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Opening Bell: Oil Prices Keep Rising…

But no one’s talking about using less; Myanmar’s rice harvest hit; greenback bulks up; etc.

The price of oil continued its record rise, and the papers all give major play to stories on how much... More

Opening Bell: Countrywide Deal Hits Snag

Analyst urges B of A to bail; Sprint wants to unload Nextel; Fannie and Freddie need help; etc.

Investors bailed out of Countrywide Financial yesterday, sending its shares down 10 percent after an analyst said Bank of America... More

Opening Bell: Yahoo To ‘Burn The Furniture’

If Microsoft went hostile; Buffett: we avoided worst of financial crisis; U.S. like S. Korea, 1997?

The business press goes wide with Microsoft backing away from its unsolicited bid for Yahoo, ending for the moment a... More

Opening Bell: The Fed Flashes Its Fangs

Cracks down on credit-card industry; is SUV era over?; ExxonMobil has another record quarter; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 says the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators will unleash “one of the most aggressive... More

Opening Bell: Economy Expands, But…

just barely and it won’t last; another Fed rate cut; Rent-A-Center squeezes food banks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times all go big with news that the economy expanded—barely—in the... More

Opening Bell: Home Prices Plummet

No end in sight; FBI is after Countrywide; factory farms are bad; Citigroup panhandles; etc.

In today’s house-o-rama, home prices fell faster last month than at any time in a key index’s two decades, dropping... More

Opening Bell: $7 A Gallon?

Oil production not rising, but demand is; speculators swarm food crisis; Kerkorian buys up Ford stock…watch out; etc.

The New York Times on page one looks behind the inexorable rise in oil and gas prices the last few... More

Opening Bell: Will The Fed Wilt?

Mortgage industry cries foul over new regs; more Murdoch; hospitals demanding pay upfront; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story on how the mortgage industry is fighting tougher regulations proposed by the Federal... More

Opening Bell: Homes Still Not Selling

New-house sales down sharply; but good jobs news; (another) FAA coverup;

So much for the spring selling season. New-home sales fell sharply in March far more than expected, to the lowest... More

Opening Bell: Fed To Halt Rate Cuts?

Wants to see if enough is enough; rice quotas in the U.S.; restaurant woes; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads page one with a report that the Federal Reserve is considering a halt in its... More

Opening Bell: Murdoch Tightens His Grip…

on the throat of U.S. journalism; cuts at Ford; did the SEC pull its punches with Bear?; etc.

The Wall Street Journal newsroom throws up a “save us” flare on page one with a story about Rupert Murdoch... More

Opening Bell: Journal Editor Quits

Murdoch era now in full flower; is Newsday next?; BoA’s bad day; etc.

Rupert Murdoch was a busy man yesterday. The top editor of The Wall Street Journal abruptly resigned just four months... More

Opening Bell: Frankenfood

Food crisis alters thinking on GMC; bailouts abound; borrowers gone wild!; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story saying that recent food-market problems are eroding resistance to genetically modified crops. With... More

Inflation investigation

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture points out a BreakingViews column that questions whether the government is low-balling the inflation... More

Opening Bell: The Hours

Americans are working fewer, but not by choice; cuts on Wall Street; jobless ranks swell; etc.

Lots of bad employment news today, and we’ll start out with the lead story in The New York Times, which... More

Opening Bell: Tech Biz Buzzes On

Seems largely impervious to downturn; rice crisis in Oz; Sallie Mae wants more cash; etc.

In another good sign for how the tech industry is holding up, IBM reported solid first-quarter earnings yesterday with profits... More

Opening Bell: What Recession?

Super-rich keep raking it in; Are banks lying about Libor?; Bush flip-flops on global warming; etc.

Not everybody’s losing money these days. The New York Times has on A1 a story based on a hedge-fund industry... More

Opening Bell: Retail Rut

Bankruptcies, empty stores, flat sales; America’s lousy credit; Brazil’s black gold; etc.

The New York Times leads page one with a story on a “wave of bankruptcies” at retail chains, something it... More

Opening Bell: Hat In Hand

Wachovia the latest charity case; food crisis mounts; the rich party on; Delta and Northwest ready to merge; etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports on C1 that Charlotte-based Wachovia is getting a capital infusion of as much as $7... More

Opening Bell: Dems Dodge Trade Vote

Bush Colombia pact stalled; and U.S. free-trade cred suffers; how Moody’s changed its ratings tune; etc.

House Democrats stalled Bush’s Colombia free-trade pact, the papers say. The New York Times notes on C1 that the party-line... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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