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The Old-School Value of Facebook

The New York Times's curtain-raiser on the Facebook IPO this morning asks, "Personal Data’s Value? Facebook Is Set to Find... More

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

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

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