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Audit Notes: Facebook Abuses Its Network-Effect Advantage, Qs for Goldman, Acropolis Now

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a timeline of "Facebook's Eroding Privacy" that everybody who uses the site ought to read.... More

WSJ Now Resembling Small-Town Weekly

Future fountains make a splash at Journal’s new New York section

The Wall Street Journal launched its New York City section this week amidst a slew of newspaper-war headlines as Rupert... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Junk Heap, Settlement?, Reuters’ Junk Heap

The New York Times DealBook blog had an excellent post yesterday on "The Goldman E-mails, or How to Sell Junk."... More

Raise Your Right Hand, Boss

Wall Street’s testimony, like so many of its products, doesn’t add up.

Bloomberg gets a bigtime scoop from a former Lehman in-house lawyer who says Dick Fuld lied to Congress about how... More

NYT vs. WSJ on Goldman’s Lobbying Clout

Is Goldman Sachs still feared and courted in the halls of power or is it "spurned"? We get two opposite... More

Audit Notes: Martin Wolf, Radical; Tom Frank and SEC Porn; Apple At It Again on Cartoons

When somebody like Martin Wolf is forced to become the radical, you know we've got problems. His always must-read FT... More

The Goldman Hearing Coverage

Much of the insta-commentary on the congressional hearings yesterday suggested that they were pretty much a wash for Goldman Sachs... More

Bloomberg Scoop Has Implications for Geithner, Ex-Goldman Chair

SIGTARP Barofsky says investigation into Fed coverup of AIG bailout could result in charges

Yow! Bloomberg Markets breaks some major news today in a magazine profile of TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky, who... More

Headline of the Year (So Far)

Sometimes you just have to step back and admire the New York Post. Today is one of those days. Its... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Missed, WSJ Hit, SEC Porn

Hedge-fund biggie David Einhorn ripped into The Wall Street Journal for that weird "Hedge Funds Pound Euro" story it... More

Greywolf, Timberwolf, Blackwolf?

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters has been sniffing around Goldman Sach's Greywolf and Timberwolf transactions since last August. Timberwolf is the... More

But Why Didn’t Regulators Regulate?

Bethany McLean mostly misses with her column in The New York Times on who's really to blame in the sordid... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Blotter, Deutsche CDOs, Wall Street Praised for Its Self Control

The Wall Street Journal's much-anticipated New York section arrived today, but your humble Seattle Audit bureau didn't get it in... More

Apple’s Aggression Against the Press (Yep, Gizmodo Counts)

Gawker Media's Gizmodo got hold of a lost iPhone prototype last week after paying the person who found it $5,000.... More

FT Buries the Lede on Ex-SEC Officials and Goldman

I did a double-take this weekend while reading the Financial Times. The paper put out a story headlined "Handling of... More

Chris Ware Shows Fortune the Mirror on the 500

Limits to what can be said in the friendly confines of the business press

Surely, the times call for pointed critiques of corporate America. Fortune commissioned the cartoonist Chris Ware to propose a cover... More

Audit Notes: Ritholtz, Google Spies, Schumer Shies on Shilling

Barry Ritholtz writes a superb post on the Goldman Sachs Abacus scandal. Wall Street loves complexity because it either tricks... More

WSJ Blows the Ratings-Agencies Story

The Wall Street Journal does a terrible job today of covering the ratings-agency investigation news, which is a big deal... More

The Times Forgets Its Own Goldman Reporting

One key part of Goldman Sachs's defense in the Abacus scandal is that it lost a pile of money on... More

Audit Notes: Michael Lewis, Sebastian Mallaby, Bill Black

Michael Lewis explains very clearly to the too-clever-by-half folks over at Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) why what they did... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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