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The Negative Correlation Between Obesity and Indebtedness

Michael Lewis says something very odd in his big piece on California and the phenomenon of overconsumption: The succession... More

Business Insider and Over-Aggregation

Henry Blodget has a long and detailed response to Marco Arment, which is fascinating to anybody interested in the nuts... More

Adventures With E-books, Kindle Single Edition

Ryan Avent’s 90-page Kindle single, The Gated City, is a bargain at $1.99. It was produced in close consultation with... More

More On Why I’m Talking About Tim Cook’s Sexuality

Every so often I put a blog post up, start getting feedback on it, and realize I’ve got things horribly... More

Why Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Sexuality Is News

Tim Cook is now the most powerful gay man in the world. This is newsworthy, no? But you won’t find... More

Steve Brill’s Blinkered View of Education

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read Steve Brill’s book on education reform, then his bombastic op-ed... More

Hewlett-Packard and the M&A Scoop

The death of the M&A scoop is going to happen slowly, but frankly it should happen as quickly as... More

Matt Taibbi vs. the SEC

Rolling Stone gets no credit from most of the press for a huge scoop

Matt Taibbi’s 5,000-word expos√© of the SEC’s document-shredding is a magnificent piece of journalism, and is the first and last... More

Why the NYT Paywall Isn’t Like the FT’s

Fred Wilson has nice things to say about my analysis of the NYT paywall—thanks, Fred!—but it’s worth teasing out one... More

How the NYT Paywall Is Working

When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in... More

Feces, Fascists, and Michael Lewis

A flop from the best writer in financial journalism

Kevin Drum doesn’t think much of Michael Lewis’s latest European dispatch for Vanity Fair — and neither do I. There’s... More

The New York Times Paywall Is Working

Back in April, I was very skeptical that The New York Times would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000... More

The Murdochs and the MPs

Survival, but no one is taking their answers at face value.

The biggest surprise for me, at the Murdoch hearings today, was the lack of political theater and crocodile tears of... More

The Real Rupert Murdoch Exposed

The single most important task facing Rupert Murdoch right now is to persuade the world that the illegal goings-on in... More

What Damage Could Rebekah Brooks Do to News Corp.?

The implosion of the News of the World, and of News Corp.’s bluster surrounding hacking and bribery allegations, comes less... More

How’s Seeking Alpha’s Pay-Per-Pageview Experiment Working?

Seeking Alpha's David Jackson has given David Kaplan some hard numbers on how its pay-per-pageview program is getting along after... More

The State of the Blog

Felix Salmon Talks to Alexis Madrigal

I’ve felt for a while now that the kind of blogging I do — one person writing a series... More

Nocera vs Sorkin, Bank Capital Edition

One of the consequences of Joe Nocera's move to the NYT op-ed page is that his column now appears on... More

Dealbook’s Goldman Debate

It’s the big Dealbook debate! In the red corner, there’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, defending Goldman Sachs from Senator Carl Levin’s... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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