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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

Audit Notes: Gapper on SOPA, Japan’s Papers, Credit Card Antitrust

The reaction from internet evangelists over the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act has bordered on hysteria.... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s BW Investment, Jobs For Robots, NCAA Injustice

Chris Roush of TalkingBizNews looks at new Association of Magazine Media data and finds that business magazines are doing well—better... More

Paywalls: Maybe Not So Complicated After All

Thinking over Clay Shirky’s piece on the success of the NYT model

Clay Shirky, a leading paywall skeptic, deserves credit for grappling with what is now generally conceded to be the clear... More

Audit Notes: Triple Dip; Bloomberg Terminals; Goldman, AIG, and the Fed

Jeffrey Verschleiser is in the news for renting out the entire ninety-four room Hotel Jerome this weekend for his daughter's... More

Famous Last Words From the Fed

Assessing coverage of newly released transcripts from just before the crash

The big papers go page one today, as they should, with reports on newly released transcriptions from 2006 Federal Reserve... More

Audit Notes: Romney’s Black Box, Banker Probe, Laffer Curveball

Politico makes a good point about how reporters are having something of a hard time assessing Mitt Romney's tenure at... More

Misleading Readers on Romney’s “$12 Million Teardown”

The value is almost all in the land

We've heard a lot about $12 million teardowns lately. Tiger Woods's ex-wife Elin Nordegren is tearing down her $12 million... More

The Banker Finds Possible “Trouble” at Chase (UPDATED)

Debt-collection lawsuits dry up in at least five states, raising questions about past practices

Back in June, The Wall Street Journal reported a big scoop that press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase had dropped... More

Audit Notes: Kent State Court, Corporate Taxes, the Communion Wafer Industry

Hats off to The Daily Kent Stater and reporter Doug Brown for exposing how the university was about to name... More

Wall Street’s Toxic Touch

Bloomberg View's Mark Whitehouse points to a fascinating report on new evidence showing how badly Wall Street screwed investors in... More

Audit Notes: Swiped, Hit List, Journo Demographics

Bloomberg News has an interesting story on a dispute between a Utah restaurant and Visa and Mastercard. The card companies... More

It’s the WSJ’s Turn on Romney’s Private Equity Record

Mitt Romney's tenure at private-equity firm Bain Capital is the gift that will keep on giving for journalists. Reuters reported... More

Audit Notes: GE and Subprime, WaPo on Recess, Fed Fumes on Housing

The Center for Public Integrity’s Michael Hudson continues one of the most important series of the last year, on how... More

Reuters on Romney’s Private-Equity Past

How Bain Capital profited as workers got crushed

Reuters has a great look today at how Mitt Romney's Bain Capital loaded up a steel company with debt, mismanaged... 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

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

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