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Audit Notes: Finally, Fraud Charges; Gee Whiz Wired; Freddie

The Wall Street Journal reports, and as far as I can tell, scoops that the Justice Department is preparing to... More

Bloomberg’s Big Miss in Silicon Valley Hiring Story

An analysis forgets mergers and acquisitions

Bloomberg News reports on the hiring spree in Silicon Valley, possible evidence of "Web Bubble 2.0." But it makes some... More

Audit Notes: Data Pool 3, The UK Prints, Copyright

Scotland Yard arrested four top current and former Sun journalists and a cop. The Guardian's Nick Davies gives us the... More

ProPublica and NPR on Freddie Mac’s Conflicts

Why haven't Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae been much more aggressive about refinancing the mortgages they hold? That's a $50... More

Audit Notes: Fukayama on the Crisis, WSJ on Exec Pay, Nonprofit News

The Browser has a great interview with Francis Fukayama on his five favorite financial-crisis books. Here he is on whether... More

Evangelicals, Mormons, and Mitt Romney

The New York Times runs an op-ed headlined "Why Evangelicals Don't Like Mormons," which takes on an important issue but... More

Charlie Rose’s Weak Q&A With the SEC’s Khuzami

Audit contributing editor Felix Salmon, writing this morning about Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy's tough questioning of Larry Summers, asked,... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Bonds, Junkets, Digital Hype

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism flags what she calls a "bombshell" analyst report on the mortgage-backed securities market. The report... More

Wealthy Bloomberg Subscribers Call for Higher Taxes

Bloomberg News had a good idea for a poll: Ask 1,200 of its $20,000-a-year subscribers whether the carried-interest tax break,... More

Audit Notes: Subpar Tom Friedman, Big Lie of the Crisis, Obama on Fraud

Today's Tom Friedman column is even worse than usual: In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job,... More

The Journal Takes Us Inside the Google Drugs Sting

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on how federal agents caught Google deliberately breaking the law... More

Audit Notes: Dimon the Persecuted, Mitt’s Taxes, Minimum Wage

Yesterday we heard press favorite Jamie Dimon sputtering about how swipe-fee regulations, which capped how much big banks could gouge... More

Mitt Romney’s Taxes

All the major papers are devoting lots of resources to covering Mitt Romney's tax return, putting the national spotlight on... More

Audit Notes: Kim Dotcom and SOPA, Private Equity, Swipe Fees

The Kim Dotcom story is fascinating, and not just because the FBI had to get dozens of cops in New... More

Patent Trolls 4 News Paywalls

Nathan Myhrvold makes some common errors about the newspaper industry

As far as voices of support go, the news business probably wishes it could do better than a patent troll... More

Audit Notes: Justice’s Revolving Door, GE Probed, iBooks Author

Reuters's Scot J. Paltrow reports that Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of his criminal division worked for... More

Two Days, Two Good Investigations From Mollenkamp

Carrick Mollenkamp is getting his post-WSJ days off to quite the start. On Wednesday, he wrote, with Lauren Tara LaCapra... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Coverup, GOP and the Unemployed, SOPA

Murdoch's hacking scandal flared up again today, as News Corporation paid out millions of pounds worth of settlements to victims... More

On Debt, Mitt’s of Two Minds

A career built on it and a campaign that rails against it

Jesse Eisinger has a smart New York Times column on how Mitt Romney, fittingly perhaps, is running on debt while... More

Audit Notes: Gapper on SOPA, Japan’s Papers, Credit Card Antitrust

The reaction from internet evangelists over the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act has bordered on hysteria.... 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


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.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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