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Bank of America’s Merrill scandal reignites

The NYT reports former CEO Ken Lewis admits shareholders got bad information

The New York Times's Gretchen Morgenson has a big story today on how Bank of America fooled shareholders into approving... More

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Responding to Shirky on the Washington Post

Transformation is required, and transformation takes investment

Thanks to Clay Shirky for responding to my piece on the financialization of the Washington Post Company, which during the... More

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Audit Notes: the rise of circulation, LAT’s Facebook trend, mobile ads

This Ken Doctor piece on how circulation is becoming the most-important revenue stream at newspapers is a must-read: Unexpectedly, newspapers... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

Why the flop matters

Joe Nocera glosses over the problem with Facebook's IPO in arguing that we shouldn't care whether its shares plunged after... More

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The private-equity problem with Romney and GS Technologies (UPDATED)

Loading up a company with debt to ensure Bain’s own profits

It's seriously grating to see an Eton and Oxford-educated ambassador's son who works for the Council on Foreign Relations rant... More

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Sorkin’s Glass-Steagall straw man

Of course its repeal contributed, directly and indirectly, to the financial crisis

Here's the headline for Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Tuesday about Glass-Steagall and the financial crisis: Reinstating an Old Rule... More

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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... More

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Audit notes: No more daily in New Orleans, McClatchy, private equity

The NYT reports the Times-Picayune will print two or three times a week

If ever a town needed a newspaper, it's New Orleans. But David Carr reports that Newhouse is preparing big layoffs... More

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Facebook fiasco

The well connected made out while retail investors got hosed

We're starting to get a better picture of what happened with Facebook on Friday and in the run-up to its... More

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Audit notes: Facebook disclosure, Facebook value, soft corruption

Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who knows a thing or two about analyst/IPO scandals, writes that Facebook and/or its bankers could... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

I'm happy to say I was wrong (and Felix was right) in guessing that retail investors would jump into Facebook... More

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The Chicago Tribune lights up the flame-retardant industry

An outstanding investigation show how chemical companies preserve a toxic cash cow

A tremendous Chicago Tribune investigation into flame-retardant chemical manufacturers shows how they push their poisons on an unsuspecting public despite... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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Audit notes: Questions for JPMorgan, hindsight journalism, Ticketmaster

Jesse Eisinger asks what and when Dimon & Co. knew about the bank’s big loss

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger, in his NYT DealBook column, writes about what the press and the authorities should be asking about... More

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The Facebook frenzy

Retail investors prepare to jump on a richly valued IPO

The Wall Street Journal's page-one Facebook IPO story does a good job of capturing some uncomfortable parallels to the dot.com... More

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What’s the right price for ebooks? (updated)

It’s probably not 99 cents

Author Chuck Windig, GigaOm's Mathew Ingram, and TechDirt's Mike Masnick all took on the question of ebook pricing recently, arguing... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

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The business press embarrasses Jamie Dimon

London Whale, sighted one month ago, knocks billions off JPMorgan’s worth

In what FT Alphaville called "the most excruciating bank conference call we’ve ever heard," press favorite Jamie Dimon announced last... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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