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Tell you what: the feds cut a deal with Bill Gates and get off his case. In return, Bill devotes the next 18 months to solving (pro bono) the Y2K glitch in the world's computers.

In all the excitement about its content, I missed this appointment of a publisher at brand-new Brill's Content. She is Deanna Brown, who'd been with Entertainment Weekly until January when she joined Steve Brill to aid in the launch.

I have no idea of precisely what's entailed in this sale of TV Guide to United Video, except that I suspect Rupert Murdoch will end up owning both. Not coincidentally, TV Guide denies it'll drop listings.

Advertising Women of NY unveiled the new board. People's Nora McAniff enters her second term as prez while Ellen Flahive becomes 1st VP and Celia Currin of The Wall Street Journal becomes 2nd VP.

Maxim, the 10-times men's mag (publisher is Lance Ford), reports despite typically slow summer biz, ad pages for the July/August issue are a healthy 78 pages. The rate base is now 450,000.

Miller Sports Group has a new HQ address at 810 7th Ave., New York 10019. Phone is (212) 636-2700.

Big doings July 20 at Leisure Time Bowling in Manhattan where they're doing the 4th annual "Hometown Heroes" event benefitting St. Pius School (a great school in the South Bronx that gets almost all its girls into college!). Honorees this time include Jill Henderson Bright of Conde Nast, Tommy Quick of Quick & Reilly, and James E. Quinn of Tiffany. A Tiffany occasion, one might say.

At Glamour, Mary Berner hired Vanessa Reed as associate publisher-marketing.

While at The New Yorker it has two new associate publishers, Brenda Saget and David May. Both report to David Carey.

After 24 years with ABC, PR whiz Anne Marie Riccitelli will be working with Warner Bros. as East Coast PR chief. The "Rosie O'Donnell Show" will be a focus.

Publicist Milton Kahn celebrating 40 years in the biz. New York-based Milton opened his own shop in June '58 when 15 agencies turned him down.

Elle Decor has a thing for The Hamptons. July 11 it hosts a party in Bridgehampton at Bridge Gardens and a week later creates "the perfect summer room" at Mecox Gardens.

At Mademoiselle, Publisher Nina Lawrence named a new promotion director, Thomas Allcock, formerly with Wenner.

Power & Motoryacht has a new exec editor, Amy Rapaport.

Bob Guccione's new Gear named Nicole Bowman circulation director.

Interested in child literacy? Down in Cary, N.C., Michael J. Whalen is doing something about it, publishing a monthly family fun tabloid called Kidsville News. Contact him by fax at (919) 469-8586.

William Schmermund of Sawtooth Group, Woodbridge, N.J., says they just held the 7th annual Gunga Din Golf Tournament in Vermont.

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