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Audit Notes: Rocket Internet, Gas Taxes, The Price of Health Care

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a good story on a German company that makes its living ripping off American websites and taking... More

WSJ on the Return of the Online Pet Food Store

I like this smart Wall Street Journal piece on the new economics of the Web as told through the effort... More

Checkbook Journalism’s Slippery Slope

Murdoch’s scandals show why paying for news is a bad idea

Combine the culture of checkbook journalism with the culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and you get one of the... More

Audit Notes: William Cohan, Three Little Pigs, Recovery Spring

In Bloomberg BusinessWeek, William D. Cohan writes about the spectacular downfall of hedge fund manager Dan Zwirn, whose $12 billion... More

That Stuck Feeling

The Huffington Post launches an ambitious new series on the poor and middle class

We all had a chuckle yesterday at the poor hedge fund marketing director whining about the difficulties of living in... More

Audit Notes: Paywalls Paying Off, Digital Privacy, Murdoch

As Warren Buffett knows, when you give away your product online, it undermines the one you charge good money for... More

Bloomberg’s Abelson on How Wall Street Is Coping

Bloomberg's Max Abelson has the story of the day, another entry in his list of stories on out-of-touch Wall Streeters.... More

Audit Notes: $25,000 an Hour, Foreclosures, Corporate Taxes

The New York Times has done a lot of tough reporting over the years on outlandish executive compensation. It's time... More

Warren Buffett and Paywalls

The newspaper paywall now has a champion in some guy in Nebraska named Warren Buffett. Buffett, who just forked over... More

Audit Notes: Daisey vs. Pogue, American Banker, LAT Paywall

Mike Daisey, of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the recent This American Life exposé of Apple's outsourced... More

The Keystone Kops of Koverups

A Telegraph scoop raises the heat yet again on News Corp. and the Murdochs

The Telegraph has a big scoop on the hacking scandal, reporting new details of how News Corporation deleted emails and... More

Audit Notes: Lobbying Both Ways, SEC Scrutiny, Steve Jobs,

The banks have been carping about the complexity of the Volcker Rule, which aims to prevent them from making risky... More

Mitt Romney and Marriott’s Taxes

Mitt Romney's taxes were all over the news last month when it turned out he paid just 13.9 percent of... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, No Wage Pressure, Clowning Schneiderman

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a good column today on why tax rates are lower than we generally think: We... More

The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative (UPDATED)

I wrote back in November that the tax man was making it harder for the nonprofit-news movement to flourish or... More

Audit Notes: Fed Transparency, Carp Invasion, Chinese Imports

The Wall Street Journal is good to bird-dog the Federal Reserve on transparency, and it gets results even before publishing... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme

The Post’s business-friendly frame

In a time when millions of American workers can't find work, it's only natural to be intrigued by counterintuitive stories... More

Audit Notes: Limited Liability, Apple’s “Tons of Issues,” Foreclosure Scandal

The London Review of Books has a fascinating piece by the Bank of England's Andrew Haldane on excessive financial-industry risk.... More

The WSJ Exposes Google’s Tracking Hack

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop this morning on how Google and other companies overrode Apple privacy settings... More

Anthony Shadid: What He Knew

The foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, has died of an apparent asthma attack while covering the... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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