01.31.07


    Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings

    WEDNESDAY 01.31.07

    WHAT: NYC Blogger Summit
    WHEN: 7:15PM
    WHERE: NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you are a blogger — or “yogger,” perhaps it’s with a soft “bl” — you probably already RSVP’d on the promise of free drinks. That and Today in New York‘s Rob Morrison — yes!
    NOTE: Invitees only.

    WHAT: The Raw Word: Screenplay Readings
    WHO: Panelists include director Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) and PBS writer/producer Michael Winship
    WHEN: 8:00PM
    WHERE: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Screenwriters, including American Psycho‘s Harron, offer up new work to a live audience and panel of industry hotshots.

    WHAT: “Free Culture, Transparency, and Search”
    WHO: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales
    WHEN: 3:30PM-4:45PM
    WHERE: Courant Institute, 251 Mercer Street, Room 109
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: I don’t know, read his Wiki.