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LinkedIn Connects With Fortune’s Dan Roth

LinkedIn wants to become more than a networking site for professionals: It has ambitions to become a sort of media company, too.

Now it’s bringing in someone to help them pull that off. The service has hired Time Inc.’s Dan Roth, Fortune magazine’s digital editor.

LinkedIn has recently been promoting “LinkedIn Today,” its equivalent of Facebook’s news feed, which shows users stories that their friends/associates recommend. Roth’s first job will be to build up that service and its associated home page, and then move on to other projects, he says.

He’s the second high-profile Time Inc. editor to head out for a high-profile tech company this month. Josh Quittner, who had been one the key drivers in the publisher’s tablet media efforts, has left to join Flipboard, the high-profile iPad media aggregator.

Roth recently helped Fortune launch its own Web app, which features a deep integration with LinkedIn.

Disclosure: I worked with Dan for a few months way back in the late 1990s, and he interviewed me when he wrote about my last employer a couple years ago. It’s a good read.

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