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Morning Media Newsfeed: Angelou Dies at 86 | Williams Interviews Snowden | Amazon Talks Hatchette Dispute

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Medal of Freedom Recipient Maya Angelou Dies at 86 (FishbowlDC)
Poet and author Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, according to her literary agent Helen Brann. Angelou received the country’s highest civilian honor — the Medal of Freedom — in 2011 from President Obama, and is most widely known for her award-winning memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. NYT The cause of death was not immediately known, but Brann said Angelou had been frail for some time and had heart problems. GalleyCat In addition to writing, Angelou proved to be an accomplished Renaissance woman who worked as an activist, entertainer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor, college professor and lecturer. CNN Angelou’s legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality. In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. Reuters Literary and entertainment figures, politicians and fans mourned her passing on Wednesday. Obama said his sister, Maya, was named for the author, whom he called “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who frequently threw lavish birthday parties for Angelou and considered her a mentor, said she would remember her friend most for how she lived her life. “She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace,” Winfrey said.

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Forbes Names ’100 Most Powerful Women’

Forbes has published yet another list — this time detailing the “100 most powerful women” in the world. At number one, for the one millionth year in a row, is your mother. Now go clean your room.

Since we cover media, here’s a look at some of the women from our field of interest that made Forbes’ list:

9) Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook

12) Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube

14) Oprah Winfrey — Oprah f*cking Winfrey

18) Marissa Mayer – CEO of Yahoo

39) Anna Wintour — editor of Vogue, artistic director of Condé Nast

For the full list, click through.

Yahoo to Shutter Women’s Site Shine

Shine, the women-centric site from Yahoo, is on its last legs. According to Recode, the site is about to be shut down. Jennifer Romolini, editor of Yahoo Lifestyles — which included Shine — has already moved on.

Apparently Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has never been a fan of Shine. “She thought Shine was not attractive and she aspires to create an online version of Vogue,” a “person close to the situation,” told Recode. “But Shine is a mass-market content site, more like USA Today.”

In Shine’s place, Mayer plans to launch several “digital magazines,” each with their own focus; like fashion, beauty and interior design. Before we go any further, a word about digital magazines: They are websites. You’re not fooling anyone by calling them “digital magazines.” WE KNOW THEY’RE JUST WEBSITES. It doesn’t make the sites any fancier; it only makes you sound like a pretentious idiot. Thank you.

Shine is expected to be closed by the second quarter.

Miley Cyrus Comes In Like a Squeaking Ball

There are, quite obviously, just under a hundred slots available for AskMen’s annual “99 Most Desirable Women” compilation. This year, in what is surely a placement position that combines reader votes with a little editorial conference room discussion, Miley Cyrus came in dead last.

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Some of the female folks ahead of Cyrus, in reverse list-order, include House of Cards co-star Robin Wright (#95), comedienne Sarah Silverman (#80), Best Actress Oscar contender Sandra Bullock (#57) and Amy Poehler (#23).

However, the inclusion that is sure to elicit a whole bunch of surprised giggles is the one at #20: Marissa Mayer. Anyone at Yahoo looking to leave in a blaze of glory – may we suggest uttering the following at the next group meeting: “Well, normally I would not agree with this. But you are, after all, the 20th most desirable woman…”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AOL Sells Patch | Yahoo! COO Out | News Corp. Ices Pensions

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AOL Unloads Controlling Interest in Patch (Capital New York)
AOL all but unloaded its embattled local news network Patch to investment firm Hale Global on Wednesday. Patch will act as a new limited liability company majority owned and operated by Hale. The hyper-local network was a pet project of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. It hired hundreds of reporters and ad sales staff in a bid for a local advertising market that has yet to materialize, eventually leading Armstrong to promise AOL investors that it would break even by the end of 2013. That did not happen, and the company began to seek buyers. NYT Hale Global, an investment company that specializes in turning around troubled companies through technological innovation, would essentially take over the operation, AOL said. Hale’s intention for now, the companies said, is to keep operating all of Patch’s 900 sites. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici On its bare-bones website, Hale Global describes itself this way: “We specialize in creating value operationally in businesses facing strategic, financial, product and other challenges. In addition to capital, we bring to these troubled situations extensive turnaround skills, deep operational benches, in-house software and mobile development teams, extreme transactional speed and certainty of close.” Re/code In 2012, Patch lost $35 million; by the end of last month, it was still losing money. Now it’s someone else’s problem. TechCrunch Despite whatever downsizing may have taken place, Patch is still large, possibly too unwieldy to steer into better waters as it is today. But on top of that, it’s seeing decent traffic of 16 million people monthly according to figures from comScore. So now, the plan going forward will be to focus on a few changes to convert some of that traffic into revenues: new technology for community participation; more mobile-first and social experiences; better advertising tools and more geo-targeting for ad products, according to AOL’s announcement.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo!’s Media Plans | NBC Gears Up for Olympics | Dr. Oz Covers Mag

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Yahoo! Launching Digital Magazines, Starting With Food (Adweek)
Yahoo! is getting into the magazine business. During a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CEO Marissa Mayer announced several new products, including a planned line of digital magazines, starting with Yahoo! Food. A similar product is in the work for Yahoo! Tech, which is being helmed by former New York Times columnist David Pogue. Mayer also used her CES keynote to unveil Yahoo! News Digest, a twice daily mobile news product that aggregates and synthesizes news from across the Web. USA Today The ventures represent the latest manifestation of Mayer’s emphasis on creating original material as a key part of her effort to turn around the fortunes of the tech company. The Verge When the news-summarizing startup Summly shut down last March, it was easy to imagine the company had simply been swallowed by the Yahoo! machine. Like so many founders before him, Nick D’Aloisio had sold his company to Yahoo! only to see it shuttered soon after. Its core technology was absorbed into Yahoo!’s news app less than a month later, used to summarize the day’s events. That was the last we heard from D’Aloisio, who sold Summly to Yahoo! for a reported $30 million at the age of 17 — until Tuesday. NY Observer / BetaBeat A buzz balloon about Yahoo!’s CES appearance and new product unveiling has been building and building, and now it’s popped, raining tiny chunks of news stories (“atoms”) on the heads of tech journalists everywhere. It’s not a disappointment, provided you were searching for yet another way to consume news in 2014. Ad Age / Digital Over the past year, Yahoo! has re-launched email, the homepage and Flickr. Now it’s time for a new look for its old ad business. Yahoo! is doing away with two of its highest profile ad-tech products — Right Media and Genome — and unveiling a new one, Yahoo! Advertising.

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Fortune Names Elon Musk Businessperson of The Year

Have you ever won an award? Of course you have. Everyone has, because there are awards for every possible thing you can imagine. The amount of awards completely robs them of their meaning, but it doesn’t matter — everyone likes getting awards/honors, so organizations and companies keep giving them out. Therefore, we imagine Elon Musk is slightly excited about being named Fortune’s 2013 Businessperson of The Year.

Musk, as you probably know, is the guy behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He definitely deserves the honor. Cool looking cars and space tourism are important. We think.

Anyway, you can read Fortune’s take on Musk here. Below is the full list of people considered for Businessperson of the Year.

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Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book

LunchAtMichaelsForget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning’s chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael’s. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts at separate tables, Wendy Williams, Star Jones); entertainment bigwigs (Tad Smith, Nick Verbitsky); social swans (Margo Nederlander and pals); and more spinmeisters than there are Kardashian tabloid covers on any given week. You get the picture.

Fall also means the launch of a plethora of “important” titles and made-for-gift-giving books. I was joined today by Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment, the book publishing division of Time Inc., who gave me the inside story on the company’s impressive and incredibly diverse fall list. He came toting three books to illustrate the point: the just-published Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career by Daniel Roberts, born out of Fortune‘s compulsively readable “40 Under 40″ annual list and featuring original interviews from headline-making top execs, including Marissa Mayer and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank; LIFE‘s bookazine The Wizard of Oz: 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road; and JFK: His Enduring Legacy (published by Time as both a book and bookazine).

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Between bites of Cobb salad, Steve told me the book business is, in fact, thriving over at Time Inc. thanks to the company’s multi-pronged approach to reaching all different readers with books that often connect them back to those people and eras that “resonate” and seem to grow more iconic over time. This is certainly true with The Day Kennedy Died from Life, which Steve described to me as “magisterial.” Certainly sounds like it. Due out Oct. 15, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the book is full of fascinating reporting, artifacts and images from Nov. 22, 1963. In fact, there is so much material that has been thoughtfully assembled that the book comes with a magnetic closure to hold a full-size exact replica of the issue of Life published immediately after Kennedy’s assassination as well as a gatefold with the entire Zapruder film — all 486 frames — published for the first time. Reporting includes the “centerpiece” of the book: a narrative by Dick Stolley, then the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief who flew into Dallas after the shooting and recounts his experience covering the event that made the world stand still. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo! Unveils New Logo | Bezos Schmoozes | Manjoo Joins WSJ


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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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Yahoo! Most Visited Website for First Time in Two Years

Laugh all you want at Marissa Mayer and her upsidedown lounge chair moves. Judge people who still have Yahoo! email addresses. But at least in terms of Internet traffic, Mayer’s takeover of Yahoo is making a difference. According to Adweek, in July, Yahoo! was the most visited website  for the first time since 2011.

Comscore’s stats say that Yahoo! had about 197 million unique visitors in July, better than Google (192 million), Microsoft (180 million) and Facebook (142 million). The achievement is especially notable because the numbers don’t take into account traffic gained from Yahoo’s Tumblr purchase in May.

When Mayer was named Yahoo’s CEO last year, the site lagged behind in third place. Grabbing first — even if it’s just for one month — is reason to celebrate.

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