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Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee

1003_mockup.gifIt was SRO at Michael’s today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, Jon Meacham, Jeff Zucker), or social swan (divorcee of the moment, Mercedes Bass who moved to the Garden Room with pal Lynn Nesbitt when the decibel level and fabulousness of it all got to be too much).  Just a thought: if you’re looking for a quiet, out of the way lunch spot, you might want to consider going somewhere else on Wednesday.

I was joined today by Forbes‘ new editor, Randall Lane. In his new position, Randall is presiding over familiar territory to him: the lives of the ridiculously rich and ambitious. In a previous life, he was the editor of Trader Monthly which chronicled the age of excess of the Wall Streeter of days gone by.  That experience later provided plenty of fodder for his book, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade When Wall Street Went Insane. In the interim, he’s been an editor at large for Newsweek and written for The Daily Beast. Having worked with him years ago when he was the editor in chief on the startup Justice, which covered the hot trials and legal issues of the day, I was thrilled when I heard he’d gotten the top job at Forbes back in September.

Randall first worked at Forbes fresh out of college in the nineties and spent six years “chasing rich people” and working on the franchise’s venerated power lists which required (and still do) hundreds of hours of research and manpower. “In some ways, it feels like I never left,” he tells me.

Diane Clehane and Randall Lane
Randall Lane and yours truly

Since taking the helm, Randall has been on a mission to make the book more visually exciting with interesting photography (the arresting cover image of Bill Gates in the “World’s 70 Most Powerful People” issue is a winner), fresh design elements courtesy of the Brooklyn-based shop Athletics, a livelier front of book section and more in-depth profiles on people the Forbes reader wants to know about.  Exhibit A: The cover story in the November 7 issue on Dropbox’s Drew Houston, the 28 year-old mogul who turned down Steve Jobs and is now worth $600 million which drew one million hits on Forbes.com.

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Yoko Ono to Introduce MTV’s Steve Jobs Tribute

MTV has tapped artist Yoko Ono to introduce their music tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the second annual O Music Awards Monday night.

Ono will speak about her late husband, John Lennon, and Jobs, before the Flaming Lips take the stage to perform “Revolution.”

“Like John Lennon, the man I love deeply, Steve Jobs was a dreamer who changed the world,” Ono is expected to say during the award show at an undisclosed Los Angeles location, according to Billboard. “But of course when we lose a genius of that caliber, they are never really gone. They live on all around us, through our memories, their words, and their work. Their spirit grows in us forever to the end of the days.”

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Martha Stewart‘s Daughter, Alexis, Gives Awkward Answers on Today, October 24
  2. Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: “Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society,” October 25
  3. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Cuts 40 Staffers, October 25
  4. WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties, October 22
  5. Long Awaited Layoffs Come to Metro Traffic in New Jersey, October 26
  6. Jill Abramson: “I Don’t Want Every Story to be 1,800 Words,” October 21
  7. The Daily Adds Two, October 24
  8. Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project, October 20

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Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: ‘Fox Has Become an Incredibly Destructive Force in Our Society’

(Via Simon & Schuster)

Not to heap more praise on a man who already is getting way too much love, but there are some great anecdotes about New York media in the Steve Jobs biography. Poynter collected a few of them, and we’ve pulled out our favorites.

According to the author, Walter Issacson, Jobs wanted to help journalism and in particular the New York Times. Before the iPad launched, Jobs met with about 50 of the paper’s leaders and told them that the Times’ app should be offered at a midpoint price ($5 “at most”) in order to reach the most readers. Jobs was determined to help the Times figure out digital subscriptions as well, claiming, “I think it’s important for the country for them to figure it out.”

Another great moment in Steve Jobs involved Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Despite developing a bond with Murdoch as they collaborated on The Daily, Jobs bluntly told Murdoch over dinner one night that Fox would eventually ruin the owner of News Corporation.

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Steve Jobs, Coldplay, and a Haunted Hayride

In this week’s episode of 5 Things You Need to Know This Week, we dance like Chris Martin, get spooked by Angela Merkel, and talk to Siri about the Steve Jobs biography. Oh, and the world’s population increases.

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MTV to Honor Steve Jobs at O Music Awards

In addition to their attempt of setting the Guinness World Record for the longest dance party, the second annual O Music Awards will honor Apple co-founder and former chairman and chief executive officer Steve Jobs.

So, what does MTV have up their sleeve? Maybe something similar to what you would see on the Video Music Awards?

Ehhh.

The O Music Awards on Oct. 31 in Los Angeles will honor Jobs with a special musical tribute, “featuring an up-and-coming artist performing an iconic song.”

I can understand MTV wanting to keep it a surprise, but the “up-and-coming” artist just screams someone we’ve never heard of before performing a classic Beatles song.

Sounding Out Snoop Dogg’s Social Media Team

It’s always interesting to hear from those specialists tasked with managing the social media presence of major personalities and celebrities. This field, which barely existed a few years ago, is now growing by leaps and monthly-billed bounds.

In the case of Snoop Dogg (more than four and a half million followers on Twitter, 12.1 million likes on Facebook), the social media whisperer is LA’s Cashmere Agency. Company co-founder Seung Cheung recently told Entrepreneur magazine about two platforms they are funneling people like Snoop towards:

Viddy.com allows users to record brief video clips, apply various filters and then share with their friends… We helped Snoop Dogg get started on the platform and then we aided in launching an actual Snoop Dogg-themed filter late last month…

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Steve Jobs Wasn’t a Huge Fan of the Media

Los Angeles Times media columnist James Rainey penned an excellent column on the late Steve Jobs and his relationship with the media.

As Rainey points out, the former Apple co-founder and CEO had a rocky relationship to say the very least with the media:

Conventional wisdom will vindicate Jobs’ media strategy. His products sold. His company grew to one of the biggest in the world. And reporters waited desperately for morsels about the slightest reconfiguration of the iPhone, iPod or MacBook. But because Jobs’ command and control paradigm worked at Apple doesn’t mean he was always right, or that his methods could be duplicated by lesser figures.

The tactics also created a perverse climate of breathless, under-informed speculation every time an Apple pod, pad or book was due for a launch or modification — which was essentially all the time. Addition of a data port on one device could draw oohs and ahhs in multiple stories..

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A Look at The New Yorker’s Apple Ads

Before you yell “I’m sick of Steve Jobs coverage!” and punch your computer screen, let us explain. Yes, this has to do with Apple, but it’s not some sappy tribute, and you’re probably going to regret breaking your laptop anyway.

The New Yorker has dug into its archives and fetched some interesting and hilarious Apple ads, like the one on the right, which was found in a 1984 issue.

In this ad, Apple offers to let you take home one of their computers for free because, “The hard part of taking home a Macintosh isn’t learning how to use it. The hard part is bringing it back.” Not bad.

Time Rushes Commemorative Issue to Newsstands as Tribute to Steve Jobs

Less than 48 hours after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, Time magazine is rushing to the presses with a special commemorative issue paying tribute to the visionary.

The special issue, hitting newsstands and tablets tomorrow, features Jobs on its cover and 21 pages dedicated to the man behind the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Time‘s special edition includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs iconic career by Time technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman, and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for Time since 1982.
 
“This is Steve’s seventh Time cover, which puts him in the category of Presidents and other world leaders,” Time editor Rick Stengel says. “No one has tracked Steve’s life better than the man who used to have my job, Walter Isaacson. Walter writes that Steve was the modern creation myth writ large and that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”

The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.

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