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The Satoshi Paradox

Newsweek out on a wire with a Bitcoin blockbuster

Newsweek wanted a scoop for its relaunch cover story, and boy did it deliver: it uncovered the identity of Satoshi... More

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Viral math

Curiosity-gap headlines are a way of hacking real-world friendships for profit—one Facebook won’t long abide

This chart, from Newswhip via Derek Thompson, has been doing the rounds, and causing a bit of debate: The question:... More

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Apple should be like Bloomberg

WSJ columnists spar over whether the company should financialize itself

I'm very glad that the WSJ has published today's debate between Farhad Manjoo and Dennis Berman on the subject of... More

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Making sense of the JP Morgan settlement

Praise for Peter Eavis amidst much misinformation

Are you worried that JP Morgan is being robbed of $13 billion that rightfully belongs to shareholders? Richard Parsons... More

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Jeff Bezos and his journalists

For newspapers, greatness emerges mysteriously from the slack in the system—not from efficiency

I'm a huge admirer of Jeff Bezos, and the way in which he has managed to dodge the biggest pitfall... More

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Promiscuous media

Publishing content where it fits best

Two years ago, when I wrote about the death of blogging, I contrasted the decline of old-fashioned reverse-chronological blogs with... More

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How technology redefines norms

Reasonable resistance to the upending of cultural mores is not “technopanic”

Jeff Jarvis reprints the clip above, in an article dismissing the privacy concerns surrounding Google Glass. The Victorian attitudes... More

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The systemic plight of labor

A revealing Thomas Friedman column on 401(k)s

It's May Day, and Henry Blodget is celebrating -- if that's the right word -- with three charts, of... More

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The social media tail mustn’t wag the MSM dog

A crowdsourced hunt for the bombers was unambiguously counterproductive

The Boston bombing and subsequent manhunt was in many ways the first big interactive news story. It wasn't the first... More

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The native matrix

Making critical distinctions

Jay Rosen asks, reasonably, that people start drawing useful distinctions between buzzy terms like content marketing, sponsored content, native advertising,... More

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The disruptive potential of native advertising

It’s ad agencies that should worry. But will it scale?

Andrew Rice delivers 6,000 words on BuzzFeed in the latest NY Mag, which means he has the space to... More

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Paywalls rise

Breaking out sticks as well as carrots to get readers to pay

It's paywall season right now: The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, the Sun—all have recently announced plans... More

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Content economics, part 2: payments

How and why people fork over money for media

Apologies for the delay between part 1 and this: I wanted to wait until Amanda Palmer's TED talk appeared... More

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Content economics, part 1: advertising

The dismal state of ads in online publishing

Back in December, Peter Kafka summed up the most important question with regards to the future of online advertising. Do... More

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The NYT on the SEC’s hunt for Stevie Cohen

The case weakens as the statute of limitations winds down

Andrew Ross Sorkin and Peter Lattman have uncovered an interesting wrinkle in the SEC's case against Mathew Martoma, the most... More

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The transparent DealBook conference

When access journalism is valuable, in more ways than one

Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times public editor, has mixed feelings about the first DealBook conference, which took place on... More

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The impossibility of tablet-native journalism

Why Murdoch’s The Daily didn’t make it

The Daily has reached the end of its life: as News Corp. splits in two, its losses, which might have... More

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Did the financial blogosphere go away?

Whither the econobloggers

Tadas Viskanta and Josh Brown ask today where all the finance bloggers went. Both of them reckon that there’s been... More

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Conspiracy Jack

Welch, fleeing Fortune and Reuters, takes his nonsense to the WSJ editorial page

Why has Jack Welch doubled down on the false, inflammatory, and slanderous tweet that he sent out five minutes after... More

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News Corp.’s digital divergence

While print media converges on TV news

There’s no secret why Rupert Murdoch is breaking News Corp into two pieces. Amy Chozick explains: News Corporation had evolved... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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