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Amazon Ordered a Sunday Night Drone Strike on the Retail World

Why do bald men always make the best evil geniuses?

You’re probably still scrolling through emails from clients upset that Amazon trumped whatever Cyber Monday promo stunt they had planned with last night’s drone delivery service “reveal.”

They’re not wrong, you know; if you were psychic, you would have been able to sense CEO Jeff Bezos thinking “Go ahead and beat this, I dare you” while smirking at the rest of the retail world in the 60 Minutes segment below. Show us the money, Charlie Rose:

One must admire the brass balls on display here, but we’re gonna have to burst your fragile bubble: of course it’s all just a big, brilliant stunt.

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Marissa Mayer Defends Her Vogue Shoot

It wasn't THAT BAD. Come on.

So Marissa Mayer‘s Vogue shoot raised quite a few eyebrows last month. Unfortunately, no one discussed anything she said in the accompanying interview—the questions that followed were all variations on “Is it appropriate for a female executive to appear in a fashion spread?”, with the web’s many master debaters wondering whether she’d somehow lost a bit of her dignity and/or credibility by doing so.

At an Ad Week forum yesterday, she had a chance to “explain” the shoot to Charlie Rose, who likes to interview many famous people when not guest-starring on Breaking Bad.

She reminded him that the famous shot above did not appear on the mag’s cover before describing how staffers gave her a choice of outfits (she chose the blue because she doesn’t wear black). Turns out the photographer encouraged her to lie down on the lounge because he wouldn’t stand for “prim ‘First Lady-like’ shots”, so it really wasn’t the big-name CEO equivalent of a “sexy selfie.”

When asked about those pesky gender issues, she replied “I really don’t feel it”, which is a more polite way of saying “Let me run my company and stop making a big freaking deal over the fact that I happen to be female, FFS”. When telling Rose why she never reads her own press coverage she said “I know who I am, I know what I like, and I have a clear view of what I want Yahoo to be.”

Not sure about you guys, but we like her a little more now.

Inside Susan Magrino Agency’s Holiday Preview

Most PR pros know that it’s almost never to early to start pitching their clients or company for holiday gift guides, round-ups and other holiday related coverage. Getting that bed & breakfast into Condé Nast Traveler could be a total game changer.

On that note, PRNewser caught up with Samantha Schabel, executive vice president of business development for Susan Magrino Agency at the agency’s annual holiday preview this week, an event which shows off their clientele to media, as they plan their holiday coverage.

“Ever year the outlets are trying to make their gift guides more unique,” Schabel told us. Watch the video for more.

Magrino has been around for 18-years, and currently counts 30 staffers. The agency’s first clients were Charlie Rose, Harper’s Bazaar and Chris Blackwell, of Island Records fame.

Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein: Not Engaging With Public Was ‘Probably a Mistake’

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has been giving many more interviews recently, in the wake of his testimony to a Senate committee last week regarding his firm’s role in the recent financial meltdown.

In an interview with Charlie Rose this past Friday, Blankfein hinted that Goldman’s secretive ways were, “probably a mistake.”

“There are ways in which I can do a better job of informing people about markets and what we do and the contribution we make. We have to be more transparent,” he said.

Friends of Oprah Winfrey Not Booking Unauthorized Biographer During Promotional Tour

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A high profile biographer, Kitty Kelley, is about to release a much anticipated, albeit unauthorized biography of one of the biggest names in media, Oprah Winfrey. One would think all of the big talk shows would be eager to have her on during the promotional tour for the book. Not so.

Galleycat highlights the following excerpt from an interview with the NY Times, in which Kelley says, “In promoting this book, we have already been told by Barbara Walters‘s producer, No, you cannot be on The View, I cannot disrupt my relationship with Oprah. Joy Behar, the same thing. Charlie Rose; Larry King said, I will not do it, it might upset Oprah. Even David Letterman.”

Kelley’s Winfrey biography debuts on April 13. In mid-April, mediabistro.com will feature an exclusive Media Beat interview with the biographer about the book.

NBC Head Zucker’s First Interviews To Address Late Night Fiasco: NY Times and Charlie Rose

NBC Universal president & CEO Jeff Zucker is beginning to speak, after weeks of damaging media coverage and public battling between the network’s two main late night talents, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.

His first two interviews: The New York Times and Charlie Rose.

“Obviously, in hindsight, you know, perfect information leads you to that conclusion — that it was a mistake…And I think it’s the sign of a leader to step up and say, you know, when something’s not working, to have the guts to reverse it,” Zucker told Rose.

“At the end of the day Jay at 10 o’clock didn’t work. And I take responsibility for that,” he said to the TimesTim Arango.

All of this comes as a deal with O’Brien to leave the network is said to be imminent.

Several PR executives PRNewser has spoken with said Zucker would have to take the blame in order for the network to “move on,” however some thought the public statements may have come even sooner than they did.