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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 exposé 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

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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