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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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