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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

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Digital First goes the Newhouse route in upstate New York

In Oneida, the paper moves to three days a week, following the Post-Standard

The three-day-a-week newspaper model pioneered by Advance Publications in Michigan is now spreading to Digital First Media. The company will... More

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Reuters’s OKC gusher

Its outstanding Chesapeake Energy investigation turns toward the gas driller SandRidge

Reuters's reporting on Oklahoma natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy was some of the best corporate journalism of last year. Its... More

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Audit Notes: insider trading versus CDO fraud, 401(k)s, lead and crime

Rough treatment for inside-trading suspects contrasts with CDO probes

The contrast between how aggressively authorities have gone after inside-trading hedge fund impresarios and how softly they've tiptoed around Wall... More

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CBS’s CNET Fiasco

An egregious breach of editorial dependence damages its credibility

Last week, CNET picked Dish Network's Hopper with Sling, a DVR that can skip ads even more efficiently than other... More

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Audit Notes: The Big Lie of the crisis, Hubbard and Mozilo, institutions

The attempts to muddy the historical record continue

Jesse Eisinger has a good New York Times column skewering Edward Pinto, the American Enterprise Institute economist behind much of... More

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Geithner gets his exit hagiography

Soft Washington Post and New York Times coverage of the departing Treasury secretary

Speaking of hagiography, the Washington Post's Neil Irwin gives Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner his own parting kiss. This line sums... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Libor scoop, Business Insider, reader revenue

Deutsche Bank made big money betting on the rigged rate

The Wall Street Journal posts an interesting page-one report on Deutsche Bank and the big profits it made betting on... More

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The Times gives the SEC’s Khuzami a parting kiss

The enforcement chief still gets the “new sheriff in town” treatment

It's at least easy to understand the logic, however icky, of the beat sweetener, that staple of news coverage that... More

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Audit Notes: NYT on AIG, subsidizing fraud, free logic

Probably a bit hyped

The New York Times scoops that AIG, recipient of a $180 billion bailout from taxpayers, will meet today to hear... More

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Audit Notes: Gore gorges, 60 Minutes in New Orleans, Wired

The former vice president twists arms and cashes in on Current TV

Read Brian Stelter's excellent coverage in The New York Times of Al Gore's role in building and selling Current TV:... More

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Best of 2012: Ryan Chittum

The Audit’s deputy editor picks his favorite posts of the year

The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course — Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry. CNBC:... More

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Must-reads of 2012: business

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Vast Mexico Bribery Case... More

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The Louisiana newspaper war

The Advocate picks up 23,500 readers in less than three months in New Orleans

The Baton Rouge Advocate is making a run at a weakened Times-Picayune in New Orleans. The paper, which started a... More

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Hearst buckles under advertiser pressure

The Times Union caves after reader-response post dinged real estate agents

It's been a long time since we've seen anything as craven as the Albany Times-Union's capitulation to real estate agents... More

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Audit Notes: Instaflim-flam, off the Hamster Wheel, Hulu

The New York Times raises questions about a CEO’s sworn testimony

The New York Times's Nick Bilton reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom appears to have misled regulators asking about Facebook's... More

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Bloomberg on the impacts of inequality

One longtime McDonald’s worker’s story says a lot about the economy

Bloomberg has an excellent story on low-wage work and inequality, comparing a longtime McDonald's worker to the company's CEO, who... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon’s shell company, The Lens, Plain Dealer cuts

Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg

Reuters has a nice investigation into Amazon's vigorous tax avoidance, and this time it's not about sales taxes. The wire... More

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Paywall illogic

Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence

Followers of the hot ‘n heavy paywall debate—all seven of you—may find it hard to believe, but there’s plenty of... More

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Audit Notes: paying for news edition

NYT cuts would surely have been much worse without its paywall

The New York Times, after a weak third quarter, is cutting 30 senior editors positions. "Senior editor" can mean a... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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