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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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New Wine Magazine Features WSJ, Bon Appétit Alums

There’s a new New York-based wine magazine to savor. Grape Collective is officially launching today and features a number of very recognizable food and wine journalism names.

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Former Wall Street Journal wine columnist Dorothy J. Gaiter, who wrote for the paper from 1998 to 2010 and conceived her “Tastings” column there with husband John Brecher, is senior editor. She starts things off with an evaluation of Lionel Osmin Villa’s 2012 La Vie en Rose rosé.

Meanwhile, former Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild has joined Grape Collective as travel and restaurant editor. She reviews a restaurant in Healdsburg, a more laid back portion of Northern California wine country:

Healdsburg does have its share of posh spots to stay like the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Les Mars, the Hotel Healdsburg, historic Madrona Manor and romantic comfortable B&Bs like the Belle de Jour Inn…

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Media Mulls YouTube Music Awards

Pundits are digesting Monday’s big YouTube announcement. The nominations deadline for the site’s first-ever Music Awards is October 17 and the big show, to be directed by Spike Jonze, will be live-streamed Sunday November 3 from New York’s Pier 36.

Corey Tate at Spacelab magazine wonders how YouTube is going to filter out “fake” view counts from the Most Viewed category, while Bustle entertainment editor Lindsey Mannering offers some eye-roll perspective:

If you’ve been appalled by the lack of attention our celebrities get; if you’ve been disgusted by the dearth of awards bestowed on the rich and famous; if you’re downright nauseated by the way our stars don’t get no respect… there’s good news. Because the Oscars, Emmys, SAG Awards, Grammys, VMAs, BET Awards, Golden Globes and Spirit Awards aren’t enough, there’s now a new awards show.

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Awl Spoof Inspires Ex-Journo to Teach Dogs How to Use iPads

The above headline is not a joke, even though The Awl article that inspired it was.

Kelly Faircloth, picking up on her earlier BetaBeat item and a report this week by The Today Showexplains that once-upon-a-time New York Observer colleague Anna Jane Grossman is currently involved with a business that teaches dogs how to use iPads, so that these pampered canines can more effectively engage with their owners. And that’s not the funniest part.

As Today revealed, Grossman got the iPad learning idea from a January 2011 spoof (pictured) written for The Awl by David Parker. Gag article, meet real-life spin off.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Joseph Meyer, Brother-in-Law of Jared Kushner, Named Observer CEO

Joseph Meyer, the brother-in-law of Jared Kushner, has been named the Observer Media Group’s new CEO. Meyer comes to the company from Elliott Management, a hedge fund. He is only 33 years old.

“Joseph will oversee business operations and will focus on making investments and exploring acquisitions,” wrote Kushner, in a memo. “He brings years of experience identifying growth opportunities and will help the Observer Media Group expand in the areas it already serves and bring its fresh voice to entirely new markets.”

Kushner’s full note can be seen at Daily Intelligencer.

Wanted: Writer With a Wry Sense of Humor

What distinguishes the salmon-colored New York Observer from other city pubs like The New York Times and New York magazine? “A sharp eye for the absurdities inherent in the New York scene, a greater focus on the characters who define the city and a wry sense of humor,” says editor-in-chief Aaron Gell.

Even though most of its content is written in-house, freelancers who fit this bill have a good chance of landing a byline, as there are a handful of contributor stories in every issue.

Got a great idea for these highly sophisticated readers? Get editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: The New York Observer. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Emily Witt Leaves The New York Observer to Write Book

Emily Witt, who primarily reported on book publishing for The New York Observer is leaving the paper to do what most journalists want to do, write a book.

She confirmed with Capital New York that the book, acquired by Faber & Faber will be a “thoroughly reported cultural history of female sexuality in America.”

Very different from writing about Barnes & Noble, celebrity publishing deals, and classic lit, but interesting all the same.

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