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Observer Checks In with Disgraced Page Six Reporter

All these years later, Jared Paul Stern maintains that this clothing venture was at the heart of his discussions with Ron Burkle about money. Not some sort of scandalous payola to ensure that the billionaire would receive favorable Page Six coverage.

UrbanDaddyDrivenLogoToday, Stern is the editor of Urban Daddy’s auto blog Driven. He also freelances. If one goes by Observer contributor Ben Widdicombe‘s Kennebunkport impressions, the former Post writer’s demeanor does not quite sync up with the bravado:

Today, Stern, 43, describes his life as being at “a new pinnacle.” He has toned down the film noir wardrobe and attitude – no more fedoras – but maintains a flair for haberdashery.

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Journo Improvises Louie Walking Tour

New York Observer staff writer Vinnie Mancuso decided it might be fun to visit some of the iconic Manhattan locations featured in Louis CK’s sitcom. However, as his slide show documents, the halo of the F/X series was – on this night at least – hard to pin down.

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A man in line at the Comedy Cellar had never heard of the show. A waiter at Banjara, one of two restaurants featured in the “bang-bang” back-to-back meals Louie episode, went out of his way to deny being a witness to any location shoot. Finally, at the very end, Mancuso found a show fan at the Ukrainian diner Veselka:

My waitress was a pretty blonde with the interesting name of Karlyn. She was from New Jersey. She would probably be out of my league on a night that I only ate one dinner. But I pressed my luck, for the sake of this tour.

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The Vegan Honeymoon is Over for Daily Mail Staffer

TaylorLorenzTwitterProfilePicHalfway down Jordyn Taylor‘s piece in the New York Observer about living with an allergy to gluten, she ropes in Taylor Lorenz. Lorenz, a Brooklyn-based Daily Mail (pictured) staffer who oversees the emerging platforms group, was once an outspoken vegan. But now, because of various levels of abuse, she tends to keep that part of her life a bit more quiet.

FishbowlNY apologizes for bringing attention to this matter, but really, the anecdotes were just too good. Lorenz talks about her OKCupid vegan problems and shares this almost unbelievable first-date boyfriend maneuver:

“I went out with one guy,” Lorenz said, “and when I got back from the bathroom he was trying to sneak cheese into the sandwich I ordered.”

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Media Having Fun with The Naked Cowboy

The first sentence of the Associated Press item reads: ‘It’s a natural fit.’

Mimmi Montgomery, for the New York Observer, filed her report about the marketing moves of a Midtown icon under the category-tag Keeping It Tight and a headline that begins: “Fruit of the Loon…

And, per the screen grab below, the New York Post wisely avoided any attempt to wink-reference its iconic “Headless…Topless…” headline with its crowning of an AP-based item.

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Here’s a Twist: Plagiarized Writer Feels Bad… for the Plagiarizer

TrustMeImLyingCoverHave you ever been plagiarized? There are all sorts of forms of this rampant Web art: sourcing without proper blockquoting; blatant cut-and-pasting by a mysterious SEO operation; Bollywood borrowing of entertainment copy.

In the case of New York Observer/Betabeat editor-at-large Ryan Holiday, chunks of his 2012 book Trust Me, I’m Lying were co-opted for a 2014 article in Arbitrage magazine. As Holiday relates, he had to jump through some outdated masthead hoops to finally get to Arbitrage publisher David Alexander.  However, admirably, Holiday from the get-go indicated to the Toronto-based outlet that he was not looking to get the writer in question fired. Ultimately, that entreaty was ignored at the Canada end, leaving Holiday with very mixed feelings:

The writer is an adult. He has to deal with the consequences of his choices. I get that. I get that I have to as well – I decided to make a complaint, I knew where it might end. But Arbitrage is not some tiny publication. It has numerous writers and a chain of command. They all failed here. Worse yet, they failed when they had an opportunity to respond somberly, fairly and ethically.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Viacom, Google Settle | KOMO Helicopter Crash | CNN Ratings Surge

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Viacom, Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit (MarketWatch)
Google and Viacom jointly announced Tuesday the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Associated Press New York-based Viacom filed the $1 billion suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Mashable Viacom later released conversations with Google executives that it claimed showed disregard for copyrights. Google countered that Viacom was uploading its content to YouTube. The case dragged on for years. In 2010, Google’s CFO said the company had spent $100 million on the case. GigaOM The case has been seen as a landmark test of copyright law’s so-called “safe harbor” rules, which can protect website owners from copyright infringement committed by their users. Google won a series of major victories in the case, including last April when a court threw out the case for a second time on the grounds that Google did not have “red flag” knowledge of the infringing shows. The judge had initially dismissed the case in 2010 but an appeals court partially reinstated it, leading to the second dismissal in April. Viacom filed an appeal once again last year, but the sides have now laid the matter to rest, citing a desire for collaboration. LostRemote Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube. SocialTimes Regarding the resolution of this lengthy litigation between them, the two companies made the following statement: “Google and Viacom [Tuesday] jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”

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Savannah Guthrie Helps Seth Meyers Prepare for ‘Worst Guests’

The media blitz for Seth Meyers has included a THR cover story, weekend coverage in the New York Times and down-the-hall air time this morning on Today. Tonight, it’s finally time for the affable Weekend Update anchor to show his Studio 8G stuff.

Today co-host Savannah Guthrie wins the award for most practical bit of pre-show conversation. In the clip above, she pretends to be a nightmare Late Night guest so as to help Meyers see how he might deal with a Joaquin Phoenix-Letterman scenario.

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Ryan Holiday is Now Betabeat’s Editor-at-Large

BetabeatlogoFrom freelance writer, to regular columnist, to friend, to consultant, to editor-at-large. That’s how Ryan Holiday today summarizes his two-year arc with the New York Observer‘s Betabeat. The published book author also outlines his ambitious plans for the section:

I’ll be writing media criticism but also about other topics that fall under the site’s purview. I’m hoping that together we can grow Betabeat into a major brand in the technology space.

I also intend for you to see more in-depth features, an expansion of the coverage of Betabeat, more breaking news and more commentary from experts and interesting people. The excellent writers who have been building Betabeat the last few years are going to continue to do what they do as well.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Drones | Kaplan Dies at 59 | NY Mag Going Bi-Weekly

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Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery Drones on 60 Minutes (Mashable)
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is known for taking big bets in the world of innovation, and on Sunday night on 60 Minutes he revealed what might be one of his biggest: product delivery by flying robot drones. The service is called Amazon Prime Air and it’s slated for rollout sometime in 2015, depending on FAA approval. TVNewser Charlie Rose was as surprised as his viewers when Bezos showed him the drones. “I had no idea what his purpose was,” said Rose in a 60 Minutes Overtime video. CBS News / 60 Minutes Overtime When Rose walked in and saw the Prime Air drones sitting on a tabletop for the show-and-tell, he exclaimed “Oh, my God!” It was a genuine reaction — Rose and the 60 Minutes team weren’t in on the secret beforehand. Slate / MoneyBox America’s brick and mortar retailers are currently desperately scrambling to make something like this happen, but they’re hampered by their reliance on human delivery. The question is whether “good enough” drones will be available before Amazon manages to put all these companies out of business.

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Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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