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New York Gets ‘.NYC’ Domain

The city’s residents and businesses have a new way to make their websites stick out: The “.nyc” domain. Michael Bloomberg just announced that the geographical web address has been approved, which will allow people and companies to boast about their city roots. Want to be lookatmybutt.nyc? Have at it.

To register, applicants must have a primary residence — or a “bona fide presence” — in NYC. There are more details here.

Now that .nyc is available, we wonder which big publishing house will take advantage of it first. There is definitely something special about having that unique domain attached to your brand.

Oh, and we were just kidding about Lookatmybutt, we’ve already locked that down.

Under the Dome Showrunner on Working with Stephen King and Stopping the Soda Epidemic

Mayor Bloomberg will soon have an additional compendium to draw from in his ongoing campaign against Big Gulp-size soda servings. Neal Baer (pictured), a showrunner for 11 years on Law & Order: SVU as well as this summer’s new CBS series Under the Dome, is in the process of writing a book titled SODA: Corporate Profits versus Public Health. Due in stores next February, it pairs the Harvard-educated MD with renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle.

“We’re working on the book right now,” Baer confirms via telephone to FishbowlNY. “I’m really interested in soda’s place in our lives – culturally, nutritionally and politically in terms of subsidies for corn syrup and things like that. It’s a fascinating product that costs next to nothing to make. It’s water, sugar and flavor; and yet, it has this ubiquitous, profound impact on people’s lives.”

SODA is one of two books Baer has on tap for 2014. Next July, there will also be a follow-up to Kill Switch, a mystery series launched in 2012 with LA-based collaborator Jonathan Greene.

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Maxim Lost $5 Million Last Year

Alpha Media Group put Maxim up for sale in March with the hopes of attracting “meaningful and beneficial” offers. Well, the latter request isn’t going to happen. According to the New York Post, Maxim lost about $5 million last year, and ad pages continue to plummet.

We suspect that will keep potential partners/new owners at bay, unless they’ve got extremely deep pockets. Speaking of that, could you imagine if Michael Bloomberg bought Maxim? He’d be a blast at the magazine’s annual Super Bowl party:

Random Dude: “Hey Mikey, beer me!”

Bloomberg: “I would rather not beer, anyone. Thank you.”

Time Goes with Five Covers for Annual ‘Time 100′ Issue

If you ask us, Time only needed one cover for its annual Time 100 issue, which lists the 100 most influential people in the world. Instead, the glossy published five U.S. covers, along with two international ones. The one person we would’ve picked? Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who stood up for women’s rights, despite being hunted by the Taliban. This is just a hunch, but we think she might be more influential than Jennifer Lawrence.

Some highlights from the Time 100:

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Michael Bloomberg Still Hates Social Networking, Says Things Like ‘Re-Facebooked’

Michael Bloomberg has never been shy about admitting his utter disdain for social networking. Given the opportunity to comment about Twitter or Facebook, Bloomberg will trash it as much as possible. Here’s the latest example, captured by Capital New York:

Number one, I don’t understand why people don’t understand that anything you write, anything you send out, is gonna be retweeted, re-Facebooked, re-this, re-that. You should write down, number one, only things you believe, and number two, then think about how it would look if somebody else sees it. There are just a lot of young kids who are doing things on their Twitter account, their Facebook account, that later on is gonna come back and bite them.

Re-Facebooked! Oh man, we love it.

The irony here, of course, is that this is all coming from Bloomberg, who — despite staying away from the evils of social networking — has said plenty of stupid things.

Unfortunately for Brooklyn, MTV Brings VMAs to Barclays Center

On Sunday, August 25, MTV will be broadcasting its Video Music Awards from the Barclays Center, so if you live anywhere near the arena, you might want to just leave town that weekend.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s happening. In fact, here’s a couple terrible statements from Michael Bloomberg and Marty Markowitz to prove it. We honestly cannot decide which is more annoying, but the early edge goes to Markowitz.

Bloomberg:

Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Likening the status of the Brooklyn Bridge to the VMAs has got to be illegal somehow.

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Arthur Sulzberger Made $6.9 Million Last Year

Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of The New York Times Company, is doing quite well. Not that you asked, but just in case you were wondering, things couldn’t be better.

According to The Wall Street Journal, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the Times reported that Sulzberger earned a whopping $6.9 million in 2012. That’s up from $5.9 million in 2011.

Not bad, right? Sure, it’s not Michael Bloomberg money, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Michael Bloomberg is Worth $27 Billion

According to Forbes’ latest billionaire list, Michael Bloomberg — mayor, media maven, soda hater — is worth $27 billion. That’s an increase from 2012, when he was worth a pathetic $22 billion.

Despite all that money, Bloomberg only ranks as the 13th wealthiest person in the world. The number one spot is held down by Carlos Slim and family, with $73 billion. He is followed by Bill Gates ($67 billion), Amancio Ortega ($57), and Warren Buffett ($53.5).

For the full list of people with way more money than all of us combined, click through. Ladies, we suggest you don’t even bother. Out of the 1,426 total people on the list, only 138 of them are women.

Pretty Much Everyone is Rumored to Buy The Boston Globe

Ever since the New York Times Company announced that it was selling the Boston Globe, people have been speculating about who/what will purchase the paper.

Because the media is nothing but precise, that list has now been narrowed down to about 834 potential buyers. Below are all the ones we found mentioned, but we’ve surely missed one or 500.

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Let’s Guess Who is Buying Time Inc.

Alright people, the rumor of the day is that Time Warner is currently in talks with a “serious buyer” who will purchase Time Inc., yet allow Time Warner to retain at least three magazines, including Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. According (oddly enough) to Fortune, “A meeting of the buyer’s representatives” is happening today.

A couple questions arise from this rumor. For starters, why would Time Warner not want to keep People, the most financially robust Time Inc. title? The second — and most important  — question: Who is buying? Below are just a few guesses. Feel free to add any in the comments/hate mail.

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