Slate publisher exits

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John Williams has resigned as publisher of Slate less than two months after Microsoft Corp. launched the online magazine. Mr. Williams has been named a brand development manager at Starbucks Coffee Co., where he made contacts when negotiating a distribution deal for Slate's print edition. Rogers Weed, a Microsoft group product manager who retired after last year's Windows 95 launch, will return to the company as Slate's new publisher Sept. 3.

Separately, Slate, launched as a free service, is expected to begin selling Web subscriptions Nov. 1. Editor Michael Kinsley has expressed frustration about the lack of advertising in the magazine, which has encountered a spate of negative press and speculation. Wired's September issue begins a "Michael Kinsley Deathwatch Pool..

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