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George Takei’s Beloved Facebook Status Takes Temporary Hit

Wired reporter Ryan Tate has a solid recap of the Facebook mini-scandal involving George Takei. In case you missed it, many were shocked by Colorado-based author and gag writer Rick Polito‘s revelation to Jim Romenesko last Thursday that he is getting paid to provide Takei with humorous Facebook material.

The Star Trek alum has made previous reference to social media outsourcing on The Howard Stern Show and in his book Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet. But predictably, the Romenesko item sparked much larger media fallout. The good news for Takei is that – per the final paragraph of Tate’s Wired item – damage is likely to be extremely temporary:

Disillusioned fans, however many there are, seem likely to come around. One devoted follower, to whom the writer of this article happens to be married, reacted Thursday to news of a ghost-joker by saying, “I feel cheated!” Given the opportunity the following day to suggest a tough interview question for Takei, she added, “Just tell him he’s awesome.”

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The New York Times Ditches Editors’ Choice For Free iPad App

In late January Apple CEO Steve Jobs formally introduced the world to the iPad and New York Times executives were on hand to discuss the paper’s special app for the tablet computer.  Jobs showcased the Times front page at January’s presentation and in many of Apple’s iPad ads, making it clear that access to the digital version of the newspaper would be a key selling point for the new device.  Until today, iPad users had to view their Times content through the Editors’ Choice program — an app that offered an abridged version of the paper with only limited material available for readers.  Now, iPad (and iPhone) owners can sign up for a NYT website account directly through the app and enjoy all content for free until early 2011.

The updated “full-blown Times” app contains all sections and articles from the paper as well as interactive blog and video material from the New York Times website.  The change is a welcome one for Times followers, specifically Jobs who — according to a May column by Gawker’s Ryan Tate — was “among the app’s most vociferous critics” and made his “displeasure [known] to senior Times company executives.”  Tate also mentioned that Editors’ Choice was “not even listed in the ‘News’ section of the iPad app store for weeks after the device launched.”

It’s good to know that Jobs and other Times subscribers can rest easy… at least until early 2011.

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UnBeige: “60 Minutes” scored an interview with Vogue editrix Anna Wintour last night, but the results were about as surprising as an Andy Rooney monologue.

BayNewser: As Valleywag editor Owen Thomas prepared to leave his post for a new spot at NBC, he wrote a heart-felt letter to his successor, Ryan Tate.

Folio: There’s been shakeup at Adweek Media, publishers of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek.

New York Times: Newspaper employees no longer dominate fellowships. 10 funny reasons why the Internet can’t replace newspapers.

Time Inc. to Layoff 600

29mag-inline3-190.jpgWe told you last week about major layoffs at Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Magazines and it looks like they may have been an early warning sign for larger cuts to follow. The NYT is reporting that Time Inc. has plans to cut 6% of its workforce, the equivalent of 600 positions and “revamp the organization in a way that could radically alter the culture at the company.” Apparently none of the titles are being cut, however an already planned overhaul by Ann S. Moore, Time Inc.’s chairman and chief executive had to be sped up to cope with the fast-changing media environment. Says Moore:

This is a challenge, unlike any we’ve seen before…And after much careful study and consultation with many of you who run our businesses, I have concluded that it is no longer possible to operate our company with the same decentralized management structure that served us so well during our many years of sustained growth.

As Gawker’s Ryan Tate points out perhaps this shouldn’t come as such a shock considering the big cuts the magazine has had to make in the last few years, though in the current media environment it’s hard not to perceive it as the latest, loudest death knell to the end of print magazines. Further details regarding the changes and reorganization to come, after the jump.

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Things Left Unsaid?: The New Yorker Profiles Arianna Huffington

081013_r17787_p465.jpgFor the past few weeks rumors have abounded that The New Yorker was preparing a “hit piece” on Arianna Huffington. Since the term “hit piece” is not something we normally associate with The New Yorker we had our suspicions as to how hard-hitting it was actually going to be. Still, word on the street was that New Yorker scribe Lauren Collins had been doing some digging, so who knew!

Well turns out all the concern (anticipation?) was unnecessary. Collin’s profile is a mostly flattering one (Huffington is “one of the Anglophone world’s most nimble and ubiquitous communicators”), revealing very little about the woman behind the online media empire (full disclosure: we worked at HuffPo for a short time and continue to make intermittent appearances). So, the question on everyone’s mind now appears to be, were there perhaps some things that Collins missed (like, is it strange there’s no mention of Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan)?

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Is Obama Playing Media Favorites?

url.jpgA line slipped in near the end of Mike Allen‘s Politico article about the media coverage of Barack Obama‘s overseas trip, is making some waves. Per Allen: “Among those for whom there was no room was Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. The campaign, which was furious about the magazine’s satirical cover this week, cited space constraints in turning him away.” (Hmm, sort of like the time John McCain neglected to invite the NYT to his health records viewing party.) Over at Eat the Press Rachel Sklar says the decision “sends a clear — and worrisome — signal from the Obama campaign: If we don’t like it, man, will you know it.” A decision, she points out, which merely reinforces a quote made in Lizza’s (amazingly researched, though not terribly flattering) article : “[Obama] earned a reputation that “‘you’re not going to punk me, you’re not going to roll me over, you’re not going to jam me.’”

It should be noted The New Yorker was not the only one cut out of the “Trip of the Century”; 200 people applied and only 40 were allocated spots. That said, The New Yorker is hardly your average magazine. As Gawker’s Ryan Tate points out,

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