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Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Jeff Sachs Goes Off, Gaming Google

ArsTechnica has a great ticktock on how the HBGary Federal scandal broke open, recounting how its CEO got into a... More

MIT Bloggers and Sorkin Take Down a Derivatives Study

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column this morning exposing yet another misleading campaign affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.... More

AOL’s HuffPo Premium Doesn’t Mean Much For the NYT

Frederic Filloux has some harsh criticism of The Huffington Post's business model, calling it "a digital sandcastle." But what caught... More

The HBGary Federal Scandal

Many questions need answering as hackers shine a light on the private-security underworld

I asked the press on Friday to quickly get on the disturbing story of HBGary Federal et al on Friday.... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Bank CEOs Stock Sales, Adam Gopnik

This is one of the more disturbing stories I've read in a while. So far, no one in the mainstream... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

Audit Notes: NFL Hell, No Inflation Here, Fraud Without Fraudsters

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has the column of the week, a righteous piece of outrage at the NFL... More

NYT Reports Bear Stearns Wasn’t Alone on Putbacks

Plus, Wall Street saw fraud signs, demanded money back, then kept buying loans

The New York Times has a very good look today at what the Ambac lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase could mean... More

Audit Notes: Toxic Assets, Foreclosure Mills, SEC (Finally) Looking at CDOs

What ever happened to that pile of toxic assets that the banks were sitting on? Wall Street Journal reporter Michael... More

The Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Huffington Post Bubble

Still think there's not a Web 2.0 bubble going on? The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Twitter is now... More

Bloomberg and BusinessWeek’s Problematic WikiLeaks Story

Red flags aflutter as the news outfit runs with seriously questionable evidence

How many red flags can we count in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek piece on WikiLeaks? First there's the headline: Is Wikileaks... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme Hits Germany

NYT & Co. channel the Chamber as a wage-hike solution goes unmentioned

If there's an oh-so-contrarian thesis that really grates right now, it's the one that businesses just can't seem to find... More

Playing Politics With Mr. Market

A WSJ columnist slaps Obama for “his” seven-week bear market two years ago

There's a long and boring history of hacks, typically on the right, blaming or crediting presidents for whatever the stock... More

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

Audit Notes: A Disney Delivery, Tribes and Payday Loans, HuffPo/AOL

The New York Times reports that Disney is trying to capitalize on the massive baby market by infiltrating the hospital... More

The Huffington Post’s Tainted Money

The befuddled legacy customers of AOL fund a bubble-era premium for Arianna & Company

Say what you will about Arianna Huffington's decision to sell out to AOL—and we will below—she's no dummy. Of the... More

Bloomberg Examines Louisiana’s Laissez-Faire Oil Regulators

Spills go unpenalized 99 percent of the time and the state’s fines are a joke

Bloomberg has an excellent investigation into Louisiana's oil regulators, finding that the state fines oil companies for oil spill less... More

Audit Notes: It’s Wall Street’s Deficit, Dimon Steps In It, Red-Faced Mortgage Bankers

Simon Johnson looks at the "Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks" over at The New York Times's Economix blog: First,... More

WSJ on Harry Markopolos’ Whistleblowing Shell Companies

The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting scoop this morning on a lawsuit accusing banks of gouging pensioners and... More

Audit Notes: Hacked Off Tabs, A Mirage Economy, Wall Street’s Record Pay

The New York Times has another interesting story on News Corporation and its hacking scandal, this time reporting on 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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

Bloggingheads

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