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Google Is Not a Heroic Defender of Privacy

The New York Times reports that a coalition, including companies like Google, is trying to push tougher privacy laws for... More

Audit Notes: NYTPad, Perp Walks, Warren’s War

What will a newspaper look like on the iPad? Here's a blurry sneak peek of screenshots of The New York... More

Bloomberg on the CDO Shuffle That Helped Break AIG

Bloomberg dropped a major investigation today on the AIG collapse, shedding much-needed light on the conflicted role of CDO managers... More

Big Hole in an NYT Story on Oil Prices

The New York Times writes that oil prices have been remarkably stable over the last year, settling into what it... More

A Tribune Lecture on Indebtedness

The Chicago Tribune scolds the government for taking on too much debt. And the paper knows whereof it speaks. Boy... More

Demolishing the Banks’ Anti-Consumer Spin

The banking industry has helped water down consumer financial protection by arguing that consumer protection is a job best done... More

Was the Citi Bailout Really a Good Deal?

Dean Baker pointed out a myopic Washington Post story on Saturday reporting that the Treasury will make a several-billion-dollar profit... More

Audit Notes: Unfair Size Advantage, Bumped Down, WSJ Win

Reuters Breakingviews finds another unfair advantage for the too-big-to-fail banks: They're paying less interest for deposits than their smaller competitors—a... More

Getting Foxy with Sulzberger at the WSJ

Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff reeled in a stunner this weekend from The Wall Street Journal: Well, on the front page... More

The WSJ’s Confusing Subscription Prices

I wrote yesterday that The Wall Street Journal's iPad pricing doesn't make sense. The paper will charge $17.99 a month... More

Audit Notes: Predators on the Block, iPad Pushback, Reuters on Toyota

The Wall Street Journal has a nice story about how slow-going it's been slimming down Citigroup. But what struck me... More

The Dead Go On the Record in The Wall Street Journal

The paper held Apple director’s newsmaking comments until after his death

A Wall Street Journal story yesterday on the death of Apple director Jerome York quoted eye-opening remarks York made to... More

What About Private Equity?

The industry is getting off easy while it destroys companies and jobs

This from The Wall Street Journal's Overheard on the Street is the stat of the day (okay, it ran yesterday):... More

Justice Says Wall Street Colluded to Gouge Cities and States

Bloomberg scoops (and Dow Jones follows without crediting) that the Justice Department says JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and General... More

Audit Notes: Cramer Creamed, Elizabeth Warren, BofA Mods

Reason No. 5 billion not to listen to Jim Cramer or other market snake-oil salesmen: Jim Cramer said on CNBC's... More

LA Times Sees an Oncoming Option ARM Wave

The Los Angeles Times looks at the possible impending Option-ARM crisis, something we've asked for more coverage of for a... More

Newspaper Ads Tumbled to 1963 Levels Last Year

But iPad ads show an early glimmer of hope

The New York Times reports that newspaper advertising tanked by more than 27 percent last year, shedding $10 billion from... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, Lehman CEO, WSJ Sports

The Journal is good to front a story on tax goodies for corporations, noting that JPMorgan Chase is about to... More

Too Big to Fail and Reform

Simon Johnson of Baseline Scenario points to a tough amendment to the not-so-tough Dodd financial-reform bill (so not-so-tough, in fact,... More

The Long Short

Bloomberg has an interesting tale about hedge-fund biggie Bill Ackman's "greatest short ever," in an excerpt of a forthcoming book... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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